I am very disappointed in this introduction. I hope this is a hangover from Hoya and not a Richo idea. A DSLR without a viewfinder is not in the cards for me. I am glad they kept the K mount. Hope they do a better job with the replacement for the K-5 and K-r. If this is it, I will have to jump ship when my K-x wares out.!! I have been using Pentax cameras for 40 + years but enough already.
For video it is often not practical to use an EVF. Also the K-01 is not a DSLR. It doesn't have the SLR part of a DSLR, so it's a D. It won't replace the K-5 or K-r. They will not build a DSLR without an optical viewfinder (unless they do what Sony does, but I think those cameras are quite daft, despite their good EVF). This is not for you.
Btw., what's the point of a K-01 with an EVF? It would be pretty much the same size of a K-5, with the same image quality, but an EVF, which after all is still inferior to an optical VF. At the price of the K-5, because those high end EVF are not cheap. EVFs have to become better, they have to become cheaper.
The things I like about this camera are the aps-c sized sensor and mount compatibility. Unfortunately it is that second feature that results in the rather bulky/thick body design. I think it might be more attractive if they made the body thinner and just let the mount protrude a bit in the front. !
I agree. The K-mount, which I like the camera the most, decides the size. However, if Pentax can redesign and make the mount protrude in the front when a lens is mounted, and can retract back when no lens mounted, or just when the camera is off, they can make a much more stylish and attractive body.