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02-09-2012, 05:01 AM   #1
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K-01 doesn't feel as cheap as it looks! hands-on video...

Engadget takes the K-01 a quick hands-on ride as go-on to give a first impression of this new unique mirroreless solution.


See video for a brief hands-on review and impression.

source and media: Pentax K-01 mirrorless camera doesn't feel as cheap as it looks, we go hands-on (video) -- Engadget

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Nice video! It looks far better when used compared to product shots.
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Is that a joke or what ? You would think engadget could afford at least the iPhone 4s to shoot that video and not that shaky low quality video. Any other K-01 video on youtube is better than that.

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I never thought it looked cheap?!

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I never thought it looked cheap?!
Me niether, it looks like a tough block of metal.
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Is that a joke or what ? You would think engadget could afford at least the iPhone 4s to shoot that video and not that shaky low quality video. Any other K-01 video on youtube is better than that.
Engadget is owned by AOL. Which means Ariana Huffington is running it. Which means the bloggers probably don't even get paid.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Douglas_of_Sweden Quote
I never thought it looked cheap?!
Yeah, me neither. It looks like it's built like a tank. A chunky, homely tank. The more I look at it, the more it's growing on me. I can envision a day when I buy one. Hopefully they come out with an all-black one by then.

One thing I kinda dig about the K-01: The controls look substantial & easy to grab onto. I rather like that.

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What amazes me is how everyone complains about how big it is. I don't want a camera any smaller than that! If you get smaller, it becomes more difficult to hold properly if you want to adjust anything.

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The K-5 without a grip is too small if you ask me. I wouldn't mind trying a K-01 with Focus Peaking on manual lenses. I reckon I'd end up using most lenses manually if it worked really well. I am sick of trying to 'trick' good focus out of AF.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Douglas_of_Sweden Quote
I never thought it looked cheap?!
A few folks at Engadget apparently do (that's the title of their article )
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The reason people thought it looked cheap was because everyone saw the bright yellow one. With super bright lighting, accentuating that yellow. Tonka toy was the popular nickname.

When I saw the black and white one and that rubber grip, I knew instantly this ain't a MILC to mess around with!
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The first XS lens does look pretty cheap in my eyes. The tiny lens in the middle takes up about 8% (or something) of the available front area.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gimbal Quote
The first XS lens does look pretty cheap in my eyes. The tiny lens in the middle takes up about 8% (or something) of the available front area.
Yep, it's the lens that gave the initial 'toy' impression I think, with that tiny opening in the middle of a that plastic surround like a toy squirt camera. I reckon they should have made that surround out of glass instead like any standard filter - so it's all glass, make it look like a reflector telescope with a small lens mounted inside a larger one.
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Ya know...I've been wondering if the lettering in the logo is also part of what gives it a toy-like appearance.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gimbal Quote
The first XS lens does look pretty cheap in my eyes. The tiny lens in the middle takes up about 8% (or something) of the available front area.
QuoteOriginally posted by anthony mazzeri Quote
Yep, it's the lens that gave the initial 'toy' impression I think, with that tiny opening in the middle of a that plastic surround like a toy squirt camera. I reckon they should have made that surround out of glass instead like any standard filter - so it's all glass, make it look like a reflector telescope with a small lens mounted inside a larger one.
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Ya know...I've been wondering if the lettering in the logo is also part of what gives it a toy-like appearance.
The Balck/White one is the real toy-like appearance (of course that's what we get in the US). The yelloow is just hipster.

I pre-ordered the K-01 but I'm using the DA40L instead of the XS. That lens alone, much less featuring all the Limiteds, would have made a big difference. I imagine they want to establish a distinct gestalt for the camera and XS lenses that makes the point that small only matters with a lens mounted. They want to promote the protruding rear element designs as distinctive and cutting edge.

Too bad they didn't have a line of lenses already developed and ready to release, even if they were all plastic mount.

Of course the hood on a DA40L is pretty unusual in its own right.
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