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01-07-2013, 04:45 PM   #1
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A K01 Firmware project

I'm not a coder capable of playing with firmware but I am a K01 owner who sees potential for a firmware project for the camera. It has excellent hardware and is not yet a year old. Its cost makes it accessible and there are a few obvious improvements that shouldn't be hard to implement.

Does anyone else think it would be worth supporting a 'Kickstarter' for a firmware project for the camera? My thought is that with a cash prize on offer we can pay bounties to coders/teams willing to take the job on.

I.e.

1. Exposure preview - $5,000
2. High-speed RAW shooting (i.e. bracketing with 0 ev set or faster) - $5000

...and more.

Say we had 4 targets and 4 bounties we'd need $20K to start. Assuming 1,000 supporters that would be a $20 investment. Of course, should goals not be met the money could be refunded and people who want the firmware but didn't support upfront could be required to wait before the firmware's posted publicly.

I'm spitballing but you get the idea.

I think this is too big a project to be done for nothing, and Pentax isn't a big enough brand to guarantee a cash free project would work.

What are your thoughts about the basic concept? I'm capable of building a website to host the project and manage it. Are people here interested in building a spec and getting behind it? CHDK has done great things for Canon but no-one's ever had a camera a capable as the K-01 available so cheaply.

NB: This is a first draft - please don't get caught up in the amounts mentioned or the specs. That will need to be done by consensus. If you are open to being involved - or perhaps can do some of the coding in return for a payday - let us know.

01-07-2013, 04:52 PM   #2
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On my phone, so I haven't looked it up, but are there custom Pentax firmwares out there already? If so, it might be cheaper to contact them and ask about the k01
01-07-2013, 04:58 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by mrbdm99 Quote
On my phone, so I haven't looked it up, but are there custom Pentax firmwares out there already? If so, it might be cheaper to contact them and ask about the k01
In my experience it's easier to start afresh than try to Hijack something already going. They aren't focused on the K-01 for a reason. Even if they agreed it would be low priority.

My suggestion is to do something specific, with clear objectives, and using a model that pays rewards. It has worked in the Panasonic community which is similarly left of the mainstream.
01-07-2013, 07:01 PM   #4
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Exposure preview, theres button for that...

01-07-2013, 09:56 PM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by MrSkelter Quote
In my experience it's easier to start afresh than try to Hijack something already going. They aren't focused on the K-01 for a reason. Even if they agreed it would be low priority.

My suggestion is to do something specific, with clear objectives, and using a model that pays rewards. It has worked in the Panasonic community which is similarly left of the mainstream.
What I meant was to find developers that are already familiar with the inner workings of Pentax firmware. They would likely have a heads up. I would imagine that there are a number of shared areas. If my K-01 ever gets here, I might have to give it a look.
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What I meant was to find developers that are already familiar with the inner workings of Pentax firmware. They would likely have a heads up. I would imagine that there are a number of shared areas. If my K-01 ever gets here, I might have to give it a look.
That's a good point. What would motivate you to make a start?
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I wouldn't even know where to begin. I program things, but firmware... not so much. I'll take a look though, at some point, but for now, this looks like a good place to start looking for someone Welcome to Pentax Hack
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