......if your not taking photo's, you could use it as a bottle opener!!!
Was that front lip really necessary?...other than that, its a stunner and another in the recent line of top rate DSLR's. (Can't help thinking that regardless how good they make them, Canikon's branding image and marketing will not see it make #1 anytime soon). It looks like they have taken the good bits from K5, Kr, managed out the known gremlins, added a dash of new technology. I hope for their sake that there is no problems lurking. No AF issues, No orbs, No sensor stains, just a better developed unit all round.
Just seen the side view.......hmmmm could use it as a bottle opener if your desperate !!!! Sorry couldnt resist that.From the front, its an absolute stunner.I understand what Pentax are saying that a swivel screen increases size by thickness.........but does everyone really want small more than options??I guess they know their marketing better than me.Nice try Pentax, but my wallet is only available for better glass right now....
Love the design more so than the k5 personally. It also has to be viewed as the mid range camera it is.............so what comes next ??They have stated that they are expanding the range. One would believe that there is a higher spec K5 replacement on the way and cant help wondering if a lower spec is coming out also.Yes Yes, I know the k-01 arguement, but cant help thinking that a real entry level mass market, school student, soccer mum, slightly better than Canon 1100D would compliment the range given K-01's unusual styling and lack of VF?? for more traditional followers.Also interested in the reason why they didnt consider a swivel screen? Not a deal breaker for me but a lot of people love it.I also hope the combined battery power will give it plenty of juice. Hate running out on my Kx all the time.All in all looks like a great effort at that price.
Lol, thats in the next firmware update..........and you have to use a pin to put a hole in the front of it yourself, but I believe the flow regulator technology is already in place...........can,t say I personally find the looks to my taste, but doesnt stop it being a good camera nevertheless.
firstly, never seen a law that says mirrorless should be small. There are other advantages.Secondly, no cameras have to look the same as others.Thirdly, It will appeal to non forum geek, traditionalist, unimaginative people.Fourth, It uses an established, top quality lens system, which is set to grow.Fifth, It opens up a whole new market.( Modern users who use smart phones and couldnt give a flying razoo about a OVF, EVF, DR, ISO or IQ) sixth, Much improved video application, which many customers want and Pentax havent been so good at.Seven, Low Entry cost, esp considering it will drop in next few months and look what you get in terms of quality.Eight, can get a high quality prime at a great price with it.Nine, smart phone users wont care about ultimate DSLR AF speeds, it will be perfectly acceptable.THINK OUTSIDE THE SQUARE PEOPLE............if you dont like it, dont buy it..otherwise dont bag what is easily a great addition to the WHOLE range of Pentax.
Nokia always pshing the cameraphone boundaries. I recently got a HTC smart phone cos the N8 was no longer available here. By the time my contract runs out, I will be transferring to this bad boy.The HTC rates pretty well, but still no match for my 4 yr old fuji p&S in IQ. In not too challenging light it does ok and you cant beat ploading to facebook, emailing straight away.Believe some camera manufacturers already with products that upload to the net. How long before the Nikon, Canon, Sony and Pentax link with a phone mnaufacturer and make an all in one product. Bet they are looking at it as we speak.
Hmmmm, wonder if one of those zooms wll be 28-80mm f2.8.............perfect for FF??
smafdy: Disclosure: I’m a long-time professional photographer and miser.
Seems to me, the gear heads have forgotten about photography.
I haven’t owned a Pentax since the ME Super. I recently discovered that the K5 has a world-class, best-in-class sensor (as well as weather sealing, and a metal body).
For around $1,000.
So, lately, I’ve been thinking about switching to Pentax. Of course, I questioned if my peers, associates, and clients would take Pentax seriously.
But they don’t really care about the box. They care about the photos.
Now, we have this new box. Same sensor, with some positive and some negative attributes. And, it’s butt ugly.
And it uses legacy glass. Glass is more than half the IQ battle, and there’s lots of good Pentax glass out there.
And people complain.
I’ll be buying one of these (and maybe the k5, too), and heading down to the local pawn shop to look for lenses.
If you want to look cool, buy a Leica.
Ahhh, someone with some sense...........finally.
So many brands, so many models, so many boxes to choose from.......people have forgotten about taking photographs and arguing over where they come from.
robbo d: Pentax is smarter than you think and most detractors in this forum are ignorant. There is a market for this, the same as there is a market for the Q, the WG-1.................marketing to different groups of people who will influence others and later purchase other gear, plus enforce the k-mount legend.Is the wg-1 the best rugged camera? Absolute photo quality says no, form, function, ruggedness and popularity with the outdoors crew says yes!!Does the Q have the best IQ for mirrorless, No? Does it genuinely fit in a pocket and look cool, takes acceptablephotos for most? Yes!!Will the K-01 fit into a pocket? No, nor does a Nex or Oly, does it look different and not suit traditionalists? Absolutely, but is it different and take damn good stills ? Most likely Yes !!!
Game on.......wait for what the rest of the year brings, and the next and the next......Pentax is coming back in a cunning way, where the big two can't see the forrest for the trees.
nineface....plenty of people have, especially in Japan and plenty of people in the Pentax Forum. Just because you and your freinds havent or won't, does that automatically mean it wont sell anything??How about making intelligent remarks rather than off the cuff crap. I don't Dis any camera because it doesnt fit on my purchase list.....and absolutely the Q or VS20 is easily my next purchase because i like the size and function.
These two announcements go a long way to calming all those frayed Pentaxian nerves. It was obvious this was all coming, just needed time and Ricoh only took over3 months ago???
Interesting use of the word 'Standard' with 50mm. They don't make media announcements for fun and they will have worded things carefully.
The new lenses look like many a wish list I have seen on these forums for a while. Good times ahead.............
Pentax is smarter than you think and most detractors in this forum are ignorant. There is a market for this, the same as there is a market for the Q, the WG-1.................marketing to different groups of people who will influence others and later purchase other gear, plus enforce the k-mount legend.Is the wg-1 the best rugged camera? Absolute photo quality says no, form, function, ruggedness and popularity with the outdoors crew says yes!!Does the Q have the best IQ for mirrorless, No? Does it genuinely fit in a pocket and look cool, takes acceptablephotos for most? Yes!!Will the K-01 fit into a pocket? No, nor does a Nex or Oly, does it look different and not suit traditionalists? Absolutely, but is it different and take damn good stills ? Most likely Yes !!!
robbo d: Pentax Q........"hopelessly outclassed"....Isn't that just a bit harsh ?? Have a bit more of think about what you say and how you say it......
The DXO mark, puts it closer to the others than most imagined and real life users rate it very highly, when you think its a point and shoot size sensor, I would think its damn good........depends which way you WANT to look at it.
Yes it has the smallest sensor and there is nothing like it. I don't think I actually want DPreview to bother with a review as I am getting fed up with narrow minded people trashing it. However, they have at least started by saying its in a niche of its own, so for people who want something more portable than a NEX, its a serious photographic tool.
Its new thinking and for people so seemingly informed on new technology, its surprises me that people can't understand the concept. Technology is getting smaller and better. Its a start and hell of a good effort. But Hopelessly outclassed, get a life.........
Thanks ZXAAR,At least someone understands my thinkng. its mirorless - yesits very small- yes, its truly pocketable - yes, theres nothing like it -yes, its not meant to be compared to Nex and Oly......because otherwise Pentax would have made it with a bigger sensor and lenses you idiots.............its for people that dont want something hanging around their neck, yet capable of high enough quality shots while bearing in mind its still a small sensor and I am sure they know its utimately not going to compete in the pixel peeping stakes with the bigger boys.It is its own camera with few peers other than perhaps high end and yes cheaper point and shoots.I am seriously keen on paying the full dollars for it, therefore its marketed for people like me......not purely Nex owners.People seem to have to compare things with others, NOT always necessary.
Pentax Q........"hopelessly outclassed"....Isn't that just a bit harsh ?? Have a bit more of think about what you say and how you say it......
Wow.....I am amazed at the hate mail these new products get, Lol.
Would have thought someone just took one of your favourite toys !!!! The Pentax Q has a rival for negative reaction here..........
Now I am looking to upgrade my glass from Pentax kit, so already have image stab in camera, like the quality of EX glass, cheaper than Pentax glass.....
Hmmmmm, am I missing something here, I would have thought it would be a definite option for someone like me????
Arent Sigma just offering a specific option for people with in camera stab?? Would have thought that was commendable, as you can get issues with trying to use lens stab at the same time.
D200_4me: Just checked my calendar. Yes, it's 2011. No HD video in this new model? The cult can have it...I'll stick to a more modern camera like the LX5 ;-)
Totally agreed......why people argue about a camera having this or that, I don't know. Dont buy it then........get one that does suit your needs. sony do great video, get a Sony.....want a stills only small street photo, point n shoot, then this may be your shooter. All the brands do their market research and know what they are aiming at.......I for one don't care about video, but one day I will want a good one, so will adjust for that purpose.I love my Kx because i value image quality, low light and HDR on a budget. Don't expect or won't try to convince anyone else of the same. Get a life, be happy and take photos........
Albino_BlacMan: Whats the dpreview technique for making the samples comparable? Are they all shot at the same distance with an equivalent focal length lens (all 50mm equivalents) or all framed the same with the company's sharpest lens? And if they are all framed the same than how do they make the comparison tool show approximately the same scene for the close ups? Is it a different number of pixels for each close-up?
i'm curious why Pentax can make these Sony sensors absolutely sing? Wonder what they would or are doing with these higher mP sensors. Is it anythng to do with the Pentax being tweaked towards stills with low light and dynamic range and Sony inclined to include better video? and try for a slightly different market?
GiovanniB: Interestingly styled, maybe except for the speaker/mic grilles. The recessed, textured grip surfaces might turn bulky protrusions obsolete.
My my, aren't Pentax going for gold. Another niche camera that's shaking the mould and pushing boundaries......and this time has image stabilisation!!! Interesting sensor? Not the same as the Q is it? Wg1, Q, now this.............bring on Ricoh and some DSLR improvements.Can't fault them for bringing out interesting cameras, what's next??
Good on you Pentax, Bold and innovative again, stirring up the traditionalists.......Lets think Canon 1100d....for anyone who watches these websites would hardly buy one.....because they are lacking in features....Its not for this market though, as a photographer will buy one for his wife and it will stay on program mode all its life.So, Different markets like japan, China and niche for keen amatuers or professionals could see a winner here.I for one could see the benefits of portability when I dont want to lug around a DSLR and all the lenses.The improvement of noise in small sensors cannot be far away for low light and high iso, perhaps this is the start.Lets wait and see, not so keen to wipe it off just yet, Be keen for the first pics to come thru and see if the backlit sensor will improve things.Big companies don't often do this sort of thing without a good busness plan and understanding of what market they are aiming at. Go Pentax