Charlie Jin: I don't think that DPR really understood the purpose of theweight of K01. It was intended for "professional feel". ;-)
- Cheaper =) (except they made it out of machined aluminum, so much of the saved money were "lost" in build quality)- No mirror movement(more stable). - Composing with a screen is (for me) in most cases better than OVF. No phase detect means they will probably work harder with contrast detect. - It will balance nicely with medium size lenses. - Newer lenses can have a rear element closer to the sensor (to avoid using retrofocus in the construction). They might be more compact, at the same time the old ones are 100% compatible.- The lenses doesn't need to be as big as the Sony ones. (Take a look at the limiteds)- My collection of legacy lenses will work right out of the box. And will be even easier to use with focus peaking :D
R Thornton: I am indifferent as to the looks, but would like to see the sorry a.. who is going to hold the setup in the photograph above at arm's length and try to snap a picture!
At an arms length!? Why? I never do that with my compact camera. (Except when I'm stretching to take pictures from weird angles)
When that great photo opportunity arises it is always nice knowing you've got the biggest badass camera in the world at home. And that you could probably take a great picture had you brought it along...
http://camerasize.com/compare/#290,155Not to mention the size of the lenses...
I don't understand why people would spend so much on a camera with such limited applications. Camera of the past. But it sure takes nice pictures of test charts.
The main purpose is probably to show commitment to the K-mount. If a small company like Pentax introduced a new mount and new set of lenses people would fear for the K-mount and thus they would rather invest in a different system. Now we now, Pentax will stick with this system for years to come. Investing in K5 (or a future K3) is a safe decision. BIG POINT!
The K-01 is not an expensive move for Pentax. Theyre playing it safe. No new technology is needed that they cannot use in a K3. Now I'd like to see two Pentax Ricoh GXR K-mount modules. One with a b&w only sensor (and no bayer-patern) thus possibly over 60mp with the same dynamic range as modern sensors. (Or just bigger pixel-sensors and more DR.) And a traditional color-sensor.
The main thing is that Pentax see the traditional camera, with pentaprism/mirror as their main target. K-01 is an option for the consumer market. They should be able to cut the price on this by quite a lot, and still make a profit.