Charrick: It's patently obvious what Pentax is doing - trying desperately to stay alive.
It has gotten to the point where nearly every other camera maker can do better than Pentax in nearly every area. And Pentax knows that it won't beat them in terms of features or quality, because its rivals are just getting better, and farther ahead.
So what does it do?
Gimmick 1: Pentax makes cameras that come in a wide assortment of colors, to make up for the lack of everything else in comparison to its rivals.
Gimmick 2: Pentax makes a compact camera with a small sensor and tries to get unsuspecting victims to think that it has the quality of SLRs, and hence spend more money building up a completely superfluous lens collection. I thought this was the lowest they could go.
Desperate Survival Tactic: Pentax gets Ricoh to somehow buy them, like HP bought Palm, another dying brand.
Gimmick 3: Remove the benefits of an SLR from an SLR and make it look like a toy.
Pentax is running low on gimmicks.
1. K-r is one of the best low-end DSLR at the market. 2. Pentax Q is just high-end version of compact camera from Pentax.3. Arguments?
I think you know NOTHING about Pentax cameras and lenses.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eTohGuBh9CsCDAF is very FAST, faster than K-5 in LV.
We can read here http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20120203_509641.htmlthat no final decision about sales in Japan
Pelican65: this is the worst Pentax DSLR ever! its ergonomics sucks!
really? I saw one...:)
Raist3d: The K-01 too big? Is it really?
VS Canon G1Xhttp://camerasize.com/compare/#257,285
NEX-7 design is good, but it's techno. NEX-5 is so-so. To say honest.
I'm sure that K-01 will be the hit of sales in Japan.
Yanko Kitanov: So few primes, nothing in the 85-135 range....I do hope the normal prime will be something worthy to add to one's gear.
By the way - no FF lenses, does this mean something regrading the new DSLR road map?
Pentax droped FA names of lenses many years ago.Some DA lenses cover FF, some - can't. DA lenses means it's for DSLR.
rude: my question is where is ricoh in all this? this new camera also may explain why the q is alot cheaper now. matbe pentax is discontinuing it to make way for this cam or 2 have 2 pieces of the mirroeless pie. lisa
Ricoh rules their own photo way.
peterb2: I would say FAIL! I don't get this camera either. I don't like the design, I want a viewfinder and what about image quality. Does this camera improve on quality? I didn't see anything about that. I would much rather hold onto my K-r than buy this junky looking thing. What are they doing over there?!!
Go and buy K-5. or wait new DSLR close to may.
topstuff: Very good news !
This clearly indicates two things:
1, Ricoh have ambitions for the brand and plan to bring out more cameras.
2, While the K-01 is funky, strange and pretty left-field, and Pentax are to be praised for daring to be different, they also have new DSLR's in the pipeline.
This has made my day !
New DSLR and K-01 are different beasts. New DSLR will be soon
DA20-40/22-38 LIMITED ZOOM is what I want!!!
Carlos Henrique: My question is: who would buy this camera instead of the K-5? No considerable size advantage and you still miss the viewfinder and phase detection AF. I would definitely buy a K-5 if I knew that Pentax would come up with a full frame or something worth for an update in the future between the K-5 and the 645d.
Me. As second travel camera. I have K-5.
To make cheap and low resolution EVF - everybody will whine - "too bad"To make expensive and high resolution EVF - everybody will whine "the price is half of camera"
I think Pentax could offer OVF via hot-shoe.
Essai: No VFSize (too big for a mirrorless)AF speedPrice40 mm(60mm) prime for a kit lens ???
It's K-01. Not K-5.
alexeyga: As a ex-Pentax user, I'm speechless!!! WTF is Pentax/Ricoh is thinking about? Why release a LEGO-looking camera when Fuji has such a huge success with their retro-X-linup? The fact that this camera is compatible with the whole line of K-mount lenses is awesome, but there is one little problem - there is no "whole line of K-mount lenses" on the market!!! Try finding some quality K-mount glass and you'll see that either there's none at all, or it's so overpriced that Fuji's X-Pro1 starts looking like a real deal (nevermind Canon's L and Nikons G lenses).
So, WTF is Pentax/Ricoh is thinking about?
inevitable crafts studio: damn it, this is ugly, rminds me on those ugly minoltas in the 90ies.not viewfinder, so no camera for me.
i think for ricoh it would be good to just let THEIR excellent design team make camera designs for pentax, and make pentax the classic line.
this pentax looks like a bad mockup of a nex system camera....
do you have K-mount lenses?
What do you know about AF speed?
who can comment - K-01 could support an optical viewfinder in the flash hot shoe?it's from another review
Anybody read other posts? :)