RedFox88: What good is a real fast lens (f/1.4) with a manual focus lens? It's not easy to get manual focus right wide open with such a wide aperture. I would not buy this kind of lens.
I like Samyang and the optical quality they provide. For Pentax they provide A lens and it records also Aperture in EXIF - no need to turn aperture ring from lens. So I do not see any difference except manual focusing which is easy with focus confirmation and sometimes with live view. I do not think they are niche player, quite many of us have at least one SAMYANG quite soon. You just do not need 14 mm every day and no zoom lens can provide the quality at wide angle areas.
steve131: Common sense .....
Most photographers who care to carry with them and change lens because they can do something extra to achieve the image quality they want.
If Pentax thinks ppl will change lens for fun and don't care about image quality, then they will learn a lesson.
I think most mirrorless fans will go with m43. Sony die-hard fans will go with NEX, but I suspect Sony as a company is going to a dead-end. Sad ... I used to be a big fan of Sony.
I just hope Pentax Q will not become a big joke in the history of mirrorless camera. Look at that little camera, it's lovely, if you can ignore the sensor part.
Most of such cameras have only one lens, micro 4/3 is not a professional thing either, I really do not want to carry large equipment if going out with my family - usually shooting with mobile phone even, just composition and journalism matters here. To get HQ images it takes anyway much of devotion and equipment and time time... I tried sony nex and did not liked the menu system at all. I would like to try the Q at least and if IQ is similar or better to Nokia N8, it is wonderful companion and also in a more serious camera bag just for documenting and why not shooting invisibly.
Peter G: The only reason I have any interest in a M43 or NEX is for the larger sensor, when compared to compacts.
This things is a Joke in bad taste.
I would spend less money and get "large" sensor Canon S95 before this.
Sick comments, everyone is just thinking about sensor size, sensors have evolved in last 5 years tremendously and those images are definitely better than from APS-C cameras from year 2005. I think this camera produces decent A4 prints are you going to shoot professional photos with it ? No but you can walk around with it, use Leaf shutter, manual modes dials and other nice features. NEX cameras are quite menu oriented.
so far we have seen excellent results from pentax small glass (Limited pancake), AF motor, Flash sync to 1/2000, ND filter, not bad lens at all. Leaf shutter has it's advantages as well. Of course DOF is large but you can PP your images today.
Lightshow: I get the feeling this system is aimed at teens, not photo enthusiasts, or pros.
Why do you thinks so, pros like to shoot off work situations too, it is sick to carry large cameras all the time.
snowcrash: An interchangeable lens compact camera? What's the point?Then why not just buy any compact cam with an integrated zoom lens?
Interchangeable lenses are a necessity with larger sensors, as a do-it-all zoom lens would be giant. But with a small sensor it can be done. Then why change lenses?
This system has leaf shutters inside lenses, look at specs, you can not do it with your DSLR. Flash X-sync speed • 1/2000 sec. Soon everyone is asking for leaf shutter. Faster shutters can be created and beleive this camera can produce images for 99% situations today - Internet < 2 Mpix computers screens
Copiare: Pentax doesn't offer a Fullframe camera but releases this piece of crap instead?What a bonehead move and a complete waste of resources.Who designed the flash unit on this camera, Hasbro?
99% of the images today are viewed at few megapixel computer screens or HDTV-s, 99% we do not need larger sensor. 1/2.3" is enough to render A4 magazine cover today with good optics and of course with pro lights. This sensor is much more than iPhone or iPod touch or Nokia N8 (by the way experimentally used already for mag cover). G12 has similar size sensor also but ccd and much more noisy than Sony's new backlight.
There is more light out there as you imagine, even with tiny mobile phone, it is possible to create outstanding results for computer screen.