D1N0: O the wonders of zinc oxide: http://youtu.be/oAJ4XVmI4dc
Oh man didn't knew that one :D It reminds me of the "Look Around You" BBC series
Louis_Dobson: There are some seriously sad, paranoid and xenophobic people here (the comments about Canon using "Chinese" parts are especially stupid and offensive).
I wouldn't touch this camera with a bargepole because of the sensor. A chemical reaction in the handgrip producing zinc, bis? Who cares! There are probably idiots out their taking that for their health!
Really, you cannot make anything any more, the world has gone mad.
C'mon, with an announcement like that poking fun at Canon is to be expected... however this is serious stuff, consider an instrument which you can spend several hours a day using such as a a car or camera, and that causes you discomfort to the point you can't use it... My girlfriend has very sensitive skin on her hands, imagine that I'd buy her a 650D, and that she'd get this problem... It's 850 bucks we're talking here. And the fact that this wasn't an issue before, is an indication that Canon has used a sub-par material, that seems wasn't the case in the 600D. I would't buy any camera that could deal this kind of nuisance.
Do not want :PWell you could pick it up from the flash... Maybe that's why Pentax makes that new overgrown flash housing on the K-30
Raist3d: My only objection to the review is that while the AF may not be as fast, the manual focus with the focus peaking on this camera is really good. I think when manual focus is that good that should be taken into account.
The NEX has the lenses that most of it's users seem to want (no big teles ain't a problem for them I imagine) The flash might be an issue yes, but NEX-F3 has it, so... I'm a Pentax guy, and I would buy a K-01 for any reason... specially with the K30 being announced and a K-x replacement being announced in the next few months...For me the K-01 has to be completely rethought, Why not a APS-C compact Video camera with K mount? That I would buy in a heartbeat!
Münchhausen: The only weird thing I can find about the review is that you have let it to somebody who isn´t familiar with Pentax gear, so a big part of this review sounds a little bit strange (like the remark of the by default "strangely" turned off distortion control - every Pentaxist knows how much this is slowing down things in Pentax cameras, as opposed to Nikon, for example). Could you please the next time "invite" somebody who knows his Pentax stuff.. :=)
Actually Jeff is quite familiar with Pentax, and he is quite fond of some of the options Pentax made (The AA batteries for example) If you read carefully the review you can see that he owns quite a few lenses for Pentax cameras. I started going to his site about 10 years ago, a year before DPR (actually I found DPR becuse of him ), and I can't stress enough how professional and detailed he is in his reviews... He's already adressed that issue with Pentax cameras (I own a K-x and I rather do those corrections on the computer because of the camera lag) exactly because there doesn't seem to exist a similar problem with the Nikons, I think it's a valid point.
There's much talk about the aperture, dop, etc stuff... First of all equivalent aperture does not mean equivalent light transmission, I'm sorry but even in the same camera two 50mm lenses with the same aperture might have different light transmission characteristics, albeit similar, however, the dop values should remain the same. In the case of the FF vs APS vs m4/3, I ain't even go there... But from a dop point of view we can say that this 75mm is, from a dop perspective, equivalent to a 100mm 2.4 APS-C lens, and simiilar to a 150mm F5 lens on fullframe, only regarding to the DOP! If you don't believe it just check for yourselves http://www.dofmaster.com/doftable.html
tkbslc: Why come out with a crop only 50mm lens? I know Pentax only makes crop cameras now, so wouldn't something like a 57 or 60mm make a lot more sense? Lots of people use 50's on a crop camera, but that's just because they were left over from film days. Who really wants a 75mm equivalent prime? It's just always felt a tad too short. 85-90mm equivalent would be much better even though it's only a few extra mm.
And I know Pentax has some great 70 and 77mm primes, but they already had a 50mm f1.4, too.
If the 35mm is anything to go by, this 50mm is probably full frame compatible, it seems has it is based on the old 1.7 formula, and there a re a few DA lenses that are fullframe in disguise (not all of them unfortunately)
Extremely purposeful looking, 100% viewfinder, good sensor, nice performance (on paper) a really good showing from Pentax, but why don't they offer an adapter for a lithium battery, instead of the other way around? It seems to me tht it would be much easier and space efficient than having an adapter for the batteries (they are bulkier than a lithium) :/ never understood that option they took with the K-r...
Pentax has an amazing RAW (and JPEG has a matter of fact) engine on their cameras since the K-x (and switch to sony sensors), but after seeing the level of detail the new 24MP sensors are capable of, I won't be cashing in for anything less (High ISO can bite me, I seldom go anywhere north of ISO 1600...)Regarding the K-01, I think Pentax didn't went far enough (I actually like the looks of it), If the point was making am entire different camera they could've gone for a cube look or something like a cross between a video cam and a Lytro... Not having a swivel screen on a non OVF cam is a deal-breaker, they could've capture a huge following if they just tried to make a more forward thinking video/stills camera, and leaving room on their line up for a conventional K-r successor...
ARTASHES: To Dpreview or/and Dcresource : Have any info about ZS15's sensor?Please
Jeff has also reviewed the Z15 and has found it does have better image quality than the Z20, just check his site for the review
So between this and a K-01... I'd rather have a Nikon D5100! :D
Now really, I'm a K-X user, I love it, I'd never buy a K-01, i think it's a very flawed camera, yet it's more compact than this (albeit more heavy & without lens) apparently better IQ, faster frame rate, timelapse recording, and to my eyes, better looking. A last year's NEX or m4/3 might be a much better buy for those who want a small camera... The D5100 is probably the best bang/buck consummer DSLR in the shops today... I understand the idea of this camera, but would't call it a success... this 76% rating... complete nonsense!
Joe Federer: All I want is this camera... with the D4 sensor. This is a great camera for a wedding photographer... but the sensor is not designed for low-light, which is where wedding photographers live.But the D4 is also not for a wedding photographer -- as the need for multiple backups takes the price to upgrading to 15-20k. With the big body (a worthless, annoying, vertical grip you can't remove) trying to show up to a wedding with 2-3 of them on your body is a non-starter.Given these are our only options... A great option would be a mix of the D4 and the D800... but then you need to have 3 different card types... and be used to different control formats.I loved the D700/D3 mix... Everything was the same moving from camera to camera. I had multiple of both. I might end up staying with that because they misunderstood what I need with these two.
"ISO 100-6400 extendable to ISO 25,600 equiv (same as D700)"
So, it's the same ISO range then a D700... And do you really need more than 6400 for a wedding?!
OH! and for video, it's the best Pentax yet, nice codec, mic line in, can't quite get if it has full autofocus though...I wished it could take AA's with an adapter for the battery instead... I just love the AA in the K-x, and that was part of the decision making against the D5000.
My thoughts exactly, never have I seen such an heated debate about a new Pentax on DPreview...
OLY Panasonic have establish their niche, Fuji is trying to do the same with beautifull results. I wish that Pentax had taken the same route has they have, but this is not that bad either... (Sony has a nice camera until you put a lens on and start taking pictures with it :6)
My first reaction to the K-01 was "Oh Crap!" But then I checked out some other pics on the interwebz and the camera looks quite rugged and well built,quite ergonomic, plus I don't know why, but the looks of the Yellow one got me...
It's just that the pancake lens, tiny has it is, doesn't look very good on that body, but check out the more "normal" K-lenses... They look just fine!
I have a K-x and a ME, I can't quite justify the upgrade to this, but if it was my first Mirrorless or junior SLR, probably would pull the trigger... And what about the Lomo Hipster looking for something funky? Damn if this ain't it!