For all the work they put into manufacturing this body, it looks rather generic and plain. Maybe it looks better in real life, but from the photos I couldn't distinguish l it from a cheapo model if the red dot was not present The back does look kind of sleek and classy, though.
At first I was skeptical about Panasonic being able to squeeze more out of the outdated sensor. But from the sample photos I've seen at ePhotozine.com, the images look really impressive, clean and sharp, with loads of detail. Unfortunately, they also appear dull and flat. Hopefully that can be fixed with simple adjustments in LR.
If Pentax ever releases a K-02, they don't need to come up with some ground-breaking k-01 or GXR type configuration. Just stick in the awesome K-5 II sensor with 14-bit color and it will give the X-Pro 1 and NEX-7 a run for its money.
Investing in a super durable camera body may have made sense back in the days of film, when you can use the same body for decades. It makes no sense at all in the digital age, because the electronics become obsolete way before the body wears out. Anyway, machined aluminum is not exactly high tech exotic materials....the Pentax K-01 frame is also made from machined aluminum.
rgnewell: I own a Panasonic LX3 and was amazed when Sony introduced the NEX with an APS size imager in a body about the same size as my LX3. I had hoped that Sony would have a lens about the same physical size as the 24-60 mm f2 on my LX3, but evidently not. Maybe Sony will surprise me. Until then, I sit on the sidelines.
I've also been sitting on the sidelines but I doubt they will ever come up with something like Panasonic's X series 14-42mm.The most you can hope for in a pancake zoom for APS-C is something like the Samsung 30-50mm kit zoom for the NX100. Limited range, no image stabilization.
IamJacksBrain: It would be more useful if they placed the EVF on the left side of the camera instead of in the middle.
The new Sigma DP1M and DP2M is one example of "the body stopping at the edge of the lens". It has a 3" screen.
AG: look ugly to me
I agree. Awkward proportions, pentaprism is too tall. The original OM cameras looked better.
Anfernee Cheang: Appearance is something that cannot be measured or analysed. The only way to weigh it is vote...
I vote K-01 is pretty pretty ugly...
You would think that a camera with a machined aluminum body would look classy. Somehow they managed to make it look like a cheap plastic toy (especially in yellow)...
This is a most interesting and unique photo. The scene would normally be considered an eyesore, but somehow you make the shot look eerily beautiful and artistic. Good job!