RoyGBiv: wouldn't they be able to design lenses that mount to the K-mount ring, but with their lens elements recessed into the cavity a bit, or does the electronic contacts get in the way?
I think my pentax me super is thinner than K01 , why they cannot make K01 in a pentax me super body, I don't understand.
Zoltan Csuka: I am not getting it... What is the point of releasing this camera without an evf? Size is the same.
The good thing about pentax K01 is that it can take K mount lens without an adapter? Well the point that pentax want to make is good, but people buy a mirrorless because they want to small camera, not adaptability, and besides, whats wrong with using adapter. And if they have to make a new lens system, so be it, They make a new lens system with q, why not a new mirrorless lens system also.
philo123: Calm down guys! there's a lot of animosity out there towards this camera. I thought we bought cameras based on our needs? I bought a K5 because it fitted my need better than anything on the market. I live in a rainy part of the UK and wanted a weather resistant camera with top build quality and a decent set of good priced lenses. Nothing came close to the K5 with those credentials. If the K-01 is not to your tastes don't buy it- simple. I won't be buying as it's not what I'm looking for but the sensor and IQ of Pentax is superb and the prime lenses are sublime.(check out the review on digitalrev of their pancake 40mm against the opposition http://www.digitalrev.com/article/pancake-day-pancake-lens-test/OTM4NjE0NQ_A_A). Saying that I'd prefer the K-01 with a limited prime than those silly looking long lenses on the SONY NEX series ;-)
A lot of people don't like K01, so they will not buy it, and pentax will lose money, its that simple.
JoeDaBassPlayer: I am failing to see how this camera is compromised as so many say. It gets the K5 Image Quaiity in a smaller less expensive package. It also picks up very high quality video capabilities. It may be a little bigger than a NEX but lenses available are smaller than that of the NEX. It can use a real external mic. It also looks to be a good alternative to the 5D for video and photographic use.
K01 is only a little smaller than k5, video quality is about the same as the competition so what is so special about this camera? Nex5n has the same sensor as K5 and K01 but in a much smaller body and I think Nex 5n is a better camera than K01. By the way, the design is also bad. I don't know why anybody would buy this camera, especially if they already have a k5, the size is almost the same.