Peiasdf: Just checked out Pentax's lens line up and I cannot find a single fast normal prime. The cheapest "50mm" is 35mm f/2.4 at $180 while the fastest is 31mm f/1.8 at $1,000. Where is the cheap f/1.4~f/1.8?
Good cameras, weird ass lens line up.
@ Peiasdf:You didn't looked enough. So here's what you are looking for, a fast normal prime lenses, two for full frame and others are for cropped sensor:1) SMC Pentax FA 50mm f/1.8 = $349.95 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/40755-USA/Pentax_20817_Normal_SMCP_FA_50mm_f_1_4.html/
2) SMC Pentax FA Limited 31mm f/1.8 (not cheap but VERY GOOD!) = $989.95 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/394223-REG/Pentax_20290_smc_Pentax_FA_31mm.html/
3) SMC Pentax DA 50mm f/1.8 = $249.95 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/864663-REG/Pentax_smc_DA_50mm_f_1_8.html/
4) SMC Pentax DA* SDM 55mm f/1.4 (Weather Sealed) = $799.95 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/594340-USA/Pentax_21790_Telephoto_55mm_f_1_4_DA_.html/
It's good that they improved the timelapse recording. The video is good, but the lack of jack for external microphone is disappointing, but anyways you can capture better audio with separate audio recorder. Hmmm... I wonder how is the K30's shutter noise??? I hope it's as silent as the K-7's or K-5's.
KennethDante: weather sealed for 850 bucks. wow this is a lot of camera for this price point. If I didn't just get the a57, I would be all over this. I really like the extra thumb jog too. ouch just stumbled on the missing external mic and hdmi out.
Yes, it does go hand in hand. Example: Pentax K-7 and K-5. For this K30, they just didn't add it.
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 ;-)
@ Carlos: The K-01, for me, is not about the advantages over Pentax DSLRs. This K-01 is a new camera system from Pentax. This K-01 is good for cinematography (and of course for stills too) because of its full manual control features unlike the K-7 or K-5. And besides, Pentax didn't stop producing DSLRs. Just recently, there's a new rumor that Pentax is going to release a new DSLR believed to be called "K-z".
Zoltan Csuka: I am not getting it... What is the point of releasing this camera without an evf? Size is the same.
@ Edmond: there's nothing wrong using an adapter. But with the Pentax K-01, you don't have to use any adapter to use your old or recent K-mount lenses. And if you want to use Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. lenses, that is when you would only need an adapter. This K-01's K-mount lets you reduce on burning more of your budget and lets you use your recent and/or old Pentax lenses.
@ Yamin T: Pentax having a mirrorless is not about having a small camera; and having a mirrorless system is not all about owning a small-pocketable camera. What's wrong with adapter? Well, if you are going to use a 35mm format lens on an APS-C sensor you are going to multiply your focal length by 1.5x then multiply it again because of the use of the adapter, let's say your adapter is by 1.7x: so if you are going to use a 50mm (35mm format) lens with 1.7x adapter, your focal length would be around 127mm. Instead of enjoying at least a 75mm focal length from a 50mm (35mm format) lens on an APS-C sensor, you're now hooked-up on a longer working focal length.And besides, Pentax already made a really small interchangeable lens camera: and that is the Q. Take a Q system if a small sized camera is what matters for your photography.
@Joseph S W: the K-01 was not built to compete with tiny cameras. And here, can the NEX 7 accepts lenses for Sony's DSLR or old Minolta lenses without using any adapter? That's the point of the Pentax K-01, it was made to start a mirrorless system that still accepts any Pentax K-mount lenses without using any adapters and without investing on new lens line-ups.
@Manuel: The K-01 was not built to compete with compact-sized-pocketable camera. It was build to make a unique mirrorless system that still accepts any K-mount lenses that doesn't need any adapter. For me, like what Philo123 told, I bought my Pentax cameras based on my needs, so I'm going to get one K-01 for my video production needs and also for stills. Why? Better video options and I can still use my Pentax lenses on it, and I don't need a OVF or EVF for videography. Cheers!
Still... Filterstorm Pro is the best app for photography, next is Snapseed...
wroclaw: what we see is, it is going to be difficult to get an up to date image image quality with this small sensor. being a seasoned olympus fanboy, i am disappointed with the IQ. the images lack sharpness/resolving power. maybe it was poor photographer skills, camera shake, etc.
but then again, what is the point in showing such technically bad images to the public which is obsessed with IQ, like dpreview.
overall, i am afraid this cam aims for young ladies with small handbags as a buyer.
@ wroclaw: I don't know what you see through your computer screen, but on my screen the images are just fine and sharp even when downsized to 1600px at the long end. And, it doesn't mean that if it's a small cam and it's for the young ladies with small handbags. There's an advantage from small cameras like this new Olympus (mind you I'm not an Olympus fan), it's light, reliable image quality, fast, AND weather sealed. I too have those big bulky heavy DSLRs, but sometimes I (and for many others too) needed a small, light, and reliable substitute camera to bring along during assignments or everyday shooting.
For me, I'll never convert to just video. It's more fun and financially helpful if you do both. Here in my country, I work as a photojournalist in a national newspaper. And now, our chief photographer from our main bureau adviced me to make videos in the field during assignments since my DSLR can capture video. Now, i take both stills and videos at the same time and adds up in my income.If you're willing to work hard, don't give up stills and do them both. =)
Grandin: Love the looks, love the features and to me its perfect apart from one big flaw: no built-in flash = ARRRRGGGHHH!!!
I LOVE built-in flash and I hate the fact that it has been omitted in this camera. Naturally I have external flashes for both my systems (Canon EOS 5D Mark II which also lacks built-in flash and Olympus E-P3). But I really enjoy having a built in flash that I never forget to bring, and that I never have to mount/unmount.
For me, its a show stopper. I'll hold on to my EP-3 even though I really like the improved sensor and a couple of other things. Hopefully an EP-4 comes in the future.
Yeah, but the D700/800 are huge, bulky, and heavy camera. With proper shooting style and handling (also with fast lenses), you won't need a built-in flash. If the company placed a built-in flash on this model, that would add up more in size and also in price.
Built-in flash is bulls**t. Weather proofing and better image stabilization is way better than sacrificing those awesome features to a st*pid built-in flash... Peace...
GSD_ZA: One of the ugliest cameras I've seen for a long time. I wish manufacturers would get over this so-called retro fad. It's so... um, retrogressive.
If you don't want it, don't get it. If you want a high-tech-futuristic-design then get a Sony NEX or other brands with different design concepts. By the way, like vladimir v. I'm not a huge Olympus fan too... Peace out...
kenghor: Ugly!!! The viewfinder hump is an eye-sore!!!
It may be "ugly" or a cheap design, but that's the advantage, tricking the thieves that you only have a cheap old 35mm film SLR. =)
RichardBalonglong: As a Pentax user and a working photographer, honestly, this new Olympus is much better in terms of practicality than the Pentax k-01. This one is weather sealed, has view finder, and has a tilting display... I'm thinking of getting one insted the k-01...
This retro design has a great advantage, especially here in our country, it looked like just an old cheap 35mm film SLR and this will let thieves turn-off and will not plan to snatch it or steal it... Hehe...
This one has the size similar to Olympus PEN E-P3, it just have a head for the viewfinder... For me, this Olympus OMD EM5 would be a great back-up for my K-7 or a subtitute if I want to go light...
As a Pentax user and a working photographer, honestly, this new Olympus is much better in terms of practicality than the Pentax k-01. This one is weather sealed, has view finder, and has a tilting display... I'm thinking of getting one insted the k-01...
RichardBalonglong: Pentax thinks out of the box. The design is beautiful,but I wish the screen is articulated for better shooting. Many people dislikes the design in many ways, but if you think of those people, they are afraid of change. Pentax have the guts to go out of the ordinary. Imagine, if Pentax made a design that still looks like other cameras from other manufacturer, then there will be no some sort of individuality and in which it will end up looking like a Canon or a Nikon cameras...
@ itsastickup: Yup, I respect your opinion and your taste. But hey, maybe the next Pentax camera will look somewhat better.For me, at its first appearance of this camera, I was like "what the f*** is that thing?!", but after sometime, yeah, it's nice and simple like some kind of a minimalist camera design. Now, I like the simple design, but I still question the missing OVF/EVF and a front dial would be nice. And, for me, if there will be no view finder, at least they should have made the display articulated to maximize the use of this design. =)
@ sorinx: Nah, never been an employee of Pentax or wanted to be an employee of them. I just use Pentax cameras, and fortunately found a Pentax vest on a garage sale. Hehe.