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Pentax announces K-01 K-mount APS-C mirrorless camera

By dpreview staff on Feb 2, 2012 at 12:00 GMT

Pentax has formally announced the K-01 K-mount mirrorless interchangable lens camera and a revised 40mm F2.8 pancake lens to match. Built around a 16MP APS-C sensor, the camera can mount most of the lenses the company has ever made. It features sensor-shift image stabilization, a 920k dot rear LCD and can shoot at up to 6 frames per second. The rather interesting design is the work of respected product designer Marc Newson and features a logo of his signature on the base of the camera. The K-01 (which the company says should be pronounced 'kay-zero-one'), will cost around $749 body-only and $899 with the 'XS' version of the 40mm lens.

Our biggest concern, based on its dependance on contrast detection autofocus, is the camera's focus speed. Most lenses designed for DSLR-style phase-detection autofocus don't lend themselves to the rapid contrast detection autofocus required by mirrorless cameras. The contrast detection AF on the K-5 works pretty quickly with some lenses but it's not up to the speed of the camera's phase detection focusing, and certainly not a match for the best mirrorless cameras on the market.

And on handling a pre-production version we noticed that, because it features a full depth K-mount, it is a pretty big camera. Below we demonstrate how its size compares to the company's flagship K-5 DSLR.

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Press Release:

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION INTRODUCES PENTAX K-01 DESIGNED BY MARC NEWSON

DENVER, CO February 2, 2012…When is a camera more than a photographer’s tool?  The answer is when it’s an object designed by Marc Newson, one of the most acclaimed and influential contemporary designers.
PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION introduces the Marc Newson designed PENTAX K-01* interchangeable lens camera (ILC). The new PENTAX K-01 is another bold effort from the manufacturer that is known for pushing camera size, color, durability, and now, design, to the limit. Widely known for designing a wide range of objects from furniture and household products to bicycles, cars, aircraft and yachts, Marc Newson has had collected works displayed in The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City and many other major museums.   
*pronounced ‘kay- zero-one’

The contemporary, timeless K-01 houses a full array of advanced functions and user-friendly features in a camera body with remarkable form and function. The elimination of an optical viewfinder and quick-return mirror gave Newson more freedom in designing the camera body, and the K-01 showcases Newson originality in every detail.  Available in black, white and Newson’s signature yellow colors, the K-01 features the designer’s autograph logo stamp on the bottom of each camera.

The famed designer’s touch also is evident in a new smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS interchangeable lens.  As the world’s thinnest interchangeable lens,* the new 40mm combines with the PENTAX K-01 camera body to deliver a unique ILC system that is perfect for photographers who are as keen on design as they are on performance. Together, the K-01 and 40mm lens system mark the intersection where high technology and high design meet.

Key features of the PENTAX K-01 include:

  • Durable machined aluminum frame under a stylish black, white, or yellow exterior.
  • PENTAX mirrorless body design is compatible with 25+ million PENTAX K-mount lenses spanning decades.
  • Large 16 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor with low noise image capture and multiple aspect ratios.
  • Bright, high resolution 3 inch LCD with 920,000 dots.
  • Full HD 1080p video capture at 30 FPS with h.264 compression (60 FPS at 720p) features outstanding video capture flexibility.
  • Sensor-shift PENTAX Shake and Dust Reduction system is compatible with every mounted PENTAX lens.
  • Fast 6 FPS burst mode is ideal for fast-action photography.
  • Flexible ISO range of 100-25600 ensures gorgeous noise-free imaging in any lighting condition.
  • Focus peaking mode provides fast and accurate manual focusing for critical focus applications.

* The world’s thinnest interchangeable lens for lens-interchangeable digital SLR cameras, as of February 1, 2012 (based on PENTAX’s research).

The K-01 will be available in yellow, black and white in March 2012 for $749.95USD (body only) and $899.95USD (lens kit including new DA 40mm XS) in Marc Newson designed packaging and with the Marc Newson designed strap.  The smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS unifocal interchangeable standard lens will ship at the same time for $249.95 USD.

Additional information is available here: www.pentaximaging.com/news and a video interview with Mark Newson regarding the K-01design may be viewed here: www.youtube.com/pentaxian1  Images of other Marc Newson creations are available here.

Pentax K-01 specifications

Price
MSRPUS: $749, UK: £629, EU: €823
Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialAluminium
Sensor
Max resolution4928 x 3264
Other resolutions4352 x 3264, 4224 x 2816, 4928 x 2776, 4224 x 2376, 3840 x 2880, 3456 x 2304, 3456x1944, 3264 x 3264, 3072 x 2304, 2880 x 2880, 2688 x 1792, 2688 x 1512, 2304 x 2304, 2304 x 1728, 1728 x 1728
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors16 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100 to 12800 in 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps (100 to 25600 extended)
White balance presets9
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsGood, Better, Best
File format
  • JPEG v2.3
  • RAW
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points81
Lens mountPentax KAF2
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Macro
  • Moving Object
  • Night Scene Portrait
  • Sunset
  • Blue Sky
  • Forest
  • Night Scene
  • Night Scene HDR (JPG only)
  • Night Snap
  • Food
  • Pet
  • Kids
  • Surf & Snow
  • Backlight Silhouette
  • Candlelight
  • Stage Lighting
  • Museum
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, P-TTL, high speed sync w Pentax dedicated flash)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Continuous drive6 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps),1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage includedNo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini HDMI Type C)
Remote controlYes (Optional IR)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion D-LI90 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)540
Weight (inc. batteries)561 g (1.24 lb / 19.79 oz)
Dimensions122 x 79 x 58 mm (4.8 x 3.11 x 2.28)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (1s to 24h, up to 999 shots, delayed start available)
GPSNone

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Comments

Total comments: 875
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Dan4321
By Dan4321 (Feb 2, 2012)

It's sad when someone tries to make a product that emphasizes form over function, and then ends up utterly failing at both. Kind of funny actually. The yellow-on-black version is especially vomit-inducing, they spend a significant portion of the press release trying to 'talk up' the design yet it falls flat on its face and is probably among the worst designed cameras in the past couple of years.

1 upvote
Vlad S
By Vlad S (Feb 2, 2012)

Pentax has a history of producing funky designs. So this is just a branch of their DSLR system for those who like to make personal statement. It's not about small size, or full time live view - they have other systems for that. This is for someone who is invested in K-mount, but wants a camera that's a fashion accessory. Nothing's wrong with that.

Vlad

2 upvotes
AndrewG NY
By AndrewG NY (Feb 2, 2012)

DPReview did this camera a bit of a disservice with sloppy scaling of their side-by-side with K-5. If you compare pixel measurements with the hotshoe and lensmount (which should be identical with the two cameras), you'll see the K-01 is oversized a bit -- in reality it's not quite as big as it looks next to that K-5.

0 upvotes
Peter G
By Peter G (Feb 2, 2012)

I did a transparency crop overlay of the hotshoes, they look the same to me.

0 upvotes
Jun2
By Jun2 (Feb 2, 2012)

Putting on some legendary plastic toy lenses, Museum of Modern Arts will love it.

0 upvotes
cre8unique
By cre8unique (Feb 2, 2012)

I watched the interview with Marc Newson and was mildly amused by his insistence on calling it the k-oh-one, while Pentax wants us to call it the k-zero-one. I always groan at product names that require their pronunciation to be explained! Mind you this isn't Pentax's worst product name... that would have to go to the *ist! (Still no idea how to say that!!)

As for the camera itself... well... it looks weird, but I've always has a bit of a soft spot for weird :-) On purely aesthetic ground I rather like it, and the yellow colour too.

I have lots of questions and concerns about this new camera, but I'm prepared to wait until the camera has been properly reviewed and I've handled it myself before I pass further judgement!

But I can't help but be curious about the Pentax-DA XS lens. I assume that this lens is designed specifically for the k-oh-one (I'm with Mr Newson on how to say it!!) and therefore won't fit on a Pentax K mount DSLR... will there be a whole series of DA XS lenses??

0 upvotes
andy amos
By andy amos (Feb 2, 2012)

Can't resist!
Bet its known as the "Obi One kenobi" inhouse! Either that, or the K-oh-no!!

0 upvotes
baabbott
By baabbott (Feb 2, 2012)

I miss my black Pentax MX w/ 400mm pancake from the 70's, so I guess I'm a retro guy but this thing looks awful, so....as far as I'M concerned, game over for pentax. I almost went for the K-5 to replace the MX, but then I saw the Fuji x pro1. Bye Bye Pentax

0 upvotes
Blake Willis
By Blake Willis (Feb 2, 2012)

Looks like the cover of an early '80s Herbie Hancock album.

1 upvote
Baxter Bad
By Baxter Bad (Feb 2, 2012)

Interesting fact: many of the haters in the comments are users with zero posts in the forums, or if they have a few, the comments are along the same line: This brand sucks, that camera sucks. Not anything personal, just a brand attack.

What's that smell? Oh, yes - it's astroturf.

2 upvotes
NineFace
By NineFace (Feb 2, 2012)

no one care about posts count

2 upvotes
Stens
By Stens (Feb 2, 2012)

I do.

0 upvotes
rhlpetrus
By rhlpetrus (Feb 2, 2012)

If it had a vf and were 0.8x its size, I could get one. Ah, yes, PDAF like Nikon 1 needed as well. I actually like the design, unlike most here. I almost got the Lego camera the other day :). Seriously.

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mrsfixit
By mrsfixit (Feb 2, 2012)

NO flip out LCD?
Pas pour moi... not for me.
The design leaves much to be desired, and that yellow/black is truly hideous.
But just the fact that yet another company has jumped into the mirrorless arena is *always* a good thing.

0 upvotes
Boris
By Boris (Feb 2, 2012)

Pentax must have outsourced the design to Russia!....I like it!

2 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 2, 2012)

Fujifilm X-Pro1 has only 386 comments. I expect more than 400 for K-01.:)

0 upvotes
Jeff Peterman
By Jeff Peterman (Feb 2, 2012)

I like the concept of the mirrorless design because of the removal of mirror-slap, the quieter operation, and the potential for faster shot-to-shot speed. But, if you shoot a lot, especially in low light, the inability to use the classic three-point hold (steadying the camera with both hands, your elbows tucked in against your chest, and the body pushed against your face), is a major concern. Getting good shots with this this camera and a long lens is going to rely on having lots of light and on the functioning of the image stabilization in the body.

0 upvotes
rhlpetrus
By rhlpetrus (Feb 2, 2012)

My main grievance with most ML: no VF. Secondly, at sam level, poor AF, many, not all. This one looks like it has both issues.

0 upvotes
Dennis
By Dennis (Feb 2, 2012)

Give it PDAF and an EVF and a tilting LCD, drop the price $50 and you'd have a Sony A55 !

4 upvotes
AndrewG NY
By AndrewG NY (Feb 2, 2012)

Some truth, though for some, styling has some value (I kind of like this, beauty is in the eye of the beholder). Plus the A55 is larger (124 x 92 x 85) vs. (122 x 79 x 58 mm), and some might say Pentax's available lenses are fairly well-suited for this -- nobody else has compact primes ~15/21/70mm.

0 upvotes
waxwaine
By waxwaine (Feb 2, 2012)

Gratefully without a useless-nobody-wanted SONY mount.

0 upvotes
easyeddy
By easyeddy (Feb 2, 2012)

Rats. If the new Olympus turns out to be a lemon as well, we're screwed.

0 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Feb 2, 2012)

It's finally official!!! Now I have a chance to vent!!!!!!

for GOD's sake!!!!!! Wteva Pentax paid this designer, this camera could be better designed by an UNPAID INTERN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 upvotes
ispress
By ispress (Feb 2, 2012)

So it's not for you, then?

2 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Feb 2, 2012)

No. Too many cameras at home already

I feel sad going through the comments, many many people think this thing is ugly...
I always respected Pentax, they made superb lenses in the past, and make very good DSLRs now...but their marketing is just too...nonexistent...too few people know their greatness...

Also their top management is to blame....Why no full frame k-mount DSLR?

Now this designer...seriously can he sleep at night with this design?!?! Has he fulfilled his fiduciary duty????
Pentax was bragging that they hired this designer...now...what a disaster.... :(

2 upvotes
Godfrey
By Godfrey (Feb 2, 2012)

This camera combined with a 43 and 21 mm Limited lens kit would be a great all around shooter for a lot of my photography. More and more I find myself eschewing the eye level finder in many situations and it will be quieter than an SLR. The lack of an eye level finder reduces its usability with longer lenses hand held, but it's fine for tripod use.

And I like the bumblebee coloring. :-) Although they should offer a simple all-black too.

3 upvotes
photofan1986
By photofan1986 (Feb 2, 2012)

The guy who designed this horror should be hanged by the feet!

4 upvotes
kennyv9000
By kennyv9000 (Feb 2, 2012)

This is a smart design. If the camera body is small like NEX or others mirror-less camera, when using an adapter + their own DSLR lens will look bulkier too, other than that its look weird and unbalance with big lens mount on a small body. At least, K-01 look good and feel balance when attach with their own DSLR lens without an adapter. The important is, from the design point and lack of mirror box, future zoom lens that design for K-01 will all look like pan cake cause they can hide half of the lens barrel into the body.

Maybe it will selling well, who know? And I'm sure I want a black one!

PS: Currently using 5n, GXR-M and film M, am not a Pentax fan but still want one :)

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cdembrey
By cdembrey (Feb 2, 2012)

Hipstamatic gets it, Pentax doesn't. Hipstamatic has a NEW app http://www.dpreview.com/articles/6770934453/hipstamatic-disposable-ios-app-review that allows people to have real time photo-sharing parties on F-Book.

I think that the P&S and low-end mirrorless/DSLR market will get much smaller. Casual photographers will buy camera-phones and Enthusiasts/Pros will buy High-end Mirrorless/DSLRs, not leaving much of a market for the K-01.

0 upvotes
DotCom Editor
By DotCom Editor (Feb 2, 2012)

Looks like a Lego toy.

1 upvote
waxwaine
By waxwaine (Feb 2, 2012)

"A good listener, few words".
People angry for no ovf/evf have their response on their own; go and buy K-5 and stop crying out like abandoned baby. And belive me, this is what Pentax are specting to. For people needing for a mirrorless(no slap shake) K mount and NON PROFESIONAL camera prepare us credit cards.

I´m just imaging a white K-01 besides my lovely white K-r with my Ms, Ks, S1 and Zeiss collection; An Orgiastic trois et moi!!!

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Lucas_
By Lucas_ (Feb 2, 2012)

Good thing in this Pentax is the excellent Sony 16MP sensor, which together with the very good K-mount lenses may be an IQ winner...
As for the body design..... hmmmm...

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KGP
By KGP (Feb 2, 2012)

Νot so relevant, but... relevant:

Back in 2001, motorcycle manufacter Aprilia, comissioned world famous designer Philippe Starck to design an all-round motorcycle.

The result was this: http://www.realclassic.co.uk/starckapriliamoto65.html

The ugliest, useless, non functional motorcycle in history! It was a total disaster, a remarkable commercial failure...

Cameras (and motorcyles) should be designed by people who knows that function and ergonomics counts more than form!

5 upvotes
petr marek
By petr marek (Feb 2, 2012)

A VERY relevant comment ...

1 upvote
misolo
By misolo (Feb 2, 2012)

Let's not compare... Anything by Starck almost always manages to, at the same time, be ugly and compromise functionality. I actually find the K-01 a good design.

0 upvotes
Simon97
By Simon97 (Feb 2, 2012)

The thicker design is actually better grippable and more comfortable to me. I'm not sure about the thin camera craze anyway. It has the big APS-C sensor with great IQ.

I love how they kept the K mount. No new lensmount and I can mount all my old lenses with out some overpriced adapter! With Pentax's pancake lenses, it won't be that much larger than other mirrorless ILCs.

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Ed Gaillard
By Ed Gaillard (Feb 2, 2012)

Cheap, but not inexpensive.

Pretty much the size of a K-r, but without a viewfinder or fast focusing.

Very strange.

1 upvote
cheenachatze
By cheenachatze (Feb 2, 2012)

Great looks, obviously inspired by power tools. But as Steve Jobs said: "Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."

3 upvotes
YoHahnMD
By YoHahnMD (Feb 2, 2012)

I've always thought that the camera company that made their mirrorless cameras use their DSLR lenses without an adapter would be the big winner!

Interesting that Pentax is the first to do that . . .

Now, if only we can get Pentax cameras back into the stores (USA) where the buyers can see them before they buy!

Then they might be a big hit!

ARE YOU LISTENING, PENTAX???

As for it's appearance, it has a kind of 1980's boxy-retro-toy-robot look to it!

Not too sure how I like that . . .

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Simon97
By Simon97 (Feb 2, 2012)

I think retaining the K mount is smart even if the camera is thicker. A thicker camera is more comfortable to hold anyway.

I have a feeling Canon might try a mirrorless EOS mount camera that is a bit smaller than the Rebel line. We'll see...

3 upvotes
mpix345
By mpix345 (Feb 2, 2012)

I don't think having this camera in stores for people to see is such a good idea. How it looks is not it's selling point...

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PentaxNick
By PentaxNick (Feb 2, 2012)

But how it feels might be... "Just Hold a Pentax"

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Lights Perfection
By Lights Perfection (Feb 2, 2012)

I think they should have hired a professional photographer to design the camera. I still want a camera that commands "respect" form other photographers. I agree with John, the camera is..."butt ugly". :-)

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chiane
By chiane (Feb 2, 2012)

You should let your pictures command respect. So tired of every photographer thinking their camera has to be a big black box and look like it is from the 1960's.

2 upvotes
mpetersson
By mpetersson (Feb 2, 2012)

I don't get this. Won't AF be terribly slow? If the performance of SAM/SSM-lenses on the NEX with the LA-EA1 adaptor is any clue, it won't be pretty. A shame, I really like Pentax but of late it feels like they have lost track somewhat in the consumer market. I would still love to get their 645-camera though.

1 upvote
Philip Corlis
By Philip Corlis (Feb 2, 2012)

Ugly as a mud fence, no EVF, no articulated LCD...

Oh Taxi...

1 upvote
chlamchowder
By chlamchowder (Feb 2, 2012)

I don't understand. Why not just get a K-r instead? They look like they're roughly the same size and price, but K-r gives you the option of using an OVF and getting faster autofocus (including good action tracking capabilities).

If you enjoy framing with an electronic preview, you could just use the K-r in live view mode. Wouldn't that give you roughly the same experience?

3 upvotes
Richie Beans
By Richie Beans (Feb 2, 2012)

AWESOME! Can I get one at Walgreens!?

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SirSeth
By SirSeth (Feb 2, 2012)

As someone else brilliant nailed it ... "but she has a great personality."

Just saying. Btw, how is it able to focus all the K mount lenses without a mirror? Just curious. Is it a mirrored mirrorless CSCish camera? Or is it a mirrored camera without the OVF and SLR? Besides the confusing colors, this is causing me to ponder jumping off a bridge.

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AndrewG NY
By AndrewG NY (Feb 2, 2012)

Uses contrast-detect AF like virtually all compact and mirrorless cameras do. Also includes 'focus peaking' display on the rear LCD (like Ricoh GXR and some NEX's) and which highlights which parts of the image are in sharpest focus when focusing manually.

No mirror, no phase-detect AF. If this is making you think about offing yourself, you have bigger problems than anything Pentax announces.

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cdembrey
By cdembrey (Feb 2, 2012)

The Kay-Oh-One Looks like a real knock-out (KO).

They give us a fake pentaprism , but no EVF. Another Form-Over-Function design.

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papillon_65
By papillon_65 (Feb 2, 2012)

A camera so ugly that people will object to having it pointed at them based purely on it's looks - genius! I'm disappointed there's no British racing green version with chrome trim, I want to look flash while I'm being laughed at.
You can already get them on ebay if anyone's interested.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TIMMY-TIME-CAMERA-TOY-/260945777399?pt=UK_Toys_Creative_Educational_RL&hash=item3cc19492f7#ht_500wt_1193

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Mark B.
By Mark B. (Feb 2, 2012)

Even in black, it has a cheap plastic-y look to it. Too bad about the LCD-only, it could at least have been rotating.

0 upvotes
steveh0607
By steveh0607 (Feb 2, 2012)

It's found under DSLR cameras (not hybrid cameras), even though it's doesn't have a SLR.

0 upvotes
John McCormack
By John McCormack (Feb 2, 2012)

This "camera" is just butt ugly. The designer should stick to designing trash dumpsters.

4 upvotes
R Thornton
By R Thornton (Feb 2, 2012)

My favourite slr of old, Me Super, is FF and has a huge bright optical viewfinder, and is stil half the size of K-01!

0 upvotes
justmeMN
By justmeMN (Feb 2, 2012)

In the film days, Pentax made very nice cameras. It's really sad to see what they have become.

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steveh0607
By steveh0607 (Feb 2, 2012)

I take that back. It's on website, just not featured on the first page, where it should be since it's new.

0 upvotes
limlh
By limlh (Feb 2, 2012)

Why are some camera makers still not getting the clue? No evf, no articulating lcd? It's a zero on my score card.

2 upvotes
Scott P
By Scott P (Feb 2, 2012)

Someone at Pentax needs to be fired. First the Q system, and now this? I don't get it... What a shame.

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steveh0607
By steveh0607 (Feb 2, 2012)

The new camera isn't up on the company website yet.

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andy amos
By andy amos (Feb 2, 2012)

Could it be a very early april fool joke??

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AndrewG NY
By AndrewG NY (Feb 2, 2012)

No, they're going to re-announce it every day (Groundhog Day).

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photolifer
By photolifer (Feb 2, 2012)

Let Joe Schmoe design it and knock the cost back down to $600 with the lens. I hate paying for some twit's name stamped on it.

1 upvote
Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Feb 2, 2012)

Then buy Samsung. Oddly, that name enjoys high regard in phones and tablets, but not cameras, though it makes good stuff.

1 upvote
steveh0607
By steveh0607 (Feb 2, 2012)

I don't care about looks (and it's not that bad guys/gals) if it produces good images. The day glow yellow should go though. And I like the pancake.

But if the longer range goal is to move away from mirrored cameras, then add EVF for gods sake!

1 upvote
Baxter Bad
By Baxter Bad (Feb 2, 2012)

I just pre-ordered the yellow. It wasn't easy pulling that trigger.

A few years ago, I took a trip through Italy with a quite serious-looking FF camera. Everyone and their Aunt Hatty took one look at me and asked me to take their photo. Group photos, photos of couples, photos of dogs, you name it. And I was working out of a bag to try to keep it out of sight. In theory a yellow K-01 should get me totally ignored except, maybe, by gawking kids. Odds of theft should seriously drop, like when I switched from driving an Acura to a Volvo (my Acura was actually stolen).

Agree about the EVF.

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Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Feb 2, 2012)

I think a separate EVF is on its way. It has to be or this will be very hard to sell. Should have been built in to save some cost, inconvenience and bulk (or extra height of camera when mounted).

What could really make a difference is the sensor. If Pentax could also put in a FF sensor,that would make all the difference. The body won't be considered big. All those old lenses can be used for FF, while the newer digital ones can be used in reduced resulution. And with a built-in EVF, it will be something special.

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steveh0607
By steveh0607 (Feb 2, 2012)

If they add an external EVF then you can't use the flash. They should've just built it into the body.

1 upvote
M1963
By M1963 (Feb 2, 2012)

There's no port to connect an electronic viewfinder.

0 upvotes
Charlie Jin
By Charlie Jin (Feb 2, 2012)

It looks more like a Richo camera, not Pentax.

3 upvotes
solarider
By solarider (Feb 2, 2012)

I rather appreciate the fact that Ricoh is Rich-o.

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draschan
By draschan (Feb 2, 2012)

so every manufacturer tries a different and interesting approach to mirrorless. this machine looks big but fun. the yellow is gruuuvy. it can utilize all k-mount lenses. even I do have some floating around in some closet :-) as a user of a pana G3 I keep a close look on the mirrorless market. competition will either make my platform better. mirrorless market heat up ! yeah ! the micro 43 equipment is so cheap that I can easily switch to another system or run another system on the side if that should prove significantly better. mirrorless rules. hoping for mirrorless FF and medium format (maybe pentax could do this ?)

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njkdo
By njkdo (Feb 2, 2012)

Bruuuutta!!!

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Dennis
By Dennis (Feb 2, 2012)

Wow - first the 'Q' and now this ? A big, chunky full depth camera that embraces the weaknesses of mirrorless and foregoes the strengths. No EVF ? LCD only and it doesn't move ? CDAF only with legacy AF lenses ? And while I don't get overly hung up on how gear looks, it's ugly.

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hc44
By hc44 (Feb 2, 2012)

Mirrors exist because of the limitations of film, no other reason. In time you won't see mirrors at all and people will still want large solid cameras so that's not a problem with this camera. Should have an EVF though if it's not going to be small.

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Dennis
By Dennis (Feb 2, 2012)

If mirrors exist because of the limitations of film, why are Nikon, Canon, and even Sony (the mirror is fixed) still using them ?

Mirrors still exist to provide PDAF (until PDAF-on-sensor becomes viable across product lines) and to provide a TTL view through an optical viewfinder.

The concept of a mirrorless body with legacy lens mounts is reasonable - I expect to see more such cameras, particularly as entry level models, and particularly when PDAF-on-sensor becomes an option. But with EVFs and tilting LCDs.

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hc44
By hc44 (Feb 3, 2012)

They still exist because the legacy technology still lingers; it happens, it took time for floppy disks to see their way out too. If camera invention started with electronic capture they wouldn't have bothered sticking clunky mirror contraptions in an otherwise static hardware design. Understand the basic limitation of film to understand why mirrors evolved.

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