I hope that's NOT it!!....That is just more of the same 'looks like a DSLR but not a DSLR'...
....pentax is going to have to get a bit more modern than that!
THAT is the ugliest camera I have ever seen. Marc Newson might be a neat product designer, but not of cameras. There is more to design than trying to be different. It helps to know about what you are designing.
I will boycott Pentax until they drop this designer. I sincerely hope that they do not screw up the rumored A16 Ricoh M mount like this!
Interesting design and much better than the Panasonic G/GH series. They have managed to keep SLR functionality while making a design that doesn't look like something from the 1980s (like more or less all DSLRs on the market today). Important to remember also that this is closer in concept to the Sony SLT cameras, since they've apparently decided to stay with the register distance from the DSLRs. A K-5 (or whatever comes after it) and this one would be an interesting combo.
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I'm with Jorgen here - this looks interesting and different - right now it looks odd, but at least it isn't another retro design.
. . . the prospect of Pentax and Ricoh in cahoots really is tantalising (if they can just get the QA sorted on the Pentax lenses).
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Looks like a Lomo in a tuxedo.
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It's kinda silly looking with the panda coloration. Otherwise, it looks a fine little industrial lump*. I'll wait for the official announcement to hear what the specs are.
* Hasselbalds are fine industrial lumps, and the GXR isn't exactly Vickie Vamp either. But they make nice photos...
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I kind of like it. Looks to me a case of form following function, with emphasis on those big top controls, one of which looks easily controlled by a finger at the front.
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Official announcement: today February 2 at 07:00 EST or 12:00 UTC.
Don't believe me ? Check it out here: Pentax K-01 Unveiling Countdown - Pentax Camera News & Rumors - PentaxForums.com
Right, who'll start "Fun with the Pentax K-01" ?
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I think it's fine. I heard rumors about it before and I thought it was going to be Super Ugly II TurboTM, but as it is, I think it's fine. Considering it will be smaller than a K-5 it may have even a bit of a "sexy appeal" when seen first person.
I remember the first time I saw the Q in the rumor photos and I thought it was like the ugliest thing ever. Seeing it in person- whole different story.
For me the success of this camera will boil to three things:
- AF - how fast
- LCD - how viewable in daylight
- price and price.
A price of say $800-$900 for a camera like this with the superb Sony sensor, seriously, I think it would be great (but maybe I am hallucinating). I also like the "60mm pancake remake" they did. Superbly thing, superbly small and apparently a good lens (yes, from the marketing press release so who knows :-) but it's probably good).
PS: For all the "ugly" critiques one thing Pentax does *pretty darn well* is photographer centric ergonomics, interface, features. If this is even remotely close to the K-5/Pentax Q, its ergonomics/controls/interface will beat 90% of what's out there easily. For starters, no stupid Canon PowerShotTM dial wheel.
And what about that lens.. even on the K-5 it looks class:
Pentax K-01 picture leaked, DA 40mm f/2.8 XS lens specs (UPDATED) | Photo Rumors
K-01 has focus peaking.
From the BH Photo press release:
"Focus peaking mode provides fast and accurate manual focusing for critical focus applications.
Some is saying at dpr, the prices will be:
Pentax K-01 body only: $750
Pentax K-01 plus the new 40mm f/2.8 lens: $900
Pentax K-01 two zoom lens kit (18-55mm & 50-200mm): $1000
I think that price is pretty reasonable. Knock off $50-$100 for street I guess. I would think that's pretty good.
It's "official" now: Pentax K-01 Officially Announced - Pentax Camera News & Rumors - PentaxForums.com
But who fancies yellow I wonder ...
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If the video is good I'm interested and it does have an external mic socket, which is a great feature.
What I wanted for my 15, 21, 40 and 70 ltds? not sure. But, as with all cameras, until you use one for a while you can't really evaluate it. Although I can evaluate the yellow version and that's a big NO! Well, perhaps maybe if nobody else buys one and they sell them off cheap. I used to be indecisive, now I just can't make up my mind.
Price wise it seems OK and that will drop to an even more appealing figure for my retirement present in August. Especially if it drops like the Q's price has. It seems to me we used to have to go on waiting lists for new cameras, if we wanted one quickly. Now they start them out at a premium price and then drop the price after the initial rush.
While I welcome a live view cam (I even bought the first Samsung! ), I do not get a half blind camera- i.e., no EVF, despite the heft and the pseudo SLR looks complete with the hump.
Even, Olympus have learnt that an integrated EVF is a good thing!
I can understand folks with Pentax lenses and accessories looking to buy one.
But, with more evolved mirrorless systems in the m4/3rds and the NEX, it will be a tough sell.
Size comparison with K5 on dpreview
Pentax announces K-01 K-mount APS-C mirrorless camera: Digital Photography Review
Mmm, that missing O/E VF makes it a bit of a No-No ...
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More high quality junk from the headless chicken formerly known as Pentax.
The conspiracy of the camera manufacturers: Some have compact bodies with excellent sensors and integrated EVF but no interesting native mount lenses (Sony), others have lots of interesting new and legacy glass, but oddly shaped and quirky looking bodies with no EVF or OVF (Pentax) and the last group tries to lure consumers into bying complete new systems (Fuji and Samsung). Coincidence?