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The best camera deal out there!,
This review is from: Pentax K-01 16MP APS-C CMOS Compact System Camera Kit with DA 40mm Lens (White) (Electronics)
I've had tons of cameras and picked this one up last week because of a ridiculous sale. It was selling for $350 for body and $450 with the 40mm F2.8 prime. I bought the $450 package.
This produces the same quality photos as the most highly rated APSC dSLRs out there: the Pentax K-5 and Nikon D7000. They are roughly $800-$1100 for body only.
And you can have that for $350! Or with the incredibly thin prime lens for $450. The prime lens is basically a lens cap and adds virtually no extra bulk to it. Yes, this camera is bigger than some of the other interchangeable cameras, but it's still small enough to fit into a coat pocket. With the other interchangeable cameras such as the Sonys, Panasonics, and Olympuses, the lens is sticking out so much that you can't put it into a coat pocket. Even with their primes, it still sticks out too much. But with the K-01, the lens doesn't protrude at all so it slips nicely into a coat pocket. The 40mm lens is $230-$250 by itself, so you're buying the camera for $100! It's ridiculous.
So you can do this, plus use any Pentax lens out there! You don't have to have two systems, which Canon and Nikon and Sony are forcing you to do. That's ridiculous. I have a K-5 and this mirrorless system and so it's ONE system. This is great.
The camera is built like a tank. It feels so rugged and solid in your hand. It doesn't feel like the plastic. It's SOLID!
There were some auto-focus problems with firmware 1.0. But I upgraded to the most recent firmware and now it'll focus in almost total darkness. I cracked upon a door, just slightly, and then took a picture inside the dark room at ISO 12800. It was perfectly focused and useable. I can't believe how much I love this camera!
Again, this is the best deal out there.