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My strongest negative feeling is the price on this came down $15 since I ordered it 3 days ago. And yeah, it has no VF, but then neither does it have any mirror slap. It has the same excellent APS-C sensor it's big brother (K5) has and even better video mode selections PLUS it has focus peaking.
Despite all the carping, the body felt VERY comfortable in my big hands. The lens lock design for this body actually is sleeker and more ergonomic than the K5's. I'd purchased a Rokinon 85mm f1.4 prime a couple of years back, then buried it in my kit bag and pretty much forgot about it. When the K-01 arrived, I dug it out and slapped it on. WoW! A lens/body marriage made in Heaven. It felt perfect, the body and lens easily balanced with one another. The clarity and brightness in low light were a pleasant surprise. Unlike the K5, this body has Focus Peaking. It's not only a welcome backup for my K5, but has unique advantages in its own right.
The rubber cover for the SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot is a bit more meddlesome than the hard door/cover on the K5, but it does NOT 'flop' once you take the time to slide/secure it back in place. This body has an external stereo mike input, and UNLIKE the K5, it has audio level control. It also has a built in stereo mic and I think the K5's built in is mono, though its jack is stereo.
This unit may not be a spy's dream camera, but it should be any serious photographer's 'go to' camera for all around versatility and excellence at an unbelievable affordable price (currently). When I count up the advantage of being able to utilize my Pentax legacy/modern lenses, this thing just screams, "Buy me!"
Make no mistake, this is no toy. The dials and buttons feel solid, not cheap. I would have liked a longer neck strap in the retail package.
The 'play' button (when not reviewing your footage/shots) is a welcome asset in returning the focus area to the center of the frame when pushed. The K5 always takes me longer to return the focus area to the center of the frame, and when lots is happening, the time it takes can be annoying. There's lots to like about this body's design that some nitpickers and Polly Anna types have failed to recognize when they vacuously pronounce this design a marketing 'failure'. There may be no accounting for 'taste', but this body feels right in so many respects, it's a raving success here.
I almost forgot something other reviewers ignored, the popup flash mechanism feels very secure and well engineered--almost like a fine Swiss watch. I'd have liked weather proofing in this unit, but there's nothing 'cheap' about the feel. As for the rubber sides instead of solid cover, perhaps that provides a little extra protection against unexpected minor bumps. Don't be afraid of trying this camera, especially with something more than the kit pancake lens. Kudos to the designer and manufacturers of this quality tool.
ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS: Another bonus feature the K-01 offers which the big name brand reviewers have all apparently missed is, not only does this body's pop up flash FEEL refined and well engineered with PLENTY of critical thinking invested in the design--It IS! e.g. The K5's pop up flash was not available when the Rode Video Microphone (stereo) is mounted in the hot shoe. But the more thoughtfully designed K-01 allows a mic such as the Rode SVM to be mounted in the hot shoe AND allows the built in flash to operate simultaneously without having to remove the mic to allow for the built in flash. Given the instantaneous ability to switch (via the 'red' button) from single shots to video, this is a feature I doubt any other APS-C hybrid still/video camera of this quality on the market offers. Frankly, this camera's design is beginning to look like it's over some of its critics' heads.
BTW, the larger body some critics disparage compared to the petite mirrorless competitors likely doesn't overheat its chip & electronic circuitry as rapidly as its smaller P&S cousins. Another nice feature that's not mentioned in the reviews obsessing on the K-01's size/lines is it has not just interval timing for stills, but for video as well! That means you could set it up to catch a series of rush hour foot traffic, or any other anticipated regular event. This duckling is turning into a pretty elegant swan.
When the price on this dropped to 346 smackers on Amazon (free shipping! No tax), I couldn't resist buying a 2nd. At that price it's cheaper than many less endowed P&S cameras. At that price, they're GIVING this excellent photography tool away as though it were a lens accessory!
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Initial post: May 23, 2013 4:36:33 PM PDT
Scotman's Reviews says:
Helpful review, although I would not be mentioning several times how lacking the other reviewers are. Poor taste. Otherwise, helpful review, I may pick this up. Have a Pentax K-5.
In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2013 5:06:24 PM PDT
Amicus Curia says:
Normally, the viewpoint of other reviewers is moot, and you'd be correct. But the K-01 suffered in the marketplace because of unfair pile on reviews of it by consumers who were driven more by their peers than a rational independent analysis. The K-01 is a bargain priced cheaper than many P&S cameras. If you already have a range of Pentax (or compatible) lenses, it's a no-brainer.
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