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Old Dec 6, 2010, 12:11 PM   #1
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This Robot Edition K-r is way cool, but it looks like a toy and somehow I think it demeans the brand, even if they hung the $1200 price tag on it in a prominent place:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/news/...s_a_robot.html

I can see where it might be useful for child photography or for someone trying to sneak pictures without looking like a serious photographer.

Maybe is is intended as a Christmas present for budding child photographers -- April Fool's
Day is a long way off!

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Old Dec 6, 2010, 12:17 PM   #2
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.... or if it's marketed as a quality camera FOR children ?
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I'm sure my grandson, at 3 years of age, would love it. But, since we just got him a camera for his birthday of the Fisher-Price brand......

I can see how it would be helpful for a child photographer, though.

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Old Dec 6, 2010, 12:38 PM   #4
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Really they are going a bit to far to get Pentax back in the publicity.

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Dad are you using your old black (anything but pentax) camera or my new Robot, you know it takes better pictures at a higher iso than yours.
Only I don't see that happening.
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The Pentax Robot might be useful for Department Store / Shopping Mall Santa Clauses, but back in the day, there was a real Robot camera (not to be confused with today's robotic cameras) - the first 35mm motorized mechanical film camera. As I remember, they were very expensive and exclusive. Here is a history of the invention and development of that collector's prize:

http://www.cameraquest.com/robot1.htm
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Hehehe. That's so cute!

Now if they made it so that you could print your own skin to slip on to make it look like you want. Something like they did with the Pentax Optio RS1000.

That would be too cool!
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Oh, I know, I know!
Lego-land is building a new theme park here in Winter Haven, and these cameras are the only ones they will allow in the park.
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Lego-land is building a new theme park here in Winter Haven, and these cameras are the only ones they will allow in the park.
They will probably sell them in the gift shop. If Pentax would make a mouse model, Disney would probably sell a million of them! I sense a trend here for rebranded Robots
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This Robot Edition K-r is way cool, but it looks like a toy and somehow I think it demeans the brand, even if they hung the $1200 price tag on it in a prominent place:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/news/...s_a_robot.html

I can see where it might be useful for child photography or for someone trying to sneak pictures without looking like a serious photographer.

Maybe is is intended as a Christmas present for budding child photographers -- April Fool's
Day is a long way off!

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The secret to good corporate marketing is to corner the youth market...Canon has done a good job appealing to the 15 to 24 year old segment...it looks like Pentax is trying to get an even younger market .
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I think it has already done its intended purpose. which is to get the Pentax KR name out there, look at the number of websites carrying this story, and people like us are talking about it.
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