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Old Apr 22, 2012, 1:02 PM   #1
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Default DigitalRev TV tests K-01

Kai liked it. Although they made the usual jokes about the trendiness and fashion over function (complete with Kai getting a ridiculous outfit) but in the end he concluded that it was a very capable camera which gave good results. He also pointed out the fact that the retro look may now be dominating camera design so it is refreshing to see something different. Biggest complaints, the size, the rubber flap over the card slot, some ergonomic issues and the lack of an EVF. Biggest pluses, image quality, lenses (especially the Limited primes) and excellent build quality.

Overall they will probably have offended a number of people (merely existing offends some) but gave a fair evaluation of the camera. One interesting point is that the yellow model may make a perfect street photographer's camera because people are not intimidated by a camera that looks fun and "touristy", unlike the reactions to the serious black boxes.

Take a look and see what you think, DigitalRevTV on Youtube.
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Old Apr 22, 2012, 1:07 PM   #2
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BTW this is off topic but if you are still interested in my non-Pentax images visit my Flickr site:

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Old Apr 22, 2012, 9:12 PM   #3
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I'm still intrigued with the K-01, but can't do anything about buying anything for a couple of months. I know many hate it, or at least the idea of it, but I'd like the smaller size.
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Using an LCD to view and compose has its pluses and minuses. I am now using an Olympus E-PL1 and although the combination of bright sun and sunglasses does make the screen difficult to see it is still possible. With images stabilization the camera can be held stable enough to get sharp images. If I could afford one I think I would buy a K-01 but not in Yellow, a little too loud for my tastes.
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I tried doing some hand-held macro with the Viv 105 macro lens and the K5, just to see if I could do it. While it wasn't as convenient as using the viewfinder, I could do it. Because of playing around with that, I'm finding myself using live view more and more - which means I'm charging batteries a lot more. But that's no big deal.
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I checked out the K-01 and Q in my local Pentax retailer. I hated the K-01 - boxy and cheap looking and feeling (those knobs and dials are awful). I (very surprisingly) loved the Q ! The total opposite of the K-01, tiny and looks and feels utter quality. Probably tooo small for my hands but you could probably lose it in a cigarette packet !
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Harriet I must say that the Olympus is teaching me to come to terms with live view, my E-P2 with 17mm f2.8 (oops, another unbelievable deal) is quite convenient for the type of photography I am doing now. I would like to try a K-01.

Frogfish, that bad, really? I would have though the aluminum body would feel sturdier. Oh well, it is what it is. Too bad the Q doesn't have better image quality but I guess there is only so much you can do with such a small sensor. For most people it would probably be a good choice if it wasn't so expensive.
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