EDIT, my opinion of the camera here:
In about 24 hours, we will find out what this new Pentax K-01 is all about.
Until then, I’ve been trying to figure out what it might be like.
From Club Snap:
They say that the only viewfinder is the 3 inch LCD as the K-5 and that the body design should be rugged.
-“The camera body is compact and trim whilst preserving all the functions of a professional camera.”
-“The materials convey quality and honesty.”
-“Machined aluminum and rubber provide user with a tactile and durable piece of technology.”
I’ll give it a +1 for mentioning professional camera and +1 for aluminum body. Maybe this will be to Pentax what the iPhone was to Apple?
EDIT: It looks like the body casing is plastic, which is a negative in my opinion. I find it odd why Pentax doesn’t mention this.
I could see this as a decent sidekick to the K-5 considering I “dual wield” two camera bodies with prime lenses often at events. Assuming it does have more control in video mode (no I don’t mean physical controls, I mean ISO and shutter speed manual control at least).
Here is my best guess so far on the camera:
– Basically a semi-downgraded K-5. It seems smart on various levels. They have more volume on parts and use existing technical assets. The K-5 specs are still solid.
– Lacks a viewfinder and magnesium alloy casing, but uses Aluminum that is more appealing than plastic for sure.
– Might have weather sealing…
– Keeps SR, K-mount, great 16mp sensor, speed of the K-5 (buffer, etc).
– Improves live-view focus speed and adds focus options for quicker area selection. Also improves on other things like video mode. Various firmware improvements.
What worries me is the 1/4000th maximum shutter speed mentioned in the rumors. If it is a minimal K-5, then it should have 1/8000th…. and if it did have 1/8000 it’s already better than ALL mirrorless I care to look at out there at the moment. NEX-7… 1/4000th… Fuji PRO 1/4000th… etc. 1/8000th IS important with fast lenses outdoors when I want to maximize background blur. I don’t see any reason they couldn’t use the K-5 shutter unless they wanted to go cheap or go completely electronic.
EDIT: Update found here.
Focus peaking, nice.
Shutter max 1/4000th…ugh
1080p at 30fps, 720p 60fps Also has h.264… Sounds good.
6fps (more than sufficient)
ISO range…100-25,600 doesn’t show 80 or 51200, probably still in there considering those are an option to enable on the K-5.
Has an “aluminum frame” but doesn’t mention exterior material.
No mention of a viewfinder as expected…