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Pentax K-01 designed by Marc Newson: another reason to buy a mirrorless camera

The Gadget Show  Friday 03 February 2012

Pentax K-01 designed by Marc Newson: another reason to buy a mirrorless camera

The Pentax K-01 is perhaps the most daring-looking camera in the Pentax range. It’s a mirrorless snapper crafted lovingly by famous designer Marc Newson, with charming retro looks and features such to rival more expensive competition from the likes of Sony, Nikon and Olympus. Read on to find out why you need the Pentax K-01 in your life.

Most cameras are hardly the most desirable-looking gadgets around – placing functionality over design. The mirrorless Pentax K-01 can go some way to changing that perception – it’s gorgeous.

The body of the Pentax K-01 is crafted from aluminium and coated in a yellow exterior sure to get itself noticed. It’s looks are the brainchild of London-based designer Marc Newson, who we’ll say has done wonders here.

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In terms of features, we’re talking a fully interchangeable lens. Like all mirrorless cameras, the Pentax K-01 promises to deliver DSLR-like quality photos in a small body, not much larger than compact cameras.

There’s also a 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and full high definition 1080p video recording at 30 frames per second. A six frames per burst photo mode should make light work of shooting fast-moving objects. An ISO range between 100-25600 means that the Pentax K-01 will also perform well in all lighting conditions. Anti-shake technology, 3-inch (fabulous looking) LCD screen and a pop-up flash lend extra functionality and add to the retro look.

The Pentax K-01goes on sale at the end of March for around £630 for the body, or £680 with either an 18-55mm or 40mm lens kit- driving the Pentax K-01’s pricing into midrange territory when comparing to other DSLR cameras, but with arguably more practicality due to its near-compact size.

Does the Pentax K-01 sound good enough to tempt you from your DSLR? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Alan Organ

This surely is not intended for real photographers; just an expensive piece of jewellery for folk with too much cash.

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It looks like a hybrid between Fisher Price and Lego. What's more they won't be able to sell it to the "handbag camera" market because it's the size of a brick and I suppose it would be silly to expect a viewfinder, wait until the sun comes out. I'll stick with my K-5 thanks all the same.

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Fantastic web-site you have got in here.

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