John Flores

just another guy trying just another thing.
And in this corner… on Flickr.Via Flickr:
A couple of years ago, someone in the Pentax skunkworks thought it would be a good idea to start releasing their entry-level dSLRs in funky colors. First the K-m (K-2000) received the Crayola treatment, then the K-x. The K-x was an interesting proposition - class-leading specs (high ISO, FPS) wrapped in controversial colors. Traditionalists cried foul - “How could Pentax be considered a ‘serious’ camera company when they are releasing toy cameras like this?’ they stated ad nauseum on message boards all around the Internets. But despite their claims, the K-x drew some serious attention from a broad range of people - people stepping up to their first dSLR, people wanting a good camera on a budget, and even specialty groups like astrophotographers. Like the colors or not (it was also available in traditional black, which outsold all other colors), the K-x was a hit.
Fast forward to 2012, and Pentax is mixing it up again, this time with a mirrorless camera that eschews the common mirrorless mantra (“smaller is better”) in favor of native compatibility with the 30+ year K-mount lineage. Poised at the entry level, the K-01 also comes in funky colors - black (shown), yellow, and white - wrapped around a decidedly untraditional form. And guess what? The K-01 is receiving much of the same criticism that the K-x received plus a couple more - No EVF = FAIL!, misplaced buttons = FAIL!, etcetera etcetera…Polarizing looks aside, how do these function as cameras?

And in this corner… on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
A couple of years ago, someone in the Pentax skunkworks thought it would be a good idea to start releasing their entry-level dSLRs in funky colors. First the K-m (K-2000) received the Crayola treatment, then the K-x. The K-x was an interesting proposition - class-leading specs (high ISO, FPS) wrapped in controversial colors. Traditionalists cried foul - “How could Pentax be considered a ‘serious’ camera company when they are releasing toy cameras like this?’ they stated ad nauseum on message boards all around the Internets. But despite their claims, the K-x drew some serious attention from a broad range of people - people stepping up to their first dSLR, people wanting a good camera on a budget, and even specialty groups like astrophotographers. Like the colors or not (it was also available in traditional black, which outsold all other colors), the K-x was a hit.

Fast forward to 2012, and Pentax is mixing it up again, this time with a mirrorless camera that eschews the common mirrorless mantra (“smaller is better”) in favor of native compatibility with the 30+ year K-mount lineage. Poised at the entry level, the K-01 also comes in funky colors - black (shown), yellow, and white - wrapped around a decidedly untraditional form. And guess what? The K-01 is receiving much of the same criticism that the K-x received plus a couple more - No EVF = FAIL!, misplaced buttons = FAIL!, etcetera etcetera…

Polarizing looks aside, how do these function as cameras?

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