While in Tokyo I stopped by the Pentax Forum in Shinjuku to have a chat about a possible solo exhibition there in autumn. I also had the chance to check out the new Pentax K-01 camera. It’s a mirrorless camera which allows the designers to make it more compact, but they have kept the same APS size sensor used in the K5, and the standard pentax lens mount. The result is a relatively compact camera that produces high quality images and has access to a wide range of Pentax lenses. A new pancake lens, as show in the photographs, makes this a system you could keep in your pocket.
Another great feature of the camera is its aesthetics. Pentax hired designer Marc Newson and allowed him to break free of the standard utilitarian mold that is used for most digital SLRs.
Overall a very cool product.