PEN­TAX K-01

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Pen­tax, $849 (w/ 40mm lens) pen­tax.com.au ★★★ With its bright yel­low ex­te­rior and boxy body, you could call Pen­tax’s new cre­ation the Tonka truck of the cam­era world. The K-01’s look is cer­tainly strik­ing and the fact it was de­signed by Qan­tas cre­ative di­rec­tor Marc New­son shouldn’t sur­prise. This com­pact sys­tem cam­era also comes with an eye-catch­ing ac­ces­sory: a 40mm f/2.8 lens so flat you’ll barely notice it’s at­tached. De­spite its un­usual de­sign, con­trols on this 16.3-megapixel cam­era are stan­dard, with a mode dial, play­back, video and shut­ter but­tons all within easy reach. This cam­era is quite chunky at 5.9cm thick, how­ever, and it weighs as much as an SLR at 561g. Even more dis­ap­point­ing is its lack of speed.

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