As much as I've enjoyed using the NX300, many times even with fast glass I find blurry/shaky results. "Everybody" talks about how a bulky camera is great for removing such issues -- but I believe SR/SSS/younameit stabilization works even better. I'm a fan of small cameras, and sadly most companies believe focus-group studies (those "everybodies") that bulky cameras convey status so better features almost require a big body for credibility. Too bad for me.. more or less.
Pentax introduced the K-S1 in part to show that a small camera can be very talented; the reviews focused on "disco lights" and "flashing LEDs" and o by the way, great images. I liked the concept so much that I preordered a white one -no blue, no black!! Then a budget contraction hit, I pulled out, and soon the fashion police disguised as camera reviewers came out swinging. The K-S1 now has a very conventional sibling, and everyone loves and wants a K-S2. (No this is a different "Everyone", it's everyone else!) Amazing.
And yet some strong logic is at work here. The K-S1 can do great stuff, but for reasons unknown many common camera functions & features were left out - like image rotation, which has been commonplace for at least five years. Weather seals are also absent, OK by me but I need at least one wet-weather body - so the K200d will do.
While seeking deals in the vastness of eBay I encountered a dumping of Colorado K-x and K-r bodies. These presumably are coming from people who bought quantities of spares from the former Pentax Authorized repair shop that was recently de-Authorized. Still at $20 more or less, why not drop a bid? Soon I had my second K-r in my hands.
I had owned one of these in the awful, no-win time between the amazing/groundbreaking K-x and the overwhelmingly impressive K-5. It was a very nice camera surrounded by amazing siblings, so it felt less good than I'd hoped. Yes it had a loud shutter, part machine gun and part guillotine.. wonder in what other ways I despised it?
Wow, such a biased and narrow-minded camera user am I..
Interesting to note that the K-r is almost identical in size to the K-s1. Yes many new features are absent - no 20Mpx sensor with variable AA filter here. However, the 12Mpxl sensor is excellent, and items like image rotation are back. And I paid $28 for a camera with just over fifty actuations on its 100000-shot shutter. Hopefully it will keep working; I have not tried every feature to ensure its full functionality. If what works now keeps working though, I still made an absurdly good investment.
Wow? Indeed wow. I'm watching for another one, so L and I can have a matched set!