As you probably know by now, I’m always partial to a good collaboration. I love it when 2 minds get together and bring their respective qualities together to create a great product. Well, I just got back from the launch of the new Pentax K-01 camera, designed by Marc Newson, and this collaboration is just that: Marc Newson, one of the world’s most influential product designers, put his own stamp on the latest digital camera with interchangeable lenses by Pentax.

At the presentation this morning, Newson mentioned he was essentially a purist at heart, and his design for the K-10 definitely reflects that: it’s timeless, minimalist and has clean, simple lines. There’s a bit of a retro vibe going on as well, especially with the yellow one version which I love, although perhaps more as a novelty than a long-term investment. I’m not a tech blogger, so I’ll spare you the technical details (although it does a hell of a lot of cool stuff, and also boasts the world’s thinnest interchangeable lens), but needless to say, it’s a pretty cool piece of equipment.

Cameras are probably one of the few things I own where I care more about its functions than looks, but if they’re starting to make them look this good… well, why not?

Pentax K-01 by Marc Newson lands in stores late March 2012.

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