Well, there was Pentax holiday surprise today and although it isn't a new camera precisely, it is a uniquely colored Pentax K2000, all dressed in white! It's very attractive, actually. This is what you might expect, too, for the K2000, which was designed very conscientiously to appeal to women and people phobic of numbingly large DSLRs. It's small, light, ergonomic, startlingly unique in white, and sure to make people look twice. It will be available as a very limited edition kit in February, with two extra light weight zoom lenses (both also white: the DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL lens and DA L 50-200mm F4-5.6 AL lens). The price has yet to be determined, but I expect it will be under $800 US - not bad for a two lens kit.
The competition for smaller DSLRs has really been heating up this year, with obvious rivalry from Panasonic's Lumix G1, the micro four-thirds camera which comes in red, blue, and black finishes, so Pentax is now bringing a new cool color to the arena for the small K2000. Maybe it's also because the white finish zeitgeist hasn't entirely run out of steam with tech gadgets (the iPhone and PSP both came out in white editions this year), and it still manages to evoke a more design conscious sensibility - austere cleanliness. And Star Wars. Personally, I wasn't so thrilled with the inundation of cheap white plastic accessories that also burgeoned in the last 6 years since the iPod's glossy white popularity exploded. But for a DSLR, it's a very new color, so white is a bold marketing move and possibly the most gutsy thing Pentax has done in a while.
The best things about the K2000, white or black, are not just the comforatable physical ergonomics, but also the simplified menu system (very easy to use and yet more advanced than the K20D, in some respects), and then there's the whollup from the one-two punch of Pentax's in-camera Shake Reduction and the refined 10MP sensor operation which Pentax has been honing since the K10D. The K2000 delivers wonderful color fidelity and exceptionally low noise at ISO 100-800 (and with ISOs higher than that, it's still ahead of the K20D).