Pentax K-01

Last Updated (11 April’13):
– Review & Sample Photos @ Ephotozine

Pentax K-01 is a 16MP APS-C CMOS Compact System Camera Kit with DA 40mm Lens. It features High ISO range 100-25600, Full HD 1080p video recording, Fast 6 FPS burst mode, High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode, Custom Image Modes and Digital Filters, including a high-resolution 3.0-inch color LCD monitor with approximately 921,000 dots. The camera measures (W x H x D) 4.8 x 3.1 x 2.3inch. with weight Approx. 16.9 oz without battery or removable memory.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

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Pentax K-01 Reviews

Ephotozine reviews the Pentax K-01 and writes;
“If you look beyond the design, the camera is easy to use, has a large number of options and controls and importantly is capable of producing high quality images with strong colour, good detail and low noise levels.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Stevehuffphoto reviews the Pentax K-01 and writes;
“From what I have seen, I have ZERO complaints on the image quality of the K-01 as this is its BEST feature. I can only imagine that with the Limited primes one can get some beautiful images from the K-01 and I wish I had some on hand to test with it because I do know I would be thrilled with the results.”
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PCMAG reviews the Pentax K-01 and writes;
“If you’re willing to live without an eye-level finder and an articulating LCD, the K-01 will reward you with its excellent control layout, sharp kit lens, and top-notch high ISO performance”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Photographyblog reviews the Pentax K-01 and writes;
“Exposures were generally 1/3rd EV stop under-exposed, perfect for retaining detail in the highlight areas without sacrificing the shadow are as too much, and colours were accurate using the default Bright setting.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Expertreviews reviews the Pentax K-01 and writes;
“There was typically a delay of half a second between pressing the shutter button and a photo being captured, rising to between one and two seconds in low light. Continuous mode fared much better, managing six frames in a second before slowing to 2.8fps.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Pocket-lint reviews the Pentax K-01 and writes;
“Movie mode is decent, offering good 1080p quality using H.264 compression at 24, 25 or 30fps (frames per second). There’s even a 3.5mm microphone jack for use with an external microphone to record stereo sound.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

CNET reviews the Pentax K-01 and writes;
“If you’ve got a stable of Pentax lenses — especially good ones that can properly resolve to the sensor — and feel like doing some creative shooting, especially with manual focus, then the K-01 is a great choice. For that, the benefits of lovely photo quality definitely outweigh the other drawbacks.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

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Pentax K-01 User Manual (PDF)

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Pentax K-01 Features

The Pentax K-01 comes with a Large 16 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor that provides excellent high resolution image quality, color accuracy, and low noise in multiple aspect ratios. While the Sensor-shift PENTAX Shake and Dust Reduction system that compatible with every mounted PENTAX lens enable to capture beautifully sharp still images and stabilized video recording.

The camera allows users to record Full HD 1080p video at 30 FPS with h.264 compression (60 FPS at 720p) that can be accompanied settings the shutter speed and aperture exposure control, video autofocus control, and a built-in mono or external stereo microphone.

There are other interesting features like New-generation HDR mode which allows users capture beautiful images result of composing the three images taken at different exposure levels. There is a Focus Peaking Mode that allows users get fast and accurate manual focusing. The Flexible ISO range of 100-25600 enable the camera to control the speeds, noise, and blur image even in low light shooting.

With Fast 6 FPS burst mode, the camera is ideal to capture fast moving subject allows users capture images at just the right moment. Comes with a 3-inch LCD screen which offers high resolution of 920,000 dots lets user get accurate framing and playback of images and video in bright display.

Highlight Features:

+ Built-in Flash and External Hotshoe
+ JPG & DNG RAW Captures
+ Auto Picture and Scene modes
+ Multiple Shooting Modes


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One Response to “Pentax K-01”

  1. NedZ says:

    Specifications are surely impressive and I’m a Pentax guy, but I’m not sure about mirrorless cameras. Seems to me it would be awkward to use it with a long telephoto or zoom lens.

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