Pentax K-01 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Pentax K-01
Resolution: 16.28 Megapixels
Sensor size: APS-C
(23.7mm x 15.6mm)
Kit Lens: Non-Zoom
40mm
(61mm eq.)
Viewfinder: No / OLED
Native ISO: 100 - 12,800
Extended ISO: 100 - 25,600
Shutter: 30 - 1/4000
Max Aperture: 2.8
Dimensions: 4.8 x 3.1 x 2.3 in.
(122 x 79 x 58 mm)
Weight: 21.6 oz (611 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
MSRP: $900
Availability: 03/2012
Manufacturer: Pentax
Full specs: Pentax K-01 specifications
16.28
Megapixels
Pentax K (KA/KAF/KAF2/3) APS-C
size sensor
image of Pentax K-01
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K-01 Summary

Pentax goes its own way with a mirrorless camera that accepts standard K-mount lenses. That means access to a huge back catalog of quality optics without an adapter. Unfortunately, it also necessitates a body that's barely any smaller than a standard SLR.

Pros

Very good image quality and excellent high ISO performance. Premium build quality. In-body image stabilization. Lots of creative features. Full HD movie capture with manual exposure control.

Cons

Barely any smaller than a standard SLR, but lacks viewfinder and phase-detect autofocus. Contrast-detect AF is slow and unreliable. Body design is clumsy and uncomfortable. Very slow raw burst shooting.

Price and availability

The Pentax K-01 shipped in the US market from March 2012. Pricing is set at around US$750 body-only, or US$900 in a kit with the new smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS lens. The latter bundle represents a US$100 discount over the cost of buying camera and lens separately, given that the lens alone has a list price of about US$250. The K-01 kits are offered in three versions: yellow with black and silver detailing, white with black detailing, or black with silver detailing. Each kit also includes a special neckstrap and packaging created by industrial designer Marc Newson.

Imaging Resource rating

3.0 out of 5.0

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