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Pentax announces K-01 K-mount APS-C mirrorless camera

By dpreview staff on Feb 2, 2012 at 12:00 GMT

Pentax has formally announced the K-01 K-mount mirrorless interchangable lens camera and a revised 40mm F2.8 pancake lens to match. Built around a 16MP APS-C sensor, the camera can mount most of the lenses the company has ever made. It features sensor-shift image stabilization, a 920k dot rear LCD and can shoot at up to 6 frames per second. The rather interesting design is the work of respected product designer Marc Newson and features a logo of his signature on the base of the camera. The K-01 (which the company says should be pronounced 'kay-zero-one'), will cost around $749 body-only and $899 with the 'XS' version of the 40mm lens.

Our biggest concern, based on its dependance on contrast detection autofocus, is the camera's focus speed. Most lenses designed for DSLR-style phase-detection autofocus don't lend themselves to the rapid contrast detection autofocus required by mirrorless cameras. The contrast detection AF on the K-5 works pretty quickly with some lenses but it's not up to the speed of the camera's phase detection focusing, and certainly not a match for the best mirrorless cameras on the market.

And on handling a pre-production version we noticed that, because it features a full depth K-mount, it is a pretty big camera. Below we demonstrate how its size compares to the company's flagship K-5 DSLR.

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Press Release:

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION INTRODUCES PENTAX K-01 DESIGNED BY MARC NEWSON

DENVER, CO February 2, 2012…When is a camera more than a photographer’s tool?  The answer is when it’s an object designed by Marc Newson, one of the most acclaimed and influential contemporary designers.
PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION introduces the Marc Newson designed PENTAX K-01* interchangeable lens camera (ILC). The new PENTAX K-01 is another bold effort from the manufacturer that is known for pushing camera size, color, durability, and now, design, to the limit. Widely known for designing a wide range of objects from furniture and household products to bicycles, cars, aircraft and yachts, Marc Newson has had collected works displayed in The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City and many other major museums.   
*pronounced ‘kay- zero-one’

The contemporary, timeless K-01 houses a full array of advanced functions and user-friendly features in a camera body with remarkable form and function. The elimination of an optical viewfinder and quick-return mirror gave Newson more freedom in designing the camera body, and the K-01 showcases Newson originality in every detail.  Available in black, white and Newson’s signature yellow colors, the K-01 features the designer’s autograph logo stamp on the bottom of each camera.

The famed designer’s touch also is evident in a new smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS interchangeable lens.  As the world’s thinnest interchangeable lens,* the new 40mm combines with the PENTAX K-01 camera body to deliver a unique ILC system that is perfect for photographers who are as keen on design as they are on performance. Together, the K-01 and 40mm lens system mark the intersection where high technology and high design meet.

Key features of the PENTAX K-01 include:

  • Durable machined aluminum frame under a stylish black, white, or yellow exterior.
  • PENTAX mirrorless body design is compatible with 25+ million PENTAX K-mount lenses spanning decades.
  • Large 16 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor with low noise image capture and multiple aspect ratios.
  • Bright, high resolution 3 inch LCD with 920,000 dots.
  • Full HD 1080p video capture at 30 FPS with h.264 compression (60 FPS at 720p) features outstanding video capture flexibility.
  • Sensor-shift PENTAX Shake and Dust Reduction system is compatible with every mounted PENTAX lens.
  • Fast 6 FPS burst mode is ideal for fast-action photography.
  • Flexible ISO range of 100-25600 ensures gorgeous noise-free imaging in any lighting condition.
  • Focus peaking mode provides fast and accurate manual focusing for critical focus applications.

* The world’s thinnest interchangeable lens for lens-interchangeable digital SLR cameras, as of February 1, 2012 (based on PENTAX’s research).

The K-01 will be available in yellow, black and white in March 2012 for $749.95USD (body only) and $899.95USD (lens kit including new DA 40mm XS) in Marc Newson designed packaging and with the Marc Newson designed strap.  The smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS unifocal interchangeable standard lens will ship at the same time for $249.95 USD.

Additional information is available here: www.pentaximaging.com/news and a video interview with Mark Newson regarding the K-01design may be viewed here: www.youtube.com/pentaxian1  Images of other Marc Newson creations are available here.

Pentax K-01 specifications

Price
MSRPUS: $749, UK: £629, EU: €823
Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialAluminium
Sensor
Max resolution4928 x 3264
Other resolutions4352 x 3264, 4224 x 2816, 4928 x 2776, 4224 x 2376, 3840 x 2880, 3456 x 2304, 3456x1944, 3264 x 3264, 3072 x 2304, 2880 x 2880, 2688 x 1792, 2688 x 1512, 2304 x 2304, 2304 x 1728, 1728 x 1728
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors16 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100 to 12800 in 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps (100 to 25600 extended)
White balance presets9
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsGood, Better, Best
File format
  • JPEG v2.3
  • RAW
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points81
Lens mountPentax KAF2
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Macro
  • Moving Object
  • Night Scene Portrait
  • Sunset
  • Blue Sky
  • Forest
  • Night Scene
  • Night Scene HDR (JPG only)
  • Night Snap
  • Food
  • Pet
  • Kids
  • Surf & Snow
  • Backlight Silhouette
  • Candlelight
  • Stage Lighting
  • Museum
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, P-TTL, high speed sync w Pentax dedicated flash)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Continuous drive6 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps),1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage includedNo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini HDMI Type C)
Remote controlYes (Optional IR)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion D-LI90 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)540
Weight (inc. batteries)561 g (1.24 lb / 19.79 oz)
Dimensions122 x 79 x 58 mm (4.8 x 3.11 x 2.28)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (1s to 24h, up to 999 shots, delayed start available)
GPSNone

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Comments

Total comments: 875
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Reg Natarajan
By Reg Natarajan (Feb 2, 2012)

Dear God, Fisher Price makes a camera.

9 upvotes
NineFace
By NineFace (Feb 2, 2012)

pre-order now at Toys 'R' Us!

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Feb 2, 2012)

I personally think this is a decent idea, but with the new Ricoh ownership should have been implemented simply as a GXR module. It's already got the GXR grip and basic form factor.

A k-mount module would have also been a smarter way to implement the APS-C zoom that Ricoh released yesterday. There are already plenty of nice standard zooms for the K-mount that are as small or smaller than that new module.

0 upvotes
Kirk Tuck
By Kirk Tuck (Feb 2, 2012)

No EVF and no socket for an external EVF? Hmmm. I don't like that.

1 upvote
CriticalI
By CriticalI (Feb 4, 2012)

Me neither. It places it in a strange market segment - a P&S which takes SLR lenses. An EVF would make it a serious mirrorless option, but not having one is a very odd decision for a camera that can mount a 300mm F4 lens...

0 upvotes
Dabbler
By Dabbler (Feb 2, 2012)

Well we can't all be Johnny Ives, which Mark Newson is not. Maybe if Porsche had designed it, the Kay-oh (for short) might wind up in my hands instead of the MOMA. But I'm loathe to invest in another LCD only cam, they are impossible to us in bright light. The legendary Pentax weatherproofing might redeem this cam but I don't see any sign of it.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Feb 2, 2012)

Nikon 1 Series is already in the wrong direction. This Pentax (and Ricoh) is much worse.
The designer of this toy like ugly camera should take a look of the design of the "old" Pentax Spotmatic SLR... What a big difference!
Never try to adopt any design concept from Ricoh, Ricoh only knows how to make business machines but not the instruments for the arts!
I really feel regret after seeing such bad stuff from Pentax.

1 upvote
Alfie Smith
By Alfie Smith (Feb 2, 2012)

CONCEPT is wrong!

2 upvotes
Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Feb 2, 2012)

Pentax scores some things right: a compact ASP-c with a compact pancake. Compatibility with other lenses is another plus. The panda and taxicab polychrome designs may catch on. Thank goodness not all cameras need to appear same-old, same-old.

Anxious to see the performance test results. Will sensor-shift stabilization entail heat problems when shooting video?

People learn to "love" the appearance of what they know or own. But, honestly, does the sight of the typical camera make most people coo or cringe?

Comment edited 11 minutes after posting
2 upvotes
nowo1978
By nowo1978 (Feb 2, 2012)

I, for one, am happy that Pentax did not jump on the "let's design a camera that looks like it's 40 years old" bandwagon. The K-01 looks interesting, a little smaller than the K-5 (which itself is a rather smallish camera). It's certainly not a K-5 replacement though, but I welcome the direction Pentax is going with designing a MILC that accepts current and legacy Pentax K-mount lenses without an adapter. If Olympus had only followed the same strategy with their excellent Zuiko lenses!

I'm a bit disappointed that there is no built-in EVF, but remember that it took Olympus several years to come up with such a design (the upcoming E-M5 or OM-D). I'm sure Pentax will deliver an EVF shortly.

Nevertheless, I'm sure interesting times are ahead for all Pentaxians - there's new lenses, new cameras, and the K-01 shows that Ricoh is committed to keeping the brand name alive.

11 upvotes
Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Feb 2, 2012)

Boomers: "Let's design a camera that looks like it's 40 years old."

Codgers: "Let's design a camera that looks like it's 50 years old."

Kodak: "Film would have been a better choice."

Gen-Z Buyer: Hey, great! It doesn't have, like, that funny bump on the top. What they call it? Like, a 'viewfinder'? Those went out with, like, rotary phones. This Pentax thing is, like, sorta, like, neat. Like, you know. Like, allmost as good as an iPhone."

3 upvotes
sorinx
By sorinx (Feb 2, 2012)

Looks like an ugly toy compared to K5.

99% of dpreview redears would have designed a better looking camera than "respected product designer Marc Newson". How much did they pay him for this?

5 upvotes
photo perzon
By photo perzon (Feb 2, 2012)

it sure looks ugly

5 upvotes
iae aa eia
By iae aa eia (Feb 2, 2012)

Haha, yeah. That comparison to the K5 is killing. We see two extremes about designing (and tasting). One is wow!, the other is WTF!

2 upvotes
ellarsee
By ellarsee (Feb 2, 2012)

Pentax seems to think k-01 should be pronounced Kay zero one. The natural way to read it for most folks will probably be Kay oh one. Technically, it might be a Kay-Oh, but since most people think it looks like carp, we could read it in "leet" and call it a Koi.
On the other hand, we could take our cues from our friends across the pond, and call it "The Noughty One".

1 upvote
Piciul
By Piciul (Feb 3, 2012)

Or Kay The Zero One

0 upvotes
peterb2
By peterb2 (Feb 2, 2012)

I would say FAIL! I don't get this camera either. I don't like the design, I want a viewfinder and what about image quality. Does this camera improve on quality? I didn't see anything about that. I would much rather hold onto my K-r than buy this junky looking thing. What are they doing over there?!!

2 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 2, 2012)

Go and buy K-5. or wait new DSLR close to may.

1 upvote
ashwins
By ashwins (Feb 2, 2012)

Interesting design. Retro look would have been more appealing, though.

1 upvote
warpedwoof
By warpedwoof (Feb 2, 2012)

As a former K10D and K20D owner with upwards of 30 k-mount lenses I decided I wanted to go smaller. Now I have the Nex 5n and will likely get the 7n when it becomes available. One of my biggest problems with small cameras is the lack of a decent grip, which those two Nexes thankfully have. With the size of the current Pentax lenses and the weight of the legacy lenses, it seems the shallow grip will feel pretty awkward for a lot of people who are used to years of full-finger grips. Even the back doesn't have a raised thumb hold.

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 2, 2012)

To make cheap and low resolution EVF - everybody will whine - "too bad"
To make expensive and high resolution EVF - everybody will whine "the price is half of camera"

I think Pentax could offer OVF via hot-shoe.

0 upvotes
AllC
By AllC (Feb 2, 2012)

Interesting camera, I like the standard K-mount, the in-sensor stabilization and 81-point autofocus. Well worth buying for these things...but

...I hate the design. I'm looking at my old film Pentax 'Program Plus' and looks way nicer and thinner too, and also has a K-mount. The fat part is the mirror box, but the sides are thinner than the box, making it look great.

In comparison, the boxy design of the K-01 makes it look fat and honestly, also a bit retarded. Pentax should've let the camera guys draw the camera...

Comment edited 7 minutes after posting
1 upvote
xoio
By xoio (Feb 2, 2012)

The styling sucks!

3 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Feb 2, 2012)

The very boxy design actually makes it look larger, chunkier, and thicker than it is. I think that's poor design. Or that the design needed to be edited a bit.

2 upvotes
Carlos Henrique
By Carlos Henrique (Feb 2, 2012)

My question is: who would buy this camera instead of the K-5? No considerable size advantage and you still miss the viewfinder and phase detection AF. I would definitely buy a K-5 if I knew that Pentax would come up with a full frame or something worth for an update in the future between the K-5 and the 645d.

6 upvotes
Carlos Henrique
By Carlos Henrique (Feb 2, 2012)

At no moment I talked about DSLR replacement... Just tell me one reason for someone who has no DSLR buy a K-01 and not a K-5. But please with no bad language.

Comment edited 23 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 2, 2012)

Me. As second travel camera. I have K-5.

3 upvotes
Eddy M
By Eddy M (Feb 2, 2012)

You didn't get what Carlos was talking about dude!

0 upvotes
Vladik
By Vladik (Feb 2, 2012)

This is one UGLY a$$ camera, the designer should be fired. First there was a Toy camera and now a bigger Toy camera. Have they gone out of their mind after the Fukushima?? (*_*)

3 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Feb 2, 2012)

The designer should read our comments!

1 upvote
NineFace
By NineFace (Feb 2, 2012)

he did and he is crying right now

0 upvotes
Eddy M
By Eddy M (Feb 2, 2012)

FUGLY! Might as well buy K5.

1 upvote
PentaxNick
By PentaxNick (Feb 2, 2012)

I like the look of it (except the silver one with the black flash mounting). It would go well with the limited primes.
Nick

0 upvotes
Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Feb 2, 2012)

I don't think it will sell well in the market. A very disappointed product.
Will you buy a mirrorless camera with the same size as a DSLR camera?
Totally lack of flexibility in using the high quality lenses from other brands (like Leica M lenses).
I would buy a Sony 5N or 7 but not this one.

3 upvotes
kennyv9000
By kennyv9000 (Feb 2, 2012)

Alternative camera for Leica M lenses is GXR-M, not 5n or 7...

2 upvotes
headofdestiny
By headofdestiny (Feb 2, 2012)

Sorry, but the 5N is very capable with M lenses. I've compared RAWs of the GXR and 5N with wide rangefinder lenses, and when sharpening is optimized for each, the GXR only has a slight edge advantage. The Nex-7, on the other hand, struggles with many M lenses. Despite the small edge advantage of the GXR over the 5N, I'm shooting the 5N because of the better EVF and ability to use a Hawks close focusing adapter with M lenses.

2 upvotes
Azfar
By Azfar (Feb 2, 2012)

ok. THAT.... is Ugly. Its such a confused design. Nope, dont like it.

1 upvote
alexeyga
By alexeyga (Feb 2, 2012)

As a ex-Pentax user, I'm speechless!!! WTF is Pentax/Ricoh is thinking about? Why release a LEGO-looking camera when Fuji has such a huge success with their retro-X-linup? The fact that this camera is compatible with the whole line of K-mount lenses is awesome, but there is one little problem - there is no "whole line of K-mount lenses" on the market!!! Try finding some quality K-mount glass and you'll see that either there's none at all, or it's so overpriced that Fuji's X-Pro1 starts looking like a real deal (nevermind Canon's L and Nikons G lenses).

So, WTF is Pentax/Ricoh is thinking about?

Comment edited 23 seconds after posting
3 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 2, 2012)

Absurd.

0 upvotes
kennyv9000
By kennyv9000 (Feb 2, 2012)

Its aim for current or new user, not for ex dude...

0 upvotes
ronniemac
By ronniemac (Feb 2, 2012)

Even if Pentax didn't have a wide range of lenses at a good range of price, there are plentynew quality K mount lenses by Sigma Tamron etc. Fact is Pentax DO produce affordable quality lenses - check out their website. On top of that, there are their beautiful legacy lenses. How many do you need?

1 upvote
inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (Feb 2, 2012)

damn it, this is ugly, rminds me on those ugly minoltas in the 90ies.
not viewfinder, so no camera for me.

i think for ricoh it would be good to just let THEIR excellent design team make camera designs for pentax, and make pentax the classic line.

this pentax looks like a bad mockup of a nex system camera....

1 upvote
ogl
By ogl (Feb 2, 2012)

do you have K-mount lenses?

0 upvotes
phoenix15
By phoenix15 (Feb 2, 2012)

I don't understand why many comments did not like this K-01 design. Me in the opposite. It is really interesting camera. I have Nikon D90 and also Oly EP-1 for street photography which I want it to be replaced.

This K-01 is the best candidate. Considering the features; they are very good.
The design is exceptionally different. I am quite jealous with the pentax's products for a long time. They are stylish and not boring, and the most important thing is the top quality material.

I am 90% percent will buy it. Waiting for the sample photos.

6 upvotes
Essai
By Essai (Feb 2, 2012)

No VF
Size (too big for a mirrorless)
AF speed
Price
40 mm(60mm) prime for a kit lens ???

DOA

5 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 2, 2012)

What do you know about AF speed?

0 upvotes
Essai
By Essai (Feb 2, 2012)

just reed the second paragraph on this page "The contrast detection AF on the K-5 works pretty quickly with some lenses but it's not up to the speed of the camera's phase detection focusing, and certainly not a match for the best mirrorless cameras on the market."

2 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 2, 2012)

It's K-01. Not K-5.

0 upvotes
Essai
By Essai (Feb 2, 2012)

really? Wow , tx for the info !

0 upvotes
mkeeley
By mkeeley (Feb 2, 2012)

Ignoring the technical side of things, who would want to be seen dead using it? Especially the yellow version. Hideous.

0 upvotes
Thomas Kachadurian
By Thomas Kachadurian (Feb 2, 2012)

I for one don't get it. It's not small. There's no viewfinder. There's no image quality gain.

How is it different from using live view on a K5? Where the up side? With a K5 you get a mirror/viewfinder option and the potential for PDAF which will most likely be faster.

It's ugly.

What's the point?

The new 40mm is way cool though. There are body caps thicker.

Tom

5 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 2, 2012)

who can comment - K-01 could support an optical viewfinder in the flash hot shoe?
it's from another review

0 upvotes
andy amos
By andy amos (Feb 2, 2012)

But isn't the hot shoe placed directly behind the onboard flash? So you use the optical viewfinder, especially useful in low light situations, which just happens to be when you'll probably need the onboard flash to pop up, which effectively blocks your optical viewfinder?! Still scratching my head about this camera!

3 upvotes
ChrisKramer1
By ChrisKramer1 (Feb 2, 2012)

It's a bit like a pint of Guiness. Size-wize it is almost exactly the same as the K5. And you lose the viewfinder (a nice ground glass optical viewfinder too, none of these EVF digitoid gizmos that give you migraine). And the K5 is weather sealed. And it has a nice big grip. And more controls. And it is cheaper. And I want one.

2 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Feb 2, 2012)

Actually just forget about the k-01...

That new lens is simply amazing! less than 1cm thick!!!
I do not care if it sacrificed IQ for size...becoz it has the COOL FACTOR!
It's SUB-ZERO!

0 upvotes
Mike_Hessey
By Mike_Hessey (Feb 2, 2012)

Hope that was ironic (MUST have been). Agree, 'Cool'?, 'Sub-zero', seem to fit in with the 'design' of this camera; actually I think this is STYLING of cameras (not the first example) , and has nothing to do with 'design' as I understood it as an engineer! For 'cool', stay with iPhone (actually I have an iPhone, and use it for photography sometimes, including today!!).

1 upvote
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Feb 2, 2012)

I am serious!!
the lens is freaking cool!

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 2, 2012)

Anybody read other posts? :)

0 upvotes
Mike_Hessey
By Mike_Hessey (Feb 2, 2012)

My first SLR was the then new S1a, had an MX next, other film Pentax too, and still have lenses. But have never had a digital Pentax. Undoubtedly ugly (though that does not matter), but big, no EVF, no articulated rear screen. Afraid my old Pentax glass will continue to be used on micro four thirds bodies. Whatever happened to that classic (and really meaningful) slogan, 'Just hold a Pentax'?

0 upvotes
shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Feb 2, 2012)

Why bother going mirrorless if you're going to use a mount designed to accommodate a mirror?

3 upvotes
Marty4650
By Marty4650 (Feb 2, 2012)

Here's why.....

By using an existing mount this camera now has over 100 AF lenses (and hundreds of legacy MF lenses) it can use without any adapter.

It took M4/3 four years to create 28 AF lenses. Pentax starts out with almost four times that many right out of the box. I think this was a smart move.

Clearly... this camera was NOT designed for people who want tiny P&S style MILC cameras. It would work best for people who already own Pentax DSLRS and Pentax lenses and want a MILC camera with more size, weight, and more DSLR type ergonomics.

Why they created such a tiny pancake lens for such a relatively large camera baffles me, but this lens will also be a hit with Kx, K5 and Kr users too.

Bravo, Pentax. Thanks for creating something different, and not another P&S clone MILC camera.

6 upvotes
Carlos Henrique
By Carlos Henrique (Feb 2, 2012)

I think that size would be probably the greatest reason for a DSLR user go for a MILC and this camera has almost no advantage over Pentax DSLRs.

7 upvotes
nanoc
By nanoc (Feb 6, 2012)

Marty, I own a Pentax DSLR and I don't see how anyone in my position would go for a camera that is the same size, only not so good (no OVF, weird ergonomics, horrible design). Why would I choose this camera over the K-5? I just can't think of a reason. Pentax didn't have to give this camera > 100 lenses, just a few to make it portable and cool.

0 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Feb 2, 2012)

Hands-on video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-lSQlvqFKs

0 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Feb 2, 2012)

Actually I do not understand why the reviewer kept stressing the k-01 doesn't need adapters...

Does a K-5 need any adapters? -___-"

0 upvotes
LightBug
By LightBug (Feb 2, 2012)

Thanks for the link. It promises better image quality than the K5!

0 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Feb 2, 2012)

BTW...Congrats to Pentax!!!
You have taken crown for the SMALLEST (Q) and the LARGEST (k-01) mirrorless camera!!!

8 upvotes
madecov
By madecov (Feb 2, 2012)

I'm a Nikon user and have to say, this is the first mirror less camera that gets it right.

APS-C sensor *
Uses existing system lenses *
Standard system flash *

This is what Nikon folks wanted for the Nikon 1

I suspect Pentax will be successful,

10 upvotes
gulffish
By gulffish (Feb 2, 2012)

Almost, with one glearing exception, no built in EVF.

Comment edited 45 seconds after posting
1 upvote
inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (Feb 2, 2012)

this is what YOU wanted, i for example just want a model1 pro body, and 28mm and 50mm equivalent primes with manual focus without focus by wire and a decent dof scale on the lens.

and a central hotshoe to mount an ovf

imagine an a tiny bit bigger pentax q with nikons sensor and electronics

1 upvote
rhlpetrus
By rhlpetrus (Feb 2, 2012)

I hope Nikon manages to make an F-mount ML that is at least as small as the D3100, otherwise ... And no VF? Likley very slow AF. It doesn't look very promising.

Comment edited 48 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
wetsleet
By wetsleet (Feb 6, 2012)

Nikon do make an F-mount ML, it is way smaller than the D3100. It is the Nikon1, with an F-mount adaptor.
To make an ML camera by simply removing the mirror but leaving the mirror box, as Pentax have done here, thereby gaining no size reduction, true lunacy. If you are going to be lumbered with a mirror box then you may as well leave the mirror in there, with all its attendant benefits.

0 upvotes
jhinkey
By jhinkey (Feb 2, 2012)

Don't particularly care what it looks like, but it misses the mark for me since there is no built-in EVF. Perhaps the K-02 will have this all-important feature (for me at least).

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ogl
By ogl (Feb 2, 2012)

It seems K-01 could work with OVF

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Zillinger
By Zillinger (Feb 2, 2012)

The old retro or modern look is just a look. Camera’s fundamental function is to be an easy to manage tool in hands of photographer to produce images. Perhaps it is my age, but an eye level viewfinder allowing me to be fully engrossed in taking a picture is absolutely necessary, it is a must function. My first camera without a viewfinder was Olympus EP1, I disliked it a lot, so I quickly follow with EP2 with the e-viewfinder accessory. As soon as Olympus would come out with their new camera with built-in viewfinder I will open my wallet, but Pentax, a real oopsie.
George.

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cre8unique
By cre8unique (Feb 2, 2012)

I don't know if this camera will be for me yet.. to many questions that need answers before I will know that. But I heartily applaud Pentax for bring some genuine diversity to the market (with both the Q and the kay-oh-one).

There are big advantages with using a mirrorless-specific lens mount (mainly you can maximise the compactness of the system) and some big advantages with using an established DSLR lens mount (great choice of lenses right from day 1).

Which ever side of the debate you come down on there is now a camera for you... be grateful for that!

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ogl
By ogl (Feb 2, 2012)

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/pentax-k-01-mirrorless-camera-hands-on-review-18400
The camera does not feature and electronic viewfinder, but could support an optical viewfinder in the flash hot shoe. The cameras screen is used for live view and focusing appeared reasonably quick, although not as quick as the quickest mirrorless cameras available.

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Piciul
By Piciul (Feb 2, 2012)

I hope this is a joke. Looks like a wooden camera.

Comment edited 38 seconds after posting
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raylob
By raylob (Feb 2, 2012)

Reminds me of the SONY DSC-S70 CYBERSHOT (3.3MP) camera that I still have and occasionaly use!
Ray

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zubs
By zubs (Feb 2, 2012)

Man thats one ugly camera, pentax designers need a slap on the face with wet kipper :-)

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andy amos
By andy amos (Feb 2, 2012)

There is something very fishie about the design, thats for sure!

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Jun2
By Jun2 (Feb 2, 2012)

This 40mm pancake on NEX body, that would be truly pocketable.

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Carlos Henrique
By Carlos Henrique (Feb 2, 2012)

If Sony could do it, they would be the king of MILC.

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Don Fraser
By Don Fraser (Feb 2, 2012)

Pentax Holga?

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AndrewG NY
By AndrewG NY (Feb 2, 2012)

I find it odd that so many people who participate in a visual art are so closed-minded when it comes to attempts at adding a little style to equipment. I understand that yellow won't be for everyone but that's why Pentax gives a choice.

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SheikYerbouti
By SheikYerbouti (Feb 2, 2012)

Nobody can say anything meaningful yet about the image quality and the performance of this camera. I expect that iq, performance, build quality and such will be good and up there with the rest in this class of cameras (if not better).

But there are other things that we can comment about already today. When I read in the dpReview introduction ...

> The K-01 (which the company says should
> be pronounced 'kay-zero-one')

... I wonder when Pentax will stop patronizing potential customers by telling them how to pronounce cryptic product names (*ist D anyone?). Why don't they just give it a name and shut up about it?

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SheikYerbouti
By SheikYerbouti (Feb 2, 2012)

But the main issue with this camera is of course its outer design, which reminds me of the warning signals that nature produces ... banded krait (Death!), ladybird (I stink and taste bad!), poison arrow frog (Don't touch!) etc. To me the Pentax K-01 signales something like this ... "Incompetent photographer who wants to draw attention to himself instead of staying in the background". I mean, who other than a complete show-off would hold a piece of kit like that in front of their face? Can anyone imagine doing street photography with a camera like this?

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AndrewG NY
By AndrewG NY (Feb 2, 2012)

Other people have made comments about this but "serious"-looking cameras (especially eye-level) can often have the effect at making subjects stiffen up and take notice while smaller, more 'fun'-looking cameras can have the opposite effect on their subjects, who might even smile and engage the photographer. Don't buy the yellow one if you want to draw a little less attention. Buy a D700 w/grip if you want to draw more attention.

Maybe instead of 'poison arrow frog' it laughs: "look, I'm like candy!".

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SheikYerbouti
By SheikYerbouti (Feb 2, 2012)

Yeah, maybe you're right. The menacing looking bulk of a D700 with grip (in the old days with noisy winder) surely can be intimidating for both, subject and photographer! Cameras like that don't lend themselves well for unobtrusive, discrete shots. In that respect the new Pentax is a far more universal camera. I also do like the K-01's utilitarian boxy design and its modernistic control elements very much. That's why I am so annoyed by its obnoxious color scheme, which makes this camera an absolute no no for me.

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rhlpetrus
By rhlpetrus (Feb 2, 2012)

What do you expect the AF to perform like? That's, besides pure IQ, the most relevant aspect of modern cameras.

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SheikYerbouti
By SheikYerbouti (Feb 2, 2012)

I have no idea, really. Some here, including the dp author, seem to have doubts about the camera's contrast detection AF. But we'll have to wait for the full review to find out how well it performs with a range of different lenses.

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Ogun Caglayan Turkay
By Ogun Caglayan Turkay (Feb 2, 2012)

Great stylish design of Marc Newson. It's like a concept camera. :)

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Feb 2, 2012)

Typical forum response:

New, different camera design: "What The @@#%# is that, it doesn't even look like a camera!"

Old, traditional camera design: "Can't the camera companies do anything new?"

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scillybishop
By scillybishop (Feb 2, 2012)

Personally I think Pentax done a wonderful Job, I espically like the yellow one.
I have looked and looked and can't see the hole in the lens where the water squirts from.

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AndrewG NY
By AndrewG NY (Feb 2, 2012)

There are two little holes above and to either side of the lens mount. One is a mono mic, the other is the water jet. You can customize the red button to "fire".

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raylob
By raylob (Feb 2, 2012)

Marc Newson - who? Pentax - you have been taken for a ride!!!

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techmine
By techmine (Feb 2, 2012)

Design is not too bad but DPR gave us good sense of the size by comparing it with K5. I am disappointed that Pentax did not go the 'Q' design route which is more retro. It would have fit right into the trend of "cool" retro looking cameras with APS-C sensor. Its more of a Ricoh design than a Pentax one.

Nevertheless, its a step in the right direction - Smaller physical size overall (body + new lenses) with excellent IQ. Alright there is a new kid on the block , now bring on the sample photos... :-)

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AndrewG NY
By AndrewG NY (Feb 2, 2012)

Disagree a little -- the side-by-side is crude, the K-01 should look at least a little smaller than it does. Compare pixel dimensions of hotshoe and lensmount.

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techmine
By techmine (Feb 2, 2012)

Right, I just mentioned that it kinda gives you an idea. APS-C sensor Mirrorless cameras are a little bigger anyways.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Feb 2, 2012)

I've corrected the comparison to make sure it's accurate (I got the maths slightly wrong first time).

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tinetz
By tinetz (Feb 2, 2012)

Thank you Richard, now it makes more sense. Even if it was not much, it was noticable an noticed by some of us.

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