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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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Volkan Ersoy
By Volkan Ersoy (Feb 2, 2012)

Width-wise it's not so big - comparable to Fuji Xpro1, Nikon V1, even Sony NEX series. It's thick, but with thin lenses it may be equally carriable. However, the lack of OVF and articulated LCD kills it for many users, not to mention possible AF weaknesses.

0 upvotes
Shomari
By Shomari (Feb 2, 2012)

Marc must have gotten confused and thought he was designing a yacht maybe a big box for Big Bird. :-)

0 upvotes
3DSimmon
By 3DSimmon (Feb 2, 2012)

one sexy beast

0 upvotes
Mattersburger
By Mattersburger (Feb 2, 2012)

noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!

Guess I'll wait for the K-02, or K-11, or whatever it is that offers an advantage to using all those legacy lenses that the K-5 doesn't already provide.

0 upvotes
Kokoro
By Kokoro (Feb 2, 2012)

I like it; and that us all that really matters.

Added to want list.

6 upvotes
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (Feb 2, 2012)

About time for DPR folks to understand how bad camera designs were so far in most cases and how they could be improved. Sony should be sitting in first line and watching carefully, learning.

3 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Feb 2, 2012)

Speaking strictly about the deisgn (I'm sure IQ will be excellent), I find the black and white kind are odd looking, and the yellow is downright jarring. If Pentax had made a larger camera with the exact design of the Q, I would have bought it immediately. The Q look elegant. The K-01, not so much. The KA 40 2.8 is a really nice lens. This new, modified 40 2.8 looks a bit like a large poker chip.

Anyway, below someone mentioned that the K-01 will have better video specs than the K-5. Curious, do they mean the 720/60p?

1 upvote
3DSimmon
By 3DSimmon (Feb 2, 2012)

yep 720@60/50/30/25/24 and 1080 30/25/24

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
1 upvote
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Feb 3, 2012)

Yes, I liked the Q too, excellent build and it's cute!
The only thing very wrong with it is the price.

0 upvotes
spoorthy
By spoorthy (Feb 2, 2012)

I think ill wait for next years model. NEEDS a better design and and faster autofocus (maybe).

0 upvotes
spoorthy
By spoorthy (Feb 2, 2012)

I do like how the back looks though

0 upvotes
alexeyga
By alexeyga (Feb 2, 2012)

Must be one of these cases when one of the conceptual prototypes got accepted by the decision-making guys a bit too fast. Happens in the design-field all the times, you make something up just for the sake of it and to show "other" possibilities, but then you regret it because the money-man is too stupid, too cheap and totally tasteless because the damn thing went through as is! That thing is not even half-baked!!!

0 upvotes
robbo d
By robbo d (Feb 2, 2012)

Pentax is smarter than you think and most detractors in this forum are ignorant. There is a market for this, the same as there is a market for the Q, the WG-1.................marketing to different groups of people who will influence others and later purchase other gear, plus enforce the k-mount legend.
Is the wg-1 the best rugged camera? Absolute photo quality says no, form, function, ruggedness and popularity with the outdoors crew says yes!!
Does the Q have the best IQ for mirrorless, No? Does it genuinely fit in a pocket and look cool, takes acceptablephotos for most? Yes!!
Will the K-01 fit into a pocket? No, nor does a Nex or Oly, does it look different and not suit traditionalists? Absolutely, but is it different and take damn good stills ? Most likely Yes !!!

Game on.......wait for what the rest of the year brings, and the next and the next......Pentax is coming back in a cunning way, where the big two can't see the forrest for the trees.

14 upvotes
topstuff
By topstuff (Feb 2, 2012)

Totally agree.

There is no point in Pentax making black plastic boxes like everyone else. The "road less travelled" often has a better view.

Besides, some people do not want to be with the rest of the sheep.

11 upvotes
NineFace
By NineFace (Feb 2, 2012)

So, who actually bought the Q!?...

3 upvotes
robbo d
By robbo d (Feb 2, 2012)

nineface....plenty of people have, especially in Japan and plenty of people in the Pentax Forum. Just because you and your freinds havent or won't, does that automatically mean it wont sell anything??
How about making intelligent remarks rather than off the cuff crap. I don't Dis any camera because it doesnt fit on my purchase list.....and absolutely the Q or VS20 is easily my next purchase because i like the size and function.

2 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (Feb 3, 2012)

Nineface- apparently quite a few and growing. More heads are popping up as the price has dropped.

0 upvotes
NineFace
By NineFace (Feb 3, 2012)

still not sell well like m43 and NEX or even N1 isn't it?

0 upvotes
slncezgsi
By slncezgsi (Feb 2, 2012)

A very particular camera. A bit smaller than SLR - but not by much. No EVF (plain strange). Hm. Looks a bit like fat Ricoh GXR. I feel a need to bash it a bit more, but that would not be fair (and there is plenty of that already).

Still - my impression is - if you ask too long for something (without much of thinking what it is actually going to be like) - you may actually get it in the end ...

Maybe I am asking the wrong question - but why should a photographer get this camera over 'normal' DSLR like K5?

But let's give it a chance first.

1 upvote
backayonder
By backayonder (Feb 2, 2012)

No viewfinder on a camera this big is a huge mistake.

6 upvotes
bgnr
By bgnr (Feb 2, 2012)

This camera is much better then K-5 at video thingy. At least according to the specs.
It is also cheaper even at launch then K-5 is now.

0 upvotes
cactusgeorge
By cactusgeorge (Feb 2, 2012)

With a designer who makes chairs like, this what did you expect?
http://www.marc-newson.com/ProjectImages.aspx?GroupSelected=0&ProjectName=Plastic+Orgone+Chair%0D1998+-+Marc+Newson+Ltd+&Category=Products

0 upvotes
slncezgsi
By slncezgsi (Feb 2, 2012)

Can we sit on this in any comfortable manner ? :)

1 upvote
Volkan Ersoy
By Volkan Ersoy (Feb 2, 2012)

Ugly! You may use the hollow part to keep magazines though :-p

0 upvotes
Digitall
By Digitall (Feb 3, 2012)

lol

0 upvotes
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Feb 3, 2012)

Pentax...
you are so so wrong.....

0 upvotes
Jarda_Houdek
By Jarda_Houdek (Feb 2, 2012)

I believe the design is very good. It is smart - it looks very usable. As oposed to NEX. Design is not about how fashinable it looks, that is much less important than utility. This seems like a very usable camera.
It will not replace my DSLR for sports photography or report shooting, and I prefer OVF for portraits as well. But for landscapes or architecture I use only the LCD anyway.

7 upvotes
topstuff
By topstuff (Feb 2, 2012)

There are a lot of apparently stupid people here. I don't mean to insult, but really, some of the comments are ignorant. If people do not know what they are talking about, its best to say nothing...

The camera is thicker than a NEX ( for example ) for a reason. The Pentax is the ONLY mirrorless that will take all lenses without an adaptor.

Now consider what a NEX looks like with the Adaptor for Alpha lenses attached, or indeed any adaptor needed to extend the miserably short lens range NEX offer. The adaptor needed is HUGE , UGLY and ruins the handling.

The Pentax K 01 needs NO adaptor to take ALL lenses.

This point seems to be entirely missed by the sheep here..

Rant over.

14 upvotes
increments
By increments (Feb 2, 2012)

What does this offer over a K-r or K-5 though?

4 upvotes
topstuff
By topstuff (Feb 2, 2012)

Apparently better video - Much better video. And improved IQ.

And it takes a K5 battery, so its a good back up to a K5.

I do worry about the AF however. Although the live view AF of the K5 is'nt bad, so perhaps the K-01 will be OK.

It is made of metal, not plastic however, which is a good thing that many people seem to ignore.

I agree that a K5 is better for many people however. Many people may find the K-01 easier to use however if they are less confident.

3 upvotes
slncezgsi
By slncezgsi (Feb 2, 2012)

Not quite true. This Pentax can ONLY take SLR lenses - any dedicated designs that would allow for compact lenses with shorter focal length will be kept (the position of the mounting point) inevitably far from the sensor. If new lenses would be brought out by Pentax - then this will limit their design (or result in lenses with rear elements protruding far into the body and need special lens-caps when not mounted.

I agree that mounting SLR lenses on mirror-less cameras makes little sense size-wise, but people do that because there are so few reasonable lenses for NEX. If you want to compare - than have a look at the lenses for Samsung or the A12 28 & 50 lensors for GXR - and then mount the respective SLR lenses on this new Pentax - the difference in size will get more obvious.

Nothing wrong with this new one from Pentax - just that it is neither SLR nor compact mirror-less.

2 upvotes
absentaneous
By absentaneous (Feb 2, 2012)

well, you on the other hand missed a point that to me is even more important: why would one buy a mirror-less camera which is of the same size as a DSLR? what's the benefit of the mirror-less then? you are even missing the optical viewfinder. and a DSLR pentax would still take all the same lenses. so, what's the benefit of this camera that you actually see? that it's mirrorless? so being mirrorless is for you something that on it's own make sense? to me it surely doesn't, quite the opposite.

I actually like the design of this camera but to me it would make much more sense if it would actually be a DSLR since it's already of the same size of one as well and with an optical viewfinder you'd actually get quite a useful feature. it would look a nicely and unusually designed DSLR to me while now it looks like a crippled mirror-less. crippled in the sense that it's actually as big as a DSLR (so no profit there) yet it doesn't even have the optical viewfinder.

8 upvotes
Greynerd
By Greynerd (Feb 2, 2012)

@topstuff
The more you know the more you know how little you know. When someone describes other people as stupid he obviously knows nothing at all.

3 upvotes
increments
By increments (Feb 2, 2012)

@topstuff, If it's video you're after I'm sure the next generation of DSLRs will be vastly improved in that area too. (And then have all the other benefits that a DSLR has over mirrorless.)

1 upvote
topstuff
By topstuff (Feb 2, 2012)

I do not mean to insult. But decrying the camera as too thick without also understanding why, is simply ignorant.

One can measure the pros and cons of a dedicated mount + adaptor ( NEX) or a full sized mount ( Pentax K-01) but just joining the mob with ill-informed comment deserves to be challenged.

2 upvotes
Mattersburger
By Mattersburger (Feb 2, 2012)

The K-5 also needs NO adaptor to take ALL lenses. What's the advantage to this camera over the K-5?

1 upvote
Dennis
By Dennis (Feb 2, 2012)

> The Pentax K 01 needs NO adaptor to take ALL lenses.

Neither does a Pentax DSLR. So if it's not small, like NEX, and it's not cheap, why buy it ?

1 upvote
NineFace
By NineFace (Feb 2, 2012)

Well, Sony got SLT already

1 upvote
balios
By balios (Feb 2, 2012)

Buy a Canon Rebel, push the Live View button, and you effectively have a mirrorless camera. Put a piece of tape over the VF, you're now holding the new Canon mirrorless (w/ a flippy-twisty screen no less!)!

Yes, by maintaining the flange distance, they have immediate access to existing lenses, but you have that with any DSLR, which can also shoot "mirrorless"

Cameras have had live view for years. The entire point of the mirrorless market is that by taking away the mirrorbox, you can reduce the flange distance and make the compact designs that appeal to many users. Maintain the flange distance and you have a bunch of volume that isn't really doing anything. Imho, you might as well stick a mirrorbox in it and give yourself the option of a VF and PDAF.

So if its not smaller, not cheaper, and doesn't do anything that a DSLR can't already do, what exactly am I supposed to be excited at? This simply takes away the option of using a VF. That's as exciting as a car without reverse.

0 upvotes
absentaneous
By absentaneous (Feb 3, 2012)

@topstuff,

"But decrying the camera as too thick without also understanding why, is simply ignorant."

not sure you quite understand why this camera is being criticized by many even if most of us made it quite clear. question is very simple: Why taking away an optical viewfinder (so, why make a camera mirror-less) if the size of it remains the same as would be if it had an optical viewfinder (so, if it was a DSLR)? how do you answer to such question?

surely any mirror-less camera can get quite big with certain lenses but the point of the mirror-less design is to offer smaller size bodies which then combined with appropriate lenses offer smaller size overall. there is no other advantage about mirror-less than the size. and if one makes a mirror-less camera which is as big as it would be if he made a DSLR then one can surely ask himself why does it need to be mirror-less? it would still have the same advantage you are taking about over sony nex if it was a DSLR. so, WHY MIRROR-LESS?

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1 upvote
evogt500
By evogt500 (Feb 2, 2012)

I don't see the point in this camera. Its huge. Why not just get a DSLR and enjoy the benifits of the optical viewfinder.

5 upvotes
byhyew
By byhyew (Feb 2, 2012)

What's the point of making a mirrorless camera if you don't remove the mirror box? It would make a lot more sense to introduce a new mount with an adaptor that's capable of maintaining all the functions of the PK mount lenses, like what Sony did with their NEX.
But anyways, it's a lovely idea to be able to use this cute pancake on a Pentax K-5.

Comment edited 50 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
topstuff
By topstuff (Feb 2, 2012)

No it would not. That's nonsense IMO.

I have a NEX. With the Alpha adaptor fitted ( the only way to get decent lens choice) the NEX is horrible, ugly and clumsy.

This is a better solution IMO.

5 upvotes
slncezgsi
By slncezgsi (Feb 2, 2012)

topstuff - why did you buy the nex, if I may ask. Or did you hope that Sony will actually bring some lenses faster than they do? I would probably not buy a mirror-less camera to use it with SLR lenses (as you describe).

1 upvote
topstuff
By topstuff (Feb 2, 2012)

I got the NEX for my wife. Inevitably I ended up using it and so wanted to see if there is any way to use some decent lenses.

The adaptor is not really very satisfactory, so I am pleased that Pentax have taken a different road.

1 upvote
Dennis
By Dennis (Feb 2, 2012)

OK. Making a mirrorless version of a DSLR does the following:
Gives you full time live view. If it can be done with fast AF, better.
Eliminates mirror vibration.
With electronic front curtain, gives you almost no shutter lag.
Lets you do ridiculous frame rates.
Lets you have features like multi-axis level available full time.
Can be very quiet.

Now, if you can have those advantages in a camera that doesn't sacrifice AF performance and offers a quality EVF, you have an interesting alternative to a DSLR. Not everyone will love it, but at least it's not something that's worse than both SLRs and competing ILCs. If you use a fixed semi-transparent mirror to get PDAF during LV, you get a Sony SLT ... but soon enough, we'll probably see similar models with PDAF-on-sensor. Either way, we'll see more and more of these cameras in the future, but they'll feature EVFs and PDAF, and this Pentax will go down in history as an amusing curiosity.

0 upvotes
NorthwestF
By NorthwestF (Feb 2, 2012)

LOL @ topstuff . Nex is far more flexible than this crap. Nex can use not just the A-mount but other manual focus lenses. It can use SLT adapter for PDAF. K-01 is stuck with one mount; plus very slow CDAF AF with DSLR lenses.

0 upvotes
Simon97
By Simon97 (Feb 2, 2012)

Its as big as the K5! No it's not.
No swivel LCD! Big deal.
No GPS1. Who cares. Buy something else.
Its too thick. Good. Better to grip.
CRY BABIES!!

Hey, it has a food and pet mode. I'm there!

0 upvotes
Oltenus
By Oltenus (Feb 2, 2012)

The design of this camera is very ugly. Horrible! The designer, very weak, must learn to design cameras !!!

0 upvotes
Magnus W
By Magnus W (Feb 2, 2012)

Wow! This camera will sell by the dozens.

2 upvotes
jotor
By jotor (Feb 2, 2012)

No provision (apparently) for the GPS1 so it's a no-go for me.

0 upvotes
clousephoto
By clousephoto (Feb 2, 2012)

Who needs GPS or thin- I can write down where I am and check it on my normal GPS - My camera bag can take a large camera - I need a good new pentax have been holding off buying a K5 - this camera has the K-5 guts at 2/3rds the price I'll be getting one

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0 upvotes
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Feb 2, 2012)

What the use of the mirrorless design if the camera is not getting thiner?

2 upvotes
topstuff
By topstuff (Feb 2, 2012)

Think about it ! You do not understand.

The NEX is thin because the mount does not fit normal DSLR lenses. With NEX you have to use a huge and ugly adaptor if you want access to a good range of lenses.

The Pentax has maintained its mount, so ALL Pentax fit DSLR lenses will fit without an adaptor. That is why it is thicker.

This is a much better solution than NEX. The NEX adaptor for Alpha fit lenses is huge and clumsy and makes this Pentax look like a supermodel.

4 upvotes
NorthwestF
By NorthwestF (Feb 2, 2012)

More nonsense from topstuff. Nex adapter to A-mount gives you fast PDAF AF. This Pentax doesn't. You are not forced to use the A-mount adapter wiith Nex. With this thing, the adapter is builtin so you don't have any choice anyway.

0 upvotes
topstuff
By topstuff (Feb 2, 2012)

NEX adaptor may allow me to fix A mount lenses, but the camera still handles like a frankenstein lump. I got the adaptor, promptly returned it.
K-01 AF may or may not be slow. Neither of us know that yet.

What I DO know, is that the AF on the NEX5N is not good enough. If the K-01's is equal or better AND i can use proper lenses without a stupid adaptor, then the K-01 is a better camera.

Focus peaking on Sony is very good and a good plus point for Sony. But if Pentax has this too.... then Sony loses this advantage.

1 upvote
iae aa eia
By iae aa eia (Feb 2, 2012)

I believe Pentax guys managed to get an incredible discount from Marc Newson, but its simplistic design and big body might please some people who feel intimidated by the traditional design that is or good-sized but complex (full of buttons) or with few buttons but too small. Sure it has a market and the core of it is welcomed, but as a general mirroless flag camera, it fails short. Wait for the next models (without Marc signature).

Comment edited 10 minutes after posting
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Essai
By Essai (Feb 2, 2012)

They paid him with Q lenses

2 upvotes
wlachan
By wlachan (Feb 2, 2012)

A discount that Marc will regret.

0 upvotes
Buchan-Grant
By Buchan-Grant (Feb 2, 2012)

what a complete MINGER! the designer should be spanked!

Comment edited 7 minutes after posting
2 upvotes
Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Feb 2, 2012)

Its a beautiful design.. beauty is in the eye of beholder!

8 upvotes
wlachan
By wlachan (Feb 2, 2012)

A draft idea that went straight into production?

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

Perhaps almoost as little time from idea to production as the P51.

0 upvotes
wlachan
By wlachan (Feb 2, 2012)

Except the P51 was a clear winner. The K-01 may earn its place in art museum for all students to learn what not to design. I still cannot figure out where to put my thumb.

0 upvotes
Dennis
By Dennis (Feb 2, 2012)

Draft or daft ?

0 upvotes
blechkiste
By blechkiste (Feb 2, 2012)

Oh! Just felt in love with this beauty. Eventually something that does not look like a dino right away from the museum. Minimalistic design. Not made for shooting birds 1km away, not a flimsy little where-did-I-put-it thingy, clear and few buttons, large display, built-in flash, interesting line of lenses. Made for shooting great pictures and eventually NO TOY FOR ALL THOSE TECHIES HERE. Looking forward to be taking great pictures instead of reading manuals and having to learn how to operate a camera.

12 upvotes
Michael Barkowski
By Michael Barkowski (Feb 2, 2012)

A mirrorless design with that depth is a waste of space, since one can assume there is nothing but air where the mirror used to be. Despite that, I think this is exactly the right thing for Pentax to do. At least empty space doesn't weigh anything and doesn't cost anything. Camera dimensions aren't everything, in fact they're really nothing when you've got a 100-400mm lens mounted. Besides all the lenses in the picture, you've also got Sigma and Tokina lenses, plus plenty of legacy Pentax lenses that give full Program mode ability. Who knows, if Pentax manages to stick around with this lineup, I may be interested in a few years. They certainly make well configured, ergonomic interfaces, as well as affordable lenses with pleasing quality and handling.

(Samsung NX user, casual photo hobbyist, and yes, I talk more than I shoot sometimes!)

0 upvotes
Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Feb 2, 2012)

There is an assumption that Pentax gonna make some native lenses for this system that will go deaper inside the empty room where there was a mirror box in DSLRs. That can make the camera overall a more compact package. Let's see

1 upvote
AndrewG NY
By AndrewG NY (Feb 2, 2012)

It's special optical SMC-infused air!

0 upvotes
patoth66
By patoth66 (Feb 2, 2012)

WOW!!! What a fantastic design!! Hahah! I like it, a must have!! Bet the image quality is awesome!!)) Bravo Pentax!!!

6 upvotes
Marktax
By Marktax (Feb 2, 2012)

I'm all-in on the new design. The retro-look bandwagon is hot right now, but any more, anything goes (Sony NEX), and this design works just as well as any. It's just thicker front to back. It is also abundantly clear that Pentax has stayed true to one of it's primary guiding principles -- K-mount. This camera keeps ALL those old lenses alive. I think that's a good thing.

4 upvotes
walberty
By walberty (Feb 2, 2012)

DPreview is already panning it - yet they fawned all over Sony for being so original and brilliant with their SLT fixed mirror cameras. Really dpreview?

0 upvotes
Dennis
By Dennis (Feb 2, 2012)

Really. It's not that hard to figure out. Pentax took an entry level DSLR (which offers LV with CDAF already), dropped the mirror (and PDAF) and the VF and is charging $800 for it. It's another brilliant idea from the people who brought you the 'Q' system and the GXR.

3 upvotes
walberty
By walberty (Feb 2, 2012)

Yeah I get that, duh. But my point is then why the over the top comments made by dpreview regarding the SLT?Brilliant, not kinda okay, but amazing innovative etc.? It is decently larger than this camera too. If this is stupid then the SLT is at best average not freaking amazing by an stretch. Okay, it has an EVF, but you could use the same logic and say that the SLT is not worthwhile either, might as well stick with a fully functioning mirror box.

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1 upvote
Leonardo Jorge
By Leonardo Jorge (Feb 2, 2012)

Size comparison: http://camerasize.com/compare/#285,229
Almost the same size as the K-x, but without OVF and Phase-Detection... to what benefits?

1 upvote
psn
By psn (Feb 2, 2012)

What was Pentax (or Ricoh) thinking?! There was a time when I thought the idea of just removing the mirror and keeping the same mount was a good idea. The m4/3 and Sony mirrorless cameras made me change my mind--you have more lens choices and the cameras are not bad looking. I suppose Ricoh really want--need--you to buy their lenses.

Mr. Newson most like made out with a lot of money designing a camera that maybe a hundred people will buy. If you're going to design around the mount why not design something more progressive instead of making it look like an ugly toy for kids. Why not make it look like Tickle Me Elmo with a lens mount for the mouth or something...

Hey, what's the last thing tickle me elmo gets before he leaves the factory? Two Test Tickles.

0 upvotes
RonHendriks
By RonHendriks (Feb 2, 2012)

Last october I went to Paris to visit Pentax at the Salon the la Photo. Only took K-5 with DA40mm/f2.8 Ltd.
http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/162001-travel-paris.html
I even used liveview on some of these pictures. I went to Bobbejaanland in Belgium last year and only took K-5 and DA40mm
http://www.pentaxian.nl/index.php/topic,17522.msg201936.html#msg201936

So for me I do see a good use for this K-01 with DA40mm/f2.8xs in my favorite colour (yellow).

Using the K-5 for real work and K-01 for leisure.

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4 upvotes
Essai
By Essai (Feb 2, 2012)

why would you buy the K01 if you already have a K-5 ? Certainly not because it is smaller.

0 upvotes
Michael Barkowski
By Michael Barkowski (Feb 2, 2012)

I view the K-01 as a proper upgrade from K-r. It would make more sense with a 24mm or 28mm pancake though.

0 upvotes
fredscapes
By fredscapes (Feb 2, 2012)

Perfect. want one NOW!

People who complain about the design should continue using cameras which look like cameras.

When you see a guy with the yellow one - that's me.

Regards to my always super critical dpreview friends. You will be surprised by the success of this "object".

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7 upvotes
sorinx
By sorinx (Feb 2, 2012)

Of course it will sell. People will buy anything at any price today if it has good advertising and a brad written on it.
If the media starts with "cool" "new" "trendy" people buy anything, listen to crap music and eat and drink junk food. Nobody thinks. Everybody let the TV and media think for themselves.

0 upvotes
backayonder
By backayonder (Feb 2, 2012)

Fred, You need a Yellow VW Beatle to match and you will be set.
Will be interesting to see how this camera performs.

0 upvotes
fredscapes
By fredscapes (Feb 2, 2012)

To sorinx,

this design compares in quality to a good bottle of bordeaux rather than to junk food. not eveyone recognizes the difference.

1 upvote
oselimg
By oselimg (Feb 2, 2012)

A good Bordeaux is-still- sold in a bottle, people drink it and enjoy "despite" the very old bottle design.

0 upvotes
fredscapes
By fredscapes (Feb 2, 2012)

hello oselimg,

someone somed day designed that bottle and did a marvelous job, like newson has done on this one now.

p.s.: some his original designs sell for more than $ 1.000.000 at auctions (google: newson lockheed lounge)

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0 upvotes
lajka
By lajka (Feb 2, 2012)

What is that!? No articulate LCD, no weatherproofing, no EVF. Thats a toy and is designed like toy. Gee, Ricoh. You should have made K-mount module with AF function. You would save the money and ridicule.

1 upvote
binauralbeats
By binauralbeats (Feb 2, 2012)

I had some pretty high hopes for a Ricoh/Pentax mirrorless. Oh well.

0 upvotes
Gesture
By Gesture (Feb 2, 2012)

Interesting, because the Samsung NX10 is really what so many on these forums would like. A compact, traditional styled SLR that is rock steady, handles beautifully and has a good EVF where we always had our SLR optical viewfinder. It is a compact camera like that generation of smaller, more compact film SLRs, Nikon FM, Pentax ME, Minolta X-M, Olympus OM, etc.. Why is it so hard, put an APS-C sensor in a compact form factor. Would love to see Nikon, Canon ... have their version of the Samsung NX10.

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0 upvotes
ripimage
By ripimage (Feb 2, 2012)

Looks pretty cool to me - apart from the missing viewfinder. And with the 40mm it just might fit into a coat pocket, unlike the K-5. All the outrage over different design ideas is hilarious! Keep up the entertainment!

1 upvote
Digitall
By Digitall (Feb 2, 2012)

About APS-C, in compact cameras with interchangeable lenses is the right decision, imo. The 4/3 sensors with 2x crop is too much for my liking.
I want a APS-C with F-Mount directly that I can put my F-mount lenses in a compact camera without adapter. Thats why I don't buy a J1/V1, a camera without sense for me. Nikon are you ear me?
Anyway, nice move Pentax, and good choice of APS-C sensor.

2 upvotes
rudymnv
By rudymnv (Feb 2, 2012)

I agree with you, but Nikon F-mount mirror-less would have same flange focal distance as DSLR body (46.50 mm), and that wouldn't make much smaller camera (except for size of pentaprism, pretty close to size of K-01) , and with that size, I would rather have pentaprism... that is of course my opinion...

0 upvotes
Thoughts
By Thoughts (Feb 2, 2012)

Pentax seems to know well how to make small lenses. If Sony had the expertise, then their NEX series will probably steal a lot market shares from APC-s DSLRs.

2 upvotes
d3xmeister
By d3xmeister (Feb 2, 2012)

So this is the first mirrorless camera with no benefits at all, only downsides. You have to try hard to achieve that.

24 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (Feb 2, 2012)

Lens availability benefit, cost benefit, Grip benefit, Interchangability benefit and disitinctiveness. We'll all have to wait for the main test. Performance.

1 upvote
andy amos
By andy amos (Feb 2, 2012)

Not much of a benifit really if you concider the possibilty of a camera that adds a viewfinder, looks better, costs about half as much and is about the same size, oh, they already make one, the k-r!

2 upvotes
smallcams
By smallcams (Feb 2, 2012)

Will my Pentax SMC P-M 50mm f/1.4 lens work on this without an adapter?

0 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Feb 2, 2012)

In theory, yes.

0 upvotes
walberty
By walberty (Feb 2, 2012)

Why theory? It supports the K mount, so yes it will work.

0 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Feb 2, 2012)

Because I've not tried it. It should work, there's no reason to think it shouldn't, but I'm not going to say it will, because I haven't tried it.

1 upvote
smallcams
By smallcams (Feb 2, 2012)

This could be good news as that lens has been in a closet of mine for almost 30 years. Need to check out this camera further. I like small cameras. :)

0 upvotes
Dave Weikel
By Dave Weikel (Feb 2, 2012)

That is one UGLY camera.

6 upvotes
olddigiman1
By olddigiman1 (Feb 2, 2012)

With the size of the body, and the constraint of the sensor-flange distance spec, what's the point? Neither fish nor fowl.

5 upvotes
CriticalI
By CriticalI (Feb 2, 2012)

There is no sensor-flange constraint as there is no mirror in the way - most of the lens optics can be behind the mount - check out the pancake in the picture. With lens attached the whole kit does not have to be much bigger than a NEX.

However I think it would be hard to handle with long lenses and no EVF possibility. Quite a wobbly proposition!

3 upvotes
raizans
By raizans (Feb 2, 2012)

Ugh. It seems Pentax is executing well on that "high quality junk" brief.

These weird Pentax compacts must be the most expensive "toy" cameras ever.

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

Marc Newson sketched the idea on paper, Ricoh approved it. So they both suck!.

2 upvotes
increments
By increments (Feb 2, 2012)

Interview with Pentax UK General manager.

http://www.bjp-online.com/british-journal-of-photography/news/2143551/pentax-unveils-compact-01-mirrorless-camera

The bit when he answers why people would buy this over a DSLR gave me a good hearty chuckle.

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2 upvotes
oselimg
By oselimg (Feb 2, 2012)

Well..the interview tells it all, thanks for the link

0 upvotes
raizans
By raizans (Feb 2, 2012)

Somehow, I suspect this camera will fail to impress the "fashion and design audience." Can't speak for everyone, of course, but I'm part of that audience, and this camera made me throw up a little. The details are admittedly clean and neatly arranged, but the basic shape of the camera is inelegant. That tube with the mode dial on top, the pseudo-slr prism hump for the pop-up flash, the continued usage of the K-mount, which forces the camera to be chunky, and the panda color scheme all contribute to the camera's ungainliness. No amount of build quality will change that. It's like putting lipstick on a pig.

I bet the design will also alienate Pentaxians who already have lots of K-mount lenses. Does Pentax assume that they'll buy the K-01 despite the strange design just because it's there? There are many other cameras that will take K-mount lenses with an adaptor.

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0 upvotes
topstuff
By topstuff (Feb 2, 2012)

Considering the laudable design content of practically every camera on the market, your comments do not make much sense.

99% of "serious" cameras are black plastic boxes with buttons, devoid of any style whatsoever.

The K-01 is refreshing because it is'nt a black plastic box.

If the whole world was simply shooting with a low end black plastic Canon rebel, how dull that would be....

0 upvotes
increments
By increments (Feb 2, 2012)

Those 99% of black boxes are designed with ergonomics in mind. That's something they forgot with this camera. Look how far in the thumb wheel is, the absence of something for the thumb to lean against on the back, and how small the grip is.

EDIT: That said, I do like the fact Pentax has tried something different. I just wish they'd thought it through a bit more from a user/consumer perspective.

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0 upvotes
oselimg
By oselimg (Feb 2, 2012)

I wander if Pentax/Ricoh read forums like this one as what the public want...full of gear worshippers with larger than life egos who are so eager to rubbish and insult any opinion which may suggest the new technology doesn't necessarily offer better cameras. If so, as a result a company rushes to offer a hastily designed model which holds no merits other than being another mirror-less camera. Yes!!! everybody wants mirror-less!!!! I wander how we lived with that rubbish called DSLR with one million-zillion year old design OVF... Kill them!!! burn them!!! free photography from those colossal dinosaurs please, hurry!!! Only then will my art get better!!!

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8 upvotes
Bookie
By Bookie (Feb 2, 2012)

Tee Hee!

1 upvote
Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Feb 2, 2012)

What nonsence .. over the top!

0 upvotes
oselimg
By oselimg (Feb 2, 2012)

@Naveed Akhtar..You forgot to include the popular lines like "stop crying like a child" or "grow up" or "accept the reality"...

0 upvotes
Midnighter
By Midnighter (Feb 2, 2012)

I might not blame the designer for this so much guys, I have seen his art and its good. It looks like he was given the design brief to look at Ricoh cameras. I mean if it had Ricoh stamped on the top instead of Pentax, everyone would be nodding heads going 'yep...yep...oh yea... thats a Ricoh all right.'

1 upvote
ianz28
By ianz28 (Feb 2, 2012)

Quirky and interesting.

I like manufacturers trying different designs and concepts. Hope it proves successful for Pentax.

1 upvote
ronniemac
By ronniemac (Feb 2, 2012)

I really like the concept and look of this camera, until on viewing the rear I see no EVF. Doh! Without that this camera is useless to me. Such a pity, but I do hope it sells well. Still, I can't complain, my K-5 is all I need, plus some more!
Nice to see a serious mirrorless camera; photographers who do not require an EVF now have a serious alternative to what is already on the market. Plenty of lenses to choose from too, from Sigma, Tamron, and of course Pentax.

2 upvotes
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