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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:


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: and a video interview with Mark Newson regarding the K-01design may be viewed here:  Images of other Marc Newson creations are available here.

Pentax K-01 specifications

MSRPUS: $749, UK: £629, EU: €823
Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialAluminium
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
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
  • 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
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage includedNo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini HDMI Type C)
Remote controlYes (Optional IR)
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)

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Total comments: 875
Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Feb 2, 2012)

Imagine someone holding at arms length a DSLR or DSLR-sized camera with a zoom lens mounted and zoomed out :)

Comment edited 53 seconds after posting
By Greynerd (Feb 2, 2012)

You do not have to stretch your arms out to arms length to use these cameras. If you do you are probably extremely long sighted and need a trip to the opticians. Just hold the camera at your minimum focusing distance. Whilst having a viewfinder against your eye gives extra stability it does not really affect the load on your arms. I agree a viewfinder is useful but this formulaic 'arms length' argument is a bit absurd.

I suppose people just do not understand what 'arms length' means.

By Goffen (Feb 2, 2012)

They can find the definition of arms length here:

Comment edited 23 seconds after posting
like a bumblebee
By like a bumblebee (Feb 2, 2012)

Greynerd: At some point in life, opticians can't help. I'm still myopic (diopters stay the same for the last forty years), but the eyes just can't focus closer than half a meter. This camera needs a Zacuto-style viewing back, but I'm afraid it wasn't in Mr. Newsom's contract.

By aleksdat (Feb 2, 2012)

The only achievement of this camera in comparison with an slr camera is the lower cost of production due to absence of expensive mechanics lift the mirror and additional sensors for metering and autofocus. The manageability and handability of the grip have sharply decreased, also the design proved to be a suitable only for a narrow segment of buyers. It reminds me of artillery fire registration around classic without slr cameras: Q - undershoot, K - flight. So the target can get before the Canon, for which, as it seems, Nikon and Pentax conduct free research of the without slr cameras market

1 upvote
By RStyga (Feb 2, 2012)

Pentax, you'd better release an all-black version of K-01! Two-tone looks weird... and this camera is inherently weird-looking already! Don't push it...

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By tompabes2 (Feb 2, 2012)

The design, which shoul be its key feature, is terrible!
The price is high, and it's too big. You have almost no advantage over a DSLR. I'm an old Pentax user and I've been waiting for an EVIL Pentax camera for years, but this is not what we were waiting for...

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

finally a mirrorless after the toy-camera joke of last year!

By Najinsky (Feb 2, 2012)

It's an easy camera to mock based on looks, and some of the comments have given me a good laugh, but now I'm looking for the positives, and starting to find a few...

Thumbs up:

👍 Pricing structure - Body only or with customised pancake for extra 150. That's well balanced. Lots of MILCs offer unfair body only price or force buying of kits with duplicated lenses from the previous models.

👍 Modern sensor. Good resolution and noise performance.

👍 Tidy shape. I often carry large sensor compacts in a large pocket (some activities require two hands, and a neck strap can be dangerous). Despite the overall large size, the K-01 has very tidy lines that will allow it into a large pocket without snagging. This will get it to places I wouldn't take other cameras.

👍 Focus peaking. If you can't deliver fast accurate AF, you have to make MF easy. Many of the K mount lens have proper manual focus. Ricoh GXR with the M mount and Leica glass has already shown how effective this can be.

By LukeDuciel (Feb 2, 2012)

#3. try brick shape.

#4. No eye-level VF makes MF nearly impossible. Try adapt a lens to m43 or Nex cams w/o EVF.

By Najinsky (Feb 2, 2012)


#3. Yes, it's a little brick-ish, but a brick is an efficient use of space. More importantly, like a woman, it has curves in the right places to allow proper handling.

#4. Tricky and far from ideal (in some situations) I agree. But with practice it's achievable. And only needed when the AF can't hack it, so how much of a compromise it will be is yet to be seen.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Feb 2, 2012)


I use manual lenses on my VF-less GF2 all the time, sure manual focus isn't quite as easy as on my GH1 but I've never had any problem focusing with the liveview zoom.

By PentaxNick (Feb 2, 2012)

@LukeDuciel - I like bricks, they stack well and nothing to snag on a camera bag.
- Just because m43 or Sony NEX don't know how to do it... Try Ricoh.

By fberns (Feb 2, 2012)

I don't see the benefit against a camera with a mirror! Which would normally be size if they had made the camera for a mirrorless mount.
This camera is only a fraction smaller than a Pentax DSLR, so I'd certainly stay with the mirror and optical viewfinder!

How about waiting a tiny bit.... a few months, a year... and then re-evaluate the mirrorless market and go together with another manufacturer to share the same mirrorless mount? Like Fuji? Or maybe Sony or Samsung?

By ogl (Feb 2, 2012)

1.VIDEO features
2. SIZE is smaller than the smallest Pentax DSLR - *ist DS.
4. AF could be better
5. Can put ANY K-mount lens.

Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Feb 2, 2012)


Why would video or AF better? All a Pentax DSLR has to do is swing its mirror out the way and it literally becomes a K-01. Also last time I checked Pentax DSLRs can use any K-mount lenses too :)

1 upvote
By fberns (Feb 2, 2012)

"1.VIDEO features"
A DSLR could offer the same features in live view mode.

2. SIZE is smaller than the smallest Pentax DSLR - *ist DS.
Apart from the height (+12,5mm), it's nearly identical to the k-x' size.

Here I agree!

4. AF could be better
The K-01s AF will be slower, that's for sure.

5. Can put ANY K-mount lens.
A DSLR can do that too.
Or a mirrorless with an adapter as well.

PS: Well, Andy already replied to some points before.

PS2: APart from ranting, this is an exciting year. Even if I'm not happy with many releases, at least there's something going on. To me, the most promising news is the new Fuji APS-C mirrorless!

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By topstuff (Feb 2, 2012)

How can people say this is ugly while they let the Canon G1 X get away with being even uglier?

Are people completely blind? I thought photography was a visual craft?

Photographers who take pictures with an aesthetic perspective won't mind at all about the design of this camera. At least it HAS a design, while many others cameras do not seem to have been "designed" at all. They are just black plastic boxes.

Is this site full of old gearheads and test bed freaks, or photographers?

I don't really see the point of this camera when a K5 ( a really lovely camera) is almost the same size.

But criticism of the K-01 aesthetic sounds like the baa-ing of sheep to me.

By wlad (Feb 2, 2012)

beauty is subjective. You can't possibly expect everyone to have the same preferences as you do. And judging by the comments, most people find this camera looks like a toy - me included.

The G1 X looks neutral. It's nothing particulary hip or ugly - just another G-series powershot. It's a proven design - no need to fix something that's not broken.

If I was looking for a APS-C mirrorless, I would pick a NEX over this anytime. I would happily sacrifice some features for the sake of a decent design.

By LukeDuciel (Feb 2, 2012)

oh well, pentax fanboy?

this one is surely "designed" but designed like BS.

By andre01 (Feb 2, 2012)

No EVF???.....What.... No EVF!!!!!, Can't believe it....

By ogl (Feb 2, 2012)

Relax. Don't buy it.

By DioCanon (Feb 2, 2012)

besides if there was EVF I bet you would have complained anyway, saying that EVF sucks!

1 upvote
By studio67 (Feb 2, 2012)

Is this the new Nikonos??

How deep can this new camera go?

By twadger (Feb 2, 2012)

Decent spec, apart from AF but looks like a toy.

1 upvote
mike kobal
By mike kobal (Feb 2, 2012)

Yeah, I like it, the Brownie box is back!

Comment edited 12 minutes after posting
By TrojMacReady (Feb 2, 2012)

As a concept it's a bit like an A35 with its viewfinder, handgrip and fast PDAF removed. Oh and 35% weight added. :S

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By Documensony (Feb 2, 2012)

Quite a few losses to be able to use K-mount lenses.

By topstuff (Feb 2, 2012)

I like the design. What is the point of making the same boring black boxes? Canikon already do that.

Likely to have very good IQ.

K- mount so lots of lens options. Had better have some form of focus aid so that you can focus old K lenses on it.

If it is as well made as the Q (truly one of the nicest camera bodies out there right now-the haters have no clue!) then it will be a nice thing.


Its a bit big. I am disappointed it is so close in size to K5.

I am worried about the AF.

APSC mirrorless cameras tend to have disappointing AF. As a NEX5N owner, I think the AF sucks.

The Oly EP3 and the Nikon 1 have awesome AF.

Is this because making AF work well on APSC mirrorless is hard? Is it easier to make smaller sensor mirrorless have better AF?

Maybe Nikon are right with the N1. Once they fix the ISO weirdness the NIkon is probably the king of the mirrorless sector. At least the N1 can keep up with moving kids- something other mirrorless find impossible.

1 upvote
By Deleted1929 (Feb 2, 2012)

The size of a K-5 but without the benefits of a K-5.

And not even the option of an EVF ?

Like me, a lot of Pentax users will have been waiting to see what they'd do with mirrorless large sensor. This is pretty much all the things I'd feared they'd do wrapped in a Lego coloured brick.

Did they stop listening to their users ? We didn't ask for this ! We won't be buying it.

1 upvote
By topstuff (Feb 2, 2012)

"We won't be buying it"

So you speak for everyone do you? You don't speak for me.

I will probably buy one.

By Xellz (Feb 2, 2012)

Interesting to hear your reasoning for buying this camera over aps-c dslr from canon/nikon/pentax? Size advantage is close to zero, while losing viewfinder and pdaf. Or for example not any of m4/3 options.

1 upvote
By balios (Feb 2, 2012)

It's like a Canon engineer said "hey, let's make a Rebel without a viewfinder, make it no smaller, and charge the same!" Then that guy was promptly fired and got hired at Pentax.

Eric Glam
By Eric Glam (Feb 2, 2012)

Not having an articulating LCD really kills it.
And no 1080p60 as well...forget 'bout it.

1 upvote
By jamesm007 (Feb 2, 2012)

I have written many times in the past the main point of a mirror-less from a manufactors point of view is less design cost, better reliability (less warranty cost) higher profits.

For the consumer the main point of mirrorless is to get rid of the number one problem of dSLRs AF problems FF/BF mirror box. This camera is the first to step in the right direction.

Think... no need for AF fine tuning, superior reliability, still has Shake Reduction! When this camera has a EVF it will be complete. That is the transformation of dSLRs into viable mirrorless dSLR replacment for your current system.

The small mirrorless cameras are just point and shoot cameras. This is the first serious mirrorless as it did not leave behind the lens and Shake Reduction.

Its all in my writings a few years ago. Many said its not possible. I said it is including having Shake Reduction and use of old lens.

Those are new kit lens.

Me I hate mirrorless, But I am not blinded by my own wants as many are.

By ljmac (Feb 2, 2012)

Olympus has always had shake reduction, and with their adaptor, all 4/3rds lenses AF with their Micro cameras as well, and almost certainly more quickly than K-mount lenses will on this beast. In other words, a far superior (plus much smaller and much better looking!) version of what you 'predicted' has existed for years!

By dentaku (Feb 2, 2012)

"For the consumer the main point of mirrorless is to get rid of the number one problem of dSLRs AF problems FF/BF mirror box"
Rubbish. For pixel peepers on forums maybe, but for real consumers, the number one benefit is size, which the K-mount will never give.

Comment edited 26 seconds after posting
By Autodidact (Feb 2, 2012)

>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.

Same story all over again. All other campers give it to us in regard to lack of AF speed.

1 upvote
By Greynerd (Feb 2, 2012)

Is the cost and the complexity of the mirrors starting to hurt in these difficult times. It does make me wonder if this is the beginning of the end of the cheap mirror reflex camera and other manufacturers will follow. As the manufacture of mirror assemblies declines their cost will rise exponentially and the decline will be self sustaining. A lot of people would like viewfinders on their compacts but they had no choice but to lose them.

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By Mustafa (Feb 2, 2012)

Thanks for the pronunciation guide, DPR. Or we might have confused it with a carp.

Paul Boothroyd
By Paul Boothroyd (Feb 2, 2012)

One of these and my Pentax 300/2.8 - or even the 500/4.5!
MF I know but.................

By ogl (Feb 2, 2012)

Aluminium alloy buttons and body...With special rubber. Good

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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carsten böttcher
By carsten böttcher (Feb 2, 2012)

Some nice ideas but thanks to Marc Newson it looks like a plastic toy.

By ogl (Feb 2, 2012)

But it's metal. Full metal with special rubber

1 upvote
By Faintandfuzzy (Feb 2, 2012)

One of the ugliest cameras I've seen in a long time.

By AmaturFotografer (Feb 3, 2012)

Agree. I almost can't believe it was design by a famous designer! Aren't designers supposed to design some good looking things? Unbelievable.

By jpr2 (Feb 2, 2012)

- CMOS APS-C sensor;
- SLR mount;
- time-lapse capability;

cons (heavy, very heavy IMO):
- no eye-level VF;
- attention grabbing color schemes (not good for street at all)

Jon Rty
By Jon Rty (Feb 2, 2012)

Cons: SLR mount

1 upvote
By Documensony (Feb 2, 2012)

Cons: Slow AF on most lenses.

1 upvote
photo nuts
By photo nuts (Feb 2, 2012)

The size and design are fine by me as long as there's weight reduction (~ 190 g with batteries).

I am surprised that DPReview had a pre-production camera in their hands, but did not publish any preview article.

Carsten Saager
By Carsten Saager (Feb 2, 2012)

Looks like a cluttered Nikon 1

Hard to imagine anyone wants this.

Pentax used to make such good cameras...

1 upvote
By Sdaniella (Feb 2, 2012)

at least the 'clutter' is functional and ergonomic
unlike the Nikon 1... which is furthest from being ergonomic where form took precedence over function... sleekness does not make it better. (nor gliztz like the shiny NEX's, bar the 7, which is a touch better vs Nikon 1's.)

Given one will be able to mount conventional SLR/dSLR lenses, it makes sense for the body to at least have some semblance of a proper grip.

I'm not into Pentax's unless they offer full time 'exposure simulation' live preview in realtime (missing on vast majority of Pentax and Nikon models)...

Until then, my eye is on the PowerShot G1 X (and later prosumer siblings) which do have exposure simulation live preview, and any forthcoming 'mirrorless' from Canon, which most likely will inherit it via ExpSim LV from their EOS LV dSLRs.

By Henrikas (Feb 2, 2012)

At last mirrorless camera with old good mount! Thank you Pentax! Definitely buy!

Jon Rty
By Jon Rty (Feb 2, 2012)

I'm sorry, but why is that a positive? This is a Pentax K-5 with the mirror-box and viewfinder removed. It leverages no advantages at all from the fact that it's a mirrorless.

By ogl (Feb 2, 2012)

Where did you find K-5 in K-01? 16 MP sensor? Maybe it's D7000 in new body?

By GregGory (Feb 2, 2012)

Yeah, the EVF and sloooow AF of mirrorless, combinded with the huge WA lenses due to the large flange back of DSLRs...

Way to go Pentax, the second utter failure in the EVIL market...

By GSD_ZA (Feb 2, 2012)

Who's Marc Newson? This thing looks like one of those $10 Lomography cameras.

By ogl (Feb 2, 2012)

By GSD_ZA (Feb 2, 2012)

I'm still not sure that he's anyone in particular.

By NetMage (Feb 3, 2012)

By AmaturFotografer (Feb 3, 2012)

If we take this camera as a benchmark of his design skills, I think he's an unimaginative designer.

By KEG (Feb 2, 2012)

Nooh, 60s Kodak Brownie

By tkpenalty (Feb 2, 2012)

D7000/K5 sensor in a package for half the price.... thats quite good actually

By ogl (Feb 2, 2012)

DPREVIEW - change the battery type.
K-01 has the same as K-7/K-5
Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery D-LI90

Comment edited 8 minutes after posting
By ogl (Feb 2, 2012)

I see something new:
1. Prime M processor
2. Full HD 1080p video capture at 30 FPS with h.264 compression (60 FPS at 720p) features shutter speed and aperture exposure control, video autofocus control.
3. 81 AF points
4. No PEF
5. Focus Peaking

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

Interesting, but a few doubts come up: AF performance, no VF, too large, ... . Not sure if a clear sign that older lens mount designs don't allow for smaller bodies when getting rid of the mirrorbox. It looks like Canon and Nikon will have to change their mounts, at least for APS-C. For FF, removing the MB could already be enough to reduce camera size.

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By abolit (Feb 2, 2012)

Did this camera just come from my nightmare?

By TORN (Feb 2, 2012)

Definitely one of the ugliest things I have ever seen. This should not imply anything about the cameras technical qualities but the design alone is an insult. Sorry Pentax - but nooooooo.

By willwill (Feb 2, 2012)

y don't they make a K mount module for GXR and call it a day?

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By Biker5005 (Feb 2, 2012)

The lens does not do a lot for the appearance of the camera. Put on any other Pentax lens and it transforms the camera, it looks a lot better. Well done Pentax for not following the crowd.

By ljmac (Feb 2, 2012)

What the hell is the point of this? The advantage of mirrorless is to make things smaller - at the sacrifice of losing PDAF and an OVF - but this camera has all the disadvantages without the key advantage (smaller size). Even the LCD is fixed despite it not having any viewfinder, even as an optional extra. I thought the Q was the dumbest camera ever, but incredibly, Pentax have managed to outdo themselves! Plus it's ugly as sin too. I'm actually amazed at what a failure this is on every level, and that any manufacturer would bring such a thing to market.

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tommy leong
By tommy leong (Feb 2, 2012)

YES, its strange to see that the size is ALMOST the same as a DSLR , less the grip and top flash....
maybe good as a prototype to test the concept but definitely needs refinement before releasing to the market..

1 upvote
Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Feb 2, 2012)

Thanks but no thanks.

By TorsteinH (Feb 2, 2012)

It may look better in real life, but looking at the pictures it do not looks like quality. I get a strong reminder of my 1969 Kodak Instamatic!

Petteri Sulonen
By Petteri Sulonen (Feb 2, 2012)

This makes no sense to me. Why shackle themselves to the K-mount, with its long flange-sensor distance? They could've introduced a new mount optimized for mirrorless, and provided a fully-functional, electronic K-mount adapter for legacy lenses, like Nikon did with the 1 system.

By ledgars (Feb 2, 2012)

Indeed, why so long flange-sensor distance? Therforee is very little size advantage and rather bad ergonomic.

By D1N0 (Feb 2, 2012)

So you can put any K-mount lens on it, or a m42 lens with an adapter. Pentax doesn't need to develop any new lenses for this plus there is a choice of Sigma, Tamron, Tokina Samyang lenses. This was never meant to be a pocketable camera. Most mirrorless cams aren't really pocketable anyway, unless you use a very short lens.

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blue camera
By blue camera (Feb 3, 2012)

What is with the term "pocketable" that gets used so often in DPR reviews and comments? My camera is protected in a bag if not in use, or around my neck/in my hand if I'm shooting. I'm much more interested in how it fits in my hand, than if it fits in a pocket.

By JesperMP (Feb 2, 2012)

Chunkiness of the body.
Grippy surface all over.
Good sensor (same as K5 ?).
Metal body (aluminium).

Price point too high for what you get.
Fixed LCD.
Only 1 dial.
Lens line-up isnt that great. Even with legacy lenses.

Not so important:
Pretty or not. (I find it ugly, but can live with ugly).
Gaudy colors.

Not knows yet:
How good will AF be when there is only CDAF.

By kewlguy (Feb 2, 2012)

Definitely the thickest mirrorless... now it looks small because of the super thin pancake lens. Will the newer lenses be this compact? I highly doubt it.

By Twong (Feb 2, 2012)

This is an interesting camera, especially because I really love my K5. It may replace my Kx as the backup body or even become the main body if it has a nice soft shutter. The driving force for me is removal of the mirror box. This camera will stop me from even thinking about the Sony NEX series.

Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (Feb 2, 2012)

Interesting. It's a fat beastie. I think overall I'd rather have a K-5, but this is a strong play by Pentax-Ricoh: really standout design, and direct support for all the legacy glass.

By dentaku (Feb 2, 2012)

I think this'll go down in history as an interesting design novelty, like a Nissan Figaro. People want mirrorless cameras because they're small and they can add an EVF if they want to. This is big, has no EVF port and AF is likely to be slow with existing lenses. I just don't see what problem this solves?

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By waxwaine (Feb 2, 2012)

I love it Tough-Macho look.
IMHO the point on this camera is the exclusion of the mirror slap, wich produce little shakes affecting the resulted image keeping the venerated K mount.. GREAT IDEA!!! I consider the K-01 a serius attempt and not only an intent of a fetish camera like new Fuji's and others wl knows.

By kadajawi (Feb 2, 2012)

I agree... until you mention the Fuji. This one has hardly any manual controls. The Fuji only has manual controls. IMHO the Fuji is trying to capture the traditionalists market, or photographers that like to shoot with analog cameras. Also a nice niche. This one is weirder... between a fashion statement (look at the design! They hired a famous designer for it, but the controls are just not there) and a serious tool (K mount).

The price makes it tempting to me (as I already have a couple of K mount lenses), but I don't think I could use it as my primary camera, so I'll rather save and buy a K-5 instead.

blue camera
By blue camera (Feb 3, 2012)

The positive aspect of no mirror slap seems to be negated by the instability of holding a viewfinder-less camera away from full body contact. However, as a tripod-mounted landscape camera, where AF style or ability is not really an issue, maybe this is a plus. In which case they should offer a green or camo model...

By Jogger (Feb 2, 2012)

sonys slt approach is the best to be able to go (reflex) mirrorless, while using older lenses with good AF performance.

By kff (Feb 2, 2012)

It has some features of modern cameras, but not wi-fi for remote controll and external viewfinder of tablets and smartphones etc.

Maybe would have it a new Ricoh GXR body with K-mount module and with Pentax' wireless P-TTL ...

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