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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

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FrankS009
By FrankS009 (Feb 3, 2012)

Design is esthetics and function. This camera has esthetics that some will like and most in these comments do not. But the functionality - much fatter and twice as heavy as a Panasonic GX1, also without an EVF - does not serve my functional needs. Maybe this camera is designed as a second "with it" body for the PENTAX faithful. Who knows what lurks in the hearts of marketing "experts" ?

Comment edited 51 seconds after posting
1 upvote
Nerdlinger
By Nerdlinger (Feb 3, 2012)

Great to see my beloved Pentax is still in the game!!!! I only wish more people would pick up a Pentax DSLR and actually shoot some pics before they spout off at the mouth. Pentax=class leading IQ.

6 upvotes
shnikus
By shnikus (Feb 3, 2012)

This design is a good example of a difference between creative surge and creative seizure!

0 upvotes
Bokeh_freak
By Bokeh_freak (Feb 3, 2012)

Sony NEX and Panny GX shows you can have good image quality and good compact physical design. Even if the Pentax gets good IQ, does that justify a heavy/bulky design? Doesn't make sense.

Last time I checked, m4/3 also has sensor shift IS so that can't be the reason.

0 upvotes
ronniemac
By ronniemac (Feb 3, 2012)

"Even if the Pentax gets good IQ, does that justify a heavy/bulky design?"
reply: ehm, yes. Think Pentax 645D :)

1 upvote
jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Feb 3, 2012)

Looks quite ugly. To many, MoMA is an arbiter of taste and design. They are also a shill for corporate investors. Again, the camera looks horrible. Yes, Ricoh screws up again. Please let Pentax designers do their job.

2 upvotes
NotSteve
By NotSteve (Feb 3, 2012)

Ricoh acquired the Pentax camera division in October 2011. Do you really think Ricoh put together this camera in 3 months? The rumours of this camera have been around for a while, so even less than 3 months? I believe somewhere down thread Richard Butler noted that it takes about 2 years to bring such a camera to production. So, this would have been done under the auspices of Hoya... You don't like the design, and that's fine. I'd like to know what you mean by corporate shill re: MoMA. I don't know much about that place.

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 4, 2012)

I've heard about Pentax APS-C mirrorless "UGLY" camera more that 1 year ago. :) My friend saw K-01's prototype of body more than 1 year ago. Said - "out of my mind." :)))

0 upvotes
ronniemac
By ronniemac (Feb 3, 2012)

All this talk about camera image is so irrelevant compared to the importance of image quality. Remember the Pentax Q criticisms about sensor size and image quality? I’ll not form judgement until I read the tests and see the pics – and taken with some of the excellent glass that is designed for the K mount.

But just to irritate the aesthetic police, can I add the Pentax K-01 is gorgeous, especially in black and white. I even like yellow, but that may be because it annoys so many purists who need everything in black. I am so tempted to buy one, but the radical dissenter in me has decided to stick with the K-5 until the EVF FF version is released. C’mon Pentax – take this beautiful baby to the next level.

6 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 4, 2012)

Pentax Q's IQ beats CCD 1/1,7" and 1/1.65" sensor's cameras.
It's strange, but it's truth.

2 upvotes
mbpm
By mbpm (Feb 3, 2012)

Indeed, Pentax K-5 is a beautiful camera. Pentax also made the K-x and K-r which are pretty good cameras as well, and cheap! Lets not forget the 645D, which is an awesome camera for a good price, considering it's a medium format. My favorite was the old K200D...all weather sealed and super cheap, till this day no manufacture has done the same. It's a shame it didn't get any sells.
But this thing...it's just...ugh. Don't get me wrong, the K-01 has some really good features especially for videos, but it does not have an authentic PENTAX design. If they would just follow Fuji's vision of vintage design...Man, I would love to own a micro four-thirds digital camera that is similar to the vintage Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic II. I guess I'll just have to keep dreaming.

3 upvotes
OneGuy
By OneGuy (Feb 3, 2012)

It's cold here -- so with gloves on K01 just might work OK. The pancake lens also looks well protected.

Kay-Oh. Nobody so far proposed that Pentax is knocking out its own DSLR sales. Perhaps the Pentax' K-01 is the very first example of the very first DSLR cam maker to throw in the DSLR towel. And there is no better time or a better company to say that lenses rule and that the past is not a bad thing for the future.

1 upvote
gmol
By gmol (Feb 3, 2012)

What's the point of a 60mm-equivalent lens? It's too narrow for indoor shots, and F2.8 is too small an aperture. Why is it that - with the exception of the Samsung 30mm f2 pancake - nobody has been able to produce a really usable and bright standard pancake since the Panny 20mm F1.7 was introduced 3 or 4 years ago?

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 1 minute after posting
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John Cal
By John Cal (Feb 3, 2012)

I would have to disagree with you on this one. I find the Da 40 is on my K7 most of the time, it is really sharp fully open, it is an excellent portrait lens, especially indoors for chasing my 3 kids around the house. I have the the FA 1.4 which is also a good lens for this purpose but the 40 Da is better for fast moving subjects indoors. We all have a choice with this new camera to use whatever lens we want with built in SR Pentax really should be congratulated for supporting the K mount. This is great news as Pentax primes especially the primes is why I bought Pentax in the first place.

1 upvote
gillamoto
By gillamoto (Feb 4, 2012)

this 40mm lens is dedicated for aps-c sensor. so it will be 40mm with this camera, not 60mm.

1 upvote
ogl
By ogl (Feb 4, 2012)

I use FA43 at my K-5 as all-around lens almost all my time.

Comment edited 9 seconds after posting
1 upvote
John Cal
By John Cal (Feb 4, 2012)

Hi Gillamoto

- this 40mm lens is dedicated for aps-c sensor. so it will be 40mm with this camera, not 60mm.

The Da 40mm and new 40mm are both for dedicated for APS-C - equivalent to about 60mm in full frame.

Cheers

2 upvotes
Sergio DS
By Sergio DS (Feb 3, 2012)

OH! and for video, it's the best Pentax yet, nice codec, mic line in, can't quite get if it has full autofocus though...I wished it could take AA's with an adapter for the battery instead... I just love the AA in the K-x, and that was part of the
decision making against the D5000.

1 upvote
Sergio DS
By Sergio DS (Feb 3, 2012)

My thoughts exactly, never have I seen such an heated debate about a new Pentax on DPreview...

OLY Panasonic have establish their niche, Fuji is trying to do the same with beautifull results. I wish that Pentax had taken the same route has they have, but this is not that bad either... (Sony has a nice camera until you put a lens on and start taking pictures with it :6)

My first reaction to the K-01 was "Oh Crap!" But then I checked out some other pics on the interwebz and the camera looks quite rugged and well built,quite ergonomic, plus I don't know why, but the looks of the Yellow one got me...

It's just that the pancake lens, tiny has it is, doesn't look very good on that body, but check out the more "normal" K-lenses... They look just fine!

I have a K-x and a ME, I can't quite justify the upgrade to this, but if it was my first Mirrorless or junior SLR, probably would pull the trigger... And what about the Lomo Hipster looking for something funky? Damn if this ain't it!

1 upvote
Dodion
By Dodion (Feb 3, 2012)

750 posts in two days? I think it says more about the camera than anything else. Love it or hate it but I think Pentax hit it. they can´t do better

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
6 upvotes
Bokeh_freak
By Bokeh_freak (Feb 3, 2012)

Yellow one looks like it was designed by Fisher Price. White one looks like a type of medical x-ray device. Sure, I don't mind a camera that attracts attention but not for the wrong reasons.

1 upvote
sashko1
By sashko1 (Feb 3, 2012)

will this new 40mm work on my k-5?

0 upvotes
gillamoto
By gillamoto (Feb 4, 2012)

I think I read somewhere that it won't work with any dslr. it is specially designed for K-01.

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 4, 2012)

It will work. NEW DA40 XS is for ANY PENTAX DSLR

Comment edited 13 seconds after posting
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Brent Lossing
By Brent Lossing (Feb 3, 2012)

Looks a lot like the GXR. Has Ricoh taken over the design for Pentax?

1 upvote
JackM
By JackM (Feb 3, 2012)

wish that pancake was 32mm f/1.8.

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 3, 2012)

Kaizer One - the name of camera from Russian Penta-club

0 upvotes
pedroboe100
By pedroboe100 (Feb 3, 2012)

It's too close in size to my K5. My K5 is actually pretty compact for an SLR. I am keeping the K5. With the $800 I can buy another "limited " lens

0 upvotes
gillamoto
By gillamoto (Feb 4, 2012)

the size is definitely smaller than Kr (which is smaller than K5).

Comment edited 35 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
MysticX
By MysticX (Feb 3, 2012)

If Star Wars Troopers were to be given a camera, this would be the one. The white&black one.

Anyway, 40mm f/2.8 is not a very desirable focal for APSC. If only it was a FF ....

0 upvotes
Blackubuntu
By Blackubuntu (Feb 3, 2012)

WOW the New Argus C3, "The New Brick"

1 upvote
pabloman
By pabloman (Feb 3, 2012)

It is a stupid, ugly and cheap-looking camera.

If PENTAX would get it right, they would make the same thing performance and specification-wise, where I have no objections. However, they would make the body with a much SHORTER FLANGE DISTANCE, SO ALSO LENSES FROM OTHER MANUFACTURERS COULD BE ADAPTED. Just like with the NEX or the m4/3.

All I ever wanted was a mirrorless cam able to adapt my Noktons, Rokkors and Zuikos that had IBIS inside with the biggest sensor possible. This short-sighted design decision has taken thousands of potential customers away from them who will rather stay with m4/3 or the NEX system.. This way only earlier Pentax lens owners may be interested... If the body was slimmer and one could mount other lenses in front of that good sensor, A LOT MORE PEOPLE WOULD WANT TO BUY IT... Besides... size and weight-wise it really isn't anything to write home about. Not to mention the lacking EVF and tilting LCD.

6 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 3, 2012)

K-01 no need any adapters.:) Buy NEX - it's not camera, it's electronic adapter :)))))

2 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 3, 2012)

It's so strange announcement of K-01....
Do you remember something like this? NEVER.
No official Pentax Japan announcement, no FULL specs.
There is specs, of course, but no additional info about buffer size, size of photos and video and e.t.c.

What does it means?

1. K-01 is not for Japanese market.
2. The announcement will be at CP+ on February, 9.
3. K-01 for Japanese market will have another specs.

pay attention!!!

USA version of K-01 is black/white.
European version of K-01 is black/silver.

0 upvotes
aboutsam
By aboutsam (Feb 3, 2012)

Will it be compatible with those FA LE lenses?

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 3, 2012)

PENTAX mirrorless body design is compatible with 25+ million PENTAX K-mount lenses spanning decades.

0 upvotes
BJL
By BJL (Feb 3, 2012)

A Pentax DSLR works even better with those lenses, by having PDAF, and can do it for the about the same size, weight and cost (see K-r, K-x). The 16MP sensor and improved video could just as well go into updates of the K-r and K-x, without losing the options of PDAF and OVF.
Maybe the manufacturing cost savings will reach customers at some point, like if initial K-01 sales are poor.

1 upvote
JeanJacques Bouhon
By JeanJacques Bouhon (Feb 3, 2012)

Did Pentax really need to pay a so-called famous designer to obtain this ugly and massive as a brick result? Is it supposed to be an homage to the "yellow brick road" on which Judy Garland was singing in "The Wizard of Oz"? Just think about the old "Spotmatic" and its simple and evident elegance...

Comment edited 28 seconds after posting
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wetsleet
By wetsleet (Feb 3, 2012)

I would have thought a designer unfettered by any camera design baggage, and given as much latitude as he appears to have been given, might have used the oportunity to come up with something actually new. An opportunity to completely rethink what a camera should look like. Instead we get this cartoonish pastiche of a traditional SLR, even down to the faux-pentaprism bump.
There are reasons why SLRs were the shape they were. Film cassette and take-up spool, pressure plate, mirror box and pentaprism. That defined their shape. This camera has none of those consraints, but still takes all the same design cues. What a waste!

Comment edited 37 seconds after posting
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Lyle Aldridge
By Lyle Aldridge (Feb 3, 2012)

My first thought was that Pentax should sue whoever put their trademark on such a silly, ugly and cheap-looking toy. I imagine its users will capture many images of people with their hands in front of their faces, trying to block the squirt of water they expect to be coming. Their famous "designer" could not have spent more than ten minutes earning whatever Pentax paid him for this.

I have a few K-mount lenses, though, and have never much cared what my own cameras look like. So I guess I'm hoping these things are marketing disasters that end up being cleared out at Big Lots for $69 each.

1 upvote
Jefftan
By Jefftan (Feb 3, 2012)

It make perfect sense if i have lots of k mount lens
But to someone like me who have none
No sense at all

0 upvotes
Jeztastic
By Jeztastic (Feb 3, 2012)

This is a design classic, and built on properly, could be a game changer for Pentax. I think it looks great.

And - which would you rather have/buy for your partner/recommend to a friend - this or the Nikon 1?

When Pentax release the next version - they can do what they like with it. If it's weatherproof or fullframe, and with a top quality EVF (which will become industry standard in the next few years) it will blow everything else out of the water.

4 upvotes
Klipsen
By Klipsen (Feb 3, 2012)

It's also easier to make pancake lenses when the register is twice that of a NEX or 4/3. But that won't make the camera pretty. It's downright ugly.

A colleague of mine and myself - independently of one another - had the same flash-back to some 1980's cheap, lousy compact cameras that looked like SLRs and came with what looked like TTL system flashes, but were in fact compact cameras and manual flashes.
I realise this is not such a product, but why would anyone want to "copy" that "design"?

0 upvotes
zapatista
By zapatista (Feb 3, 2012)

Yeah, I'd rather recommend to a friend a Nex5-N or Nex7...maybe a Fuji X100, this thing looks like a DSLR with Legos thrown at it. However, if image quality is fabulous I'd use a camera that size that looks like excrement. Then again the Nex5-N is pretty damn good.

0 upvotes
Joseph S Wisniewski
By Joseph S Wisniewski (Feb 3, 2012)

Klaus, you've got your optics backwards. It's a lot harder to make pancake lenses when the register is twice that of other cameras. That's why the new Pentax pancake is a 40mm short tele, but there are actually normal and wide angle pancakes for the other EVIL systems.

2 upvotes
zeidgeist
By zeidgeist (Feb 3, 2012)

Looks like a cheap nasty plastic toy. How much did they pay Marc Newson to come up with this piece of tat. It doesn't matter how good it is technically if it looks like a toy, unless of course that's the point, to lull people into thinking that the photographer isn't serious, either that or to put off thieves... And lastly wher is the VIEWFINDER or even an accessory viewfinder? It is almost impossible to hold a superzoom steady without one, regardless of how good any image stabiliser is. Arms length photography is a bloody nuisance especially in a crowded place. The camera is bulky and unwieldy AND not even a flip-out screen to compensate for the lack of a VF. Sorry Pentax, back to the drawing board, I won't be trading in the EPL-2 in any time soon.

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

They certainly will sell it in a toy store. For children 0-3 years. At least that's what the design tells me. From the technical side it not seems so bad, only there is no EVF! Someone can tell me why? The body is more than BIG enough and the price is far from cheap.

1 upvote
_P
By _P (Feb 3, 2012)

I guess you can’t have all the sweet spots in one dream body, right? Just the Panasonic G3 kind of thing with EVF + K-01 sensor and K-mount for lenses that’s my dream…

0 upvotes
Iso1975
By Iso1975 (Feb 3, 2012)

Why the heck do I want a mirrorless camera that is the same size as a dslr and falls short on performance/features when compared to it?
Oh, and another thing: remember the movie Predator, when Arnie says to the beast "you're one ugly mother#$!%"*&"? well, the same applies here. It is just plain ugly. This simply is a brick

7 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (Feb 3, 2012)

Disagree on the performance- it's a proven APS-C leading sensor, the AF is quick, battery life excellent. I'd take it over 90% of other mirrorless cameras.

4 upvotes
Iso1975
By Iso1975 (Feb 3, 2012)

I'm not comparing it to othe mirrorless cams, but to a dslr. The only advantage this would have over a dslr would be size, but the thing is big as a brick. Compared to other mirrorless cams it has the same disadvantage, it is big as a brick, so, if someone is on the fence between a dslr and a mirrorless, then I'm guessing it will never go for the K-01 because there is no point in choosing it over a dslr.

1 upvote
TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (Feb 3, 2012)

It's the size of a K-r, minus the viewfinder, the grip, oh and the PDAF.
Good luck selling that to the masses.

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Najinsky
By Najinsky (Feb 3, 2012)

I'm in, where can I get it!

Day 2, the design is really growing on me. It's a smart design with clean lines, efficient curves, friendly slopes, and clever recesses for hotshot and strap lugs. It's a camera designed to be taken places conveniently, snag free, whether carried, packed or pocketed.

The imaging spec is top drawer and the XS pancake seems an ingenious use of space.

I don't envisage AF issues with the lightweight pancakes and if the focus assist works as well as Ricohs, manual focussing with the heavier zooms and longer primes will deliver a focus precision that AF can't match.

SLR AF is a trade off between speed and precision, and where fast AF is essential, the SLR is still the natural choice, but that's not what I'd be getting a MILC for. For me (and it may only be me) MILCs are all about retaining IQ when leaving the SLR behind (whether choice or circumstance).

VF is personal. For some it seems the make or break feature for any camera. I get by with or without.

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Andrew Booth
By Andrew Booth (Feb 3, 2012)

This is pretty much the same size as their DSLRs though.
By keeping the K mount, they're stuck building out the body to match the mirror box on their SLRs.
It's a completely pointless design.

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Najinsky
By Najinsky (Feb 3, 2012)

Compared to the kay-dash-five, the containing volume is 40% smaller (560cm³ v 930cm³), the weight 25% less and the RRP at introduction 55% less.

Perhaps the product images don't do justice to the extra portability and convenience this design affords, or perhaps those who don't travel solo don't get the importance of quick and convenient stowage when you always have to take care of your own bags, or when you climb things without having someone hold and hand things for/to you.

Whichever it is, I'm happy this design will work well for me.

My SLR was a danger bouncing around my boat and had to be stowed below, missing many shots of dolphins other sea life. The K01 would fit in my boating shorts (two large leg pockets), or even secured in the helm stowage.

Perhaps I'm not a typical photographer, but after a year of solo travel and meeting many solo travelling photographers, I've had to redefine my ideas on what a 'typical' photographer is.

2 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 3, 2012)

I've send two emails to DPR to change info about battery - no any changes.

2 upvotes
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Feb 3, 2012)

ogl are you Pentax employee

0 upvotes
Marty4650
By Marty4650 (Feb 3, 2012)

The best way to get "SLR-like performance" is to buy an SLR.

Unless this camera is dirt cheap I cannot think of a good reason to buy it rather than a Pentax K-r.... which is almost the exact same size and weight and actually HAS a finder of some sort.

I still find it hard to believe that Pentax neglected to give this camera an EVF or even have a way to add one later.

Pentax has succeeded in creating a camera that is "mirrorless for mirrorless sake" and has none of the advantages of the other MILC cameras, and still falls short of replacing a DSLR.

I still feel that using existing AF lenses, rather then creating a whole new lens line, was a great idea.

6 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 3, 2012)

Pentax is only ONE company (with mirrorless cameras) which keeps systemacy.

0 upvotes
pcarfan
By pcarfan (Feb 3, 2012)

K-r still doesn't have the same sensor though.

Mirrorless thus far has been generally for small sizes, but should everyone follow the same rule?

How about use mirrorless for cost savings?

You have an amazimng sensor. Dynamic range that not even FF and MF can match, overall ranked above many FF and MF for perfromance. We are talking about a sensor that plays among cameras as expensive as $20-30K and the cheapest around $10k. (DxOMark rankings)

Now, you put that sensor into this body and sell it for $750 (no, I did not miss a zero at the end, lol!).

I think Penatx should be sued for selling that sensor in this price range :)

It's got excellent video specs too.

Yeah! it's not for everbody.

Comment edited 42 seconds after posting
1 upvote
ogl
By ogl (Feb 3, 2012)

Camera is already DONE and well DONE. So many emotions - good sign.

1 upvote
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Feb 3, 2012)

well the fanboy has spoken

0 upvotes
Hansadlp
By Hansadlp (Feb 3, 2012)

This design may become a classic, long after discussions about the K-01 have faded. Think of what Dieter Rams did for Braun with calculators, slide projectors, hifi and home appliances. Remember Philippe Starck, Raymond Loewy, Charles Eames or what Maitani did for Olympus. Even if the inherent qualities are not always ground breaking and even if these products were not best-sellers, their design made them timeless icons which are still valued and appreciated. Many are a joy to own and use, even long after the technology is outdated.

Sure, taste and appreciation for a design is personal. I's interesting to see how just a design can evoke such strong emotions, whether its for a new product that conflicts with people's expectations or for an older product that brings back fond memories, maybe because it was years ahead at the time, but as an original it set a trend for others.

7 upvotes
Mal_In_Oz
By Mal_In_Oz (Feb 3, 2012)

Incredulity. Not emotions.

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 3, 2012)

You are unique

0 upvotes
ronniemac
By ronniemac (Feb 3, 2012)

Hansadlp, you are absolutely right!

1 upvote
alfredo_tomato
By alfredo_tomato (Feb 4, 2012)

I will have to see the camera in real life, not a 2D representation. I will have to feel it in my hands.

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 3, 2012)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eTohGuBh9Cs
CDAF is very FAST, faster than K-5 in LV.

0 upvotes
NorthwestF
By NorthwestF (Feb 4, 2012)

That's with the new lens launched with the camera. We have yet to see the AF performance with older K mount lenses.

0 upvotes
Charrick
By Charrick (Feb 3, 2012)

It's patently obvious what Pentax is doing - trying desperately to stay alive.

It has gotten to the point where nearly every other camera maker can do better than Pentax in nearly every area. And Pentax knows that it won't beat them in terms of features or quality, because its rivals are just getting better, and farther ahead.

So what does it do?

Gimmick 1: Pentax makes cameras that come in a wide assortment of colors, to make up for the lack of everything else in comparison to its rivals.

Gimmick 2: Pentax makes a compact camera with a small sensor and tries to get unsuspecting victims to think that it has the quality of SLRs, and hence spend more money building up a completely superfluous lens collection. I thought this was the lowest they could go.

Desperate Survival Tactic: Pentax gets Ricoh to somehow buy them, like HP bought Palm, another dying brand.

Gimmick 3: Remove the benefits of an SLR from an SLR and make it look like a toy.

Pentax is running low on gimmicks.

2 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 3, 2012)

1. K-r is one of the best low-end DSLR at the market.
2. Pentax Q is just high-end version of compact camera from Pentax.
3. Arguments?

I think you know NOTHING about Pentax cameras and lenses.

9 upvotes
Faisalee
By Faisalee (Feb 3, 2012)

Agree with ogl :)
Pentax K5 and K-r are benchmarks for low noise / detail. If you have any doubt, check the ISO test comparison right here on DPR and you will see K5 got better score compared to N and C counterparts (D7000 and 60D)!

And the limited pancake lenses are just great :)

3 upvotes
sadaka
By sadaka (Feb 3, 2012)

you must have a bad dream. In fact, the K-5 has exellent build quality, superb handling and very good overall pic quality. All together makes the best package you have have (until the next version comes out :-))

6 upvotes
pcarfan
By pcarfan (Feb 3, 2012)

Didn't you pretty much say the same things a few posts down? still looks like a rambling, that's all. May be try again!

0 upvotes
Nerdlinger
By Nerdlinger (Feb 3, 2012)

Charrick...could you be any less informed?
Colors=gimmick? How about colors=one camera maker that makes something other than black/silver?
You are obviously a cannonite/nikon/sony fanboy. Pentax makes excellent lenses and category leading IQ cameras. I have the K-x and am constantly blown away by IQ and hi ISO performance. I am almost certainly going to be buying a K-5. Can't say I have strong feelings about this camera/Q. But the sensor in the K-5 is CLASS LEADING. Pentax DSLR's almost always rate at the top of the heap when compared to rivals. I know when I bought my K-x years ago (pre k-r days) I spent two months researching entry level DSLR's. K-x rated #1; sure I had to order online because everyone is a cannon/nikon sheep and stores in the US don't carry Pentax, but I have never been happier with a purchase and CAN NOT WAIT to get a weather sealed K-5 and hit some storms.

1 upvote
LightRoom
By LightRoom (Feb 3, 2012)

Seems to me like the camera many on these forums have been dreaming of for years. The only drawback I can see is that it's expensive; if they could manage to bring the price down, I think this camera could be a winner.

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 3, 2012)

it's cheaper than Pentax Q was last year

0 upvotes
John Cal
By John Cal (Feb 3, 2012)

I want one now.

1 upvote
mdava
By mdava (Feb 3, 2012)

I don't post very often: This is a butt-ugly camera. It looks like a kids toy.

If Pentax need reminding how to make a really good-looking, ergonomic and functional camera they should go into the storerooms and find an MZ-S.

2 upvotes
nuance
By nuance (Feb 3, 2012)

Design is a matter of taste but I think they didn´t get that thing right. If you build a quality camera i think it is neccessary that peolple immediatly see your intention, see it´s a quality product. Visual perception is a big thing here. But to my mind with the green and red button und that big on/off switch even the black version looks toyish, cheap, not solid. Just put away the green an red button...you will have a different "feeling" about the camera.

1 upvote
pictureAngst
By pictureAngst (Feb 3, 2012)

Hmm - I thought one of the main selling points of mirrorless cameras was the reduced lens-to-sensor distance (and the resulting reduction in size) that the lack of a mirror provides.

To create a mirrorless system which retains this distance (so that legacy lenses can work) seems to be missing the point somewhat.

As for the design, I'm all for innovation and you never know, some of the design cues may catch on (I remember thinking the jelly-mold T90 was wierd and ugly on first sight)

0 upvotes
viktoriskra
By viktoriskra (Feb 3, 2012)

A description OVERWEIGHT TAMAGOTCHI springs to my mind..

3 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 3, 2012)

We can read here
http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20120203_509641.html
that no final decision about sales in Japan

0 upvotes
Gully Foyle
By Gully Foyle (Feb 3, 2012)

Pentax got it right. Although I think they have quite a long way to catch up.

Imagine Nikon introducing a similar camera (not in design, I hope) that features the hybrid PD/CD AF and high speed FPS of the 1 system. I do think that's what the 1 system is all about anyway. Testbed of the new all digital technology (plus making more money, of course).

2 upvotes
wmac
By wmac (Feb 3, 2012)

imagine if Nikon has given out something that could use existing FX/DX lenses. A mirror-less but still a bit large in 1st generation.

Who would not like it?

1 upvote
mjdundee
By mjdundee (Feb 3, 2012)

Nice toy camera. Kids will love its big clunky buttons and the screaming colours. Maybe also an option for 90+ photographers without glasses - who knows?

3 upvotes
Akos Kozari
By Akos Kozari (Feb 3, 2012)

I don't see the real big point of this new tool. The size is not remarkable smaller compared to the K-5.
In my opinion the size would be the major convincing element in case a mirrorless camera (at least for me).
Currently i'm a K-5 user (a happy one), i don't think that i would buy a second one for me, but i can image to buy one to my wife/son. This way we can share the lenses.
The design is half good half bad, anyway, not creating a heartbeat.

Cheers...

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0 upvotes
R Thornton
By R Thornton (Feb 3, 2012)

Camera makers are not striving to re-invent cameras (let alone photography), they are striving to re-invent their margins. That is why they are offering ever so pricier cameras with which the only discussion really is about what they cannot do!

1 upvote
wmac
By wmac (Feb 3, 2012)

The mirror is removed from DSLR. Isn't that re-inventing?

0 upvotes
Faisalee
By Faisalee (Feb 3, 2012)

But should we still be calling these little guys DSLRs? :)

0 upvotes
regova
By regova (Feb 3, 2012)

what a failure! It is just another SLR without the optical view founder. very disappointing:(

2 upvotes
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