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Pentax Ricoh discontinues K-01 K-mount mirrorless camera

By dpreview staff on Feb 25, 2013 at 19:38 GMT

Pentax Ricoh has moved its K-01 K-mount mirrorless camera to the 'discontinued' section of its website after just 12 months on the market, following steep discounts to its price in recent weeks. The unconventional-looking K-01 used a full-depth Pentax K lens mount but relied on contrast-detection AF, rather than the phase-detection systems for which all autofocus K-mount lenses have been primarily designed.

Designed by Marc Newson, the K-01 was one of the most unusual-looking cameras we've ever used, and the full-depth K-mount made it one of the largest mirrorless camera's we've ever reviewed, too.

When we reviewed the K-01 last year we praised its image quality, but were less impressed by AF performance and ergononomics. Click here to read the full review.

At this year's Consumer Electronics show, we asked a Pentax representative whether there would be a K-02, but received a determined 'no comment' in response. It is possible that the K-01's role could be taken by a long-rumored K-mount module for Ricoh's GXR system.

(From Rice High).


Total comments: 299
By tkbslc (Feb 25, 2013)

They can't afford to make any more when they only sell well at the $300-400 range. .

You know as much as I don't like the k-01, at least it was something new and the company took a risk. It's not another boring, safe Rebel or Nikon D3000 clone.

Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Feb 25, 2013)

12 whole months! That's pretty good for such a camera.

By NorthwestF (Feb 26, 2013)

for most of those 12 months, they were selling them for pennies.

Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (Feb 26, 2013)


It was never an expensive camera to make though, Pentax had the good sense to base it on their entry-level dSLR.

By Peanut88 (Feb 25, 2013)

No one to blame but themselves for asking a designer to design the camera.
It is misguided and silly.
The camera is designed to be used by a clown.
Good riddance !

By forpetessake (Feb 25, 2013)

Yes, bye bye K01, we barely knew thee, but we liked the K-mount. Hope thy descendants will be less ugly and more functional.

By armanius (Feb 25, 2013)

Bye bye K01!

Paul_B Midlands UK
By Paul_B Midlands UK (Feb 25, 2013)

Wow, some panic over at Pentax HQ. This must be quite a unique scenario for something this new.
I loved my Pentax k7 until I discovered the nex5n sensor (as per k5) which killed my Pentax adoration, can't say I ever liked the look of the K01. Good luck Pentax with your plans! Bring me an alternative to Eos5 mk3 but smaller I'd be in.

By Trollshavethebestcandy (Feb 25, 2013)

Suck it Marc Newson!
Your design was so hideous!
How much is Pentax out because of paying you money and the losses in revenue and reputation?
Buy them now as collectors items for those who collect ugly things but for the love of all major and minor deities keep them from the eyes of children!!!! Only bring them out on Halloween and April 1st. Use them as theft deterrent gargoyles for your home maybe.

Model Mike
By Model Mike (Feb 26, 2013)

The camera failed because it was ill-conceived - the AF technology was mismatched to the legacy mount, and it didn't have an EVF. Sony have shown that legacy mount mirrorless cams can work very well using an SLT-based solution, it's a pity Pentax could not have used this technology.

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Mr Darma
By Mr Darma (Feb 26, 2013)

I bought this camera when the price dropped. It's a shame that a camera built like a Leica and has IQ second to none,, especially at high ISO had a few fatal shortcomings. For me the screen's daylight performance and the fact that it cannot stop down manual lenses were irrecoverable flaws. Why make a large mirrorless camera so it could use all the lenses and only go half way? The focus was OK with AF lenses but difficult with manual in focus beep like my MZ-S and PZ1p......definitely could have used a viewfinder and a reticulated net net another marketing failure for Pentax. Finally it is boring...but then so are all digital cameras except for the single digit Nikon pro bodies.

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By Peiasdf (Feb 26, 2013)

@Mr Darma
I don't like Leica but in what way is the K-01 built like Leica?

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By kindofblue7 (Feb 26, 2013)

I think he means the quality of construction, and also this:

Mr Darma
By Mr Darma (Feb 27, 2013)

rock solid in your hand....not plasticky....and I do like Leica...I have three film M's...

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Mr Darma
By Mr Darma (Feb 27, 2013)

correction: manual lenses can be stopped down but you'd never know it from the manual....found it in the blogs...the camera is looking better!...

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