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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 drive6.0 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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Eddy M
By Eddy M (Mar 22, 2012)

Ridiculously FUGLY!.

2 upvotes
John Koch
By John Koch (Mar 22, 2012)

The camera looks interesting. But the performance tests are what will really count.

Pentax has roiled the codgers, who want everything to look like a '61 Coup de Ville. The yellow K-01 looks too much like a '65 Mustang. The OM-D E-M5 is more pleasing to stodgy traditionalists. Nothing less than a D800 or Miii will meet some people's standards, wether they can afford them or not.

0 upvotes
Tee1up
By Tee1up (Mar 22, 2012)

We codgers want a viewfinder and maybe a camera that doesn't look like my kids Tonka.

0 upvotes
kenyee
By kenyee (Mar 22, 2012)

"With the buttons arranged over such a large camera area, we found key controls difficult to manipulate without large shifts in your hand position. While you can reach both the red and exposure compensation buttons with your hand in the shooting position, neither of them are particularly comfortable, as they are set so far to the rear of the camera plate."

Soooo not like Pentax which used to have the best ergos around :-P

0 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (Mar 22, 2012)

They still do. It's called K-5 and Q.

1 upvote
Jonathan Siegel
By Jonathan Siegel (Mar 22, 2012)

The front and the top design of this thing is definitely Marc Newson, the back of this camera is certainly not Marc Newson. This is where the design fails in my opinion. That cheap D-pad design that's seen on ever Pentax camera, this was a fantastic opportunity to improve on the user-interface design! The back of this camera is just dog-ugly, how can he possibly be satisfied with this? I hope this wasn't his call to do it this way, I hope he kicked and screamed and exhausted all of his options before letting them stick that point-and-shoot standard layout to the back of this camera. There are so many missed opportunities with this camera, why not remove some of those buttons and optimize the functions! I wish someone would give me a shot at designing a camera, I'd run circles around Marc Newson.

0 upvotes
viking79
By viking79 (Mar 22, 2012)

You comment on how heavy the camera is, but does the aluminum body give it a quality feel?

0 upvotes
Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (Mar 22, 2012)

It's made of plastic, like the K-r. Only the mode dial, power switch and perhaps some other trim around the flash are metal.

0 upvotes
viking79
By viking79 (Mar 22, 2012)

No it isn't, it is machined aluminum according to the specifications.

0 upvotes
waxwaine
By waxwaine (Mar 22, 2012)

Richard Murdey
FYI the K-r body is not like a d5100/3100 or an EOS Tsomething, it´s has solid magnesium-alloy body covered with tough plastic.

0 upvotes
il_alexk
By il_alexk (Mar 22, 2012)

Now we are back to the ultimate argument of all Pentax fanboys, "The magnesium body". This argument alone is supposed to overweight all disadvantages of Pentax cameras. However it doesn't - the camera must have a comfortable grip, accurate and fast AF, good IQ, etc. Magnesium body may be considered a bonus when the first three criteria are satisfied but useless in the absence of any of these

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
onlooker
By onlooker (Mar 22, 2012)

Laughable.

0 upvotes
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (Mar 22, 2012)

Your ignorant comment surely is.

3 upvotes
foto guy
By foto guy (Mar 22, 2012)

"stuck with a fixed 60mm equivalent field-of-view"?
Perhaps someone should inform DPR that the K-01 has interchangeable lenses. Pentax has some of the best primes available. And they make zooms, too.
I'd rather be "stuck" with a good quality 40mm than a crappy 14-42mm anytime.

6 upvotes
ET2
By ET2 (Mar 22, 2012)

They were referring to the kit lenses and were doing the size comparison with those two kit lenses. Read it carefully next time, foto guy

0 upvotes
Maxfield_photo
By Maxfield_photo (Mar 22, 2012)

I believe it's also available with the traditional 18-55 kit lens.

0 upvotes
snake_b
By snake_b (Mar 22, 2012)

Even if they were referring only to kit lenses, the DA40XS is probably the best kit lens to be stuck with, focal length preference aside. It's optically and mostly mechanically identical to the incredible DA40 limited, a phenomenal lens, despite being "only" an f2.8.

3 upvotes
Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Mar 22, 2012)

Pentax, you can make a professional type camera D645 and a toy type camera K-01; can you make an optical instrument type mirrorless camera for your loyal customers? I trust a lot of your loyal customers are waiting for such a camera.

1 upvote
Steve 316
By Steve 316 (Mar 22, 2012)

I was a loyal Pentax SLR customer for several decades before entering the digital age about 10 years ago. I wanted to like this camera and the Pentax Q also. To me, the sad truth is that this camera is too big and the Q, with its tiny sensor, is too small. Pentax is looking for a niche but they haven't found it. I hope they do.

5 upvotes
Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Mar 22, 2012)

Right, so disappointed.
Pentax, please wake up. Otherwise you would lose your customers.

0 upvotes
Guidenet
By Guidenet (Mar 22, 2012)

Actually, I like the looks a lot. I also like it takes KA lenses. I wish it would allow stop down metering and the use of older lenses, but I like the looks.

The problem is that there is no viewfinder and no way I can see of adding one. You'd have thought they would have at least added an accessory port in case they wanted to add one. Without getting over-flamed, serious photography requires something other than Liveview for use most of the time. You also have to be able to track at least moving children. Without this ability, you are only appealing to point and shoot upgraders.

Secondly, I don't see an easy way change the things that need to be changed quickly. There's only one dial for aperture and shutter speed. Not much else not in menus.

What's Ricoh doing to Pentax? First we get a couple of "Toy" lenses for the Q, and now we get the actual Toy, by Fisher Price.

I'd have forgiven all the rest had they just not failed to have a viewfinder. Foolishness!

2 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (Mar 22, 2012)

It does allow stop down metering:

"Instead you have to use the green button, which stops down the lens and sets the shutter speed to the metered value for that aperture. This isn't necessary for KA and newer lenses."

And I think the development of both the toy lenses and K-01 were already well under way when Ricoh bought Pentax.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
1 upvote
Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Mar 22, 2012)

Might be a wrong direction to be a subsidiary of Ricoh.
Pentax is now making toys, not optical instruments.

1 upvote
Revenant
By Revenant (Mar 22, 2012)

Surely the idea and the design for the K-01 were a reality already when Ricoh bought Pentax last summer?
Also, Ricoh isn't exactly known for making ergonomically challenged designer cameras.

0 upvotes
Greg Lovern
By Greg Lovern (Mar 22, 2012)

Ricoh had nothing to do with the Q or the K-01. You can thank Hoya for the Q and the K-01. We'll have to wait for Photokina in September, at the earliest, before we know anything about products that have anything to do with the Ricoh ownership.

0 upvotes
Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Mar 22, 2012)

How come there is no EVF?
Pentax should design another camera with high resolution OLED EVF (like Sony NEX7) and significantly reduce the weight and size of the camera.
Otherwise, there is no way to compete with Sony, Panasonic and Olympus.

0 upvotes
whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (Mar 22, 2012)

Why did my monitor crack when I opened this page?
I would appreciate a warning next time ;p

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
RStyga
By RStyga (Mar 22, 2012)

K-01 is significantly smaller, lighter and cheaper than K-5. K-5 does not have focus peak. K-5 has slower LV AF. K-5 has worse video features. I can get a K-01 for $670 body even in pre-order phase; i.e., it will drop to $550 very soon. I think these are enough to stop people repeating the erroneous argument that K-5 is overlapping with K-01 in cost and features.

3 upvotes
Jim Evidon
By Jim Evidon (Mar 22, 2012)

Aesthetics aside, one wonders, as the market heads toward smaller camera ergonomically efficient bodies vis a vis Sony's NEX line and Panasonic's GF and GX lines, why did Pentax choose such a chunky design to market? It's shape is somewhere between the old Argus C3 and the Berning Robot Royals and Star cameras; all competent cameras, but not lovely to look at and heavy. At 1 1/4 pounds weight, the Pentax might make as lethal a weapon as did the Robots and the Argus C3 should someone really annoy you.

2 upvotes
noonecantellimadog
By noonecantellimadog (Mar 22, 2012)

In the early 70's my first camera was a Pentax (1957 Asahi Original) followed by a Spotmatic. I shot Pentax digital from 2007... so I effectively shot Pentax all of my cognitive life.

I had transitioned to all primes pretty much. I waited for their mirrorless entry, and in the meantime played with an E-PL2 just to see if it was doable. As soon as I saw this I sold everything and moved on.

Oly is doable. This is NOT. Pentax has lost their way.

woof!

2 upvotes
Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Mar 22, 2012)

From 60's to 70's, the design of Asahi Pentax Spotmatic was the most beautiful one in the market; the designs of Nikon/Canon/Minolta cameras look bulky and their forms were like the copies of German cameras. At that time, Pentax sold a lot of Spotmatic; and their market share might be more than Nikon F.
But since 80's, Pentax had no more revolutionary design when compared with Nikon, Canon, Minolta and Olympus.
I like the "old" Pentax cameras but not the cameras that they are selling today. What they are offering now is just a toy, not an optical instrument.

3 upvotes
Gesture
By Gesture (Mar 22, 2012)

And should Oly continue the "full" size 4/3rds camera, there is at least a way to use your 4/3rds lenses on micro 4/3rd cameras. Mixing and matching with Panasonic and Olympus also has an appeal. Wish Nikon and Canon had the "courage" to go 4/3rds. Useful compromise between compact cameras and APS-C.

0 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (Mar 22, 2012)

@Edmon - I beg to differ- the K-5 is ergonomically fantastic.

2 upvotes
JoeDaBassPlayer
By JoeDaBassPlayer (Mar 22, 2012)

m43 has horrible real world DR compared the the sensor in the K 01 or any recent bottom of the line pentax. I will not go below APS C but the Sony's only accept their proprietary toy flash and microphone.

1 upvote
Alizarine
By Alizarine (Mar 22, 2012)

Did you sell a K-5 just because of the K-01? Sorry sir but I found it a bit unbelievable that you "sold everything" as soon as you "saw this".

1 upvote
G Davidson
By G Davidson (Mar 22, 2012)

I'd say in terms of lens selection, with their DA series, Pentax has perhaps the best system for APS-C sensors out there. When I heard of this camera coming, I got very excited, with easy use of all those lenses (and adapters, the K mount being flexible with them) and IBIS, but unfortunately, the reality is not so great.

The boxy nature of the camera is perhaps understandable, but it looks a bit too weird for me to walk around with. If it's very light, then there would be some advantage over the K5 just for that. The most difficult point though is the lack of a viewfinder. Throw one in and shrink the design somehow and I think you have a very viable system. Yet a better way of doing this seems to be to have a new mount, with a sensor capable of phase-detect AF, a slim, passive adapter to use the legacy lens collection easily and a Nex 7-style viewfinder. I see this camera as a step along the way to that.

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2 upvotes
RStyga
By RStyga (Mar 22, 2012)

It seems to me that this camera will be received better from the photographers than the reviewers. There seems to be a consensus about its features which is an indication of the bias towards the remaining aspects of the camera.

1 upvote
dscottsatx
By dscottsatx (Mar 22, 2012)

It's fugly for a Pentax and the ergonomics are crap...this is a complete turn around for Pentax. I've been sitting on the fence with all my Pentax primes wondering when Pentax was going to release something that made me say, "Wow." This has done that, but not in a good way.

0 upvotes
Richt2000
By Richt2000 (Mar 22, 2012)

Surelly the whole point of mirrorless is to have the same quality IQ of DSLR but in a small package. This is just mirrorless because they have done away with the mirror. Either Pentax has missed the point, or I have. This to me is a half hearted attempt at joining a market segment without real investment, after totally flopping with a interchangable system with compact IQ! Oh stick to the 645D, pentax, that is what you do best :-)

6 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (Mar 22, 2012)

Don't forget the K-5 :p anyway, this is meant to be a niche product and it will appeal to current Pentax owners (as they already have lenses) and off beat people look for something different. They should market this camera in fashion and art magazines. Also a gold version would be nice, to attract the Bling-bling audiience.

0 upvotes
Essai
By Essai (Mar 22, 2012)

cool camera, without a mirror... and without a VF !
And also not that small !! ??

I hope Canon is taking notes.

0 upvotes
Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Mar 22, 2012)

I hope Canon can introduce an interchangeable lens mirrorless camera ASAP.
I also hope Nikon can introduce an APS-C (or 4/3) interchangeable lens mirrorless camera too.
But, the cameras MUST have high resolution OLED EVF.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
2 upvotes
Ben Raven
By Ben Raven (Mar 22, 2012)

Plus one, Edmond,
And YES, YES, YES, on the EVF !

1 upvote
Baxter Bad
By Baxter Bad (Mar 22, 2012)

No EVF! It's ugly! My God, my observations are witty and original. Just thought I'd share those nuggets of wisdom with you proles.

Comment edited 50 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Mar 22, 2012)

It's almost like a Lego camera. Cute. But that is all.

I'm all for innovation in design, but I'm not sure this one needed to go into full scale production.

4 upvotes
happypoppeye
By happypoppeye (Mar 22, 2012)

Well, I guess always look on the bright side ...it could be wood paneled like that Sigma thingie ...but still, I think this one is uglier. This may be the ugliest thing I've ever seen out of a camera.

1 upvote
Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (Mar 22, 2012)

The K-01 is many things, but it is not ugly.

1 upvote
Humboldt Jim
By Humboldt Jim (Mar 22, 2012)

Proof that mirrorless is easy. Just remove the viewfinder and mirror and you have the latest in trendy high end fashion cams.

Funny how "mirrorless" is not used to describe the Olympus E-M5 even though it lacks a mirror.

HJ

1 upvote
Photomonkey
By Photomonkey (Mar 22, 2012)

I have seen other reviews on the 'net that criticizes the K-01 for having no EVF or capability to add one.

So now people are finally waking up to the uselessness of a rear LCD VF for anything other than the most trivial of picture taking?
Oly sensed this by offering the EVF option early on. Sony nailed it with the NEX-7 and Oly have followed suit with the E-M5.

Next thing you know it will be the "new" orthodoxy.

BTW, I do think it looks cool but had it incorporated an EVF it would have gotten my attention.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
2 upvotes
Pentax_Prime
By Pentax_Prime (Mar 21, 2012)

Ouch: "Build quality appears solid with a sprinkling of aluminium parts adorning the plastic chassis."

0 upvotes
Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Mar 21, 2012)

"Machined aluminum frame with rubber accents"
http://pentaximaging.com/hybrid/K-01#!product-specs

0 upvotes
Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (Mar 22, 2012)

It's plastic, but solid with a nice matte finish. The metal parts are a nice touch. The mode dial, especially, is excellent.

0 upvotes
Paul Pasco
By Paul Pasco (Mar 21, 2012)

I have always liked Pentax cameras; I had a Spotmatic way back when and used an MX with several "M" K-mount lenses for almost 30 yrs. I have periodically toyed with the idea of chucking my Nikon gear for a K-5. But I have to say this latest thing is the Pontiac Aztec of the camera world!

1 upvote
Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Mar 22, 2012)

Does the Pontiac Aztec have 1080p30,25,24 & 720p60 video mode with full manual control ? Does the K-5 have that ?

0 upvotes
Ben Raven
By Ben Raven (Mar 23, 2012)

Paul,

You just nailed it, with the Aztec reference !!

1 upvote
Greg Lovern
By Greg Lovern (Mar 21, 2012)

Clearly this was developed with limited resources under Hoya's thumb. It may appeal to the form-before-function crowd who buy fashion statements not photographic tools, but it will have very little appeal to enthusiasts.

Just wait to see what Ricoh can do with Pentax; we haven't seen any results of Ricoh's ownership yet. I predict that this September at Photokina a K-mount module for the GXR will be announced, and once that product is released, I think we'll soon see a quiet end to the K-01.

1 upvote
Richt2000
By Richt2000 (Mar 22, 2012)

Hear hear. I just read your post after writing mine.

1 upvote
Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (Mar 22, 2012)

More correct to ask what Pentax can do with Ricoh. The Ricoh engineers are moving to Pentax, even though ownership is moving from Hoya to Ricoh.

0 upvotes
Greg Lovern
By Greg Lovern (Mar 22, 2012)

Richard -- Okay, what Pentax can do with Ricoh's resources and indulgence. However you parse it, Pentax's future is so bright I gotta wear shades! :-)

0 upvotes
Esen Draga
By Esen Draga (Mar 21, 2012)

If a new and different design hepled to better ergonomics, smaller size and better performances, I wouldn't worry about how strange or different a camera could look like.
But this is not the case.

I don't understand why making this body compatible with existing lenses implies such a deep body. Why not simply make a body just the size a mirrorless camera needs, offering just a few new lenses, and including in the box an ad-oc adapter for k-mount?
(But it should be yellow, and surely in square shape as a previous commenter wrote)

1 upvote
Lan
By Lan (Mar 21, 2012)

Flange focal distance is the answer to that one:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flange_focal_distance

0 upvotes
Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Mar 22, 2012)

Sony NEX-5N with $400 A-mount adapter :
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7167/6817055283_0b410df6f1_b.jpg

with 35mm F1.4 :
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7162/6808893643_f09c3a6b60_o.jpg

K-01 with 85mm F1.4:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7195/6845254858_d930024fc4_b.jpg

with 50mm F1.4 :
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7202/6991377793_d98bb4e64f_b.jpg

0 upvotes
Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Mar 21, 2012)

This Pentax K-01 and the Olympus E-M5 are both intriguing in being so special cameras that managed to see the light of day. One has so little value, so little features, such an unfriendly shape, so little appeal to most, and such a look that you wonder why it was made. The other has so much of everything that you wonder why any manufacturer would want to make it (and not try to spread the features out in different models and make more profit).

Aren't we lucky to have these cameras and have a choice to buy cameras that suits our tastes and needs, which can be so different!

I should also add the Fuji X-Pro1, a quirky camera that has unbelievable IQ and yet some unacceptable weaknesses for most of us. And it was actually released. That this camera is made show how weird and diverse consumers are.

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4 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (Mar 22, 2012)

The K-01 is not actually little in features. You should probably check the user manual.

0 upvotes
pdelux
By pdelux (Mar 22, 2012)

I guess hes talking about the lack of EVF, lack of Weather sealing, lack of IBIS

0 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (Mar 22, 2012)

I don't know about you but when someone says "so little value, so little features" I think it goes beyond that. For example the K-01 has focus peaking, has and out of the box enhanced HDR mode, best in class type image/sensor quality (pending more tests but photos sure look good so far), the IBIS of the K-01 also does tilt (not quite 5 axis but not the usual typical either), built in intervalometer (and ability to produce in-camera shots or movies out of it), multi-photo RAW development and deletion, ability to do Tonal Shift of DR for Capture (this also affects RAW, not just JPEG), ISO 100 (EM5 starts at ISO 200), probably better video (30, 25, 24 fps), longer battery life (like 50% more).

I don't know about you but I think he's mistaken on that end. Ah yes, you said lack of IBIS. The K-01 does have IBIS. And like I said, it also can do tilt.

Comment edited 5 minutes after posting
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topstuff
By topstuff (Mar 21, 2012)

I have no problem with the design. It is infinitely better looking and offering better quality than the many bland black plastic boxes other makers offer at this price level.

It is also very well priced for a camera with exceptional IQ.

But I think Pentax made a mistake in not even allowing for an optional clip on EVF.

1 upvote
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Mar 21, 2012)

Bland black plastic boxes? At the price point of the K01 you get high quality metal bodies such as the NEX-5n, NX200 and GX1.

1 upvote
spidermoon
By spidermoon (Mar 22, 2012)

well price ? A amazon.fr, K01 is 849 euro naked, K5 is 829 euro naked. K5 is sealed with 100ovf better ergonomics and it's the same sensor. Pentax kr is 429 naked, it's plastic mae and different sensor. K01 well price may be 600euro, not more

0 upvotes
TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (Mar 21, 2012)

Luckily it comes with a swiveling screen to somewhat ease the pain from the lack of a viewfinder. Wait...

0 upvotes
Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Mar 22, 2012)

Lol my thoughts exactly, but that can be applied to various manufacturers. For example I thought 5DMK3 will have tilt-swivel screen.. and nothing. :/

Tho you can add external via HDMI output (maybe possible with K-01 too?). It cant look worse than it already does.

0 upvotes
maximuscr
By maximuscr (Mar 21, 2012)

my first thought when i saw the k-01:
They watched LOTR too often:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8joT0oFuGoI

Comment edited 14 seconds after posting
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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Mar 22, 2012)

:D

My first thought was:

Someone really does like mixing LSD and weed. Maybe bit of peyotle?

And second:

I need to puke.

0 upvotes
jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Mar 21, 2012)

Where's the viewfinder?

2 upvotes
Faintandfuzzy
By Faintandfuzzy (Mar 21, 2012)

I agree. Useless without one. And it's hardly any smaller than the K5.

0 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (Mar 21, 2012)

use a hoodloupe. works fine.

0 upvotes
spidermoon
By spidermoon (Mar 22, 2012)

The K01 with viewfinder is name K5 :)

0 upvotes
BJN
By BJN (Mar 21, 2012)

Meet the Ikea Leksakslådan.

5 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 21, 2012)

All the size and cost of a K-5 with none of the performance and handling! Where do I sign up!!!!???

2 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Mar 21, 2012)

Except that its list price is several hundred dollars less, so it's reasonable to expect it to drop in price.

0 upvotes
someuy
By someuy (Mar 21, 2012)

From CameraSize.com (http://j.mp/xXKSJf)
# Pentax K-5 is 8% (10 mm) wider and 23% (18 mm) taller than Pentax K-01.
# Pentax K-5 is 24% (14 mm) thicker than Pentax K-01.
# Pentax K-5 [740 g] weights 32% (180 grams) more than Pentax K-01 [560 g] (*inc. batteries and memory card).

K-5 MSRP = $1499 (currently on sale for around $1,000)
K-01 MSRP = $749 so still much cheaper than the sale K-5

With an upgraded sensor and much better video. Try again.

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Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Mar 21, 2012)

The price right now on Amazon and B&H for the K-5 is $995, a drop of 50% from RRP.

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ET2
By ET2 (Mar 21, 2012)

Have you checked the latest K-5 prices? It's under $1000 for body only. K01 street prices might drop soon, but at the launch date, it's overpriced.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Mar 22, 2012)

All cameras are overpriced at their launch dates. That's how MSRPs and product lifecycles work.

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Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (Mar 22, 2012)

It's the size and effectively the cost (once the dust settles) of a K-r. Get a grip.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 22, 2012)

Thank you guys for putting my obviously factual, serious and literal post in its place.

Looking at the side by side, it's not really functionally any smaller than the K-5 and $900 vs $1000 is the same price category. The only size difference is the viewfinder, really.

Also, while the k1 will drop in price over the next year, so will the K-5. It's inevitable. Although if nobody buys the k1 it might drop really fast.

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Raist3d
By Raist3d (Mar 22, 2012)

I think the point you missed is that the K-01 should have a bigger drop after the initial sales at MSRP. The K-5 will drop further but not the same proportion of its initial drop.

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Jogger
By Jogger (Mar 21, 2012)

built in stabilizaton makes this interesting.. but, only for pentax users.. if they had a shorter flange distance, then it would have been far for interesting as a stablized digital back for lenses

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mpetersson
By mpetersson (Mar 21, 2012)

I don't understand why they would make a camera that looks so strange and unappealing, and at the same times seems so awkward to operate. Sometimes I guess it might be tempting to let a famous designer give it a try, but I'm not so sure I like the result here. I think that in the future mirrorless cameras will come in all shapes and sizes, as soon as they fix the slow AF. But this is not really the development I have been waiting for. I don't understand why they don't have an external EVF either, just look at the NEX-cameras and Olympus/Panasonic, apparently many people are interested in a viewfinder even if it is electronic.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Mar 21, 2012)

It's heavy? I own a K-5. That's not heavy. I also own a K10d, now that's heavy ;)

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Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Mar 21, 2012)

A couple of these would be so cute as bookends in a 10 year old's room.

Did the guy also design a square lens for it?

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Mar 21, 2012)

Yes, they would be cute as bookends in a 10 year old's room - providing the child has no taste.
Not so sure about the square lens, but maybe they'll come up with a square hood, who knows...

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Macx
By Macx (Mar 21, 2012)

I love the idea of square lenses for it. I'm sure if the designer had his way, we would have had some.

I usually have a positive reaction to designs that tries to break the mold and go somewhere completely different. Though such designs are often ridiculed or reviled when they appear, many become iconic and classic. But the proof of the pudding is in the eating. It's no good with a good looking chair if it's lousy to sit in. Pentax makes excellent cameras, so I hope for the best, but from the looks of things, I'm doubtful.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Mar 21, 2012)

It has no viewfinder of any sort, it's contrast-detection AF only, it's big, bulky and ugly and controls are limited (only one rotary dial to control exposure).
Can anyone explain me what the advantages of buying this camera over the K-r or the K-x are?

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Mar 21, 2012)

You don't have to shoot wide-open with legacy lenses. That was an error on our part that we've now corrected.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Mar 21, 2012)

Ok, R. Curiously, I was correcting my comment, after reading a previous corrective reply, at the same time you were replying!

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Azfar
By Azfar (Mar 21, 2012)

Its unbelievably fat. yep thats the word. You get your head around the size of DSLR because it is a DSLR. But to see this Fat body on a mirror less just shuts you off. You wanted to have K-mount on your cam fine. but should have at least given some more thought into what impact it will have on the overall design.

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alfredo_tomato
By alfredo_tomato (Mar 21, 2012)

If it takes good pictures, feels good in my hand, has fast AF, I might consider it. The lack of a VF does bug me. I had a Canon G10, I am inured to ugly.

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Kinematic Digit
By Kinematic Digit (Mar 21, 2012)

It had the opportunity to handle one of these a week ago. It's a bit bulky and tough call. It is definitely a paradigm shift from conventional camera designs, but there were some nice things like functions and buttons in different but kind of better places.

In a way it reminded me of the Leica DigiLux (the Leica with a Four Thirds Sensor), both in handling and size.

It's boxy, but it feels solid. I don't know how I feel about designers designing photographic equipment, but sometimes it takes a different approach to look at it. I don't like the yellow, but the one I got to look at was black and it was much easier on the eyes.

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thx1138
By thx1138 (Mar 21, 2012)

Literally the worst looking camera I've ever seen and going mirrorless while keeping K-mount defies belief. I'm sure this will bomb, yet I was actually looking forward to what Pentax might offer. Hopefully when this fails it might send them back to the drawing board to get it right.

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 21, 2012)

I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think it looks kind of cool. And that K-5 type IQ is truly tempting.

I prefer the look of the Q, but I wouldn't call this camera ugly. It's different. After awhile all these soulless black boxes get boring.

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pdelux
By pdelux (Mar 22, 2012)

What do you mean?, it looks like a soulless black box, only painted yellow.

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minzaw
By minzaw (Mar 22, 2012)

It is minimalist astereotypical design and uniqueness in itself demands critique and attention is the fundamentals of design deviates from the norm
I love it!

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Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Mar 21, 2012)

Wow - so ugly and not very smart when it comes to control lay out either . Whatever happened to the genius that designed the Pentax Spotmatic or the MX LX or ME Super - boy do they need him back!

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pannumon
By pannumon (Mar 21, 2012)

Pentax can't lose much with this camera. They don't need to develop a completely new lens setup. At least they are offering a different option to the mirrorless market. And let's face it, AF speed is not everything (as long as it is less than a second).

On the other hand, what kind of products are they planning to sell after 5 years?

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Mar 22, 2012)

'Pentax can't lose much with this camera'. False. They lost the photographers' community respect already.

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luigibozi
By luigibozi (Mar 22, 2012)

'Pentax can't lose much with this camera'. False. How about zeiss zk and voigtlander pk discontinued lenses?

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Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (Mar 22, 2012)

pannumon is correct. The K-01 gives them a inexpensive and fun alternative to the K-r and some nice PR outside of the photographer community for very little investment. It is not high end, it doesn't appeal to the high end, and it doesn't have to.

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eliaspt
By eliaspt (Mar 21, 2012)

Who cares about previous? Is DPReview so short on staff recently ? It's about time to see some proper reviews guys, please.

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Amadou Diallo
By Amadou Diallo (Mar 21, 2012)

To do a review, we first need to have a production level camera. Otherwise, all we can say about it with certainty is that it's yellow ;-)
BTW the word is "previews"

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penguin45
By penguin45 (Mar 21, 2012)

I agree with you, eliaspt.

Logically, we see a preview and then a corresponding review later. We are still to see this pattern in dpreview. It's a bit of disappointing!

It is time to do more serious reviews, please.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Mar 21, 2012)

@ penguin45 - did you not read what Amadou said? WE DON'T HAVE A REVIEWABLE CAMERA YET.

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solarider
By solarider (Mar 21, 2012)

Evidently even penguins with 45 autofocus points with disconnect to R brain don't know what 'preview' and 'pre-production camera' means.

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mpetersson
By mpetersson (Mar 21, 2012)

I appreciate these previews as well. Of course, sometimes I would wish a full review sooner, but the preview still gives a hint about whether it's a camera to even consider. And if there is no production camera available it's either a preview or nothing, and then i definitely prefer a preview...

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spidermoon
By spidermoon (Mar 22, 2012)

It's the same sensor than K5, so IQ is more os less the same, very good. Only handling and AF differ.

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increments
By increments (Mar 21, 2012)

I thought you could use older lenses with this? I watched this on youtube earlier.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOC05iPSbGY

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Mar 21, 2012)

I've corrected that part of the preview.

Having spent an hour trying to get it to work with a pre-KA lens, and based on the user manual's statement 'Automatic Exposure with the aperture open (The aperture ring has no effect on the actual aperture value),' I though we'd got it right.

However, resetting the camera seems to have got it working. Sorry about the misunderstanding.

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increments
By increments (Mar 21, 2012)

No problem, thanks for checking it out for us.

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Mar 21, 2012)

I love this new anti-theft system they implemented.

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Raist3d
By Raist3d (Mar 22, 2012)

I gotta admit, that's a pretty funny thing to say :-)

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Baxter Bad
By Baxter Bad (Mar 21, 2012)

Thanks, Amadou. When you get to testing, can you please have a look at using the onboard flash for daylight fill? I'm experiencing severe overexposure/blur with a variety of lenses and settings.

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