Pentax K-01

Announced Feb 2, 2012 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
Add this product to your shortlist for comparison
Share
Pin It
Questions & Answers
Gear list
134 9 24
I own it I want it I had it
Product description
Announced Feb 2, 2012
Discuss in the Pentax SLR Talk forum

The 16MP Pentax K-01 is a camera that's likely to polarize opinion at first glance. Its bulky cuboid design is an inevitable consequence of having a full-depth K-mount. Its rather toy-like buttons and switches, however, were voluntary design choices that will put some people off. For exisiting Pentax users the trump card of the K-01 may very well lie in its from-the-ground-up live view implementation. With its mirrorless design and MF peaking capability, the K-01 has the potential to offer significantly better shooting experience with legacy manual focus lenses than the K-5.

It's very good still image quality is definitely this camera's main selling point, but slow AF, clunky handling and relatively poor video image quality count against it, and make the K-01 one of the least finessed of the current crop of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. If you've got a collection of K-mount lenses and want a full-featured camera for still lifes and landscapes, then the K-01 is well worth looking at. If you're taking photos of your kids or pets or want something a little less chunky, then we would recommend looking elsewhere.

Product timeline
Article, May 30, 2012
Review, May 30, 2012
Preview, Mar 21, 2012
Group review, Dec 20, 2011
Quick specs
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4928 x 3264
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100 to 12800 in 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps (100 to 25600 extended)
Lens mount Pentax KAF2
Focal length mult. 1.5×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 561 g (1.24 lb / 19.79 oz)
Dimensions 122 x 79 x 58 mm (4.8 x 3.11 x 2.28)
GPS None

See full specifications

Our review

The Pentax K-01 is a bit of an odd duck. It's a mirrorless camera that's as big as digital SLRs, which sort of defeats the purpose of being mirrorless in the first place. Photo quality is among the best out there, but other cameras offer better AF performance and more compact/usable designs.

Good for: Photographers who want a camera that'll garner attention and take great photos, who don't mind its size and below average performance.

Not so good for: People who take photos of moving subjects, or who want the main benefit of a mirrorless camera: a compact body.

Read the full review

69%
dpreview score
Scoring
Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
Performance
Movie / video mode
Value
Pentax K-01 videos
Pentax K-01 - Trolley
00:13 (29 May, 2012)
Pentax K-01 Review Samples
35 images • View album
Sample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photo