Pentax Japan has unveiled a new colour variation of its Marc Newson-designed K-01 mirrorless camera, with a white body shell, blue grip covering, and black accents. There are no spec changes or updates compared to the existing K-01, which was announced early in 2012 and available in black, silver, or yellow. So the camera sports a 16MP APS-C CMOS sensor, in-body image stabilisation, 3" 921k dot LCD, and the same K-mount as the company's SLRs. It comes with the ultra-slim smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS pancake lens, and will go on sale in late July.
This comes as a slightly suprising move from Pentax - it's fair to say the K-01's unconventional looks and not-everyone's-cup-of-tea ergonomics met with a distinctly mixed reception, and the camera had apparently been discontinued. Pentax's press release suggests that its resurrection is due to continued customer demand in Japan - but at the moment it's not clear whether the blue model will be available elsewhere.
Pentax K-01 Specifications
|MSRP||US: $749, UK: £629, EU: €823|
|Body type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||4928 x 3264|
|Other resolutions||4352 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:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||16 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 100 to 12800 in 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps (100 to 25600 extended)|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||25600|
|White balance presets||9|
|Custom white balance||Yes (1)|
|JPEG quality levels||Good, Better, Best|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||81|
|Lens mount||Pentax KAF2|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD monitor|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||12.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe, P-TTL, high speed sync w Pentax dedicated flash)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync|
|Continuous drive||6.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 12 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(3 frames at 1/2 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps),1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24 fps)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Mini HDMI Type C)|
|Remote control||Yes (Optional IR)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion D-LI90 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||540|
|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″)|
|Timelapse recording||Yes (1s to 24h, up to 999 shots, delayed start available)|
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