Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor

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OnTheWeb
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Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor
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Easy enough. Summed up by another forum... goes like this:

  • better video than K5
  • Focus peaking (K5 -none)
  • cheaper than K5
  • IQ the same as K5
  • DXO mark 79 on par with K5 /D7000 at a smaller price
  • Smaller and refreshing look than K5
  • Native K nount
  • Cheaper than NEX7
  • Best IQ in its class
  • NO other MRLC provides full ranges of lens system WITHOUT adapter
  • Excellent Value for money
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Pentax K-01
16 megapixels • 3 screen • APS-C sensor
Announced: Feb 2, 2012
OnTheWeb's score
4.0
Average community score
4.2
bad for good for
Kids / pets
excellent
Action / sports
good
Landscapes / scenery
excellent
Portraits
excellent
Low light (without flash)
good
Flash photography (social)
okay
Studio / still life
excellent
= community average
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robert james Regular Member • Posts: 272
Re: Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor
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The Pentax K-01 is a great camera.  Great looks, easy to use, perfect for Limited and other small lenses.  Stills pics are awesome, movies just OK.  This is a classic, IMO, and a perfect companion to the K-5s and K-3.  DPReview's negative AF comments are NOT correct, just update the firmware to 1.04 and you are good to go.

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Re: Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor

I really like the focus-peaking... just hit the OK button while framing (or turn the adjustment dial after hitting OK) and it zooms in for very accurate focus... awesome.

Tons of lenses out there... in-camera stabilization, too.  ISO 6400 is usable.

In-camera HDR does surprisingly well, if you like that look.

Also, DXO software supports a lot of the Pentax lenses so that was plus for me since I use DXO sometimes.

Two downsides - Continuous shooting in RAW is slow, and the battery takes 4 hours to charge (but lasts very long, too.)

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grcolts Senior Member • Posts: 2,739
Re: Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor

My black & white K-01 sees a lot of use. I keep my DA35/2.8 macro lens on it almost constantly and just love shooting with that combo. If Pentax would release this camera with a VF and WR it would sell like hotcakes. When I purchased mine I had no idea I would love shooting with it so much. Now, I wish I had ordered two of them!

GR

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Jim Beverlin Veteran Member • Posts: 4,283
Re: Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor

grcolts wrote:

My black & white K-01 sees a lot of use. I keep my DA35/2.8 macro lens on it almost constantly and just love shooting with that combo. If Pentax would release this camera with a VF and WR it would sell like hotcakes. When I purchased mine I had no idea I would love shooting with it so much. Now, I wish I had ordered two of them!

GR

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Exactly the way I equip mine and the sentiments are the same.   Also wish I would have bought another K-01.

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JRB

Cane Veteran Member • Posts: 6,900
Re: Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor

I love everything about the camera, except for AF, which is just too slow for kids moving in all but perfect lighting.

Jim Beverlin Veteran Member • Posts: 4,283
Re: Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor

Cane wrote:

I love everything about the camera, except for AF, which is just too slow for kids moving in all but perfect lighting.

Agreed.  I use it only for landscapes and it is great for macro.

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JNR
JNR Senior Member • Posts: 2,813
Re: Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor

On closeout I went with the K-30 to complement the K-01, and find it surprising the extent to which I prefer the K-01 in general shooting conditions (not in bright sunlight, not in the rain, not when shooting telephoto handheld, not shooting action). Well, OK, a lot of exceptions there - but really the majority of my shooting is not in those situations.

It is so quiet and smooth, and the build is most definitely a step up. This isn't meant as a rant about the K-30 (which in fairness was the first time I bought at Pentax dSLR that wasn't flagship). What I like about having these two cameras is that the overall menu system and button layout is similar - and the sensor/processing are a near match. Transitioning between them is easy.

By the way, I have no idea why - but the K-01 seems slightly better at AWB and nails proper exposure in challenging lighting (but I still miss exposure compensation in TAv mode - an unnecessary frustration).

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baldeagle21b Contributing Member • Posts: 944
Re: Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor
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Yeah, but you all are forgetting all the negatives, like

it's too yellow

Mark Newson designed the skin

it's too thick

it's still K-mount

it's too yellow

there's no articulated screen

it's not weather proof

it's not FF

it's too yellow

I'm sure I left out a few.

Yes, I have a yellow brick myself and enjoy using it with Takumar lenses.

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grcolts Senior Member • Posts: 2,739
Re: Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor

The number one reason I like the Pentax K-01 and the DA35/2.8 macro lens...

GR

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Jim Beverlin Veteran Member • Posts: 4,283
Re: Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor

grcolts wrote:

The number one reason I like the Pentax K-01 and the DA35/2.8 macro lens...

GR

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Nice shots and here is the reason I like the K-01.  Not much of a shot composition wise but shot at ISO1600.  Sharp with accurate colors.  The violet top on the chair is rendered accurately and until I had the K-01 or the K-5 I never could get violet or purple to be accurate.  Shot with an FA31.

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yudi Regular Member • Posts: 480
Re: Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor

Low light (without flash) : ****

Action / sports : **

I don't understand HOW Kids / pets gets *****, but Action / sports ***. (kids and pets don't act??)

K01's score for Low light is excellent, if not super. At least, it is as good as K5s.

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Re: Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor
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Pontoneer Senior Member • Posts: 1,908
Re: Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor

grcolts wrote:

I wish I had ordered two of them!

GR

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Why not just order another one then ?

I too am tempted to get one while they are still available . Perhaps in the new year .

I know what some mean about it being too yellow , but there is a significant price difference between yellow and other colours .

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Derek.

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JNR
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Re: Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor

Pontoneer wrote:

grcolts wrote:

I wish I had ordered two of them!

GR

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Why not just order another one then ?

I too am tempted to get one while they are still available . Perhaps in the new year .

I know what some mean about it being too yellow , but there is a significant price difference between yellow and other colours .

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Derek.

Just curious. Is yellow cheaper or more? I admit to buying mine when the price was barely below MSRP (someone had to), and the classy, conservative black and silver body was at least as cheap as the others - probably cheapest. I would have taken whatever was cheaper, but must admit yellow makes me think of a lot about the Morton Salt lady on Cheers. Really, that mind image doesn't encourage you to shoot seriously. But I would have gotten over it eventually. I think.

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DAVID MANZE Veteran Member • Posts: 4,682
Re: Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor

baldeagle21b wrote:

Yeah, but you all are forgetting all the negatives, like

it's too yellow

Mark Newson designed the skin

it's too thick

it's still K-mount

it's too yellow

there's no articulated screen

it's not weather proof

it's not FF

it's too yellow

I'm sure I left out a few.

Yes, I have a yellow brick myself and enjoy using it with Takumar lenses.

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 Hi,

Mine's not too yellow, it's adequately black

Mark Newson pro-activated mine ( he said so in hushed designer tones on the video)

Mine has depth, yours is too thick!

Mine's still adequately black

Mine has an inarticulate screen

Mine doesn't front focus

Mine's getting blacker by the minute

Mine has nothing left out

It's obvious that my one's better than yours, so ner ner ne ner ner!
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baldeagle21b Contributing Member • Posts: 944
Re: Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor

DAVID MANZE wrote:

baldeagle21b wrote:

Yeah, but you all are forgetting all the negatives, like

it's too yellow

Mark Newson designed the skin

it's too thick

it's still K-mount

it's too yellow

there's no articulated screen

it's not weather proof

it's not FF

it's too yellow

I'm sure I left out a few.

Yes, I have a yellow brick myself and enjoy using it with Takumar lenses.

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Hi,

Mine's not too yellow, it's adequately black

Mark Newson pro-activated mine ( he said so in hushed designer tones on the video)

Mine has depth, yours is too thick!

Mine's still adequately black

Mine has an inarticulate screen

Mine doesn't front focus

Mine's getting blacker by the minute

Mine has nothing left out

It's obvious that my one's better than yours, so ner ner ne ner ner!
Dave's clichés

Pffftt. Black is boring, wimpy. Grow a backbone and yellow up while there's still time.

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DAVID MANZE Veteran Member • Posts: 4,682
Re: Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor

baldeagle21b wrote:

DAVID MANZE wrote:

baldeagle21b wrote:

Yeah, but you all are forgetting all the negatives, like

it's too yellow

Mark Newson designed the skin

it's too thick

it's still K-mount

it's too yellow

there's no articulated screen

it's not weather proof

it's not FF

it's too yellow

I'm sure I left out a few.

Yes, I have a yellow brick myself and enjoy using it with Takumar lenses.

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Hi,

Mine's not too yellow, it's adequately black

Mark Newson pro-activated mine ( he said so in hushed designer tones on the video)

Mine has depth, yours is too thick!

Mine's still adequately black

Mine has an inarticulate screen

Mine doesn't front focus

Mine's getting blacker by the minute

Mine has nothing left out

It's obvious that my one's better than yours, so ner ner ne ner ner!
Dave's clichés

Pffftt. Black is boring, wimpy. Grow a backbone and yellow up while there's still time.

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Yeah but, it attracts the wasps!

Dave's clichés

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grcolts Senior Member • Posts: 2,739
Re: Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor

Pontoneer wrote:

grcolts wrote:

I wish I had ordered two of them!

GR

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Why not just order another one then ?

I too am tempted to get one while they are still available . Perhaps in the new year .

I know what some mean about it being too yellow , but there is a significant price difference between yellow and other colours .

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With kind regards
Derek.

I am thinking seriously about doing that very thing.

GR

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grcolts Senior Member • Posts: 2,739
Re: Pentax K-01 Camera with APSC sensor

JRB,

Pretty impressive low light image you posted!

GR

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