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Pentax K-01
7.2 out of 10

Pentax K-01

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Overall 7

Expert Review

DP Review
6 May 2015
  • Summary: 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.
  • Pros: Excellent photos quality; low noise through ISO 1600 in low light and 6400 in good light, Eye-catching design (love it or hate it) with solid build quality, Huge lens selection due to use of K-mount; all lenses will have shake reduction built-in, courtesy of sensor-shift IS system, Lots of manual...
  • Cons: Autofocus system lags behind the competition, especially in low light, Chunky body defeats the purpose of mirrorless design; ergonomics leave something to be desired, Display on LCD screen can be hard to see in bright light, Redeye a problem, no in-camera removal tool, Unusually severe rolling sh...
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The Pentax K-01: It’s A Hybrid But Not A Prius

27 June 2014
  • Excerpt: The Pentax K-01 belongs to a class of cameras generally known as “mirrorless”—Pentax calls it a hybrid—that combine large LCD screens with interchangeable lenses and more often than not a retro look.
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Overall 9

Pentax K-01: Review

Review guidelines
27 August 2013
  • Summary: The Pentax K-01 is a strange camera. It is a classic SLR. It is a classic mirrorless. Therefore, difficult to understand who can appreciate it fully. Find an alternative to compact SLR really will not find it in its entirety, to his expectations.
  • Pros: Ergonomics of the keys, Optical light, thin and powerful, Mechanically stabilized by moving the senso, Image Quality agine.
  • Cons: Aesthetics, Dimensions, Rubber door that hides the memory card slot, Autofocus camera that easily goes in difficulty, Lack of viewfinder also optional.
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Overall 10

The Pentax K-01 Hybrid; Photographic Perfection

13 February 2013
  • Excerpt: My experience with Pentax goes back to the original K-1000. In fact, my first digital camera was the Pentax WG1 (reviewed a couple of years ago). Now, thanks to the mind of industrial designer Marc Newson, Pentax's latest mirrorless camera really epitomizes the word “hybrid”.
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Mellow Yellow

Gear Patrol
2 January 2013
  • Excerpt: A culmination of the company’s non-comformist sense of self, yet still embracing their storied history, the Pentax K-01 is unlike any other camera in the mirrorless camera world. Indeed, it embraces its lineup of beautiful K-Mount lenses (both modern and from the film days) allowing users to fasten...
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Overall 8

Pentax K-01

PC Magazine
26 September 2012
  • Conclusion: Larger than its peers, but interestingly designed, the Pentax K-01 can capture sharp photos in all types of light and delivers full compatibility with every Pentax K-mount lens ever produced.
  • Pros: Extremely sharp lens. Excellent high ISO performance. Full compatibility with Pentax K-mount lenses. In-body image stabilization. Selectable video frame rates.
  • Cons: Larger than other cameras in its class. Slow autofocus. No EVF option. Fixed rear LCD.
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Special K

Gear Patrol
2 September 2012
  • Excerpt: Don’t let the bright colors — a signature Pentax touch — fool you. Behind the bold design by Marc Newson , the Pentax K-01 ($749+) , pronounced “kay-zero-one”, has the intentions of a serious enthusiast’s camera.
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Expert Review

22 July 2012
  • Excerpt: Today, Pentax introduced the Marc Newson designed Pentax K-01 interchangeable lens camera ( ILC ) along with a matching pancake DA 40mm F2.8 XS lens. Here are the bullet points: Scroll down for full press release.
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Overall 7
Design 5
Features 8
Performance 6
Picture quality 8
Video quality 6

Pentax K-01 review

10 July 2012
  • Excerpt: Pentax has a history of making cameras that are just a little bit offbeat. Just take a look at last year’s Pentax Q : rather than making a more traditional mirrorless camera like many of its competitors, the company released the smallest interchangeable lens camera on the market — but one that had a...
  • Pros: Excellent image quality, Excellent battery life, Huge lens ecosystem, Manual controls and easy access to key settings
  • Cons: Expensive, Relatively large and heavy, Mediocre autofocus, Bizarre physical design
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Overall 7

Pentax K-01 Review

28 June 2012
  • Conclusion: We’ll give Pentax K-01 a passing grade — but just barely. Given the right circumstances, it grabs very nice stills. However, there are just too many negative issues. You have far better options at more palatable prices.
  • Pros: More sophisticated than its toy-like appearance, 16-megapixel APS-C sensor, K-mount accepts large library of lenses
  • Cons: Polarizing design, Photos and videos not as good as cheaper competition, Bulky, no hand grip, Poor AF system
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