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. Find an SLR instead to combine with long and heavy lenses maybe will immediately feel the lack of a viewfinder. But the ergonomices are well done, the image produced is excellent.
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.
Summary: It's a great option if you have a shelf full of K-mount lenses and don't mind missing some action shots, but the Pentax K-01 isn't such a great option for a typical amateur photographer.
Pros: The Pentax K-01's strengths lie in its use of existing standards; it's designed to use older K-mount lenses without an adapter, and uses Adobe DNG as its raw format. That, plus it has terrific photo quality.
Cons: It's relatively large, and even if you love the design aesthetic it has some irritating operational quirks. The autofocus isn't up to par.
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. Within the machined aluminum frame, the K-01 houses a 16 megapixel APS-C with sensor-shift stabilization, compatibility with nearly all Pentax lenses including a new ultra-thin 40mm f2.8 XS pancake lens, 920k dot rear LCD, 6 fps burst-mode, ISO range of...
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.
Does the K-01's performance justify its excessive size and price?
10 July 2012
Summary: In a vacuum, the K-01 is a reasonably compelling package. It’s smaller than the average DSLR, can use the wide variety of Pentax lenses that are readily available to customers, offers lots of customization and manual control, and shoots photos that are nearly as good as those from much bigger or more expensive cameras. Three years ago, this would have been a noteworthy achievement, indeed — but the market has evolved significantly as of late.
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
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
Excerpt: For 2012, PENTAX RICOH IMAGING has announced the K-01, the first backward compatible mirrorless camera to use existing dSLR mount lenses without any adapters, which was designed by one of the world's most acclaimed an influential designers, Marc Newson . Before laying his hands on this camera, Newson designed bicycles, cars, aircraft, yachts, and had his collected works shown at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
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.
Excerpt: The K-01 is one of the best-looking specimens in the compact system camera category. Thank industrial designer Marc Newson, who simplified the exterior and controls while preserving Pentax’s K lens mount and finding room for advanced guts that exceed the company’s top DSLR in some areas. The 16-MP APS-C sensor—the largest (by a hair) in our test—turned in razor-sharp images, saturated colors, and superb low-light performance.