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
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: It seems a long time since I have been able to enjoy the extras of a DSLR camera. So the arrival of this Pentax offering that I first saw at a London launch last autumn was an eagerly and long awaited event to savour.
Conclusion: Oh, Pentax. From the outset the K-01 looked like an oddity and, sadly, our “weird” view remains unchanged. Super-designer or not, the K-01 is boxy, big and has less - not more - than the competition to offer prospective buyers.
Pros: Great image quality, compatible with existing K-mount lenses
Cons: Noisy autofocus that can be slow and is poor at longer focal lengths, no viewfinder possibility, boxy design, lack of prominent grip inconsistent with K-mount concept, too expensive, confused concept