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...
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
Summary: It seems a long time since I have been able to enjoy the extras of a D SLR 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: So what does this camera offer that others don't? Well, it comes down to design. If you want to make a statement as well as shoot good quality photos, it's worth considering - there are cheaper options out there but none that look like the K-01.
Excerpt: Compact systems cameras (CSCs) are here to stay, with nearly all the leading manufacturers now selling some kind of compact camera with interchangeable lenses. The K-01 has no trouble standing out from the crowd, though, and couldn't be further removed from the Pentax Q .
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