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.
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.
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