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Pentax K-01

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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax K-01

CNET
6 days ago
  • Summary: The K-mount is a boon if you have a stock of compatible lenses, but it means the Pentax K-01 needs to be large to accommodate it. If you're happy to accept this, you won't be disappointed by the excellent image quality. The price below is for the body only.
  • Cons: Some degradation when shooting movies while walking; Large chassis.
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax K-01

PC Magazine
12 June 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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Overall 7
7.0

Pentax K-01

Wired
29 May 2012
  • 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.
  • Pros: Shoots video at three resolutions and 11 frame rates. Works with Pentax’s entire range of lenses.
  • Cons: No dedicated viewfinder. What weight savings?
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Overall 8
7.5
Design 8
8.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 9
8.5
Performance 8
8.0

Pentax K-01 - A Designer Camera

Hardware Zone
5 April 2012
  • Excerpt: Possessing a 16MP APS-C CMOS sensor, the K-01 is a new mirrorless system camera from Pentax that is compatible with all of its existing K-mount lenses. It features a unique body designed by renowned designer, Marc Newson, but is the K-01 a competent camera or is it just all looks and no substance?
  • Pros: Works with K-mount lenses, Good image quality, Simple, clean design
  • Cons: Unique design may not appeal to everyone, Bulkier than other mirrorless system cameras, Heavy, Pricey
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Overall 7
6.9

Expert Review

DP Review
23 March 2012
  • 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 controls, two customizable buttons, and sixteen custom settings, Beginners will appreciate auto scene selection, tons of scene modes and special effects, HDR and highlight co...
  • 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 shutter effect in movie mode, exacerbated by SR vibration reduction, No continuous autofocus in movie mode, Frustrating rubber flap over memory card slot and I/O ports; some but...
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Overall 8
7.6
Design 7
6.5
Value for money 8
7.5
Features 8
8.0
Performance 7
7.0
Picture quality 9
9.0

Pentax K-01 review

What Digital Camera
16 March 2012
  • Summary: The Pentax K-01 isn't like anything else on the market. Its unusual exterior may appeal to design aficionados associated with the world of Marc Newson and other designers, but for most average camera users it's too bulky and, on account of its small grip alone, won't appeal to hardened photographers. The use of the K-mount may appeal, particularly to existing Pentax users, yet it's hard to see what the K-01 offers that the far superior K-5 doesn't.
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax K-01 review

Amateur Photographer
3 weeks ago
  • Summary: As photographers, we should be interested in how our photographs, not our cameras, look and to judge the K-01's appearance in this test would be purely subjective. What is important about a camera, though, is that it feels comfortable for a photographer to use, and while all the K-01's controls are in the correct places, it feels very much like a box with buttons.
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax K-01 review

Digital Arts
21 October 2012
  • Excerpt: The Pentax K-01 is a chunky camera with a size and weight that belie the mirrorless technology within, but it’s big in a good way. It feels stable and well built in the hand. Most importantly, it’s a camera that also performs well. It’s swift, easy to use and can capture attractive images.
  • Pros: Interesting and useful design; produces vibrant and clear images
  • Cons: Dynamic range not great; fixed screen position
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Overall 6
6.0
Design 8
8.0
Features 10
10
Ease of use 8
8.0
Performance 8
8.0

Pentax K-01

GadgetSpeak
18 July 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax K-01

CNET
27 June 2012
  • Summary: The K-mount is a boon if you have a stock of compatible lenses, but it means the Pentax K-01 needs to be large to accommodate it. If you're happy to accept this, you won't be disappointed by the excellent image quality. The price below is for the body only.
  • Pros: Wide selection of compatible lenses; Pin-sharp results with 40mm pancake lens; Good colour reproduction; Decent noise control.
  • Cons: Some degradation when shooting movies while walking; Large chassis.
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