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7.5 out of 10

Pentax K-01

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Overall 9
8.5

Pentax K-01 Review

Review guidelines
27 August 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax K-01 ( Body Only, Black)

CNET
8 November 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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Overall 7
7.0

Review: Pentax K-01

Wired
4 October 2012
  • Excerpt: 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
7.8

Expert Review

reviewed
13 June 2012
  • Summary: It's a bird, it's a plane—no, it's a weird designer camera.
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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
20 April 2012
  • Summary: Available for £679 with a lens, the K-01 carries a similar asking price as the Olympus E-P3 . The Olympus is as expensive as non-viewfinder Compact System Cameras come, so Pentax’s mirrorless model is also a pricey purchase. 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...
  • Pros: Great image quality, K-mount compatibility with all Pentax lenses
  • Cons: Noisy autofocus isn’t fast enough, no viewfinder possible, large body size, lack of prominent grip
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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
8.0

Pentax K-01

pentaxforums.com
12 March 2012
  • Summary: In this section, we answer several user-submitted questions directly, even if we may have already touched on the same topics elsewhere in the review.
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Overall 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Build quality 7
7.0
Autofocus 7
7.0

Pentax K-01 review

Amateur Photographer
3 April 2014
  • 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
16 August 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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