TAKES THE BEST PICTURES ON AUTO FOCUS EVER - LACKING A VIEWFINDER AT THIS HIGH PRICE POINT IS JUST PLAIN STUPID.
THE AUTISTIC WEREWOLF "Wolf", Amazon
30 April 2014
Summary: Don't get me wrong this is a fine camera for what it does right but for what this camera does wrong it is almost unforgivable. First issue no view finder. If this Pentax K01 camera had a viewfinder I would be so giving it a five star rating on that tiny addition alone. The way this camera functions it begs for a good basic TTL viewfinder. The view finder saves on battery life. With the Pentax K01 the display is always on which eats up battery life.
Excerpt: I picked up a cheap nice used cam and have taken it out over the last few days. It made an interesting comparison after using my DSLR's and my recent 'ben hur' post about mirror less. Interface: Same as all other Pentax cams, so very easy and it is one of those things I enjoy about staying within the family. Handling: Not to bad, I grew up with SLR's, but I did find I missed few shots because my finger wasn't on the shutter button properly.
Summary: I've liked every other pentax camera I've used, I was hoping for better. The controls and look of the camera are nice. The quality of pictures are good... however the small lens that came with it is lacking. I don't know if I'm just used to a 50mm and the ability to zoom, but it seems that I can't get in frame what I want without standing so far back the clarity and focus of my main object suffers. I'm not a pro, so I'm sure there is someway around this.
Very good picture quality both video and stills better than competitors for the class of Camera slow auto focus loud motor
S. Patil "SP", Amazon
16 February 2014
Summary: I don't want to repeat what others have said about quality and design. Beyond expectation for the class of camera the picture quality and color depth is excellent. What bothers me is the slow auto focus and biggest concern is the loud noise from auto focus motor in the lens. I have 40mm, 18-55mm and 50-200mm lenses. All have the same loud noise it cant be a fluke that all have that big sound which is why 3 stars....
Summary: This product is in the process of being discontinued by Pentax after one short year. It really flopped. Be sure that you have firmware v1.03 installed. You can get this from the Pentax website. The earlier firmware versions had some focusing problems but these problems mostly disappeared when I installed v1.03 firmware. The other big problem was the lack of a viewfinder. The camera depends on the LCD screen which is close to unworkable in sunlight.
Summary: Love the picture quality, however you need to buy additional lens for better zoom. Not a listed requirement in the description. It does state that additional lens are available not required. Lens protector should also be attached (via cord). At events it is easy to lose.
K-01 is interesting camera, worth a try under certain conditions.
Amazon Customer "terry", Amazon
20 March 2013
Summary: I bought this camera to use with several Pentax lenses I already owned. I bought the "body only" kit so it would force me to use the Pentax lenses. The camera has some nice features that compensate for lenses that do not have auto focus, and I was able to figure this out after some time. Eventually I was able to use my zoom lens and several prime lenses, and one lens that did have auto focus.
Summary: I had an old non-working Pentax film camera with a couple of good lenses and saw that this could use my old lenses. It does use the lenses, but depending on what type of lens you have, the functions are extremely limited. I was hoping I could set the aperture and F-stop manually, but with the lenses I had, the camera assumes a preset aperture, and you can only adjust the speed by changing the ISO speed.
Summary: Positives: Good IQ. Neat design. More compact than a DSLR. Live view opens up new shooting opportunities and perspective. pancake lens makes the camera less obtrusive and allows for easier street and event photography. The in-camera color settings are amazing and reduce a lot of post-processing work for RAW images.