Summary: Solid, clean sensor, great microphone, easy video. A few controls are a little akward compared to a k7/k5, but easily manageable. Being mirrorless, it holds up to the aforementioned k's in terms of sound. Great backup camera. Fun/different prime camera.
Summary: I love this camera! It does a hundred things I'll probably never need or use, but as an outdoor photographer it does everything I need and more! My older Pentax K-mount lenses fit and work perfectly, so my old Pentax ME Super 35mm camera is now officially retired.
Summary: I agree 100% with the first reviewer- Carlton Garrald. I bought this camera when it was cleared out by Pentax for around $300! Thank you press and critics who helped me had my best camera deal. I sold the kit 40mm lens for around $200. Used the camera with 50mm F1.4 lens I had and with some Super Takumar lenses. If you can stand with two drawbacks- lack of optical viewfinder and the orthodox style of Pentax k-01, this is probably one of the best dslr cameras for 2012.
Love Pentax cameras and this one doesn't disappoint
Hard Math, Amazon
30 May 2014
Summary: Having recently bought a Q7 system with a suite of lenses I really didn't NEED to buy the K-01 and wasn't even aware of this product when I bought the Q7. I had used an older Pentax *ist DL for animation for years and was interested in upgrading to something with more megapixels and video capabilities. I was enjoying the Q7 and while researching cameras for a work project I became interested in the mirrorless category and came across this oddity.
Excerpt: Okay, I have had the "brick" for over 12 months now, and I have shot several thousand images with it. Firstly, why did I buy it? Well the reasons were, I rather like the looks, it is unique, it is different, it would give my K-5 some breathing space on a day to day basis (I always carry a camera with me, even to work), oh and at the time it was a mere £240 brand new when I bought it. So a quarter of the price of my K-5 when I bought that, yet has the same sensor.
Summary: Great photos, plenty of features. The design is nouveau art, but the picture quality rivals any dslr. The two included lenses get you on your way, opening several opportunities for a variety of shots. Pentax offers great value. More features, filters, auto as well as complete manual control if you want it. My only complaint is the focus speed. It is slower than some cameras but otherwise acceptable.
Excerpt: The same 16MP sensor from the K-5 yields excellent IQ. The styling of this mirrorless is very boxy and unique. It is the only ILC that uses lenses from a native SLR/DSLR without having to use an adapter.