Pentax K-01 Digital Camera with Pentax 40mm F/2.8 XS Lens - White

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About Pentax K-01

The contemporary, timeless K-01 houses a full array of advanced functions and user-friendly features in a camera body with remarkable form and function. The elimination of an optical viewfinder and quick-return mirror gave Newson more freedom in designing the camera body, and the K-01 showcases Newson originality in every detail. Available in black, white and Newson's signature yellowcolors, the K-01 features the designer's autograph logo stamp on the bottom of each camera.

The famed designer's touch also is evident in a new smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS interchangeable lens. As the world's thinnest interchangeable lens,* the new 40mm combines with the PENTAX K-01 camera body to deliver a unique ILC system that is perfect for photographers who are as keen on design as they are on performance. Together, the K-01 and 40mm lens system mark the intersection where high technology and high design meet.

Lens Compatibility
PENTAX mirrorless body design is compatible with 25+ million PENTAX K-mount lenses spanning decades, for unmatched flexibility and optical selection.

16 Megapixel CMOS
Large 16 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor delivers outstanding high resolution image quality, color accuracy, and low noise in multiple aspect ratios.

Shake Reduction System
Sensor-shift PENTAX Shake and Dust Reduction system is compatible with every mounted PENTAX lens for beautifully sharp still images and stabilized videography

The Pentax K-01 is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Travel and more.The Pentax K-01 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Pentax K-01: Easy to use, Fast shutter speed, Good image quality, High ISO performance, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD and Quiet

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Image stabilization (22),Good image quality (20),High ISO performance (17),Easy to use (16),Large clear LCD (14),Fast shutter speed (13),Quiet (9),Fast / accurate auto-focus (7)
No viewfinder (11)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (16),Travel (16),Family photos (15),Low light (14),Video (9),Wildlife (6),Weddings (5),Sports/action (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (8),Semi-pro photographer (7),Casual photographer (3)

Pentax K-01 Features

  • Gorgeous contemporary styling by world renowned designer Marc Newson.
  • PENTAX mirrorless body design is compatible with 25+ million PENTAX K-mount lenses spanning decades.
  • Durable machined aluminum frame under a stylish black, white, or yellow exterior.
  • Large 16 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor: CMOS image sensor delivers outstanding high resolution image quality, color accuracy, and low noise in multiple aspect ratios
  • 3 inch LCD: Bright, high resolution 3 inch LCD with 920,000 dots produces a bright image foraccurate framing and playback of images and video.
  • Full HD 1080p Video Capture: Full HD 1080p video capture at 30 FPS with h.264 compression (60 FPS at 720p) features shutter speed and aperture exposure control, video autofocus control, and a built-in mono or external stereo microphone.
  • Sensor-shift PENTAX Shake and Dust Reduction system: is compatible with every mounted PENTAX lens for beautifully sharp still images and stabilized videography.
  • Fast 6 FPS burst mode: ideal for fast-action photography insuring the perfectly-timed shot at just the right moment.
  • 1/4000 Shutter speeds: Shutter speed range from 1/4000 to 30 seconds and bulb with a silent shutter action are perfect for inconspicuous street photography.
  • 100-25600 ISO Range: Flexible ISO range of 100-25600 ensures gorgeous noise-free imaging as well as fast, noise and blur-controlled low light photography.
  • Multiple Shooting Modes: Traditional shooting modes include P, Av, Tv, and M for outstanding artistic expression, while powerful automatic modes such as Auto Picture, scene modes, and creative filters take the guesswork out of great photography.
  • Focus peaking mode provides fast and accurate manual focusing for critical focus applications.
  • In-camera HDR mode: combines bracketed user-specified exposures into a single, perfectly blended still image with outstanding detail in shadow and highlight areas.
  • Built-in popup flash and external hotshoe compatible with modern PENTAX digital flash units.
  • JPG & DNG RAW Captures: Captures JPG still images, but also open standard DNG RAW which is compatible with a wide range of Adobe-supported RAW processing software programs.

Pentax K-01 Specifications

Mode selection
Auto Picture, Scene (SCN), HDR (JPG only), Flash Off, Bulb (B), Metered Manual (M), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter Priority (TV), Program (P), Movie
Digital Hybrid ILC
Effective pixels: 16.28
Total pixels: 16.49
CMOS with primary color filter and integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system
Size: APS-C (23.7 x 15.7mm)
Color depth
8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW
Recorded resolutions

Still 3:2: 16M (4928x3264), 12M (4224x2816), 8M (3456x2304), 5M (2688x1792)
Still 4:3: 14M (4352x3264), 11M (3840x2880), 7M (3072x2304), 4M (2304x1728)
Still 16:9: 13M (4928x2776), 10M (4224x2376), 6M (3456x1944), 4M (2688x1512)
Still 1:1: 10M (3264x3264), 8M (2880x2880), 5M (2304x2304), 3M (1728x1728)
Movie (resolution/FPS): 1920x1080p30/25/24, 1280x720p60/50/30/25/24, 640x480p30/25/24
Quality levels
Best, Better, Good
Dust Removal
SP coating w ultrasonic vibration to low pass filter
Lens Mount
Type/construction: PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
Usable lenses: PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K-mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions)
SDM Function
Power Zoom Function
Focus Type
TTL Contrast Detection AF
Sensitivity Range
EV 1-18 (ISO 100)
Focus Modes
AF Single (w focus lock, focus/release priority selectable), Face Detection AF, Tracking AF, Manual
Focus Point Adjustment
Auto 81 Point, User-Selectable, Center
AF Assist
LED dedicated AF assist lamp, AF Autozoom (2X, 4X, 6X), Focus Peaking
LCD Monitor
3.0" TFT color LCD w brightness/color adjustment
Resolution: 921,000 dots
Wide angle viewable: Yes (approx 170° horizontal/vertical)
Live View
Type: TTL by CMOS image sensor
Field Of View: 100%
Display Modes: Grid (4x4, Golden Ratio, Scale), Bright/Dark
Indication, Histogram
Image Stabilization
Type: Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction with rotational compensation (4 stops max) Electronic level function: Yes, verification via viewfinder and LCD panel
Built-In Flash
Type: Retractable P-TTL auto popup flash
Guide number: 12m (ISO 100)
Coverage: 28mm equivalent
Flash modes: Auto, Auto + Redeye, On, On + Redeye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync + Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Off
Flash exposure compensation: -2 to 1 EV
External Flash
Type: Hotshoe P-TTL, high speed sync w PENTAX dedicated flash
Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec
Storage Media
Internal memory: n/a
Removable memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS Speed Class 1 supported)
Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, HDMI out (Type C, Mini), 3.5mm stereo mic in
Video out: HD (via HDMI) NTSC, PAL
Printer interfaces: n/a
Power Supply
Power source: Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery D-LI90
Recordable images: Approx 540 (approx 500 w 50% flash, CIPA) Playback time: Approx 320 min
Movie recording time: 25 min (max record time for a single file)
AC adapter available: Yes (optional)
Physical Specifications
Body dimensions (W x H x D): 4.8 x 3.1 x 2.3"
Body weight Without battery or removable memory: 16.9 oz
Loaded and ready: 19.8 oz
Construction material(s): Machined aluminum frame with rubber accents
Language Support
English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional/Simplified Chinese, Japanese
Computer Requirement
*For direct device connectivity. Bundled software requirements may vary.
Windows: Windows XP (SP3), Vista, 7, USB port
Mac: 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, USB port
Metering System
Type: TTL image sensor metering
Sensitivity range: EV -1 to 21 (ISO 100, 50mm F1.4)
Multi-segment: Yes (1024 segments)
Center weighted: Yes
Spot: Yes
Exposure compensation: +/- 3 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)
Exposure lock: Yes (via AF/AE-L button)
Exposure bracketing: Yes (3 frames, up to +/- 3 EV in 1/2 steps)
ISO Sensitivity
Auto: ISO 100-12800 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), expandable to ISO 100-25600, auto ISO range selectable
Manual: ISO 100-12800 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), expandable to ISO 100-25600
White Balance
Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE
Manual mode(s): Yes * WB fine adjustment available in all modes
Type: Electronically controlled focal plane shutter
Shutter speed: 1/4000 to 30 sec (1/3 or 1/2 steps), Bulb
Capture Mode selection
Auto Picture, Scene (SCN), HDR (JPG only), Flash Off, Bulb (B), Metered Manual (M), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter Priority (TV), Program (P), Movie
Auto Picture modes
Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest
Scene modes
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR (JPG only), Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting,Museum
Custom Image modes
(including fine adjustment): Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome (including film filters, infrared, sepia toning), Cross Processing (creative random effect generation)
Face detection
Yes (up to 16 faces)
Digital filters (capture)
Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color
Dynamic Range adjustment
Yes (highlight and shadow correction)
Drive Modes Selection
Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self Timer (12s, 2s), Infrared Remote (0s, 3s), Auto Bracketing (3 frames, up to +/- 3 EV in 1/2 steps)
Continuous FPS: Approx 6 FPS (JPG, Continuous Hi), Approx 3 FPS (JPG, Continuous Lo)
Multi-exposure: Yes (2-9 shots, auto exposure adjustment selectable)
Interval: Yes (1s to 24h, up to 999 shots, delayed start available)
HDR: Auto, HDR1, HDR2, HDR3, (exposure adjustable +/- 1, 2, or 3 EV steps, JPG only)
PlayBack Mode Selection
One Shot (no data, standard data, detailed data, histogram, color channel histogram), Multi Image Display (4, 9, 16, 36, 81 thumbnails), Magnification (upto 16X, scrollable, quick zoom), Movie Playback (no data, standard data, detailed data), Image Rotation, Bright/Dark Indication, Copyright Info, CalendarFilmstrip, Folder, Save RAW Data From JPG (if available in buffer memory), Select & Delete, Slideshow
PlayBack Mode Pallet
Image Rotation, Digital Filter, Resize, Cropping, Index, Protect, Slideshow, Cross Processing, RAW Development, Movie Edit, DPOF
PlayBack Digital Filters
Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch Filter, Watercolor, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fisheye, Slim, Base Parameter Adj
PlayBack Movie edit
Movie Divide, Delete Frames, Save JPG
File Formats
Still: RAW (DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.3), DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III
Movie (compression): MP4 (AVC h.264), AVI/MJPG for Interval Movie
Custom Functions

Pentax K-01 Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Beautiful Camera

Love at first sight and touch! White color is really cool in person. Great backup for my K-5. AF speed is very quick and focus-peaking makes manual focusing much easier with legacy lenses. Controls are easy to learn, but more menu driven. Superb handling due to solid aluminum construction. This is no toy camera, Pentax has always punched above its weight category and this is no exception. Image quality and high iso capabilty can stand up to goliaths like Canon 5D Mk3!

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Favorably Impressed


from Essex, Vermont  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought the Pentax k-01 based on my positive experience with Pentax and Ricoh cameras, both film and digital. I owned Pentax *ist DL and Pentax k2000 and enjoyed the clarity and colors these digital cameras produced and hoped the K-01 would also, and I have been quite pleased. I have many Pentax and Ricoh slr lenses that work very well with the K-01 producing crystal clear photos. I also own a Canon 7d, which is a great camera but I think because of its anti-aliasing filter does not produce the clarity and colors of a Pentax. I hesitated buying the K-01 because it did not have a viewfinder for working in bright sunlight, but the K-01 turns up the brightness on the screen so one can easily frame a photo even with the sun shining on the screen. This surprised me, since my pocket point and shoot screen washes out in bright sunlight. Reviews of the K-01 indicated that the low light functioning is not that great. However, I have taken many photos in dim available light with high ISO and taken remarkable photos. I have digital slr Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Minolta and Sony cameras that could not produce such clear and low noise photos in dim available light. I am favorably impressed with the Pentax K-01 and recommend it highly.


My First DSLR


from Burlington, WI  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have been shooting photos for over 30 years. Mostly Minolta in the film years. A lot of Fuji digital cameras followed. I had inherited a lot of old Pentax lenses about a year ago from a family member and was looking to go full DSLR about the same time. When the K-01 was on sale at Adorama during the big price drop, I could not resist taking the plunge. Back in 2005 I had lost all my possessions in Hurricane Katrina, so I had kind of lost my passion for photography for a few years. Then I received my K-01 from Adorama, It has put me back in the game. I mostly do nature and landscape photography, and architectural photos of old buildings. all the old glass and a few new lenses are a joy to shoot with on the K-01. Also I am one of the few that actually likes the Marc Newson Design. I always get stopped and have to give a mini tour of my K-01. I like that it is different.


Fantastic camera


from Mexico  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This camera has it all.. except for an optical viewfinder. That aside, it's an amazing piece of machinery that will produce great photos. It's smaller than my dSLR, looks great, and packs quite a punch regarding image quality and speed. It may not be for everyone, I think it's a "love it or hate it" situation, but if you want an EVIL camera or MILC, the K-01 with its sensor and proper K-mount will kick any other camera's butt.


Special camera, very special


from NJ  -  Photo Enthusiast

I want a camera which I can take every day. So, DSLR is out of my consideration. But the powerful lens of DSLR are attractive, that's the main reason why I choose K01, which can use DSLR lens directly. Somebody doesn't like the modeling at all, but its special style also attracts me. Meanwhile, its performance is pretty good. Actually, the focusing is quick enough for me, although most people think it's a little slow. The point I don't satisfy is that, the shield of SD card port and other ports, is made by soft rubber, but not hard material. It's not solid, and easy to open it accidentally, and inconvenient to close it.


Amazing Camera


from San Rafael, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I own a Pentax K-5 so I didn't really feel the need for another camera but after the price kept dropping, I finally went for it. And I'm glad I did. The K-01 is an amazing camera, quirky but fun to use. The IQ is excellent and the Focus Peaking feature is really interesting and makes focusing very easy without a viewfinder. I do a lot of macro, and with macro work I typically use Live View with Mirror Lockup on my K-5, so using K-01 for macro work is sort of a no brainer. I really like this camera, Pentax really stepped outside the box with this one and did a great job. Highly recommend.


Great Camera!


from Oregon  -  Casual Photographer

Great Camera! Very under-rated. Would be good for anyone, and it's a steal at that price!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


not quite a dslr, but it's close!


from Evergreen Park, Illinois (suburban Chic  -  Photo Enthusiast

I tried a couple highly rated point and shoot type cameras as my travel camera and hated both of them. Then I tried the Pentax K 01. The K 01 instantly became my travel camera. It's a lot lighter and less bulky than my great K 5 with a battery grip and a couple lenses..(If you're toting a camera through airports and aboard planes, that's important..) It does nearly everything a good dslr does and for casual shooting it's fine.If you're used to a dslr, the focusing is just a little noisy, slow and not quite as accurate. Still, it requires very little tweaking on a photo editing program. All in all it does what I want it to do and is more than I expected it would be. Yes, I miss my K 5. It remains my camera for serious photography, but the K 01 is a lot less imposing and almost as flexible.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Best Buy at Close Out Price


from St George UTAH  -  Pro Photographer

I use the K01 as a backup camera to my pro systems (Pentax 645D, Pentax K5, Sony A850) and for creating time lapse sequences in ultra high definition formats. The LCD display is difficult to see outdoors in bright sun. However, a Hoodman type of magnifier solves the problem to some extent. With Pentax DSLR lenses the physical size of the K01 is larger than any other mirrorless camera design but at the closeout price, the image quality completely outclasses point and shoot designs in the same price range. Incidentally, the video spec by Adorama is incorrect. The K01 video format is 1080P 30 not 25.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A Versatile Camera


from Palo Alto, CA  -  Photography Student

I bought this camera as my second Pentax body; I had the K-r and was quite happy with it, but wanted something to do full-HD video. I've ended up quite liking the camera. It takes absolutely beautiful stills and video. However, it will not replace a DSLR. A viewfinder is a must for shooting anything that moves quickly. Things I like about it: Using old glass is a treat. The button layout makes sense and the menu system is logical enough. All relevant features are readily available. Image quality is fantastic (it does have the same sensor as the K-5...). The shutter is pretty quiet, so I feel less bad when I take pictures at quieter events. Things I like less about it: I wish the grip was more in line with a traditional DSLR grip. I miss the viewfinder. Even though the LCD is pretty good, you're not going to be able to shoot most sports or fast moving wildlife with the K-01. After burst shooting, the camera needs to buffer and you can't frame your next shot until it finishes. Finally, it feels a little bit ridiculous taking photos with a yellow camera and vintage glass when you're standing next to a bunch of guys with their 5DmkIIs and giant telephoto lenses.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Crystal clear 1/4" handheld shots.


from Central Pennsylvania  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I like to think of the k-01 as a digital rangefinder. There is no mirror flap. Pair it with some fast glass, take advantage of the built in image stabilization, and top that off with a low noise sensor (with built in noise reduction), and viola! Crystal clear 1/4" hand held shots. I purchased mine to augment a large collection of Pentax equipment and also put to rest my old voigtlander. Build is solid but the rubber flap the covers the SD card is annoying.


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Shopper  is this camera worth it?
JOSEPH D  Excellent build quality! Excellent ergonomics! Compact, solid, but not pocketable. Sometimes AF searches too long to focus. Uses excellent Pentax K-mount lenses. No adapter needed. Great sensor! Superb images in low light situations. Not at all ugly as the web chatterers proclaim with their experience with pictures of the k-01 only. No viewfinder. Bright sunlight hinders composing. Easy to change aspect ratio. Easy to change ISO. No menu searching required. Exposure compensation simple.
mel m  What is the lens range wide to tele?
SHERIF M  It is a fixed focal lens (40mm) , with 1.5 crop factor= 60mm. it cannot zoom.
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