PENTAX K-01 DESIGNED BY MARC NEWSON
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The K-01 is solid, stylish, fun camera that provides impressive image quality. Do not hesitate to buy this camera if you already own Pentax K-mount lenses. Adorama's customers service is excellent.
The use of all Pentax lenses is a plus that cannot be overstated...variety, availability, price, and quality. The inclusion of a detailed instruction book is a consumer friendly move, especially valuable to a newbie. I like the size of the K-01, in spite of the barbs of pro reviewers...IMHO, small is not necessarily equal to 'easily handled'. I miss a viewfinder but am easily adapting to the great 3" LCD screen. Pans about slow autofocus seem to forget that a Manual lens setting of 'infinity' keeps all action beyond 30' in focus. My first DSLR does not disappoint at all. Great camera with a weird look. Kudos to Pentax.
This camera is a fantastic value. For the uses I have made of the camera, there are only a few shortcomings: (1) awkward balance when using longer zoom lens, best for prime lenses, (2)flimsy media cover with flimsy metal cover inside does not inspire long-term confidence, (3) too slow, too much hunting on low-light focus ruins lots of shots. This camera represents an excellent value as a means of getting top quality images without paying the price for K-05. It is best reserved for specific uses, but I am constantly finding new uses! Excellent software with many very useful shooting modes. Excellent video quality. At the moment my Pentax 77 mm limited f 1.8 lens is stuck on this camera except when shorter lens is needed for inside photos. Then the Sigma 30mm f 1.4 takes over. Image quality with these two excellent prime lens is really hard to beat. Highly recommended, and I am actually thinking about buying another one as a backup!
I use my K-01 for art, portrait, low-light, and street photography. It has excellent image quality and uses any of the huge library of Pentax lenses made since 1960. Using vintage glass is where this beauty really shines, as focus peaking makes focusing outstanding lenses like the Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 much easier. Plus, all M42 glass works in Av mode, meaning the camera will meter with them and set the shutter speed... this is very handy indoors where you can really see the exceptional high ISO performance of this sensor. This camera is the best value in photography because of the price, and access to all that classic glass... a huge advantage in my opinion.