Pentax K-01 DSLR Camera Body, 16.3MP CMOS Sensor, 1080p HD Video, 6 FPS Burst Mode - Yellow

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About Pentax K-01

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.

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: Fast shutter speed, Good image quality, High ISO performance, Image stabilization and Large clear LCD

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Image stabilization (14),Good image quality (13),High ISO performance (11),Easy to use (10),Large clear LCD (10),Fast shutter speed (9),Fast / accurate auto-focus (5),Quiet (5)
Cons:
No viewfinder (8)
Best Uses:
Travel (12),Family photos (11),Landscape/scenery (11),Low light (10),Video (6),Wildlife (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (5),Semi-pro photographer (5)

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
Type
Digital Hybrid ILC
Resolution
Effective pixels: 16.28
Total pixels: 16.49
Sensor
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
Yes
Power Zoom Function
N/A
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
Viewfinder
N/A
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)
Interfaces
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
Shutter
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
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Pentax K-01 Reviews

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4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

100%

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Buy at Close Out Price

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 ...

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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.

Reviewed by 13 customers

 
5.0

Favorably Impressed

By

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.

 
5.0

My First DSLR

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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.

 
5.0

Amazing Camera

By

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best Buy at Close Out Price

By

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)

 
5.0

A Versatile Camera

By

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)

 
4.0

Crystal clear 1/4" handheld shots.

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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.

 
5.0

Judge the K-01 for what it is than not.

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from New York  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

 
4.0

A Great Find

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from Salem, Or  -  Casual Photographer

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great product for the price

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from Medina, Ohio  -  Photo Enthusiast

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!

 
4.0

Best value in photography

By

from Michigan  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

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Shopper  Has anyone used long lenses on this camera and encountered any problem with focusing?
PHILIP M  I mostly use it with wide angle and short tele. I have used it with the 50-135 and 300mm. It's difficult to use them hand held and they take a long time to focus using auto focus - can run through the whole range and back again. On a tripod with manual focus it's better, but still can be tricky. I have old eyes and some trouble seeing close with out reading glasses so that is part of the problem. If the main use is with telephoto lenses I wouldn't recommend it. I love it with the 21mm to walk around.
Shopper  How much to add on the 40 mm lens?
CARLOS C  well I bought it used for $150 :)
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