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Pentax K-01 Digital Camera

MILC 16.28MP CMOS Apr 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Count Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Exceptional Image Quality Assured By Digital SLR Camera SystemThe PENTAX K-01 comes equipped with a newly developed CMOS image sensor measuring 23.7 millimeters by 15.7 millimeters. With... More
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User Reviews Are Good

Based on 107 user reviews the average user rating of this MILC digital camera is 89%.

Good Video Capture

A few people mentioned in their reviews that the product was good for video recording. Dr. M. Z. Aung said on Amazon “Full HD video recording capability”. Three years ago Icewalker wrote on Amazon “Very impressed with the photo results and videos are great too!Recomended” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Nr said in their Pentax K-01 review on Amazon also three years ago “It produces nice video with acceptable sound, plus the ability to add an external microphone”.

Good Quality Lens

Some Pentax K-01 reviewers who reviewed it thought it had a good lens. John mentioned two years ago “The bundled 18-55mm lens is good” but even so he scored the product 60 out of 100. Three years ago Nr gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “A wonderful camera, works (ie provides focus confirmation and anti-shake) with every Pentax lens ever made, plus plenty of others (eg I have a microscope adapter”. Four years ago Reviewed.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Excellent photos quality (assuming your lens works properly”.

Some people considered that it had a good autofocus. John mentioned in his review of the Pentax K-01 “The big limitation of this camera is the autofocus which is unreliable” nonetheless he rated this digital camera 3 stars. Mark Bowerbank mentioned “It's possible to make precise focusing decisions”. N. Topham mentioned on Amazon three years ago “Quick to focus”.

One Pentax K-01 owner said in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser.

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Good Quality Pictures

A number of people who purchased it considered that it was able to produce good images. A. C. Yelmo wrote “Nearly all the cameras in the world, as you can easily check googling images for "on-off dial") had the controls inverted”. Barso wrote “Sometimes it can take great photos with the pancake” in their review of the Pentax K-01. Boatbuilder Man said on Amazon three years ago “Takes perfectly good pictures most of the time” in their review.

Some customers considered that it was good in low light. Three years ago A. C. Yelmo said “The low light sensitivity is great” in their review of this digital camera however despite that they gave the Pentax K-01 a rating of 60 out of 100. N. Topham scored it very highly and said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “I had a Pentak K-7 and the improvment in image quality and low light performance quickly promoted this to the camera of choice”. Nr mentioned “Good in low light too”.

Two Pentax K-01 owners who bought it agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Dr. M. Z. Aung said “The PENTAX K-01 is an interchangeable lens camera with super-high-resolution image quality supported by approximately 16.28 effective megapixels” in their review of the Pentax K-01.

One Pentax K-01 owner considered that this digital camera had a good ISO range. Four years ago Reviewed.com wrote “Excellent high ISO performance”.

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Easy to Use

Several Pentax K-01 owners who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was easy to use. A. C. Yelmo said in their review of the Pentax K-01 on Amazon three years ago “I found that sometimes it was easier to use the thumb to press the shutter button” but despite that they only gave the Pentax K-01 a score of 3 stars. In the same month Mark Bowerbank gave the product an excellent rating and he said in his review of the Pentax K-01 on Amazon “It handles well an all the controls have a quality, precise feel about them, despite it being somewhat heavier than the alternative mirrorless system cameras available today”. Mark Bowerbank also mentioned “This camera will give you spectacular creative control”.

One Pentax K-01 owner who reviewed it thought it was easy to use the menus. Paul Taylor gave the product a very good review score and he said on Amazon “Excellent product, very nicely made, produces excellent quality photographs however I think best used in one of the manual mode settings, Amazon provided a fast efficient service” in his review of the Pentax K-01.

One customer who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good interface. A. C. Yelmo said on Amazon “It is not a flagship model; so it's understandable that it has a simpler interface”.

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Robust

Ten customers mentioned in their reviews that the Pentax K-01 was well made. Icewalker mentioned on Amazon “If you like a big solid camera” and scored it 5 stars. Marco mentioned on Amazon “Great image quality and solid body” and rated it 5 stars. Three years ago Mark Bowerbank mentioned in his review on Amazon “The 18-55mm kit lens is a solid all-rounder”.

One Pentax K-01 owner who reviewed this digital camera thought it was strong and durable.

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Nice Design

A few people wrote in their reviews that it was a good design. Three years ago A. C. Yelmo wrote on Amazon “Award winning design? Really?” but even so they only gave the product a score of 3 stars. A. C. Yelmo also mentioned “A good design should focus on prevent turning the camera on accidentally”. Dr. M. Z. Aung wrote on Amazon “Pentax K-01 Wins Red Dot Design Award” in their Pentax K-01 review.

A few customers who reviewed this digital camera said that it was good looking. A. C. Yelmo wrote on Amazon “The result a trendy designer's bloated ego” nonetheless they only gave this digital camera a score of 60 out of 100. Pan Ke said in their review of this digital camera “Good looking”. Pentax said on Amazon “After some months of using it camera still impresses with elegant design, general robustness”.

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Good Product Quality

Twenty-nine customers who bought the Pentax K-01 reckoned that it was good quality. Bg mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Excellent image quality- good pancake lens- k-mount camera- focus peaking (makes manually focusing easily)- long battery life- very well built body- nice design” . Darkmunk rated this digital camera 4 stars and mentioned in their review “Job done! The picture quality, dynamic range”. Dr. M. Z. Aung mentioned four years ago “The award - the red dot - has established itself internationally as one of the most appreciated quality seals for outstanding designs” and gave the Pentax K-01 a score of 5 stars.

Excellent Brand

Pentax has excellent average reviews for its MILC cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range.

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Good Battery Life

Some Pentax K-01 reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good battery life. Mark Bowerbank wrote in his Pentax K-01 review on Amazon three years ago “The battery life is good (easily enough for 300+ shots)”. Stu wrote also three years ago “Battery life was good.” and gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100.

Acceptable Noise Level

Four Pentax K-01 reviewers who purchased it agreed that it was noisy. Van he wrote in his review of this digital camera “Excellent photos quality; low noise through ISO 1600 in low light”.

One customer said in their reviews that the Pentax K-01 was quiet. Two years ago Ann said in her review of this digital camera “The autufocus is very very noisy on the kit lens so if you need quiet put on an old Takumar or Helios”.

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Good Technical Features

A number of Pentax K-01 reviewers mentioned that it had good features.

Good Flash

One person wrote in their reviews that it had a good flash.

Good Support

A few people who purchased it said that it had good technical guidance. Mickey_annie said “Manual mode easy to handle; need to buy other lens”. Van said in his review of this digital camera “Image stabilization Powerful flash (for an ILC) Stereo mic input Best-in-class battery life Full, printed manual in the box (a rarity these days” .

Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

Unlike most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as the K-01 which do not support video recording, the Pentax K-01 supports video recording.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras which support video recording currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon 1 V1[plb_2794_price], or the Sigma DP2 Merrill[plb_1750733_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax K-01 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think the 1 V1[pl_2794_price], and the 1 J3[pl_1858479_price] both from Nikon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Pentax K-01 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also support Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which support Full HD video to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the 1 V1[pl_2794_price], and the 1 J3[pl_1858479_price] both from Nikon or the Sony NEX-7[plb_1612397_price] is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think the Lumix DMC-G6[pl_2147791_price], and the Lumix DMC-GX7[pl_2013856_price] both from Panasonic or the Nikon 1 V1[plb_2794_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on digital cameras of this age and spec.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon 1 V1[plb_2794_price], the Leica M[plb_2212774_price], and the Samsung NX2000[plb_2085238_price] is also worth considering.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The Pentax K-01 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by digital cameras of this age and spec. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture

With a maximum aperture of 22, the Pentax K-01 has one of the smaller maximum apertures amongst cameras of this age. Digital cameras of this age and spec have maximum apertures of between 1 and 36.

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540 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Pentax K-01 is a camera that takes 540 shots shots per battery charge.

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Has One Image Editing Mode

The Pentax K-01 has a greater number of image editing modes than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera has a Rotating image editing mode, which is the most frequently found image editing mode found on digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on cameras of this age and type. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Supports Two ISO Speeds

The Pentax K-01 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 200, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 100 and 12800 are also supported by this Pentax camera.

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H.264 Video Format

This digital camera supports a H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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TFT Display

The Pentax K-01 has a TFT display which is better than most cameras of this age and type. Most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The worst display of all MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-01 is LCD and the best is AMOLED.

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11 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

A few people who bought the product reckoned that it was not heavy and bulky. John rated the product 3 stars and he said in his review of the Pentax K-01 on Amazon two years ago “I quickly concluded that such heavy lenses belonged to a previous era”. Mark Bowerbank said on Amazon “Superb picture quality from "The Chunky One”. Three years ago Penelope Polins mentioned “What a lovely camera to use, if a little heavy” in her review of the Pentax K-01.

Two Pentax K-01 owners who bought it reckoned that it was not a good body shape. Reviewed.com wrote four years ago “Questionable quality control for body and lenses” in their review of the Pentax K-01. Reviewed.com also mentioned “Noisy autofocus isnt fast enough, no viewfinder possible, large body size, lack of prominent grip”.

One Pentax K-01 reviewer who bought it considered that it was not thick. Three years ago Darkmunk said in their Pentax K-01 review “It will easily slip into a loose pocket” although they rated the product 4 stars.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Pentax K-01 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other MILC cameras that are a similar age to the K-01 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Pentax K-01 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the K-01 are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5[plb_1433511_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Pentax K-01 does not have a GPS. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the K-01 also do not have a GPS.

Alternative cameras which also have a GPS that you might want to look at include the Samsung Galaxy NX[plb_2082510_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Pentax K-01 is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the K-01 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most cameras of a similar age and type to the K-01 do not have an image stabiliser. The Pentax K-01 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabiliser.

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Only Supports Two Camera File Systems

The Pentax K-01 has a greater number of camera file systems than most cameras of this spec and age. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the K-01. The camera file system "DCF 2.0" is also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Only 1728 X 1152 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax K-01 has a 1728 x 1152 still image resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution found on most MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago. In addition, this Pentax camera have a still image resolution of 3072 x 2048 and 3936 x 2624. Across all cameras that have been around for around the same time as the K-01 the worst still image resolution is 1024 x 768 and the best is 12416 x 1856.

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Only Features One Image Adjustment Mode

The Pentax K-01 has a greater number of image adjustment modes than most cameras that were released around the same time as it. The most frequently featured image adjustment mode is Contrast, but this image adjustment mode is not featured on this digital camera. The image adjustment modes Brightness are also featured on this Pentax digital camera.

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Heavy

The average weight of digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the K-01 is 310g, and the weights range from 70g to 680g. The Pentax K-01 is fairly heavy (480 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the K-01.

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Thick

At 59 millimeters, the Pentax K-01 is fairly thick compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years. Digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the K-01 have depths of between 22mm and 95mm, and the average depth is 44mm.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Pentax K-01

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this camera was released.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Pentax K-01 has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the K-01.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Nikon 1 V1[plb_2794_price], the Leica X Vario (Typ 107)[plb_1969444_price], or the Olympus Pen E-PL5[plb_1840381_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a camera with a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the NX300M[pl_2205970_price] (3.31"), or the NX300[pl_2096674_price] (3.31") both from Samsung or the Leica T (Typ 701)[plb_2550905_price] (3.7") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16.28 megapixels, the Pentax K-01 has a fairly standard megapixel count compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

If this camera megapixel count is too low for you then you might also want to look at the Leica T (Typ 701)[plb_2550905_price] (16.3MP and higher rated), or the Fujifilm X-M1[plb_2032322_price] (16.3MP and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Lens System
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Focal Length Range
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
System Requirements
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control
Included Cable
Other Features
Interface
Camera Shutter Speed Range

Expert Reviews

13 June 2012

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Good image quality
Compatible with K, mount lenses
Good build quality
Wide viewing angle LCD
Compatible with Kmount lenses
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Features
Image quality
Available lens range
Interesting and useful design
Produces vibrant and clear image
Handling
Design problems
Lowlight focusing
Dynamic range not great
Fixed screen position

User Reviews

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Reviewed 18 June 2014 by Ann
(Verified Purchase)

What a bargain (after it halved in price). The IQ is wonderful, the feature set is wonderful for the price and it looks nuts. I would have preferred the yellow model but i went for classic... Read more…

Reviewed 5 February 2014 by John
(Verified Purchase)

I bought this (fortunately at a good price as a daily deal) thinking I could dust off my old lenses with the Pentax K mount. I did, and they work (of sorts), but I quickly concluded that such... Read more…

Reviewed 26 December 2013 by Mark Bowerbank
(Verified Purchase)

This camera is a revelation. Wherever it goes people ask "What is it?" and inevitably, "Where's the viewfinder?". All I can say is if you can forgive the K-01 for its size and the... Read more…

Reviewed 12 December 2013 by DT Coventry
(Verified Purchase)

This was the reason I held on to the lenses from my Pentax MZ50 film camera. I'm so pleased with this camera, and the quality of the images it produces.

Reviewed 18 October 2013 by Stefan 22 | 2 Comments
(Verified Purchase)

The first thing to be said is that the camera bought (with 18-55mm lens) has a picture quality that is (I highly suspect) far superior by comparison to all its similarly priced competitors. I know... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

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