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Pentax K-01

alaTest has collected and analyzed 193 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the focus and lens are generally positive. The design and portability also get good feedback, whereas the memory and shutter get less positive opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax K-01 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Pentax K-01 review


Pentax has a history of making cameras that are just a little bit offbeat. Just take a look at last year's Pentax Q: rather than making a more traditional mirrorless camera like many of its competitors, the company released the smallest interchangeable...

Excellent image quality ; Excellent battery life ; Huge lens ecosystem ; Manual controls and easy access to key settings

Expensive ; Relatively large and heavy ; Mediocre autofocus ; Bizarre physical design

Despite producing excellent photos, the K-01 lags behind the competition in some significant ways

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Pentax K-01 Review


Designed by Marc Newson, the new 16-megapixel mirrorless Pentax K-01 is one of most daringly-styled new cameras in years. Whether the “beauty” is only skin deep, we'll find out shortly.

More sophisticated than its toy-like appearance ; 16-megapixel APS-C sensor ; K-mount accepts large library of lenses

Polarizing design ; Photos and videos not as good as cheaper competition ; Bulky, no hand grip ; Poor AF system

Given the right circumstances, it grabs very nice stills. However, there are just too many negative issues.

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Pentax K-01Digital Camera Review


Have you met with Pentax yet?” our friend and fellow tech journalist asked cheerily. We hadn't, but were en route at the time. “Whatever you do,” he said, “don't laugh.”

Is it unique…or odd? Futuristic…or toyish? Bold…or blind? Whatever the case, if you find yourself attracted to the K-01 based solely on its forward-thinking exterior design, then you’ll be happy to know that underneath it all is a rather excellent camera.


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Pentax K-01


The Pentax K-01 (from $749) is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with a most unusual design. Created by Australian designer Marc Newson of (who, admittedly, I'd never heard of before the K-01), the modern look of the K-01 will certainly turn...

Excellent photos quality; low noise through ISO 1600 in low light and 6400 in good light ; Eye-catching design (love it or hate it) with solid build quality ; Huge lens selection due to use of K-mount; all lenses will have shake reduction built-in,...

Autofocus system lags behind the competition, especially in low light ; Chunky body defeats the purpose of mirrorless design; ergonomics leave something to be desired ; Display on LCD screen can be hard to see in bright light ; Redeye a problem, no...

The Pentax K-01 is a bit of an odd duck. It's a mirrorless camera that's as big as digital SLRs, which sort of defeats the purpose of being mirrorless in the first place. Photo quality is among the best out there, but other cameras offer better AF...

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Pentax K-01 (Body Only, White)


The Pentax K-01 mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (ILC) certainly makes an impression. While it definitely looks like a camera -- unlike, say, the Lytro -- it has a distinctive aesthetic that I think most people will either love or hate. And as a...

The Pentax K-01's strengths lie in its use of existing standards; it's designed to use older K-mount lenses without an adapter, and uses Adobe DNG as its raw format. That, plus it has terrific photo quality

It's relatively large, and even if you love the design aesthetic it has some irritating operational quirks. The autofocus isn't up to par

It's a great option if you have a shelf full of K-mount lenses and don't mind missing some action shots, but the Pentax K-01 isn't such a great option for a typical amateur photographer.

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Pentax K-01


Larger than its peers, but interestingly designed, the Pentax K-01 can capture sharp photos in all types of light and delivers full compatibility with every Pentax K-mount lens ever produced.

Extremely sharp lens. Excellent high ISO performance. Full compatibility with Pentax K-mount lenses. In-body image stabilization. Selectable video frame rates

Larger than other cameras in its class. Slow autofocus. No EVF option. Fixed rear LCD

The Pentax K-01 ($899.95 direct with 40mm lens) is a bit of a departure in concept when compared with other compact interchangeable lens cameras. Rather than design a new lens mount, Pentax opted to use the same bayonet K mount that it has used since...

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Pentax K-01First Impressions Review


The Pentax K-01 is a bit of an odd duck. When you consider that all the variations on a “mirrorless” camera have been uncomfortably stuffed under the heading of “compact system cameras,” the K-01 stands apart. Indeed, the K-01 has no mirror inside, but...

In a world of ever-shrinking interchangeable lens cameras, the mirrorless Pentax K-01 stands out from the crowd with a unique design that eschews the idea of a compact mirrorless camera. The camera defies conventional classification, as it’s...

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Pentax K-01


Pentax goes its own way with a mirrorless camera that accepts standard K-mount lenses. That means access to a huge back catalog of quality optics without an adapter. Unfortunately, it also necessitates a body that's barely any smaller than a standard SLR.

Very good image quality and excellent high ISO performance. Premium build quality. In-body image stabilization. Lots of creative features. Full HD movie capture with manual exposure control

Barely any smaller than a standard SLR, but lacks viewfinder and phase-detect autofocus. Contrast-detect AF is slow and unreliable. Body design is clumsy and uncomfortable. Very slow raw burst shooting

With the Pentax K-01, the company treads new ground. It's a bold move, making Pentax the only manufacturer to offer two distinct mirrorless product lines, and the only one to offer a way to use existing SLR glass on mirrorless without an adapter. We...

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Excellent photos quality (assuming your lens works properly); low noise through ISO 1600 in low light and 6400 in good light ; Eye-catching design (love it or hate it) with solid build quality ; Huge lens selection due to use of K-mount; all lenses...

Autofocus system lags behind the competition, especially in low light ; Chunky body defeats the purpose of mirrorless design; ergonomics leave something to be desired ; Redeye a problem, no in-camera removal tool ; Questionable quality control for body...

The Pentax K-01 is a bulky yet stylish camera that offers excellent image quality when paired with a quality lens. The size and ergonomics are certainly not for everyone, and the autofocus is way too slow for action shooters. If you've got a collection...

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Pentax K-01 Review: Top Quality in an Eccentric Package


The Pentax K-01 is an odd duck that breaches the borders of traditional digital camera aesthetics. That's because this mirrorless nonconformist was designed by Marc Newson, a popular name in contemporary product design. Though Newson has designed...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:23.7 x 15.7 mm


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Pentax D-LI90
Battery Type:Pentax D-LI90


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes