The new Pentax K-01 is a brand new mirrorless camera from Pentax, featuring a 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and K mount allowing you to use any K mount lens from Pentax. The camera is due to be available to buy in mid to end March, for £629 body only, or £679 with the new compact f/2.8 40mm lens shown. There are plans to offer the K-01 with an 18-55mm kit lens, as well as a 55-200mm zoom lens.
Pentax K-01 Features
The Pentax K-01 features a 16.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 6 fps shooting, Full HD video with 30/25/24fps, a microphone socket, HDMI out and a colourful design that will be available in yellow and black, black and silver, or silver. With a white version available in certain markets. The new 40mm lens is said to be the World's smallest interchangeable lens available.
- 16 megapixel APS-C Sensor
- Pentax K-Mount
- 3inch screen, 921k dots
- 6fps continuous shooting
- Sensor-shift Shake Reduction
- Full HD video, 30/25/24fps
- Stereo microphone socket
- ISO100-12800, expandable to 25600
- SD/SDHC card slot
- 500 shot battery life
Pentax K-01 Handling
The camera is surrounded by a rubber grip, apart from the back which is mostly black, or silver on the silver model and there is not a traditional thumb grip on the back of the camera. The memory and IO ports (AV/HDMI) are covered by a rubber cover, and on the very left of the camera (looking from the back) there is a microphone socket for video recording.
Memory card slot under "Do not open" sticker.
The two red and green buttons on the top can be customised, with the red button defaulting to record video in any mode. The battery is a large Digital SLR sized battery with a rating of 1860mAh, so should offer good battery life. The camera does not feature and electronic viewfinder, but could support an optical viewfinder in the flash hot shoe. The cameras screen is used for live view and focusing appeared reasonably quick, although not as quick as the quickest mirrorless cameras available.
1/80 sec | f/4.5 | 16.0 mm | ISO 100
The Pentax K-01 can be held easily with one hand but the position of the mode dial is a little bit of a stretch for your hand. The rest of the controls on the back of the camera can be used easily with one hand and they are clearly labelled.
Pentax K-01 Performance
Battery compartment and battery.
As this is a pre-production model we were not able to take any sample photos, however the results on screen looked good, with good colour, detail, and seemingly low levels of noise, with the camera offering up to ISO12800. When we get a chance to take sample photos with the camera we will post them on the site, in the mean-time have a look at our shots of the camera.
A view of just how thin the f/2.8 40mm lens is.
Value For Money
The price of £629 body only prices it above entry level Digital SLR cameras, but put it in the middle of the pack with regards to other mirrorless cameras and one would expect the price to drop over time.
Pentax K-01 Verdict
The Pentax K-01 is a bold new camera from Pentax and is certainly different to anything else made by anyone else - and perhaps that's what Marc Newson and Pentax intended with the design of this new camera. It's also the first mirrorless camera ever to use a full Digital SLR lens mount, supporting existing Digital SLR lenses. This causes the camera size to be larger than most other mirrorless cameras as the distance from the sensor to the lens has to be the same as that of a traditional D/SLR camera. The design of the camera certainly seemed to divide opinion when it was revealed and it would be interesting to hear your feedback on the design. View more hands-on photos below.
Pentax K-01 Hands-On Photos of Equipment
Pentax K-01 Specifications
|CCD pixels||16.28Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size (width)||23.7mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||15.7mm|
- Face Detection
- AF Tracking
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||30sec|
- Scene modes
- Program Variable
- Centre-weighted - Average
- Multi Pattern
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 25600|
|Viewfinder Resolution||No Data|
- 1280x720 720p
- 640x480 VGA
|Video FPS||30/25/24 fps|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Box Contents||Li-ion battery D-LI90, AC plug cord D-CO2E, USB cable, Battery charger D-BC90, Strap, hot shoe cover, body mount cover, Software|
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