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Pentax K-01 review

Is the K-01 a knock out blow to its rivals?

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The large APS-C sensor enables shallow depth of field, with images taken at fast apertures.

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Shutter speeds as fast as 1/4000sec can be selected, for freezing fast action. A bulb option is also provided for extremely long exposures.

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Auto white balance does an excellent job indoors

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Colours are vibrant direct from the camera

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Images are vibrant and contain plenty of detail straight from the camera. However, multi-segment metering tends to underexpose: +1.3 stops of exposure compensation were required for this shot.

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Quality at high sensitivities is impressive

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Three different levels of auto HDR effect can be selected by the user. Note the chromatic aberration around the arch caused by the pancake kit lens.

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Colours straight from the camera are vibrant, without looking unnatural

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Dynamic range is good, with plenty of detail being retained in shadow and highlight areas.

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The addition of a standard hotshoe means third-party flash accessories can be used, which is great for studio photography.

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The large APS-C sensor results in narrower depth of field, which is great for blurring background at wide apertures.

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Plenty of detail is contained in images taken with the Pentax K-01.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution16.3 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourYellow
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NamePentax
FeaturesLive View, Face Detection, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, External Flash Shoe, Time Lapse Function
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI), MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)479.1 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Minimum Focus Distance33.27 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4928 x 3264
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.5 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedD-LI90
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height78.7 mm
Width121.9 mm
Depth58.4 mm
Autofocus Points81
Focal Length40 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Flash ModesFlash ON, Flash OFF, Auto Flash, Red-eye Reduction, Rear Curtain Sync, Flash Exposure Compensation, High Speed Sync, Slow Sync
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product ModelK-01
Product NameK-01 Mirrorless Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number15341
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.ricoh.co.uk
Marketing InformationHIGH TECH MEETS HIGH DESIGN.

When is a camera more than a photographer's tool? The answer is when it's an object designed by Marc Newson, one of the most acclaimed and influential contemporary designers. The PENTAX K-01 marks the intersection where high technology and high design meet.

Battery Life540 Shot/25 Minute Video
Package Contents
  • K-01 Mirrorless Camera
  • Li-Ion Battery D-LI90
  • AC Plug Cord D-CO2E
  • USB Cable
  • Battery Charger D-BC90
  • Strap
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • Body Mount Cover
  • Software Media
  • smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS Lens
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker