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Pentax K-01 16MP APS-C CMOS Mirrorless Digital Camera Kit with DA 40mm Lens (White)
- 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with low noise image capture at ISO range 100-25600
- Gorgeous contemporary styling by world renowned designer Marc Newson
- Mirrorless body design with Pentax K mount lens compatibility that allows any Pentax K mount lens to work.
- Full HD 1080p video capture @ 30FPS with h.264 compression ( 60FPS at 720p)
- Fast 6 FPS burst mode ideal for fast action photography
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||540 Photos|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||5.93 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||921000|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||25,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||JPEG v2.3, RAW|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/180_sec|
|Flash Type||Hot-shoe, P-TTL, high speed sync w Pentax dedicated flash|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||SLR-style mirrorless|
|HDMI Type||Mini HDMI Type C|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100 to 12800 in 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps (100 to 25600 extended)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||3.11 x 2.28 x 4.8 inches|
|Item Display Weight||561 grams|
|Item Weight||1.24 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||5.2 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||7.2 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.08 grams|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year parts and labor|
|Maximum Focal Length||40|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,928|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||40|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Remote Control Description||Optional IR|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||3.15 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion D-LI90 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||h.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
From the Manufacturer
Pentax K-01 Digital Camera
- Pentax mirrorless body design is compatible with 25+ million Pentax K-mount lenses spanning decades.
- Large 16 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor with low noise image capture and multiple aspect ratios.
- Bright, high resolution 3 inch LCD with 920,000 dots.
- Full HD 1080p video capture at 30 FPS with h.264 compression (60 FPS at 720p) features outstanding video capture flexibility.
- Fast 6 FPS burst mode is ideal for fast-action photography.
- Shutter speeds from 1/4000 to 30 seconds and bulb with a silent shutter action.
- Flexible ISO range of 100-25600 ensures gorgeous noise-free imaging in any lighting condition.
- 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.
Marc Newson commissioned design
Pentax commissioned designer Marc Newson to develop the contemporary, timeless design of the Pentax K-01's body. Newson's retro-meets-contemporary design is evident in all elements of the
K-01 including the product logo, camera strap (included) and start-up screen that appears when the K-01 is powered on. Buttons, shutter release and control levers are purposefully placed and accented with colors for instant recognition including a vibrant red button for Video Recording and a brilliant green for the Pentax Green button. The mode dial and power switch are made of high-quality aluminum alloy, while the memory card slot and grip connectors are covered with protective rubber. The design optimizes both form and function on a camera that is as suitable on a photo shoot as it is in a museum display that honors design as art.
Exceptional image quality
The Pentax K-01 is equipped with a newly developed CMOS image sensor measuring 23.7 millimeters by 15.7 millimeters. With approximately 16.28 effective megapixels, this sensor assures high-speed readout of image data signals. The K-01 also features a new ¡§PRIME M¡¨ imaging engine to assure first-rate movie recording performance in a digital interchangeable lens camera. The K-01 offers an extra-wide sensitivity range ¡X from ISO 100 to ISO 12800, or to ISO 25600 when expanded using a custom function ¡X while minimizing digital noise at all sensitivity levels.
Compatibility with every Pentax K-mount lense ever made
The Pentax K-01 accepts a wide array of Pentax interchangeable K-mount lenses* so users may choose the most suitable lens for a particular subject or scene.
*K-, KA- KAF, KAF2, and KAF3- mount lenses can be used with the Pentax K-01, while screw-mount lenses, 645-system lenses and 67-system lenses can be used with an adapter. Some functions may not be available on certain lenses.
High-quality video recording
The Pentax K-01 features Full HD video-recording function to capture high-quality movie clips in 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). H.264 compression format offers a choice of frame rate (30, 25 or 24 frames per second) to accommodate user-specific applications. Two new features facilitate video recording:
- a video recording button for instant pushbutton start
- and a stereo microphone with audio gain control and wind noise suppression for more realistic sound
New-generation High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode
The High Dynamic Range mode (which produces one extra-wide-gamut blended photo from three images taken at different exposure levels) is accessible with a turn of the mode dial and allows users to select one of three exposure increments as well as the level of effect, while an automatic position adjustment function assures precise alignment of three images even when they are taken with a handheld K-01.
Custom Image Modes and Digital Filters for personalized expression
The Pentax K-01's Custom Image modes allow users to select the most appropriate finishing touch for a particular subject or scene to express the photographer's creative intention or taste. Two of the 11 Custom Images functions are Bleach Bypass to create a dramatic visual effect used in motion pictures and Cross Process to produce a fanciful image with unusual colors. The K-01 also features 19 distinctive digital filters including Miniature to convert an actual scene into an image full of miniature models for an unusual visual effect. Users may be more creative by applying multiple digital filters to a single image.
Smooth, quiet, high-speed burst shooting
The Pentax K-01's high-speed burst shooting mode comes in handy when preserving the action of fast-moving subjects in a series of images, since it captures up to five images per second. With its mirrorless construction, the K-01 offers exceptionally silent mechanical operation that allows users to concentrate on photography even when shooting such subjects as stage performances.
Large, wide-angle 3.0 inch LCD monitor with approx. 921,000 dots
The Pentax K-01 features a large, easy-to-view, high-resolution 3.0 inch color LCD monitor with approximately 921,000 dots. The wide-view design assures a clear view of the monitor from approximately 170 degrees horizontally and vertically, which is useful in low- and high-angle shooting.
Pentax-original Shake Reduction (SR) mechanism for sharp, blur-free images
The Pentax K-01 incorporates the Pentax-developed SR mechanism, which effectively reduces annoying camera shake by approximately four shutter steps. Usable with all compatible lenses, including those produced for film-format SLR cameras, this mechanism produces sharp, blur-free images even under demanding conditions that are prone to camera shake, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark without flash illumination, or capturing landscapes in the twilight. Equipped with the Pentax O-GPS1 device (an optional GPS unit launched in June 2011), the K-01's SR system helps astrophotographers track and shoot celestial bodies.
Effortless, user-friendly Auto Picture and Scene modes
The Pentax K-01 features the Pentax-original, user-friendly Auto Picture mode, which selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene from Portrait, Landscape, Macro and other distinctive shooting modes, while optimizing all camera settings, such as aperture, shutter speed, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness. This allows a new photographer to concentrate on image composition and shutter opportunity. The K-01 also offers 19 different Scene modes to help simplify the photography of challenging subjects or scenes such as Night Scene Portrait mode, Pet mode, and Backlight Silhouette mode. Users simply choose a corresponding icon on the camera's LCD monitor.
- TTL image-sensor metering, with a choice of multi-segment, center-weighted and spot modes
- Contrast-detection autofocus system with 81 selectable focus points
- DR (Dust Removal) mechanism to shake off dust adhering to the surface of the CMOS image sensor
- CTE white-balance control mode to emphasize the predominant color of a particular scene, such as the sunset
- A choice of four image size ratios (4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1) to accommodate different subjects and applications
- Multi-exposure mode (up to nine exposures on a single image), with an auto exposure compensation function
- Interval shooting mode, useful in time lapse recording of landscapes and flowers/plants from an exact same location and angle
- Compatibility with the new-standard SDXC and UHS Speed Class 1 memory cards
- SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 for Pentax RAW image data development (developed by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory) included; in-camera RAW image development also available
Pentax 40mm F/2.8 Interchangeable Lens
- Ultra low profile is only 0.36 inches thin at 1.8 oz.
- Fixed focal length 40mm prime lens is equivalent to 61mm in the 35mm format.
- Short 16 inch minimum focus distance.
- Maximum F2.8 aperture is ideal for existing light photography and creative depth of field applications.
- Nine rounded aperture blades produce extraordinarily smooth, natural bokeh.
- Pentax SP (Super Protect) coating on lens surface helps repel elements and aids in cleaning.
- Pentax KAF mount is compatible with current and past K-mount compatible cameras.
* The world's thinnest interchangeable lens for lens-interchangeable digital SLR cameras, as of February 1, 2012 (based on Pentax's research).
Marc Newson commissioned design
The exterior of this ultra-slim new lens was designed by Marc Newson to complement the clean, contemporary design of the K-01 body.
Easy-to-use, super-thin lens
This unifocal standard lens offers a focal length equivalent to 61mm in the 35mm format and measures a mere 9.2 millimeters thin (only 0.36 inches) making it the world’s thinnest interchangeable lens. The ultra-thin design is highly portable and easy to store and carry. Designed with the acclaimed smc Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited lens in mind, the maximum aperture of the new lens is F2.8 to produce sharp, bright images in a wide range of applications, including snapshots, scenic photos, portraits, and even incident-light indoor shooting.
Pentax conducted numerous image-quality tests of hundreds of images taken with this lens. Upon assessment, the lens offers outstanding optical clarity and subject reproduction characteristics. Rounded diaphragm blades produce a smooth, natural bokeh (out-of-focus) background effect.
SP coating to block dirt and dust
The front surface of this lens is treated with SP (Super Protect) coating, an exclusive fluorine compound applied to the surface through a vapor deposition process. This SP coating not only repels dust, water and grease, but also makes it easy to wipe off stubborn stains such as fingerprints and cosmetics.
|LENS MOUNT: ||Pentax KAF |
|FOCAL LENGTH: ||40mm (equiv 61mm) |
|APERTURE: ||F2.8 |
|MIN APERTURE: ||F22 |
|LENS CONSTRUCTION: ||5 elements in 4 groups |
|ANGLE OF VIEW: ||39° |
|MIN FOCUSING DISTANCE: ||1.31' (0.4m) |
|MAX MAGNIFICATION: ||0.13X |
|FILTER DIAMETER: ||27mm |
|DIAPHRAGM CONTROL: ||Fully Automatic |
|NUMBER OF APERTURE BLADES: ||9 |
|MAX DIAMETER x MIN LENGTH: ||2.5 x 0.36" (62.9 x 9.2mm) |
|WEIGHT (W/O HOOD):||1.8 oz|
|NOTES: External appearance by renowned designer Marc Newson. SP (Super Protect) coating. "World's thinnest interchangeable lens" at time of introduction. |
Top Customer Reviews
Despite all the carping, the body felt VERY comfortable in my big hands. The lens lock design for this body actually is sleeker and more ergonomic than the K5's. I'd purchased a Rokinon 85mm f1.4 prime a couple of years back, then buried it in my kit bag and pretty much forgot about it. When the K-01 arrived, I dug it out and slapped it on. WoW! A lens/body marriage made in Heaven. It felt perfect, the body and lens easily balanced with one another. The clarity and brightness in low light were a pleasant surprise. Unlike the K5, this body has Focus Peaking. It's not only a welcome backup for my K5, but has unique advantages in its own right.
The rubber cover for the SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot is a bit more meddlesome than the hard door/cover on the K5, but it does NOT 'flop' once you take the time to slide/secure it back in place. This body has an external stereo mike input, and UNLIKE the K5, it has audio level control. It also has a built in stereo mic and I think the K5's built in is mono, though its jack is stereo.
This unit may not be a spy's dream camera, but it should be any serious photographer's 'go to' camera for all around versatility and excellence at an unbelievable affordable price (currently). When I count up the advantage of being able to utilize my Pentax legacy/modern lenses, this thing just screams, "Buy me!"
Make no mistake, this is no toy. The dials and buttons feel solid, not cheap.Read more ›
In social situations, the camera puts people at ease, and being able to shoot from the hip (literally) makes it easier to engage your subjects and still get excellent photos.
I haven't shot much video with it, but having one-button access to the function is very handy.
Using manual lenses on this camera is a breeze, much easier than the dSLRs for me. With focus peaking and live view zoom, it's very easy to nail focus.
If you're looking for a serious snapshot camera, this is a great choice, even if you don't own any Pentax lenses. Teh 40mm kit lesn is outstanding, probably equal to the DA40 Limited prime (I have both and have compared them). My only concern with the 40mm kit lens is the lack of a lens hood, thought it never caused me a problem in the time I owned the lens (I sold it since I have the DA40 Ltd).
For people worried about the lack of an optical or electronic viewfinder, I've shot the K-01 several times in bright Texas sunlight, and the LCD works well enough for me to compose and focus. Honestly, the lack of a OVF or EVF is a non-issue for me.
All in all, I think this camera is a winner and well spec'd as a dSLR complement.
I bought the black camera and I like the styling very much. The controls have a very modern look and are easy to use if you read the instructions. They are much simpler than the K-5. The photo quality is excellent and the Custom Image menu and the various programmable filters make it fun to shoot and to play around with the photo output. The ribbed rubber covering makes it easy to grip even without a more pronounced gripping extension on the right side.
The size, for me, is just right. I didn't expect a smaller camera since I knew it has an APS-C sensor and uses the K-mount lenses. So far, I've used the Pentax 18-135 mm zoom lens with this camera. If size is a real factor, I can install the Pentax 40mm Limited pancake lens or one of its cousins. The continuous live view is a real advantage in most cases as opposed to the on and off live view in the K-5.
This camera is built like a tank. It seems to be an all metal housing and the solid feel is very encouraging. The memory card cover is easy to use once you get the hang of it. Although a lot of reviewers have complained about the rubber cover, I found it quite easy to use once I studied its configuration.
The auto-zoom feature is convenient for focus but in some ways complicates the composition of the photo. If the subject of the photo is in the center of the frame the auto-zoom is a real advantage.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
GREAT camera that is misunderstood.
K-5 sensor in a weird brick-like mirrorless body that takes ALL PENTAX lenses ever made?
OK, I will buy one of those. Read more
If you have a K-mount Pentax lens collection, this camera is for you. I have many lens that make this camera very useful. It is easy to use - intuitive. Read morePublished 1 month ago by pixelpete
Pretty Good overall, excellent performance for the price
Pros: Good for portrait, landscape and any static objects. The color is on the rich side but well balanced. Read more
This little camera took good pictures but the on/off switch broke after about 3 months of use and it would simply never turn on properly again. Read morePublished 6 months ago by lowkey2357
As described. I bought this used and broken. I took it apart and was pleased with a solid construction. Read morePublished 7 months ago by K. Wolter
I was asking for this camera in 2011 disappointed to not find it, was in Europe in 2012, and very pleased to learn of it now; years later, in 2015. Read morePublished 7 months ago by James d mittelstedt
Great mirrorless camera, with a great sensor.
Takes great pictures
Takes phenomenal video footage
Manual Mode in Video
Compact size... Read more
The Pentax K-01 is one sweet camera. My interest is in taking the best possible still photos at a price I can afford. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Enthusiast