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Pentax K-01 16MP APS-C CMOS Compact System Camera [Body] (Black)

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  • 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with low noise image capture at ISO range 100-25600
  • Gergeous 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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Technical Details

Color: Body Only (Black)
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • DC in Jack
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Product Details

Color: Body Only (Black)
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 3.1 x 4.8 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0076396OA
  • Item model number: K-01 Body Kit Black
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,175 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at February 6, 2012

Product Description

Color: Body Only (Black)

Pentax mirrorless camera featuring the contemporary styling by world renowned designer Marc Newson. Large 16 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor with low noise image capture with ISO range of 100-25600. Machined aluminum frame under a stylish black, white or yellow exterior. Supports all Pentax K-mount lens and is compatible with 25+ million Pentax K mount lenses. Full HD 1080p video capture @ 30 FPS with h.264 compression (60FPS at 720p). Sensor shift shake and dust reduction compatible with every Pentax K mount lens. Fast 6 FPS burst mode with shutter speeds from1/4000 to 30 seconds and bulb with a silent shutter action. Shooting modes include P, Av, Tv and M as well as powerful automatic modes, creative filters and finishing options. In camera HDR mode combines bracketed user-specified exposures into a single, perfectly blended still image. Built in pop up flash and external hotshoe compatible with modern Pentax flash units. Captures JPG still images as well as open standard DNG RAW. Body only kit

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Customer Reviews

The controls and look of the camera are nice. The quality of pictures are good... however the small lens that came with it is lacking. I don't know if I'm just used to a… Read more ›
Pictures are crisp, and with very natural colors. Read more ›
I doubt there is a better buy in the…The photo quality is superb - due to the sensor being basically the same as in other #1 rated cameras from Pentax, Nikon and Sony. Read more ›
I'm no pro, having used mainly point and shoot zooms until springing for my first interchangeable lens camera here, but the picture quality has been amazing, especially for… Read more ›
I've spent the day chasing my kids around in various situations, under various settings and this camera has performed wonderfully. The photos are amazingly crisp and clear. E… Read more ›
I can use all the Pentax lenses I already own from my film and digital SLRs. The image quality is very good, maybe better than what I get from my K-20, not too surprisingly. S… Read more ›
I love the quality of the pictures,and with very natural colors。The 40 mm lens is excellent,beautiful yellow body。This is a fun camera。 Read more ›
Currently at this price you cannot obtain this image…Also the 40mm xs lens is quite good, the smallest aps-c lens in the world and sharper than any kit lens of any brand. Read more ›
This camera is an outrageous bargain- forget what you may have read about…The 40mm lens is utterly amazing and I find the autofocus as crisp as you are ever likely to need. Read more ›
Noticed that Pentax just discontinued this camera in February 2013 and…I've only had it for two weeks but it is a great camera and the 40mm Pancake lens is really nice too. Read more ›
There may be some issue getting this access cover secured, but not for me. The 40mm kit lens is a nice walk around lens producing clear photos with accurate color. The fact… Read more ›
This is an underrated camera. While it is larger than most compact interchangeable lens cameras it is still compact, can use a vast array of Pentax lenses and is easy to use. Read more ›
So far, even with the kit lens (40mm) I love the color rendition, and the clarity. The menu is intuitive - unlike Sony NEX cams (at least the NEX 5) . Autofocus problems… Read more ›
one at 299. My pics at ISO 12600 ISO looks better, and the movie mode is a plus. I've upgraded the firmware twice, Read more ›
The picture quality is amazing. The menu system is easy to navigate. With the 40 mm lens attached, the K-01 is a good tool for street photography and fits well in a coat… Read more ›
- Bad Ergonomics: A lot of people complain about the inability/inaccessibility…To me, the buttons and menus are intuitive and I can get most if not all of the shots I want. Read more ›
The K-01 is an excellent choice in my humble opinion, the controls are neatly laid out and the functionality is everything that you would expect from a Pentax DSLR. You can… Read more ›
I know that everyone on the internet is a critic but I am glad I gave in to my urges and got this camera. The controls are very well laid out and very easy to read and use. T… Read more ›
Takes all the many superb Pentax mount lenses. Focus peaking is an excellent addition. It's become my go to camera when I walk out the door. Read more ›
The auto-focusing is…However, using manual focus is dead simple with focus peaking and this makes the camera simply superb and overcomes the auto-focusing issue completely. Read more ›
The SR system works very well (it does make some noise as the sensor shifts). Peak focusing is really nice. The image quality is superb. Read more ›
It is fully compatible with all my older lens as well as my father's older lenses. Focus peaking is absolutely amazing, and makes focusing with manual lenses very easy. It… Read more ›
It's image quality scores the…It's new firmware, showing full support by Pentax of its buyers, gave the K-01 much faster autofocus and additional features and stability. Read more ›
It's image quality scores the…It's new firmware, showing full support by Pentax of its buyers, gave the K-01 much faster autofocus and additional features and stability. Read more ›
It's fun and enjoyable to use! If you can find one - snap it up! Read more ›
The image quality is one of the best in its class. Although there is no viewfinder, the camera is still easy to use. Grab one before they run out. Read more ›
The menu screens are logical to follow; the button dial layout is intuitive, I found it much easier and more intuitive to operate than any camera that I've used, The image… Read more ›
I bought this body just because I have many Pentax lens. The body is firm and easy to use. But there are still something bothered me. Read more ›
However, it is really heavy and I do not like taking the camera along for…I was looking for a camera under the price point of $500.00 that is easy to carry and fun to use. Read more ›
This camera is great!! It's easy to use and is lite and compact. I bought it as a back up to my Pentax K30 but I find myself using it more often. Read more ›
The K-01 at 'discontinued' prices is an amazing value. I love this camera... MUCH better image quality than my Olympus XZ-1, which itself is a fine little camera. Read more ›
I had a pentax k10 before and I just like that natural produces.. price is very good. Now I need to look for lenses.. Read more ›
Honestly, I bought it on sale at a great price and it was a no-brainer as a backup to my K5. Since getting the camera, I find it a joy to use on a tripod, which a lot of my… Read more ›
Pentax offers great value. More features, filters, auto as well as complete manual control if you want it. Read more ›
It was a nice…It's a good camera but I got scared so I got k30 because I got it for a great price when I save some money I will buy an k01 in yellow I do recommend k01 Read more ›
Fit my espetations, very good camera, very good price, match dlsr tops cameras, very happy with this purshase. Recomended to all Read more ›
It has the best image quality out of any camera under $1,000. And the video is great. I love mine and anyone that hates on this camera is just a picky photography snob! Read more ›
A./ The NEX 5N (best value of the…It is today's best buy for those who value the combination of top quality stills and very high quality video above handling performance. Read more ›
I would recommend product to those who want to take great outdoor pictures and crisp video in an affordable compact design, but not so if you need a camera for distance… Read more ›
This includes the old screw mount lenses in manual mode with the appropriate adapter. .Takes very good video at 720 P. Anti-shake works in video mode too. Read more ›
I also took some video, and found that the K-01 is able to take some very high quality video in low light. It's also able to take some very jiggly and out of focus video… Read more ›
It is not for the sports shooter…It is also very good for video (1080, 720, VGA, all with plenty of options) I use mine for fixed focal length lenses and not for zooms. Read more ›
It does an excellent job on these. The screen is a great size and very clear. Read more ›
Point and shoot…The LCD resolution is very sharp and you get a live preview of your exposure that I found pretty accurate, something you don't get in an optical viewfinder. Read more ›
Brought my old lenses back to life, as I was an orphan of K-1000 and MZ... Takes a time to get used to not having a viewfinder, but screen is fairly good to use under… Read more ›
I do relate to the frustration some have…Although the 3" view screen is brilliant and has a handy zoom feature for checking focus, it is still not a viewfinder. Yet… Read more ›
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… Read more ›
I do occasionally miss the viewfinder but the screen is fantastic. Focusing easier than expected. Read more ›
I don't want to repeat what others have said about quality and design. Beyond expectation for the class of camera the picture quality and color depth is excellent. Read more ›
The color is vivid but still true, and the images just look so much more pleasant than my Nikon. The low light performance is stellar. Read more ›
Very good buy with lens and compact camera is excellent with function and feature of much more expensive cameras. White color is unique. Read more ›
The 40XS lens is quite a good lens. It's sharp, and has the excellent color rendition that Pentax are known for. If you shoot into the sun, it will flare a bit, but most… Read more ›
The photos I took with this lens are great. Very sharp, nice colors. Better with a moving subject than my 28-80. Read more ›
Plus, I totally LOVE the strikingly unique color and form factor of this fat yellow go, Marc Newson! It feels pleasantly and reassuring SOLID in my hands, and… Read more ›
It takes all my old Pentax lenses, and works wonderfully for stills and digital video. The body is sturdy, compact, and practical. You definitely don't look like a tourist… Read more ›
It has all of the usual features found on modern lenses. The controls on the camera body are clearly labeled, conveniently placed and easy to use. I find it easier to use,… Read more ›
I love the retro design and…At today's prices I can't afford to buy a professional body or a "limited" lens to get unlimited quality but this gives me a fighting chance. Read more ›
The Pentax K-01 is a relatively compact camera body (considering it mounts all K-mount lenses and needs to be deep enough for the mount and the focal distance of those… Read more ›
The K-01 is a solid body for the money and if you have any investment in Pentax gear, this is no doubt, the mirror less body for you. If you're new to the world of Digital… Read more ›
This camera delivers excellent image quality and makes a great backup body for the K-5 for which is shares nearly the same sensor. The K01 has less of an anti-aliasing… Read more ›
In other words, cradle the K-01 in your…Suddenly the green and red buttons are easier to press and the bottom right rear corner of the camera doesn't cut into your hand. Read more ›
I love it. All buttons are easy to access. Green button position is a non-issue for me and works great. Read more ›
- has nicely implemented and convenient HDR mode - highly customisable, there are also two "quick" programmable buttons. - a bit bulky (but who said that it should not be?) Read more ›
This camera will allow you to do all that without freezing…And those wonderfully large buttons, dials and knobs will take care of everything you need to do while shooting. Read more ›
It offers all of the manual setting features; white balance, ISO, exposure, aperture and shutter speed can all be set…Yet, it only has a few, easy to understand buttons. Read more ›
Enter this little gem. It has Pentax's intuitive menu system, simple and easy exterior button design which calls to mind an old film camera, and a nice big LCD screen. It… Read more ›
The buttons are large and easy to access. The sensor is fantastic. I have the K-x and I can really tell the difference. Read more ›
For photography is perfect too, apsc sensor as well as the most dslr semi pro, pictures are great, even with the focus peaking issue, I mean, focus peak is great but, is… Read more ›
It's an amazing piece of glass and in combo with the K-01 it produces pictures that are hard to…You see, the K-01's dirty little secret is that it has a really good sensor. Read more ›
Turns out, it actually…To get a camera with the same truly excellent sensor that's in the K-5 for the price that these things sell for now is the no-brainer of the century. Read more ›
The K-01 I purchased @ 590 smackers was, I thought, a fantastic bargain for a unit with the same excellent sensor as the K5, K5-ii, Sony and Nikon bodies utilizing an APS-C… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amicus Curia on August 1, 2012
Color Name: Body Only (Black) Verified Purchase
My strongest negative feeling is the price on this came down $15 since I ordered it 3 days ago. And yeah, it has no VF, but then neither does it have any mirror slap. It has the same excellent APS-C sensor it's big brother (K5) has and even better video mode selections PLUS it has focus peaking.

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.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By R. Fortson on April 4, 2012
Color Name: White Verified Purchase
I've had this camera for a few weeks now and I must say I like it. Owning the K5, I wanted a camera that would give me similar image quality in a smaller package. The K-01 delivers on both counts, though it's not as small as I'd like. However, it handles well, and the live view implementation is better than the implementation of live view on the dSLRs. I use the DA Limited lenses on this camera, and they focus and handle very well. I haven't tried larger lenses since I have the K5 for that.

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.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amicus Curia on November 2, 2012
Color Name: Black
I already purchased one of these (body only) to add to my K5 and K30. Naturally, I have an assortment of excellent KA-mount lenses, both manual and AF, legacy and modern. Some are Pentax, some are Tamron, some Rokinon, and even an excellent Bell & Howell branded 8mm fisheye. So in a world of crippling lens costs, I got a great deal. All of these bodies have built in stabilization. Remaining in a world of the K-mount series of lenses is a tremendous asset and money saver.

These bodies are excellent. The metal framed K-01 is no exception. Though not weather sealed and without a VF, its other features more than compensate for those deficiencies. The K-01 I purchased @ 590 smackers was, I thought, a fantastic bargain for a unit with the same excellent sensor as the K5, K5-ii, Sony and Nikon bodies utilizing an APS-C format, given the superlative reviews for said sensor. The K30 & K-01 also have an improved processor that beats out the one in the K5 & K5-ii. But now (w/a little shopping) @ 346 smackers--well...they're essentially GIVING the body away. Why? I'm not certain. Perhaps the initial negative reviews of the design by some hasty naysayers tarnished the market for this gem. But at the current deflated price, even though I don't have an immediately NEED for it, I can't resist what amounts to a steal. I'm ordering another one! (Before they're gone)

This body doesn't overheat in video mode. It's big enough to grip. Its size likely provides for the better heat dissipation. It has focus peaking. The LCD is excellent. Along with the K5 and K30, it takes great pictures. It's packed with features and fun. It's now cheaper than many P&S cameras having smaller sensors and poorer performance. They don't have a VF either.
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