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Pentax K-01 Digital Camera

MILC 16.28MP CMOS Feb 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Full HD Video Release Date
Four industry awards
Reasonably priced
Good quality pictures
112 Reviews + 4 Awards
onfoto.ru Best Design focus-numerique.fr Recommended theregister.co.uk Recommended Magnus.de Buying Tip

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Reviews

Four Industry Awards

This camera was given a "Recommended" award by both review websites Focus-numerique.fr and Theregister.co.uk, both of which concluded that this medium megapixel camera was good.

The editor of one more expert review site wrote that this medium megapixel camera was well designed. This digital camera received a "Best Design" award from Onfoto.ru.

The expert at one additional expert review site concluded that this digital camera was good. Magnus.de gave this Pentax digital camera a "Buying Tip" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on fourty-five expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com and CNET.com the average expert rating of this medium megapixel camera is 72%.

User Reviews Are Good

This medium megapixel camera has an average user rating of 89 out of 100 based on 107 user reviews. 19 reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Pentax Has Excellent Digital Camera Reviews

We checked 2,026 user and expert reviews (including 121 verified purchases) for Pentax digital cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent reviews. We also found that Pentax has excellent reviews specifically within its medium megapixel digital cameras range. 97% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Pentax K-01 supports video capability. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support video capability currently available including the Canon A3300 IS, or the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax K-01 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera also have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Canon A3300 IS, or the Panasonic DMC-GX7 + G VARIO 14-42mm which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Pentax K-01 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Pentax K-01 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Weight & Dimensions

Not Good in Terms of Size

A number of people who bought this digital camera said that it was heavy and bulky. John scored it 60 out of 100 and he mentioned on Amazon “I quickly concluded that such heavy lenses belonged to a previous era” in his review of this digital camera. Mark Bowerbank wrote on Amazon “Superb picture quality from "The Chunky One” in his review although he still gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Penelope Polins mentioned on Amazon “What a lovely camera to use, if a little heavy” in her review.

Three Pentax K-01 owners wrote in their reviews that it was not a good body shape. What Digital Camera wrote “Noisy autofocus isnt fast enough, no viewfinder possible, large body size, lack of prominent grip”. Dcresource.com said “Questionable quality control for body and lenses”. Expert website Photoreview.com.au said “We hope this flaw – and the body design faults we've identified – will be correct” in their review of this digital camera.

A few Pentax K-01 owners thought the product was heavy.

One Pentax K-01 owner who bought it reckoned that it was not thick. Four years ago Darkmunk said in their review of the Pentax K-01 on Amazon “It will easily slip into a loose pocket” however they still gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

One customer reckoned that this digital camera was not a good weight. Expert website Macworld.com.au wrote “The bulk, weight and terrible autofocus will turn off most other potential customers”.

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Heavy

The Pentax K-01 is quite heavy (480 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera. Comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera have weights of between 20g and 1.3kg, and the average weight is 250g.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Pentax K-01 has a battery charger included, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Pentax K-01 has a hand strap. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also have a hand strap.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Pentax K-01 has a batteries included, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Pentax K-01 has an HDMI. Most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also have an HDMI.

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Battery

540 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Pentax K-01 is a digital camera that takes 540 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera take between 105 and 1,499 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Camera

Features Contrast Adjustment

The Pentax K-01 features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Features Calendar

The Pentax K-01 features calendar, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Pentax K-01 has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

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Features Histogram

The Pentax K-01 features histogram. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also feature histogram.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax K-01 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to look at including the Canon A3300 IS, the Sony NEX-F3D, or the Samsung 150F which has better reviews.

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4928 X 3264 Pixels Image Resolution

The Pentax K-01 has a 4928 x 3264 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most medium megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

A 4928 x 3264 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the best image resolution amongst all digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

A 4288 x 3216 pixels maximum image resolution is the worst image resolution across similar types of digital camera.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Pentax K-01 supports Full HD video. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera do not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which support Full HD video to this camera and we think the HX100V, and the NEX-6Y both from Sony or the Leica X Vario which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Pentax K-01 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this digital camera). This camera also supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

Amongst comparable types of camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Pentax K-01 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution amongst all similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

The worst video resolution across comparable types of digital camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Design

Robust

Several Pentax K-01 owners who reviewed it wrote that it was well made. Bg said on Amazon four years ago “Excellent image quality- good pancake lens- k-mount camera- focus peaking (makes manually focusing easily)- long battery life- very well built body- nice design” in their review. Icewalker wrote on Amazon “If you like a big solid camera” in their review and rated it as excellent. Marco scored the product very highly and he said “Great image quality and solid body”.

Some Pentax K-01 reviewers who purchased the product concluded that it was strong and durable. Pentax mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “After some months of using it camera still impresses with elegant design, general robustness and excellent quality photos it delivers”. Expert review site Techradar.com mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-01 “It feels robust, responsive and well designed”. Goodgearguide.com.au wrote on Good Gear Guide.com.au “Equally, we think many people will appreciate the hefty size and very sturdy build quality”.

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Nice Design

A number of customers said in their reviews that the Pentax K-01 was a good design. Four years ago A. C. Yelmo said “Award winning design? Really?” in their review of the Pentax K-01. A. C. Yelmo also said “A good design should focus on prevent turning the camera on accidentally”. Dr. M. Z. Aung wrote on Amazon “Pentax K-01 Wins Red Dot Design Award”.

Some Pentax K-01 owners who reviewed the product considered that it was good looking. A. C. Yelmo mentioned four years ago “The result a trendy designer's bloated ego” in their review nonetheless they only gave this digital camera a score of 3 stars. Pan Ke mentioned in their review “Good looking”. Five years ago Digitaltrends.com mentioned “More sophisticated than its toylike appearance” in their Pentax K-01 review.

One Pentax K-01 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was aesthetic. Cnet.com said on CNET.com five years ago “The Lytro -- it has a distinctive aesthetic that I think most people will either love or hate”. One Pentax K-01 owner who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was well designed.

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Easy to Use

Twelve customers who reviewed the product considered that it was easy to use. A. C. Yelmo mentioned in their review on Amazon “I found that sometimes it was easier to use the thumb to press the shutter button” although they only gave this digital camera a rating of 3 stars. Mark Bowerbank gave the Pentax K-01 a rating of 5 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “It handles well an all the controls have a quality, precise feel about them, despite it being somewhat heavier than the alternative mirrorless system cameras available today”. Mark Bowerbank also mentioned “This camera will give you spectacular creative control”.

A few people who bought the product mentioned that it was easy to use the menus. Paul Taylor mentioned on Amazon “Excellent product, very nicely made, produces excellent quality photographs however I think best used in one of the manual mode settings, Amazon provided a fast efficient service” in his review of this digital camera and gave the Pentax K-01 a very good rating. Theverge.com said five years ago “Manual controls and easy access to key settings” but they only gave the product a score of 65 out of 100.

Some people who bought this digital camera agreed that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk said “What is important about a camera, though, is that it feels comfortable for a photographer t”. Expert website Examiner.com wrote “It is easy to hold”.

One Pentax K-01 reviewer wrote that this digital camera had a good interface. Four years ago A. C. Yelmo wrote “It is not a flagship model; so it's understandable that it has a simpler interface” in their review of the Pentax K-01.

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Good Product Quality

Several Pentax K-01 owners who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was good quality. Four years ago Darkmunk mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-01 on Amazon “Job done! The picture quality, dynamic range”. Five years ago Dr. M. Z. Aung said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The award - the red dot - has established itself internationally as one of the most appreciated quality seals for outstanding designs”. Iain wrote “Image quality is superb” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.


Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of digital cameras of this spec and age is 2", the largest is 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". At 3 inches, the Pentax K-01 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think the Canon A3300 IS, and the Samsung NX100 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a larger display diagonal then you might also want to look at the Df (£2,039.00) (3.2" and higher rated), the D4 (£4,225.00) (3.2" and higher rated), or the D4S (£3,379.99) (3.2" and higher rated) all from Nikon.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

At 921,000 pixels, the Pentax K-01 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera the display resolutions (numeric) range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 430,000 pixels.

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Support

Good Support

A number of people agreed that it had good technical guidance. Mickey_annie wrote four years ago “Manual mode easy to handle; need to buy other lens” in their Pentax K-01 review. Van mentioned in his review of the Pentax K-01 on Amazon “Image stabilization Powerful flash (for an ILC) Stereo mic input Best-in-class battery life Full, printed manual in the box (a rarity these days”. Photographyblog.com rated it 70 out of 100 and wrote in their Pentax K-01 review on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “The K-01 has a 16 megapixel sensor, 3 inch LCD screen, 1080p movies, ISO range of 100-25600 and full manual controls”.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Some Pentax K-01 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it was noisy. Four years ago Van rated the Pentax K-01 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon “Excellent photos quality; low noise through ISO 1600 in low light” in his review of this digital camera. Cnet.co.uk wrote on CNET.co.uk five years ago “Decent noise control” in their review. Techradar.com wrote on Techradar in the same month “Image quality on the Pentax K-01 is excellent, with the camera yielding sharp, colourful images, with low noise at high sensitivities” in their review.

One customer reckoned that it was quiet. Ann mentioned “The autufocus is very very noisy on the kit lens so if you need quiet put on an old Takumar or Helios” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

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Features Voice Recording

The Pentax K-01 features voice recording. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax K-01 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Some Pentax K-01 reviewers who bought this digital camera reckoned that it had good features. Techradar.com wrote on expert review site Techradar five years ago “It has the features to please both beginners”. Expert website Gizbot.com wrote “Like all its previous products, this camera is expected to attract consumers with its efficient features” in their review of the Pentax K-01.


Good Quality Pictures

Thirty-six customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was able to produce good images. A. C. Yelmo mentioned on Amazon “Nearly all the cameras in the world, as you can easily check googling images for "on-off dial") had the controls inverted” in their review of the Pentax K-01. Barso wrote on Amazon four years ago “Sometimes it can take great photos with the pancake” in their review of this digital camera but even so they scored the product 3 stars. Boatbuilder Man said “Takes perfectly good pictures most of the time” in their Pentax K-01 review.

A number of Pentax K-01 owners mentioned in their reviews that the Pentax K-01 was good in low light. A. C. Yelmo said on Amazon “The low light sensitivity is great” in their Pentax K-01 review. N. Topham mentioned “I had a Pentak K-7 and the improvment in image quality and low light performance quickly promoted this to the camera of choice” and scored it very highly. Nr said on Amazon four years ago “Good in low light too” in their Pentax K-01 review and gave it a very good review score.

Some Pentax K-01 reviewers concluded that it had a good image sensor. Techradar mentioned in their review last year “Full, frame 36Mp sensor” . Dpreview.com mentioned in their review on expert review site DP Review “It becomes the only conventional DSLR to offer a full frame sensor with image stabilization”.

Several Pentax K-01 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Dr. M. Z. Aung mentioned in their review “The PENTAX K-01 is an interchangeable lens camera with super-high-resolution image quality supported by approximately 16.28 effective megapixels” .

Two Pentax K-01 reviewers who purchased it wrote that it had a good ISO range. Pc Mag mentioned five years ago “Excellent high ISO performance” and scored it 80 out of 100.

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Good Quality Lens

Some Pentax K-01 owners mentioned in their reviews that the Pentax K-01 had a good lens. John wrote in his review of the Pentax K-01 “The bundled 18-55mm lens is good” . Nr said “A wonderful camera, works (ie provides focus confirmation and anti-shake) with every Pentax lens ever made, plus plenty of others (eg I have a microscope adapter” in their review. Five years ago Pc Mag said in their review of the Pentax K-01 on PC Mag “Extremely sharp lens” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

Several Pentax K-01 reviewers who bought this digital camera said that it had a good autofocus. John said three years ago “The big limitation of this camera is the autofocus which is unreliable” in his review but despite that he gave the product a score of 3 stars. Mark Bowerbank wrote on Amazon “It's possible to make precise focusing decisions” in his review of the Pentax K-01 and gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars. Four years ago N. Topham mentioned in their review on Amazon “Quick to focus”.

One Pentax K-01 owner who purchased this digital camera thought it had a good image stabiliser.

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Good Video Capture

Several Pentax K-01 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was good for video recording. Dr. M. Z. Aung rated the product as very good and said on Amazon “Full HD video recording capability” in their Pentax K-01 review. Icewalker wrote in their Pentax K-01 review “Very impressed with the photo results and videos are great too!Recomended”. Nr said on Amazon “It produces nice video with acceptable sound, plus the ability to add an external microphone” in their Pentax K-01 review and rated it as very good.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Eight Pentax K-01 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was mirrorless. Five years ago Cnet.com said “The Pentax K-01 mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (ILC) certainly makes an impression” and rated this digital camera 74 out of 100. Expert review site Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review in the same month “Ultimately flawed entry into the mirrorless compact system camera market”. Dcresource.com wrote in the same month “The Pentax K-01 (from $749) is a mirrorless interchangeable with a most unusual design” in their review of this digital camera.

A few people said in their reviews that the Pentax K-01 had a good viewfinder. Pc Mag mentioned last year “Bright optical viewfinder”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that the Pentax K-01 had a good screen. Boatbuilder Man mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-01 on Amazon “Still mastering the technique of viewing through the screen esp in bright conditions”.

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Good Flash

Three people wrote in their reviews that the product had a good flash. Imaging Resource.com said “Rubber flash connector compartment door easily bumped open, is tricky to close” in their review of the Pentax K-01.


Price

Reasonably Priced

Thirteen Pentax K-01 owners mentioned in their reviews that the Pentax K-01 was good value for money. Ann said “The feature set is wonderful for the price and it looks nuts” in her review of this digital camera and rated the product as excellent. Darkmunk gave it a rating of 4 stars and wrote on Amazon “Got it for high quality at a good price”. John mentioned in his Pentax K-01 review “I bought this (fortunately at a good price as a daily deal) thinking I could dust off my old lenses with the Pentax K mount”.

Some people who purchased the product concluded that it was a bargain for the price. Ann said in her review of this digital camera “What a bargain (after it halved in price” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Jukeboxjohnnie said “Pentax have just discontinued it after only a year so a potential collectable, best got 'manufacturer refurbished' a bargain price if you look around”. Nr mentioned “I just can't believe I purchased a camera this good so cheaply” in their Pentax K-01 review.

One Pentax K-01 reviewer mentioned that it was cheap. Five years ago expert review site Techradar.com/au/ said “$900 in the US, this camera is about as inexpensive as it is compact” in their review of the Pentax K-01.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Six people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good battery life. Mark Bowerbank wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “The battery life is good (easily enough for 300+ shots)”. Stu said four years ago “Battery life was good.” in their review. Imaging Resource.com said in their review of this digital camera “Very good battery life”.


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Released Over Five Years Ago

This medium megapixel camera was released in April 2017.

Product Identifiers

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