Quick thoughts on the Pentax K-01

As the market for mirrorless cameras increases by the day, it is no suprise to see more manufacturers(Pentax and others) adopt this system. Tough economics is certainly a factor and without a doubt the price of a system is certainly one of the primary attractors or distractors to entry.


First, it was the wonderful Panasonic Lumix G1(et al.) which started this phenomenon. I was once a proud owner myself and can attest to the fact that it was a great little camera indeed as was the still marvelous Panasonic GF1. Then as well know came the others like Olympus with their Digital Pen series EP-1 et al, Sony NEX(APS-C), Samsung NX(APS-C), Nikon 1, Canon G1X(APS-C like), Ricoh GXR(APS-C), and just recently announced the Fuji X-Pro 1(APS-C).


So what does this all spell? It spells mass market adoption. The market has seen as the m43 stalwarts(Panasonic & Olympus) have come into a dominated market of digital slrs and have taken a little chuck of their profits their way. As you all well know how companies would rather enter a market even if their are no long term commitments but just to be in the market. In the end, I think that’s great because we are the ones who benefit in the long run from great equipment as a very reasonable price.


Personally, I’m not one to go out and just buy everything that’s new and suppose to be the best. I think I’ve already matured enough to realize that’s great stuff but not necessarily what I need. Plus I’ve become a sort of bargain hunter and I much prefer to buy used and if I don’t like it, then it gone without much of a loss.


So back to the Pentax K-01. I think its a very nice concept and I’m sure it will produce amazing images. I particularly like some of the specs which I’ll list below:

Main Highlights and Complete Specifications

  • 16.28 Megapixel CMOS sensor form the K-5
  • New Prime M imaging engine
  • New quieter mechanical shutter
  • Optional H.264 video format
  • New advanced HDR mode
  • Full-HD video recording and 720p video recording at up to 60fps (a first for Pentax)
  • Native KAF2/KAF3 mount works with thousands of lenses, manual and modern alike
  • 81-point selectable contrast detect autofocus
  • 6FPS shutter delivering a 1/4000s maximum shutter speed
  • ISO 100-25,600
  • Sensor-shift shake reduction (SR)
  • Ultrasonic dust removal (DR)
  • 3 inch VGA LCD monitor with 170-degree angle of view (“921,000 dots”)
  • Design by Marc Newson (but not weather-sealed)
  • 3 colors: silver & black, black, black & yellow
  • Weighs just 480 grams without the battery – lighter & smaller than the K-r
  • 12.1cm wide x 7.9cm tall x 5.9cm deep
  • Exclusive, stylish design by Marc Newson
  • Download full specification sheet

As you can see the list is quite impressive. I particularly love the back plate of the camera, its nice and simple with the just the right set of buttons. In my humble opinion, I just can’t believe how Pentax did not produce an EVF for this camera from the beginning but who’s not to say they can’t if the system picks up. Nonetheless, I think its a glaring omission and I’m sure it will not bode well with the Pentaxians and other enthusiasts. What is it with these EVF’s that are so addicting anyway right lol.


For a more complete listing of the Pentax K-01 head over to the Pentax Forums who first broke this story.