Pentax K-01 In-Depth Review

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Biro, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. Biro

    Biro SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    I wasn't sure where to post this, but a full, in-depth review of the Pentax K-01 is now up on Pentax Forums. One might think that it would be biased in favor of the camera since it's a Pentax site, but Adam is (and has always been) quite fair and points out what he thinks are strengths and weaknesses of the K-01 without pulling punches.

    Pentax K-01 Review - Introduction -
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  2. Wolf

    Wolf SC Veteran

    Mar 4, 2012
    looking good, too bad it looks so bad ...:wink:
  3. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Nice detailed review. I was actually surprised how well (not quick by any means, but seemed fairly accurate) it focused in low light.

    Every once in a while, I get in my head that this would be fun to have with a 15mm LTD lens permanently mounted for landscapes and walk around architecture. You would have a relatively compact package with that great Pentax APS-C sensor performance (and IBIS to boot).
  4. Julien

    Julien SC Top Veteran

    Jan 6, 2012
    Paris, France
    It's good that you point this out, else I wouldn't have read that review past the very first image, which shows the K-01 and K-5 with grip side by side for size comparison. I really can't see one reason to show the K-5 with its grip, apart from trying the make the K-01 look smaller that it really is.

    Apart from that, I've skimmed through the review and I've found it interesting and well detailed.
  5. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Just caught that you are limited to 1 FPS when shooting in RAW, but you get an unlimited buffer! :confused:
  6. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    I really wanted to like the K-01 (being a Pentax fan) but I just absolutely HATE the design. I think its gross, looks like a child's toy, and spoils what might otherwise have been a very appealing alternative to my current gear. I'm sure many many people will buy. Its at a great price for what it is... but... I just cannot get my head around the design at all. I'd even prefer the Q... and I don't like that, either.
  7. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    I find it's growing on me quite a bit. Don't like the yellow at all but the plain black one looks fairly unobtrusive to me.
  8. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    That was a great review. If the K-1 had a built-in EVF like the Nikon V1 it would be more promising because otherwise it looks like an interesting camera. But to not have any EVF option is a deal breaker.
  9. Biro

    Biro SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    After reading the review I have decided the K-01 isn't for me. I'll probably either get a new lens for my micro four-thirds kit or perhaps pick up a Sony NEX 5N just for fun. I'd like to try the NEX system - just for fun and curiosity's sake - and this would be a way to get the same sensor that's in the K-5 and K-01.
  10. madmaxmedia

    madmaxmedia SC Veteran

    Nov 10, 2010
    Los Angeles
    I actually kinda like the design, it sorta has a German minimalist thing going for me. I wish the pancake lens were 30 or 35mm, 40mm is too long for me (but I wasn't considering this camera anyway.)

    This seems like a great option though for existing Pentax users. I wonder how fast the AF is with other Pentax primes.
  11. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    I still don't love the design, though, the black and white is strangely appealing (I still want a stormtrooper suit as well!). But I went for the black version, which I think is pretty unobtrusive.

    They do have pancakes in other focal ranges, for example 35mm equiv., but they are just really little, not super tiny. :biggrin: Oh, and they aren't all that fast.