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Pentax K-01 Compact System Camera Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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  The Pentax K-01 is larger than most other compact system cameras, making it closer in size to digital SLRs than to compact or subcompact point-and-shoot cameras. The K-01 is a strong choice for owners of Pentax DSLR cameras, because the K-01 can use older Pentax K-mount lenses without an adapter.

This camera uses the same size sensor (16 MP APS-C) found in Pentax's DSLRs, plus a 3" TFT-LCD monitor with a crisp 920k-dot display. There is no viewfinder and the monitor doesn't fold out or tilt, so the camera has to be held extended away from the face, like a point-and-shoot model.

The K-01 takes still images in JPEG and RAW (DNG) formats, and captures 1080p full HD video at 30 frames per second, for up to 25 minutes in a single file.

Prices For K-01

(Prices as of 12/5/2012)
K-01 camera body only K-01 with 40mm XS lens Dual-lens kit Source
      (K-01 with 18-55mm & 50-200mm lenses)  
$350$450Best Buy
$347$417$530B&H Photo Video

Additional Costs:

$5-$25Additional SD (standard capacity) memory cards, 4GB-8GB, Class 4-6 (Class 10 is fastest)
$15-$75Additional SDHC (high capacity) memory cards, 16GB-32GB, Class 10
$50-$200+Additional SDXC (extended capacity, used for video) memory cards, 64GB-128GB, Class 10
$20-$40Replacement lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack
$40-$60Replacement battery charger
$300 Underwater housing


DimensionsHeight: 3.1"
Width: 4.8"
Depth: 2.3"
Weight19.8 oz.
ColorsBlack, white, yellow
Included in BoxBattery, battery charger, USB cable, strap, hot shoe cover, body mount cover, S-Sw120 software
Type of MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Megapixels15 MP
SensorAPS-C-size (23.7mmx15.7mm) CMOS image sensor (same size as some DSLR sensors)
Monitor3" TFT LCD monitor (921k dots), with brightness and color adjustment
Video1080p full HD video recording at 30 frames per second, for up to 25 minutes
FlashRetractable P-TTL auto pop-up flash
Shutter Speed30 seconds to 1/4000 second
SensitivityISO 100-25600, 6 fps
Exposure ModesAuto picture, scene, HDR (JPEG only), flash off, bulb, metered manual, aperture priority, shutter priority, program, movie
Continuous ShootingAbout 3-6 frames per second, for up to 2-9 shots, depending on mode selected
Compatible LensesAll Pentax K-mount lenses
BatteriesRechargeable lithium-ion battery, about 500 shots or 320 minutes of playback time per charge
Other Features81-point through-the-lens autofocus
Still image formats of JPG (ESIF 2.3), RAW (DNG), CDF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, FLM III
16 custom functions available
9 mode selections, such as auto, metered manual, aperture priority, shutter priority and HDR (increasing the range betwe
20 scene modes (portrait, moving object, night scene HDR, etc.)
7 digital filters (extract color, toy camera, retro, high contrast, shading, invert color, color)
Warranty1 year, parts

The manufacturer's detailed product information is available at

Sample Lenses

1. Pentax DA 15mm f/4 limited lens (ultra-wide angle)$570-$650
2. Pentax DA 21mm 4/3.2 limited lens ("pancake" wide angle)$445-$589
3. Pentax FA 31mm f/1.8 limited lens (multi-purpose)$990-$1,300
4. Pentax DA 40mm f/2.8 XS limited lens (extra slim)$245-$250
5. Pentax FA 77mm 4/1.8 limited lens (portrait, short telephoto)$785-$850
6. Pentax DA 100mm Macro WR lens (macro, telephoto)$800-$850
7. Pentax 18-135mm zoom lens$515-$530
(List as of 12/5/2012)

What People Are Saying:

Critics like the fact that the K-01 can use older Pentax K-mount lenses without an adapter and they praise its image quality, but most also complain that it's large, bulky and somewhat awkward to use. Consumer Reports gave the K-01 slightly lower scores than most models in its class, but noted that it has a longer battery life and faster start-up time, and is quicker at being ready for the next shot than many others. There are not many user reviews online, but those that CostHelper found are primarily positive.
  • "Larger than its peers, but interestingly designed, the Pentax K-01 can capture sharp photos in all types of light and delivers full compatibility with every Pentax K-mount lens ever produced."
  • CNET: "It's a great option if you have a shelf full of K-mount lenses and don't mind missing some action shots, but the Pentax K-01 isn't such a great option for a typical amateur photographer."
  • "Its chunky body seems to couple the main disadvantages of a mirrorless camera with the main disadvantage of an SLR. It doesn't help that the Marc Newson-designed body places form before function. It's simply too uncomfortable in-hand, and design choices like poorly-placed controls and the clumsy rubber compartment cover subtract still further from the enjoyment of shooting with the K-01."