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34 of 34 found the following review helpful:
Deflation in Action Aug 01, 2012
By Amicus Curia
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. I would have liked a longer neck strap in the retail package.
The 'play' button (when not reviewing your footage/shots) is a welcome asset in returning the focus area to the center of the frame when pushed. The K5 always takes me longer to return the focus area to the center of the frame, and when lots is happening, the time it takes can be annoying. There's lots to like about this body's design that some nitpickers and Polly Anna types have failed to recognize when they vacuously pronounce this design a marketing 'failure'. There may be no accounting for 'taste', but this body feels right in so many respects, it's a raving success here.
I almost forgot something other reviewers ignored, the popup flash mechanism feels very secure and well engineered--almost like a fine Swiss watch. I'd have liked weather proofing in this unit, but there's nothing 'cheap' about the feel. As for the rubber sides instead of solid cover, perhaps that provides a little extra protection against unexpected minor bumps. Don't be afraid of trying this camera, especially with something more than the kit pancake lens. Kudos to the designer and manufacturers of this quality tool.
ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS: Another bonus feature the K-01 offers which the big name brand reviewers have all apparently missed is, not only does this body's pop up flash FEEL refined and well engineered with PLENTY of critical thinking invested in the design--It IS! e.g. The K5's pop up flash was not available when the Rode Video Microphone (stereo) is mounted in the hot shoe. But the more thoughtfully designed K-01 allows a mic such as the Rode SVM to be mounted in the hot shoe AND allows the built in flash to operate simultaneously without having to remove the mic to allow for the built in flash. Given the instantaneous ability to switch (via the 'red' button) from single shots to video, this is a feature I doubt any other APS-C hybrid still/video camera of this quality on the market offers. Frankly, this camera's design is beginning to look like it's over some of its critics' heads.
BTW, the larger body some critics disparage compared to the petite mirrorless competitors likely doesn't overheat its chip & electronic circuitry as rapidly as its smaller P&S cousins. Another nice feature that's not mentioned in the reviews obsessing on the K-01's size/lines is it has not just interval timing for stills, but for video as well! That means you could set it up to catch a series of rush hour foot traffic, or any other anticipated regular event. This duckling is turning into a pretty elegant swan.
When the price on this dropped to 346 smackers on Amazon (free shipping! No tax), I couldn't resist buying a 2nd. At that price it's cheaper than many less endowed P&S cameras. At that price, they're GIVING this excellent photography tool away as though it were a lens accessory!
35 of 37 found the following review helpful:
Great companion to your dSLR, or as a standalone camera Apr 05, 2012
By R. Fortson
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.
31 of 33 found the following review helpful:
Deflationary Pressure Nov 02, 2012
By Amicus Curia
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. It's a great backup unit for when your pricier K5 series is in the shop or otherwise indisposed. While not pocket sized, it's lighter and easier to carry around your neck. Did I mention it doesn't overheat in video mode? That means you can repeatedly take 25 minute clips without it prematurely shutting down. (Provided you have sufficient memory left and aren't using a resolution that will eat up the available file size before the 25 minute mark) Why all of the above models in the U.S. don't include a feature allowing successive image/video file creation without shutting down at all escapes me. Not incidentally, the K-01 uses the SAME battery as the K5, and K5-ii, though not the K30. They ALL accept the same SDHC/SDXC memory cards...more $avings. Sony's A99 body accepts 2 such cards and will record to both simultaneously, but it's $2800. Hopefully more camera makers will follow suit for the flexibility this arrangement offers. Right now, you can get an ultra-fast (~45Mb/sec) SanDisk SDHC card for around $35. Swapping is quick enough to make it a minor inconvenience compared to the Sony offering.
If you're a video producer, having an extra (at such a bargain price) also allows you and an assistant to cover an event from multiple camera angles and/or w/varied lenses. The flash mechanics is refined and allows a Rode stereo mike to be mounted in the shoe simultaneously. They're not mutually exclusive. Being without a mirror, there's no slap. (unlike the K30, which is obnoxiously loud) The RED button allows for instant video clip recording--a nice convenience. The body and controls are solidly built. At its current price, this body practically becomes a lens accessory. Yeah, it's not a medium format or even full frame camera. So what? Except for specialized applications, the APS-C format shines in all other respects. The kit bag is lighter. The product is excellent. The bodies listed are versatile. I'm thinking with a proper wireless remote control trigger, you could have a studio on the cheap with simultaneous multiple camera angles. Get some lighting stands and quartz lamps at Home Depot for extra savings. They even have full spectrum bulbs on the cheap along with assorted color heat ranges.
It's astounding to consider how much power this body (and its cousins) puts into the hands of the great unwashed at such a low price. Excellent photography and video composition is no longer only for the wealthy. It's now possible to document and tell those stories of your dreams. Don't be fooled by the hype and 'glamour' of the more advertised brands...this is a quality tool in the hands of a serious photographer. Even if it looked like a hamburger (actually, its looks tend to grow on you) its functionality would scream, "Buy me!"
I read the hype of the other brands along with everyone else. I'm not immune to the 'center folds' they advertise. But in the end, I can't ignore common sense. This body just makes too much sense to pass up at this price. And, for the money, it'd make a great gift if there's someone in your life interested in photography.
ps: Not only are they 'giving' this thing away, they're shipping it for free! Color me amazed.
21 of 21 found the following review helpful:
I am loving it! May 30, 2012
The more I use this camera the more I love it. 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. The menus also use a large font and are quite decent.
The 40mm lens is razor sharp.
The whole kit is just well made. It is the first camera that i have had in a long time that just gets out of your way and actually assists you in taking pictures. For example, when taking close up pics of flowers or whatever, you can turn on several features that give you excellent assistance in confirming your focus. Speaking of which, the AF is easily better than the Fuji X100 and on par with the Oly E-PL1.
Another thing i really like is that the camera is completely trustworthy in full auto mode, you set it to scene and just concentrate on taking pictures and they come out amazingly well (this is unlike my V1 which can take great pics but really makes you work to get them).
That's my last remark, the image quality is truly exceptional! It is the best image quality i have had (better than X100). Don't believe me just go onto Flickr and do a search on K-01 and see for yourselves. I have quite useable pictures taken at ISO 12800 and ISO 25600 (realistically when viewed on the web and not blown way up).
I just love this camera and i haven't been excited by a new camera in a very long time. the K-01 is well designed, well built, easy to use and has amazing image quality.
If you are in the market for a new camera I encourage you to try it (after all you have 30 days to return it if you are not happy). You have nothing to lose and a great photography experience to gain.
20 of 20 found the following review helpful:
K-01 Photo Quality is Excellent and This Camera is a Real Bargain Nov 10, 2012
I bought this camera because I have a whole stable of Pentax lenses and the price was right. After a week or so of use. I must say that I really like this camera. I own the Pentax K-5 and K-X. In the past I've owned the K-100D, K-10D, K-20D and the K-7. This camera shoots photos of comparable quality to the K-5 and much better than the K-7.
I bought the black camera and I like the styling very much. The controls have a very modern look and are easy to use if you read the instructions. They are much simpler than the K-5. The photo quality is excellent and the Custom Image menu and the various programmable filters make it fun to shoot and to play around with the photo output. The ribbed rubber covering makes it easy to grip even without a more pronounced gripping extension on the right side.
The size, for me, is just right. I didn't expect a smaller camera since I knew it has an APS-C sensor and uses the K-mount lenses. So far, I've used the Pentax 18-135 mm zoom lens with this camera. If size is a real factor, I can install the Pentax 40mm Limited pancake lens or one of its cousins. The continuous live view is a real advantage in most cases as opposed to the on and off live view in the K-5.
This camera is built like a tank. It seems to be an all metal housing and the solid feel is very encouraging. The memory card cover is easy to use once you get the hang of it. Although a lot of reviewers have complained about the rubber cover, I found it quite easy to use once I studied its configuration.
The auto-zoom feature is convenient for focus but in some ways complicates the composition of the photo. If the subject of the photo is in the center of the frame the auto-zoom is a real advantage. And sometimes the focus peaking function is a real advantage but other times it's better to turn it off. In both cases, however, having these functions adds real convenience to photo taking and they are advantages that many cameras don't have.
All in all, I think this camera is a hidden gem and is being greatly ignored and misrepresented by the reviewers. At the Amazon price offered recently, it is a steal.
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