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|Product Weight:||1.2 pounds|
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|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 53 reviews|
|Average Customer Review: ( 53 customer reviews )
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31 of 32 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.
19 of 19 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.
23 of 25 found the following review helpful:
The Pentax K-01- A Mirrorless of a different color! Apr 26, 2012
By Steve Wildermuth
In spite of the naysayers on the web, I decided to give the Pentax K-01 a try and I was pleasantly surprised. It isn't the big bulky weird looking beast that some of the critics would have us believe. Agreed it's not as svelt as the Sony NEXes or the Olympus & Panasonic M 4/3rds offerings, but that's because one of it's greatest attributes is this: if you're a Pentax SLR or DSLR owner, you don't have to make a huge investment in new lenses. All Pentax SLR/DSLR lenses fit and work with this camera. If you don't have the privilege of owning any of Pentax's great lenses,the Mark Newsom designed 40mm XS lens that came with my K-01 (I got the yellow one- way cool)is a great standard prime to start with. While amazingly, ridiculously thin, this little lens delivers sharp, well rendered pictures. The K-01's autofocus works fine in most situations, but when using a manual lens or when you find the autofocus hunting too much, there's the focus peeking feature that makes focusing a snap in any situation. The controls are well laid out and easily accessible, and I find the rubbery surface and shape of the camera make handling this camera a pleasure- never did I feel that I was on the verge of dropping it nor did I suffer any discomfort from handling it for extended periods of time. Some have complained about the rubbery flap that conceals the SD card slot, but after a few tries I found the "trick" to closing it and I have complete confidence in it's utility and I'm sure it will stay intact throughout the camera's life. The best thing about this camera are the pictures it delivers. Even in the lowest of lighting it's possible to get great virtually noise-free shots. I would recommend this camera to anyone who's main goal in photography is to come up with the finest quality photos- in this regard (and many others)the K-01 delivers the goods.
23 of 26 found the following review helpful:
It's a different kind of camera Apr 20, 2012
This is not a traditional SLR type camera. You can change lenses but you do not need to hold it up to your face.
Smaller than an SLR but not by much
Very high Image Quality
Very good high ISO shooting abilities, It is clean beyond ISO 3200.
Focus Peaking makes manual focus highly accurate and very easy, even in low light.
In Body Image Stabilization
Slower AF than a good DSLR. This is especially true as it gets darker.
Body is thicker than a NEX or NX. (However, neither has stabilization. NX lacks focus peaking)
If one uses it by holding it in front of themselves, why does it come with a conventional neck strap? A wrist strap is a better idea.
No "Me too" appeal. Does not say Canon or Nikon on the front.
As stated in another review, this is not for everyone. It is not for the sports shooter but for those who want to get out and shoot creatively and for fun. It is also very good for video (1080, 720, VGA, all with plenty of options) I use mine for fixed focal length lenses and not for zooms.
People who never used one will howl at the body thickness. However, one can use thousands of PK mount lenses with it. The tiny 40mm lens that came with it is fantastic but I also like using a 35 year old A28/2.8 manual focus lens, as well as several others. No adapters needed! AF lenses will AF. Older lenses will meter. :-) One also gets a decent sized battery.
Another howling point are the colored buttons. Access to them depends on how you hold the camera. This will vary depending on what you are shooting. One should hold the camera with two hands. Then, the placement of controls starts making sense. The buttons may be toy like in appearance but they are programmable. :-) My green buttond meters my old M and K lenses. The red button turns on Focus Peaking.
The K 01 uses a Ricoh devised Focus Peaking. This and the image quality alone are worth buying this camera. It places an outline around anything that is in focus. One now has finer control over focus with no front or back focus DSLR issues. :-)
It has similar features to a NEX 5N but implemented better on the K 01. Image quality is incredible, and one has more customization. If you are a beginner, i is easy to get going. If you are advanced, there are plenty of options, customization and control. Image quality and video can go up against Full Frame. For what it can do and how well it does it, it is a bargain. The big question is whether the form factor fits you.
I recently went into a Big Box store to look for a new bag for it. My current bagsare too big. The sales person asked what I wanted to cary. I told him a camera and a few small lenses. He pointed me to the check in sized Nikon and Canon bags. I went and looked at the small camcorder size. He was confused and had to ask why. :-) The body may be apound but the lenses are usually less than 6 oz.
9 of 10 found the following review helpful:
The best camera deal out there! Nov 14, 2012
I've had tons of cameras and picked this one up last week because of a ridiculous sale. It was selling for $350 for body and $450 with the 40mm F2.8 prime. I bought the $450 package.
This produces the same quality photos as the most highly rated APSC dSLRs out there: the Pentax K-5 and Nikon D7000. They are roughly $800-$1100 for body only.
And you can have that for $350! Or with the incredibly thin prime lens for $450. The prime lens is basically a lens cap and adds virtually no extra bulk to it. Yes, this camera is bigger than some of the other interchangeable cameras, but it's still small enough to fit into a coat pocket. With the other interchangeable cameras such as the Sonys, Panasonics, and Olympuses, the lens is sticking out so much that you can't put it into a coat pocket. Even with their primes, it still sticks out too much. But with the K-01, the lens doesn't protrude at all so it slips nicely into a coat pocket. The 40mm lens is $230-$250 by itself, so you're buying the camera for $100! It's ridiculous.
So you can do this, plus use any Pentax lens out there! You don't have to have two systems, which Canon and Nikon and Sony are forcing you to do. That's ridiculous. I have a K-5 and this mirrorless system and so it's ONE system. This is great.
The camera is built like a tank. It feels so rugged and solid in your hand. It doesn't feel like the plastic. It's SOLID!
There were some auto-focus problems with firmware 1.0. But I upgraded to the most recent firmware and now it'll focus in almost total darkness. I cracked upon a door, just slightly, and then took a picture inside the dark room at ISO 12800. It was perfectly focused and useable. I can't believe how much I love this camera!
Again, this is the best deal out there.
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