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23 of 23 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!
16 of 16 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.
12 of 12 found the following review helpful:
Awesome Image Quality Nov 07, 2012
What a fun little camera! The first thing that impressed me was the build quality. I know it looks pretty ugly in the pictures and resemble a plastic toy, but the fit and finish is really quite impressive - materials alone, I would prefer this over, say, Canon T#i series. This has so much going for it - takes standard Pentax-K mount lenses, standard flash, mic-in, 30fps 1080P recording, etc. THE IMAGE QUALITY IS SICK. I mean holy cow sick. Does not compromise my lens at all. Only cons are 1) lack of viewfinder and 2) slowish AF if you're coming from a DSLR... but I knew about these going in, so I am not disappointed. I highly recommend this camera, especially at the prices they are going for at this moment.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Very good for me Dec 28, 2012
By JAMES MCCUSKEY
I was looking for a camera to complement my Pentax K20D, something smaller that I would be more willing to carry around with me, and that I could use for video in relatively low light. The K20D tends to sit at home except for special occasions, and has no video capability. The K-01 isn't as small as what I had in mind, and has no viewfinder, but I was won over by the fact that the price was very heavily discounted, and by the fact that it could use the Pentax lenses I already had.
I ordered the body only, since I already had the DA 40mm Limited. The first thing I did after the camera arrived was charge the battery, then install firmware V1.01. I tested the autofocus first, because I had read complaints about it. It doesn't focus nearly as quickly as the K20D, and it always hunts a little, even if the focus is perfect before I press the shutter release half way. Still, it's pretty good compared to the point and shoots that I've owned. It is sometimes unable to find the focus in low light, or with low contrast subjects, but it more than makes up for that with the focus peaking feature, which makes it very easy to manually focus under such conditions.
I had also read complaints about the rubber cover over the card slot. Indeed, for the first day or so I had difficulty closing it, and it always felt like it was going to come loose. It must have worn in over time, because now it fits in place nice and securely, and I doubt that it will wear out before I've replaced the camera with something newer and better.
The day after I got the camera, I took it with me when I went to work backstage at a production of The Nutcracker. It fit in my jacket pocket, so I didn't have to leave it lying around where I'd be worried about someone walking off with it. When I wasn't moving props around, I had plenty of time to play with the camera. With ISO values up to 25,600, I was able to take snapshots of workers and dancers backstage in extremely low light (flash was off limits, of course), photos which I could not possibly have taken with a point and shoot, and which wouldn't have been nearly as good even with the K20D. Some photographers wouldn't consider using anything above ISO 3200, but after running the photos through noise reduction software and using relatively low resolutions, they look fine to me; I'd rather have them than not have them.
I also took some video, and found that the K-01 is able to take some very high quality video in low light. It's also able to take some very jiggly and out of focus video too, if you aren't careful. All in all, it does well enough for my purposes.
It's not a lot of fun taking pictures in bright sunlight. You can see the display well enough to frame your shot, but I would hate to have to focus manually. Fortunately, the autofocus works pretty well in that situation.
To sum it up, I would like it to be smaller, and have a viewfinder. But its size allows me to use my existing Pentax lenses, and for the price (under $350) I'm willing to forego the viewfinder. If I know I'm going to be taking action shots, I'll use the K20D. But I expect I'll be taking many more pictures overall with the K-01.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
A superb mirrorless Dec 07, 2012
By simon wong
Since my k10d has retired, I had been struggling between k5 and k30 as replacement. Neither was an easy choice as k5 has QC issues and k30 has amateur outlook. When I saw the price deduction in k-01, I bought it right away, hoping this would satisfy my shooting needs until a perfect model comes out in the near future.
K-01 is a stylish, easy to use camera, delivering top notch DSLR level image quality. The most impressive features are usable high ISO at 6400 and focus peaking. I didn't buy the DA40 lens but I think this compact combination would be an excellent choice for balancing compactness and image quality.
- well built and easy to hold.
- clean image at ISO 6400
- focus peaking, good for manual lenses.
- it's a new design which is 100% compatible with my existing pentax lenses
- it has everything unique to pentax, the SR, the colours,
I am very satisfied with it but I deducted one star for the following cons:
- slow focus, almost not working at dim light. Better after updating firmware to 1.01, but it still occasionally struggles.
- I thought it has no mirror hit problem for rear protruding lenses, but the compartment design prohibits some large rear manual lenses from fitting in. (e.g. Yashica DX50/1.4 cannot be fitted, and sadly I also made a scratch on the inside of the body).
- the meter is not completely accurate with old manual lenses, but it's always a problem to modern cameras.
- the body cover for access to SD card and usb connector is only soft plastic, which I'm afraid it may deteriorate over time.
In conclusion, if you can get such outstanding image quality for this price, you can't really complain.
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