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05-15-2012, 05:23 PM   #1
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K-01: First comments...

Our K-01 arrived last night. I am road-testing it before I give it to my wife. It is her Mother's day present. We (my wife and myself) chose the K-01 (black) with DA40mm f2.8 xs for its compatibility with the K-mount. I have a K-7 with 6 lenses. My wife and myself will share our lenses.

First impressions are always important and I enclose below my own perceptions.

Bulky - Yes the camera is bulky but ... the lens is tiny. With the lens, the body+lens combo is not that big, in fact smaller than
a few ultra-zoom P&S.

Weight - Yes and No. Yes the camera is heavy with its battery. But the lens is so light that the camera+lens combo is not
heavy overall. It is well-balanced on the strap and feel like a large P&S camera.

Strap - A great strap with excellent attachment points, yielding a well-balanced setup around the neck and on the chest. The strap is an improvement from the K-7/K-5 strap, and
it makes the K-01 experience a great feel.

Video - The red button is a great option. The selection (and choice) of Full HD and HD movie settings is impressive. I will definitely try the 60 fps.

Handling - The camera is easy to handle IMHO. The button layout is clear and simple. The strap is great, well-balanced and this adds to the ease of handling.

Design - The design looks neat. That is GREAT. My wife was impressed by the sleek design and simplicity of forms. I am myself impressed by the ability to rest the camera on three sides (bottom, left and right side) in a very stable position. This is a great idea. The button layout is simple and will help my wife's experience, coming from a P&S.

Lens - The design of the DA40mm f2.8 xs is amazing. I am not talking about IQ, but about weight and size. This is astonishing...

Dust removal - I set up the dust removal at start up. The dust removal is a little noisy, much more than on the K-7/K-5.


So, what can be improved?
Access door - The access to the memory card is flimsy. The rubber flap is hard to put back into position. Yes this must be improved.

Compatibility with PDCU - The images cannot be processed with PDCU. Since I have a K-7, I would prefer to use one and only one
software to post-process my shots.


Overall I would rate the camera at 9.5/10. This is the perfect camera for my wife to join Pentax, and yet simple to use. Well done Pentax!

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QuoteOriginally posted by hcc Quote
Compatibility with PDCU - The images cannot be processed with PDCU. Since I have a K-7, I would prefer to use one and only one
software to post-process my shots.

The Silky-Pix that comes with the K-01 isn't compatible with the K-7?
05-15-2012, 07:41 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
The Silky-Pix that comes with the K-01 isn't compatible with the K-7?
You are right that you can load K-7 pictures, but the Silky-Pix software contains less PP tools than PDCU IMO.
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