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02-22-2013, 11:07 PM   #1
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How compact is the K-01???

Presently I have a K-5 and like it a lot. I am looking for something more compact that will fit in my pocket even if a little bulky. The recent price drop of the K-01 and the pancake kit lens caught my attention. Can anyone comment on how compact the K-01 really is and is it realistic to fit in a pocket albeit a larger one or am I better off going with a point and shoot?

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Compare camera dimensions side by side and pick one up and hold it. =)
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it isn't small, but with the DA40xs it should fit in a big pocket
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compared to a point and shoot, the size difference is day and night, if portability in pockets is important, go point and shoot, it's also quite heavy.

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About as compact as a house brick..
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About as compact as a house brick..

True! Since you have a K5, I think the answer to if the K-01 is compact would be, "Not very". I have a K10 so the K-01 saves me some size and space. If you're looking for a pocketable camera, you might consider the Q. My wife has one and it's a very cool little camera.
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Its more compact than any Pentax DSLR. The shape is also important, it fits into bags and pockets easily because it doesn't have a bunch of parts that stick out. It fits in my jacket pockets, but not in my pants pockets. Depends how big your pockets are, I guess
It is a solid camera, though, it has some heft to it. I really suggest you find a store to check it out in person.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Na Horuk Quote
Its more compact than any Pentax DSLR. The shape is also important, it fits into bags and pockets easily because it doesn't have a bunch of parts that stick out. It fits in my jacket pockets, but not in my pants pockets. Depends how big your pockets are, I guess
It is a solid camera, though, it has some heft to it. I really suggest you find a store to check it out in person.
Yes, i totally agree with you.... it is smaller than k5 but no way would I put k01 under the 'compact' category!

Think of it as a cheap 2nd camera body that complements k5 (especially with manual focus lens or DA lens with quick shift) due to it's focus peaking ability. It is also less intimidating to the subject when shooting with it.

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The K-01 makes a difference if you are packing it in a back pack for a trip. Maybe if you wear cargo shorts with bigger pockets it can work, but it is a little heavy. But, you'll have better camera with you and better IQ then a point and shoot.
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The K-01 is the "thickest" mirrorless system camera, but that's because it was designed to use the standard Pentax K-mount SLR/DSLR lenses.

In reality, it isn't "that much" bigger than other mirrorless cameras or premium compacts like the Fujifilm X10 or X20 ... as long as you stick to smaller prime lenses. The K-01 starts to get much bigger when you attach massive lenses.



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Yeah, but Pentax makes great compact lenses, so you can keep the overall size pretty small. What good is a super thin camera if you need a big lens or large adapters? And the brick shape makes it not get stuck in fabric and stuff. The K-01 also has a great sensor, pop up flash, K-mount.. its size is mostly due to the large flange distance of the K-mount, but Pentax used the inevitable size of the camera to the fullest, it has pretty much all features their DSLRs have.
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I can stuff a K-01 with a small lens (say, an M50/1.7) into a pocket on my fleece jacket, something I could never do with a K-x, the smallest "normal" dSLR. While the mirror box can't be any smaller, the small grip and lack of an overhanging flash housing really do make the K-01 smaller than its K-mount siblings. It's still not as small as any non-legacy-mount MILC or even a film body like an ME-Super.
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Dunno if this is any help, but here's the K-01 compared to some common objects - the battery/charger (same as your K-5), a DA 35/2.4, housekeys, lip balm, a pack of crackers (sorry, I'm travelling this weekend, so my choice is limited).

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My wife described it as "Huge" and has a Panasonic P&S instead. And that was with the pancake lens.
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THoog, when you're traveling light you bring the 35mm and the 40mm? Are there many situations where the 35/2.4 can do something the 40mm can't?

Docrwm, I'm in my late 30's but the 14-year-old kid in my brain can't get past the fact you started that last post with "My wife described it as "Huge."
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