Pentax K-01 Review


Considering that it's a mirrorless camera and that it's priced well below Pentax's advanced DSLR (the K-5), the K-01 boasts a fairly impressive feature set.  Manual video controls, 60fps recording, a new AF system, and a new image processor are just some of the highlights of this camera!

Front top view

The table below presents the key specifications in comparison with an entry level DSLR (Pentax K-r) and an advanced DSLR (Pentax K-5).

Pentax K-01 Pentax K-r Pentax K-5
CMOS Sensor Resolution 16.28 MP 12.4 MP 16.28 MP
ISO Range (Expanded) 100-12800 (100-25600) 200-12800 (100-25600) 100-12800
Sensor size 15.7 x 23.7 mm (APS-C) APS-C APS-C
Video Mode

1080p: 30/25/24 FPS
720p: 60/50/30/25/24 FPS
VGA: 30/25/24 FPS

720p: 25 FPS

1080p: 25 FPS
720p: 30/25 FPS
VGA: 30/25 FPS
Manual Video Controls ISO/Shutter Speed/Aperture None None
AF During Video Yes No No
Shutter Speeds 30s-1/4000s 30s-1/6000s 30s-1/8000s
AF System and Modes 81-point contrast detect, AF.S 11-point phase detect, AF.S, AF.C, AF.A 11-point phase detect with wavelength sensor, AF.S, AF.C

Max. Framerate

Hi: 6FPS (6 JPG thereafter framerate slows to 3FPS with unlimited buffer)
Lo: 3FPS (Unlimited JPG), 1FPS (Unlimited RAW)

Hi: 6 FPS(25 JPG, 12 RAW),
Lo: 2 FPS(Unlimited JPG, 36 RAW)

Hi: 7 FPS (25 JPG, 12 RAW)
Lo: 2 FPS (Unlimited JPG, 40 RAW)


3-inch VGA

3-inch VGA 3-inch VGA
Built-In Flash GN 12 GN 12 GN 13
Shake Reduction In-Body In-Body In-Body
Weather Sealed No No Yes
Dimensions (WxHxD)

121 x 79 x 59 mm

125 x 97 x 68 mm 130.5 x 96.5 x 72.5 mm
Weight w/Battery 560g 598g 740g

The full K-01 specifications can be viewed in our camera database, and you may also be interested in downloading the K-01 manual.  Or, download the K-01 specification sheet. PentaxForums +Pentax Forums @PentaxForums News | Reviews | Forum

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