Pentax K-01 Compact Digital Camera

The K-01 is a mirrorless camera from Pentax that has a fully featured interchangeable lens. Perhaps its most defining feature is how unique and/or unusual it was designed. The device sports a modern look that most of us will not fail to notice especially the yellow version of the device. It was specifically created by Marc Newson, an Australian designer. In addition, the Pentax K-01 uses a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, has K mount lens support that includes a built-in stabilization system, several manual controls as well as scene modes and special effects. It even has an HDR function and a 1080p video recording capabilities.

The design of the Pentax K-01 itself can be classified as a retro model look. Essentially, it is shaped like a brick with the body made entirely of metal except for the rubberized section on the sides and front of the device. In terms of build quality, the Pentax K-01 sports a rather sturdy one. Even when the pancake lens is attached, the device is still quite a handful. It is also thick and therefore might feel quite awkward to handle particularly with the grip being as small as it is.

The Pentax K-01 measures 4.8 x 3.1 x 2.3 inches and weighs 479 g. This makes the device much larger than many interchangeable cameras out in the market, and the thickness is due to a large part to its ability to support K mount lenses. It comes near the size of a DSLR when carried around despite the fact Pentax is selling it for a mirrorless interchangeable lens type that are supposed to be known mainly for their small sizes.


The Pentax K-01 comes in three different colors in three different kits. For the colors, there is the deviant yellow version mentioned earlier, as well as black, and white for the more conservative consumers. As for the kits, the Pentax K-01 is available in kits with a 40 mm pancake lens (F2.8 Pentax DA XS), 18-55 mm dual lens (F3.5-5.6 Pentax DA lens), or a more traditional 50-200 mm zoom lens (F4.0-5.6 Pentax DA).

The pancake lens is one of the odd features of Pentax K-01 in that it is perhaps the thinnest lens one can ever see in an interchangeable lens camera. It is only 0.36 inches in silhouette, which is truly a feat of engineering. Like the overall design of the Pentax K-01, the lens is also designed by Marc Newson. In addition, the Pentax K01 is fitted with an in-body stabilization system so that virtually any K mount lens that the user attaches to it will have a shake reduction feature.

One annoying feature of the provided lens though is that the small rubber lens cap that is supposed to be with the device doesn’t really snap into place and therefore keeps falling off. Also, one must take into account that the camera has a 1.5x crop factor that affects the shots from the camera.

Performance wise, the Pentax K-01 rates average when it comes to start up time, shutter lag, shot to shot rating in RAW format and with no flash, and shot to shot rating in RAW format with flash. However, it has some below average ranks too that mainly falls on its ability to autofocus in low light and even under normal conditions. The performance in these cases varies with the lens and in general, the 40 mm lens surpasses both the dual lens and zoom lens. For shot to shot performance in JPEG with no flash however, the camera does a lot better compared to any of its competitors in the market.

The Pentax K-01 has the ability to buffer RAW format for the image with every shot that can be saved during playback. As for the burst speed performance, the Pentax K-01 offers both ‘lo’ and ‘hi’ options but the latter is only available in JPEG formats. Overall, the speed is decent although the burst speed for RAW is too slow at only 1 frame per second. The quality of the images is decent especially when it comes to macro shots, but pictures taken under low light conditions come out pretty bad.

The Pentax K-01 is powered by a D-LI90 lithium-ion battery. Also included in the package are a battery charger, body cap, shoulder strap, USB cable, CD-ROM that has an installer for SilkyPix Developer Studio 3.0, and a foldout Quick Start Guide that is 265-page worth of printed operating manual.

Pentax K-01 Digital Camera Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 34,000.00

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