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Pentax K-01 Compact System Camera with 18-55mm Lens Kit - Black

by Pentax
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

RRP: 679.99
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  • CMOS APS-C 16MP Sensor and sensor-shift system
  • Compatibility with all PENTAX K-mount lenses and accessories dedicated to DSLR
  • Full HD and video-recording features
  • High quality aluminium alloy and rubber finish
  • Shoots in both Raw and Jpeg

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 12.1 x 7.9 cm ; 558 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 15261
  • ASIN: B0073TGL3G
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 Feb 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,794 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Product Description

Product Description


The new PENTAX K-01 is another bold effort in camera design, developed in line with Mr. Newson's three design themes - TIMELESS, TRUSTY and TOUCHABLE. At the same time, it provides the full array of advanced functions and user-friendly features expected from digital SLR cameras. The optical viewfinder and quick-return mirror were eliminated to allow more freedom in designing the camera body. The result is a camera that shows Mr. Newson's originality in every detail, with meticulous attention paid to all body parts to faithfully reproduce his designs. His design scheme has also been applied to the new smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS unifocal interchangeable standard lens - the world's thinnest interchangeable lens, to be launched in the market simultaneously with the PENTAX K-01 camera body - to make the lens-mounted K-01 a complete design package.

The PENTAX K-01 comes with outstanding basic specifications, including sharp, high-resolution images captured by approximately 16.28 effective megapixels, high-speed burst shooting, an extra-wide sensitivity range with a top sensitivity of ISO 25600 (when expanded), and Full HD video recording. In addition, it features the reliable, ever-popular PENTAX K lens mount, so users can make effective use of their entire lens stock - even lenses produced for film-format SLR cameras. While the K-01 makes the perfect choice for start-up digital interchangeable lens camera photographers looking for an easy-to-operate camera, as well as those who demand originality and stylishness from their imaging tool, it also can be a wonderful second camera for current PENTAX digital SLR users who find pleasure in totally new photographic styles that only the K-01 can offer.

Optimised for both functionality and visual attractiveness
Optimised for both functionality and visual attractiveness
Immaculate, tasteful design by Marc Newson

The PENTAX K-01's body consists of neat, straight lines to optimise both functionality and visual attractiveness. Original-design push buttons and control levers are efficiently laid out across the body, while brilliant colours are used on two key buttons for instant recognition: red for the video recording button, and green for the functional green button. The mode dial and the power switch are made of high-quality aluminum alloy, while the memory card slot and connectors on the comfortable, easy-to-hold grip are covered with protective rubber. What's more, Mr. Newson's original design scheme is evident in all elements of the K-01, including the product logo, the camera strap (included) and even the start-up screen that comes on when the K-01's power is turned on.

Exceptional image quality assured by digital SLR camera system

The PENTAX K-01 comes equipped with a newly developed CMOS image sensor measuring 23.7 millimeters by 15.7 millimeters. With approximately 16.28 effective megapixels, this extra-large sensor assures high-speed readout of image data signals. The K-01 also features the new "PRIME M" imaging engine to assure first-rate movie recording performance in a digital interchangeable lens camera. It also offers an extra-wide sensitivity range - from ISO 100 to ISO 12800, or to ISO 25600 when expanded using a custom function - while minimising annoying digital noise at all sensitivity levels.

Interchangeable lens camera system
Interchangeable lens camera system
Compatibility with all PENTAX lenses

The ability to change lenses is a great benefit of the digital interchangeable lens camera system. That's why the PENTAX K-01 is designed to accept a wide array of PENTAX interchangeable lenses, including those produced for film-format SLR cameras. Thanks to this lens compatibility, the user can choose a most suitable lens for a particular subject or scene and create the desired visual effect and perspective with great ease.

Full HD video-recording
Full HD video-recording
High-quality video recording

The PENTAX K-01 comes equipped with a Full HD video-recording function to capture high-quality movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels). With the H.264 recording format, it offers a choice of frame rate (30, 25 or 24 frames per second) to accommodate user-specific applications. It also comes with two new features to facilitate video recording: a video recording button for instant pushbutton start, and a stereo microphone for more realistic sound. While adding personal touches to recorded clips using various Custom Images, or recording the subject in a series of video clips using the interval movie shooting mode. The PENTAX K-01 also comes with an HDMI microphone terminal, which allows the user to simultaneously output both Full HD movie clips and stereo sound, as well as an external microphone input terminal.

New-generation HDR mode

The HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode, which produces one extra-wide-gradation composite photo from three images taken at different exposure levels, has been upgraded to create a greater range of visual expressions. This upgraded HDR mode can be instantly selected with a turn of the mode dial. The user can take advantage of newly added features to select one of three exposure increments as well as the level of effects, while an automatic position adjustment function assures precise alignment of three images even when they are taken with a handheld K-01.

High-speed burst shooting mode
High-speed burst shooting mode
Smooth, quiet, high-speed burst shooting

The PENTAX K-01's high-speed burst shooting mode comes in handy when preserving the action of fast-moving subjects in a series of images, since it captures up to five images per second. With its mirrorless construction, K-01 also offers exceptionally silent mechanical operation incomparable to existing PENTAX digital SLRs that allows user to concentrate on to photography even when shooting such subjects as stage performances.

Large, wide-angle 3.0-inch LCD monitor with approx. 921,000 dots

The PENTAX K-01 features a large, easy-to-view, high-resolution 3.0-inch colour LCD monitor with approximately 921,000 dots. Its wide-view design assures a clear view of the monitor from approximately 170 degrees horizontally and vertically, making it particularly useful in low- and high-angle shooting.

PENTAX-original SR mechanism for sharp, blur-free images

The PENTAX K-01 incorporates the PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which effectively reduces annoying camera shake by approximately four shutter steps. Usable with all compatible lenses, including those produced for film-format SLR cameras, this mechanism produces sharp, blur-free images even under demanding conditions that are prone to camera shake, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark without flash illumination, or capturing landscapes in the twilight. By mounting the PENTAX O-GPS1 (an optional GPS unit launched in June 2011) to the K-01, the user can simplify the tracking and photographing of celestial bodies.

Effortless, user-friendly Auto Picture and Scene modes

The PENTAX K-01 features the PENTAX-original, user-friendly Auto Picture mode, which selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene from Portrait, Landscape, Macro and other distinctive shooting modes, while optimizing all camera settings, such as aperture, shutter speed, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness. As the result, the photographer can concentrate on image composition and shutter opportunity. The K-01 also offers 19 different Scene modes, which simplifies the photographing of difficult subjects or demanding scenes - such as Night Scene Portrait mode, Pet mode, and Backlight Silhouette mode - simply by choosing the corresponding icon on the camera's LCD monitor.

Box Contains

Pentax K-01
USB Cable
Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery D-LI90
Battery Charger
Hot Shoe Cover
Body Mount Cover

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By nr
Colour Name:Black - 40mm Pancake Lens|Verified Purchase
A wonderful camera, works (ie provides focus confirmation and anti-shake) with every Pentax lens ever made, plus plenty of others (eg I have a microscope adapter). Good in low light too. it produces nice video with acceptable sound, plus the ability to add an external microphone. Too many other features to list - the manual is only slightly shorter than the Lord of the Rings.

One piece of advice - when it arrived, ie out of the box, the focus speed was ok, but certainly nothing to be thrilled about. It was a simple matter to download the latest firmware (v1.01) from the Pentax site, and this gave a VERY noticeable improvement in focus speed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money ! 22 May 2013
Colour Name:Black - 40mm Pancake Lens|Verified Purchase
I have been quite hesitant to buy this camera due to mixed reviews.
On one hand I would love to have a smaller camera by my side while wandering the London streets. But coming from the long years of film photography (still shooting it with Pentax Z1p) I wouldn't sacrifice the image quality for the smaller factor. Adding to that the fact that I have plenty of excellent Pentax lenses - the K-01 was a perfect match for me with APS-C sensor of well regarded K5 and ability to take *ANY* lens that Pentax has ever made. And bearing in mind that I REALLY want is a serious full frame camera from Pentax, hence not willing to buy K5IIs which is wonderful but still APS-C camera I finally decided to go with K-01 for now, hoping that Pentax will release a FF camera one day. And if they not ? Well - I will still be better off having my film cameras glassed up PLUS having excellent lenses at hand to turn my innocent K-01 into an ultimate shooting monster :P

The camera arrived on next day from Amazon. I was slightly concerned by the fact that the box was previously opened - the camera wasn't actually used - I ignored the glitch.
It takes some research and getting used to, but slowly I can say that this is a fantastic piece of equipment at a giving away price which will definitely serve the purpose of walk around, advanced (a little bulky though - I do admit that) compact camera with an excellent image quality and ability to justify my Lens' Buying Addiction.

EDIT: After some months of using it camera still impresses with elegant design, general robustness and excellent quality photos it delivers.. Now I am worried that one day it will die and there is no K-02 planned for the time being.. Pentax / Ricoh should continue the line of K-mount mirrorless cameras imho !

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality-price ratio 30 May 2013
Colour Name:Black - 40mm Pancake Lens|Verified Purchase
Reasons to choose it:
- excellent image quality
- good pancake lens
- k-mount camera
- focus peaking (makes manually focusing easily)
- long battery life
- very well built body
- nice design
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good 1 Aug 2013
By pan ke
Colour Name:Black - 40mm Pancake Lens
nice,,easy to use,,high quality. good looking. it is fantastic to take photos for people, it is worthy the price. you will love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only design 17 Jun 2013
By marco
Colour Name:Black - 40mm Pancake Lens|Verified Purchase
Superb quality. Great image quality and solid body. Why buy a canon or a nikon if you can heve better? PENTAX is and will be the Winner!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent Value 17 Jun 2013
Colour Name:Black - 40mm Pancake Lens|Verified Purchase
Bought for 299, this is an excelent camera for the money. For me its not as comfortable to hold as an SLR and I miss the viewfinder. However the image quality is amazing. I had a Pentak K-7 and the improvment in image quality and low light performance quickly promoted this to the camera of choice.

The Pancake lens is excelent, and quick to focus. Its boxy shape, is perfect for positioning for self protraits/group shots when you dont have a tripod avaliable.

The LCD can be difficult to see in bright daylight and it lacks the speed and handeling charcteristics of an SLR. Its also quite large, certainly not a pocket camera. But overall it is an excelent camera. If you generally shoot using live view, I would strongly recomend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pentax K-01 missing the view finder! 9 Jan 2013
Colour Name:Black - Body|Verified Purchase
Takes perfectly good pictures most of the time. Wish I'd bought the lens with it as the Pentax lenses I have for another Pentax DSLR seem a bit sticky when auto-focusing in low light. Still mastering the technique of viewing through the screen esp in bright conditions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pentax k 01 camera and 2 lenses 13 Dec 2012
Colour Name:Black - 18-55mm & 50-200mm Lens Kit|Verified Purchase
Excellent product, very nicely made, produces excellent quality photographs however I think best used in one of the manual mode settings, Amazon provided a fast efficient service.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is just fab.
What a bargain (after it halved in price). The IQ is wonderful, the feature set is wonderful for the price and it looks nuts. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ann
3.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing change from an automatic camera
I bought this (fortunately at a good price as a daily deal) thinking I could dust off my old lenses with the Pentax K mount. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb picture quality from "The Chunky One"
This camera is a revelation. Wherever it goes people ask "What is it?" and inevitably, "Where's the viewfinder?". Read more
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This was the reason I held on to the lenses from my Pentax MZ50 film camera. I'm so pleased with this camera, and the quality of the images it produces.
Published 7 months ago by david taitt
5.0 out of 5 stars pentax k-01 (18-55 lens)..leaving the best until last
the first thing to be said is that the camera bought (with 18-55mm lens) has a picture quality that is (I highly suspect) far superior by comparison to all its similarly priced... Read more
Published 9 months ago by stefan 22
4.0 out of 5 stars Just in time
I was really pleased with the delivery speed, as I ordered it days before I went holiday. Got some great photos. Battery life was good, but could of done with a spare just in case. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stu
3.0 out of 5 stars Camera or Paperweight?
I bought the vastly reduced K-01 and 40mm pancake as I had previously owned a Pentax K100D for a number of years, I know I can't compare as it is not a dslr but hey it's a Pentax... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Barso
3.0 out of 5 stars Another quirky pentax, lovely but flawed
I love Pentaxes, the quirks the designs, got this and the Q knowing I would still use Nikons/Fujifilm for anything serious. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jukeboxjohnnie
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