Pentax K-01 overview
Pentax K-01 is Pentax's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera first launched on May of 2012. It has got a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 4928 x 3264.
The K-01 comes in at #50 out of 108 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and all around #267 out of 1421 for cameras in our list. You can check our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your personalized factors.
Here is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.
Pentax K-01 Gallery
You can look at the K-01 from several angles in the gallery here.
Pentax K-01 Pros and Cons
Here is a selection of good and bad points of the Pentax K-01 based on things which are generally seen as crucial in a camera.
Pentax K-01 Sensor information
The specification of the sensor on the Pentax K-01 is 23.7mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 372 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4928 x 3264 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor based). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The CMOS sensor boasts 16MP and provides a native ISO range of 100 to 12800. The ISO can also be expanded electronically to a maximum of 25600. RAW files are saved therefore the user has more margin for error.
The graphic underneath illustrates the K-01's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The K-01 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is pointed out in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Pentax K-01 dimensions
Pentax K-01 weighs around 1.24 lb (561g / 19.79 oz) and the physical size of the camera is 122mm x 79mm x 58mm (4.8" x 3.1" x 2.3"). The weight of general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 323g and the Pentax K-01 is more heavy as compared with its competitors.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
Here is a picture of the Pentax K-01 beside a soda so you can have a sense of its size.
The top view just below will illustrate the button layout on the K-01.
Pentax K-01 Lens information
The K-01 works with the Pentax KAF2 mount and has 17 lenses available in the market. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the K-01.
Pentax K-01 Connectivity
The K-01 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily send pictures and usually adjust settings without connecting directly with the camera.
Some apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external screen. Many cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.
Pentax K-01 Video information
The highest video resolution on the Pentax K-01 is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance in quality versus file size but FULL HD isn't going to leave you with much room to downsample. Although the body features a microphone jack, it is lacking a headphone jack which means you won't have the ability to monitor your audio levels.
Pentax K-01 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing for the Pentax K-01 so you have to be cautious in wet and dusty situations.
Pentax K-01 Display and Viewfinder
The Pentax K-01 has got a 3 inch fixed display having a resolution of 921 thousand dots.
Please be aware that the display screen offers no touch support.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The View Finder specs regarding Pentax K-01 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
In those sunny outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders can be very useful.
Pentax K-01 Shutter information
Pentax K-01 is able to shoot continuously at 6.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Pentax K-01 Flash and Hot shoe information
Pentax K-01 boasts both built in flash plus external flash ability. The maximum flash sync is 1/180 sec.
Pentax K-01 Autofocus information
Pentax K-01 boasts only Contrast Detect Auto Focus and is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster & exact as compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has got Face detect which is helpful for people photography.
The Sensor has got 81 focus points to choose from. Pentax K-01 can use manual focus in case it is required in low light scenarios or you want to have more exact focus control.
Pentax K-01 Battery life
The battery power (D-LI90) for the Pentax K-01 is made to last for 540 pictures as per the CIPA standards which is higher than average ın comparison with its class. The typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 337. Samsung NX mini has the highest (650) battery life in this category of cameras.
Listed below is a list of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras having the highest battery life:
Pentax K-01 for specific categories of photography
The following illustration gives a summation of the Pentax K-01 for specific categories of photography. To view more, check out the specific section underneath.
Pentax K-01 Portrait photography factors
The Pentax K-01 receives a score of 75 which is very good, and means the camera is a good pick to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor size, RAW support & flexibility to utilize external flash.
Pentax K-01 as a Street photography camera
With a very good points tally of 66, the Pentax K-01 is a respectable option for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.
Pentax K-01 Sports photography highlights
A very good sports photography points total of 62 suggests the Pentax K-01 is a respectable fit for photographing sports. A camera needs excellent focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Pentax K-01 as a Travel photography camera
Portability is really important when selecting a travel camera. Over-all, the Pentax K-01 gets a nice 66 as a travelling camera which is a respectable fit to take on your trips.
Pentax K-01 Landscape photography features
For anybody who is looking to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most significant aspect is going to be image quality. The Pentax K-01 and it's superb rating of 81 as a landscape camera is a terrific option amongst its rivals.
Pentax K-01 as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging really should offer a moving display, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Pentax K-01 is not really suitable as a vlog camera as it gets a terrible rating of 34.
Pentax K-01 Alternatives
If you are searching for replacements to the K-01, below is a selection of the top rated cameras which fall in to the category of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The diagram underneath gives you a bird's eye view of the K-01 compared to it's highest ranking competitors mentioned earlier.
These are some more cameras you might see as alternatives. To review a complete comparison, go to the "compare" link.