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Pentax K-01

alaTest has collected and analyzed 450 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the price and image quality. The portability and performance also get good feedback, whereas many are negative about the viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax K-01 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Pentax K-01


Pentax's latest designer-developed CSC impresses in many ways, but disappoints in others.

Bold and unique styling, Plenty of image-shaping options, Intuitive and easy-to-use

Bold and unique styling, Sluggish and noisy autofocus, Expensive compared to its rivals

Jun, 2012

Expert review by : Libby Plummer (

Hands on: Pentax K-01 review: Hands-on


The Pentax K-01 interchangeable lens camera sports a stylish Marc Newson design

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : William Perceval (

Pentax K-01


The Pentax K-01 first fell into Pocket-Lint's hands back in February this year , where we were left more than a little perplexed about what this mirrorless camera was all about. Oh, Pentax. From the outset the K-01 looked like an oddity and, sadly, our...

Great image quality, compatible with existing K-mount lenses

Noisy autofocus that can be slow and is poor at longer focal lengths, no viewfinder possibility, boxy design, lack of prominent grip inconsistent with K-mount concept, too expensive, confused concept

Oh, Pentax. From the outset the K-01 looked like an oddity and, sadly, our “weird” view remains unchanged. Super-designer or not, the K-01 is boxy, big and has less - not more - than the competition to offer prospective buyers. It’s sandwiched...

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Chris Hall (

Pentax K-01 pictures and hands-on - Pocket-lint


Pentax fans rejoice! You now have a compact system camera in your armoury. Actually, you can strike the "compact" part straight away, because this mirrorless

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Gary Wolstenholme (

Pentax K-01 review


Is the K-01 a knock out blow to its rivals?

Good image quality ; Compatible with K-mount lenses ; Good build quality ; Wide viewing angle LCD

Slow autofocus ; Delay on shutter ; Card door flops open ; Odd placement of some controls

Pentax isn't a company to rest on its laurels. As we saw with the the Pentax Q compact system camera, it's willing to push camera design in often exciting and unconventional directions. With the K-01, Pentax has created a mirrorless system camera that...

May, 2012

Expert review by : Becca Martin (

Pentax K-01 review


The concept of a compact system camera (CSC) is an appealing one to anyone wanting to take a step up from a compact camera, or who wants something less hefty than a DSLR without compromising on image quality.

We found the Pentax K-01 camera to provide excellent images but its boxy design and uncomfortable weight lets it down when set against other compact mirrorless cameras. The K-mount, while handy if you already own compatible lenses, ultimately leads to...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Nik Rawlinson (

Pentax K-01 review


To say the Pentax K-01 has unconventional looks would be an understatement. While most manufacturers are working hard to slim down their offerings, Pentax has gone in the opposite direction.

Wide selection of compatible lenses; Pin-sharp results with 40mm pancake lens; Good colour reproduction; Decent noise control.

Some degradation when shooting movies while walking; Large chassis.

The K-mount is a boon if you have a stock of compatible lenses, but it means the Pentax K-01 needs to be large to accommodate it. If you're happy to accept this, you won't be disappointed by the excellent image quality. The price below is for the body...

Jun, 2012

Expert review by : Ben Pitt (

Pentax K-01 with DA 40mm XS lens review


Refreshingly different and excels for image quality and features, but more expensive, slower to focus and not much smaller than an SLR

That's a superb achievement and, overall, the K-01 is extremely likeable, but we're not tempted to rush out and buy one. It makes sense with its pancake lens, but the 40mm, f/2.8 specifications are quite limiting if this is the only lens the camera...

May, 2012

Reddot design award winner 2010!

Expert review by : reddot ( (UK))

Pentax K-01 Digital Camera


This camera convinced the jury with its straight-lined design emphasising functionality. Thanks especially to the combination of black and silver, the camera evinces a plain, elegant appearance.

Expert review by : Amateur Photographer (

Pentax K-01 review


As photographers, we should be interested in how our photographs, not our cameras, look and to judge the K-01's appearance in this test would be purely subjective. What is important about a camera, though, is that it feels comfortable for a...

Apr, 2014

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