Now shipping: the bold new PENTAX K-01‏

High design meets high technology in the PENTAX K-01, created by PENTAX and acclaimed industrial designer Marc Newson. This sleek, bold and tactile mirrorless is compatible with all PENTAX K-mount lenses, plus an insanely thin 40mm pancake lens, also designed by Newson. The refreshing K-01 is not your usual camera. Which is exactly why it might just be perfect for you.


Digital Hybrid ILC


Type: CMOS w primary color filter and integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor-shift system
Size: APS-C (23.7 x 15.7mm)
Color depth: 8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW
Effective pixels: 16.28
Total pixels: 16.49
Recorded resolutions
Still 3:2: 16M (4928×3264), 12M (4224×2816), 8M (3456×2304), 5M (2688×1792)
Still 4:3: 14M (4352×3264), 11M (3840×2880), 7M (3072×2304), 4M (2304×1728)
Still 16:9: 13M (4928×2776), 10M (4224×2376), 6M (3456×1944), 4M (2688×1512)
Still 1:1: 10M (3264×3264), 8M (2880×2880), 5M (2304×2304), 3M (1728×1728)
Movie (resolution/FPS): 1920x1080p30/25/24, 1280x720p60/50/30/25/24, 640x480p30/25/24
Quality levels: *** Best, ** Better, * Good
Dust Removal: SP coating w ultrasonic vibration to low pass filter


Type/construction: PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
Usable lenses: PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K-mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions)
SDM function: Yes
Power zoom function: n/a

Focus System

Type: TTL Contrast Detection AF
Sensitivity range: EV 1-18 (ISO 100)
Focus modes: AF Single (w focus lock, focus/release priority selectable), Face Detection AF, Tracking AF, Manual
Focus point adjustment: Auto 81 Point, User-Selectable, Center
AF assist: LED dedicated AF assist lamp, AF Autozoom (2X, 4X, 6X), Focus Peaking


Type: n/a

LCD Monitor

Type: 3.0” TFT color LCD w brightness/color adjustment
Resolution: 921,000 dots
Wide angle viewable: Yes (approx 170° horizontal/vertical)


Type: Retractable P-TTL auto popup flash
Guide number: 12m (ISO 100)
Coverage: 28mm equivalent
Flash modes: Auto, Auto + Redeye, On, On + Redeye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync + Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Off
Flash exposure compensation: -2 to 1 EV

External Flash

Type: Hotshoe P-TTL, high speed sync w PENTAX dedicated flash
Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec

Storage Media

Internal memory: n/a
Removable memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS Speed Class 1 supported)


Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, HDMI out (Type C, Mini), 3.5mm stereo mic in
Video out: HD (via HDMI) NTSC, PAL
Printer interfaces: n/a

Power Supply

Power source: Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery D-LI90
Recordable images: Approx 540 (approx 500 w 50% flash, CIPA)
Playback time: Approx 320 min
Movie recording time: 25 min (max record time for a single file)
AC adapter available: Yes (optional)

Physical Specs

Body dimensions (W x H x D): 4.8 x 3.1 x 2.3”
Body weight
Without battery or removable memory: 16.9 oz
Loaded and ready: 19.8 oz
Construction material(s): Machined aluminum frame with rubber accents
Weather resistant: n/a
Operating temperature: 32-104°F

Language Support

English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional/Simplified Chinese, Japanese

Image Stabilization

Type: Sensor-shift Shake Reduction (4 stops max)

Metering System

Type: TTL image sensor metering
Sensitivity range: EV -1 to 21 (ISO 100, 50mm F1.4)
Multi-segment: Yes (1024 segments)
Center weighted: Yes
Spot: Yes
Exposure compensation: +/- 3 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)
Exposure lock: Yes (via AF/AE-L button)
Exposure bracketing: Yes (3 frames, up to +/- 3 EV in 1/2 steps)

ISO Sensitivity

Auto: ISO 100-12800 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), expandable to ISO 100-25600, auto ISO range selectable
Manual: ISO 100-12800 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), expandable to ISO 100-25600,

White Balance

Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE
Manual mode(s): Yes
* WB fine adjustment available in all modes


Type: Electronically controlled focal plane shutter
Shutter speed: 1/4000 to 30 sec (1/3 or 1/2 steps), Bulb

Capture Modes

Mode selection: Auto Picture, Scene (SCN), HDR (JPG only), Flash Off, Bulb (B), Metered Manual (M), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter Priority (TV), Program (P), Movie
Auto Picture modes: Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest
Scene modes: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR (JPG only), Night Snap, Food, Quick Macro, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum
Custom Image modes (including fine adjustment): Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome (including film filters, infrared, sepia toning), Cross Processing (creative random effect generation)
Green simplified mode available: Yes
Face detection available: Yes
P/A/S/M/B: P, A, S, M, B
Date stamp: n/a
Digital filters (capture): Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color
Dynamic Range adjustment: Yes (highlight and shadow correction)
Digital level: n/a
File/Folder customization: Folder name (standard, date), embed copyright

Drive Modes

Mode selection: Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self Timer (12s, 2s), Infrared Remote (0s, 3s), Auto Bracketing (3 frames, up to +/- 3 EV in 1/2 steps)
Continuous FPS: Approx 6 FPS (JPG, Continuous Hi), Approx 3 FPS (JPG, Continuous Lo)
Multi-exposure: Yes (2-9 shots, auto exposure adjustment selectable)
Interval: Yes (1s to 24h, up to 999 shots, delayed start available)
HDR: Auto, HDR1, HDR2, HDR3, (HDR blended images saved as JPG only)

Playback Modes

Mode selection: One Shot (no data, standard data, detailed data, histogram, color channel histogram), Multi Image Display (4, 9, 16, 36, 81 thumbnails), Magnification (up to 16X, scrollable, quick zoom), Movie Playback (no data, standard data, detailed data), Image Rotation, Bright/Dark Indication, Copyright Info, Calendar Filmstrip, Folder, Save RAW Data From JPG (if available in buffer memory), Select & Delete, Slideshow
Mode pallet: Image Rotation, Digital Filter, Resize, Cropping, Index, Protect, Slideshow, Cross Processing, RAW Development, Movie Edit, DPOF
Digital filters (playback): Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch Filter, Watercolor, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fisheye, Slim, Base Parameter Adj
Movie edit: Movie Divide, Delete Frames, Save JPG

File Formats

Still: RAW (DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.3), DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III
Movie (compression): MP4 (AVC h.264), AVI/MJPG for Interval Movie

Custom Functions

Functions available: 16

Computer Requirements

*For direct device connectivity. Bundled software requirements may vary.
Windows: Windows XP (SP3), Vista, 7, USB port
Mac: 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, USB port

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1 Response to Now shipping: the bold new PENTAX K-01‏

  1. Cool camera, that’s what I’d call a flashy looking camera 🙂

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