pentax k 01 1 The Pentax K 01 is official

Well, that didn't take long, Pentax has now officially unveiled the K-01 and it seems like the information released ahead of the launch was spot on of the most part. There are some additional features worth mentioning and we also know what the new 40mm lens will retail for on its own.

Well, that didn't take long, Pentax has now officially unveiled the K-01 and it seems like the information released ahead of the launch was spot on of the most part. There are some additional features worth mentioning and we also know what the new 40mm lens will retail for on its own.

For starters, we were slightly off on the colours, as Pentax will offer the K-01 in white rather than silver. The camera is a fair bit chunkier than the first images made it look like, as it measures 121x59x79mm (WxDxH) and weighs in at 560g with its battery fitted. This makes the K-01 barely any smaller than entry level DSLR's and it's almost 90g heavier than Sony's A35 SLT.

pentax k 01 1 The Pentax K 01 is official

Apparently the 16Megapixel sensor is not the same as in Pentax's K-5; although it's not entirely clear what has been changed. For those interesting in shooting video with their camera, the K-01 looks like a good option though – albeit somewhat dependant on autofocus performance – as the camera can shoot in 1080p at 30, 25 and 24fps, 720p at 60, 50, 30, 25 and 24fps and finally at 480p at 30, 25 and 24fps. The other bonus here is that the K-01 has a standard 3.5mm microphone jack, a feature missing in many more expensive cameras in this market segment.

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The green and red buttons on the top of the camera are programmable, although by default the red button starts video recording. The rechargeable Li-Ion battery is said to be good for up to 540 shots without flash and the camera is supplied with a dedicated battery charger. We'd suggest you head over to Pentax website for a full run-down of the specifications.

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It's interesting reading the comments on the various photography sites about the K-01, as it hasn't exactly taken the world by storm. Despite being designed by Marc Newson it seems like many commenters would've preferred a more traditional camera design, or to be more precise something a bit less chunky. The main reason behind the wide girth of the K-01 simply comes down to the fact that to be able to use Pentax's existing range of lenses, the sensor had to be fitted the same distance from the lenses on Pentax's range of DSLR's. As for the rest of the design though, well, it's a matter of person preference really, but as you can see in the video below, the K-01 is being compared to a 1980's Volvo.

As for the new 40mm f/2.8 XS lens, it'll retail for US$249.95 (S$315) on its own, US$100 than when bundled with the K-01. As mentioned in our pre-launch post, the K-01 will start at US$749.95 (95 cents higher than the rumours suggested), body only. The 40mm lens bundle will come in a special Marc Newson designed packaging bundled with a carrying strap by the designer.

Overall the Pentax K-01 is an interesting product, but it feels like Pentax has missed a few things, such as an option for an external EVF and the lack of a tilting LCD. These are potentially features that will make or break the K-01, alongside the rather peculiar design. That said, when it comes to cameras, image quality and usability is what matters and we'll have to wait for some reviews before we know if the K-01 is worth its asking price.

Source: Pentax