Feeds
85%
Pentax K-01 mirrorless camera

Pentax K-01 16Mp APS-C hybrid camera review

Mirrorless maverick for grown-up lenses

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Optical profusion

The usual mode dial provides access to the standard exposure modes, plus full-auto and a total of nineteen scene modes. There’s also a dedicated slot for HDR mode which automatically captures and aligns a series of three JPEGs into a single image with enhanced dynamic range.

Pentax K-01 lenses

According to Pentax, the K-01 has the widest lense range for a mirrorless camera without resorting to an adapter

Pressing the INFO button gives you access to a quick menu of functions, allowing you to adjust several shooting options without entering the full menu system. Annoyingly, some of these functions, such as HDR and RAW mode, are mutually exclusive leaving one or other of them greyed out but without any indication of which other function is preventing its use.

Continuous shooting is available at a respectable 6fps in JPEG mode and in general use, the camera seems quick and nimble with the possible exception of focus, depending on your lens and the HDR mode which renders the camera unusable for several frustrating seconds while the image is processed. Continuous shooting in RAW mode is also somewhat disappointing. The manual conveniently omits this statistic from the specifications, but in practice it’s slow enough to not feel much like continuous shooting at all.

Pentax K-01 mirrorless camera

A tempting alternative to the CSC craze

Given its size and performance, the K-01 is closer to the DSLR than it is to the mirrorless compact despite its reduced physical controls and slower autofocus performance. The lack of viewfinder is also frustrating, but when you consider the stunning image quality and the comparatively low cost, it all starts to make sense.

Verdict

RH Recommended Medal

Despite these few niggles, the Pentax K-01 is a superb shooter for the price. Any other camera combining this level of image quality and features will cost you hundreds of pounds more. Any, that is, with the possible exception of the Pentax K-5 that can be found highly discounted at present – a highly desirable alternative for K-mount afficionados who can’t live without a viewfinder, but for those who can, the Pentax K-01 takes some beating. ®

More Camera Reviews…

Sigma
SD1 Merill
Canon
PowerShot G1 X
Hasselblad
CFV-39
digital back
Sony
NEX-7
Nikon
One V1

The essential guide to IT transformation

85%
Pentax K-01 mirrorless camera

Pentax K-01 16Mp APS-C hybrid camera review

Compact system camera approach but takes advantage of existing K-mount lenses and imaging tech from the flagship Pentax DSLRs.
Price: £499 (body only), £599 (40mm pancake lens) £680 (18-55mm lens kit), £780 (18-55mm + 55-200mm lens kit) RRP

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
Intel unleashed octo-core speed demon for the power-crazed crowd
Haswell-E processors designed for gamers and workstation crowds
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
Tim Cook in Applerexia fears: New MacBook THINNER THAN EVER
'Supply chain sources' give up the goss on new iLappy
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?