The Pentax K-01 interchangeable lens camera not only sports a stylish chassis, courtesy of Australian designer Marc Newson, it's also home to the world's thinnest interchangable lens - the smc Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 XS unifocal. The K-01 joins the Pentax Q, boosting the brand's range of interchangable lens cameras.
Pentax K-01: Build
Described by the maker as "a modern digital camera with a contemporary yet timeless design", the Pentax K-01 features an aluminium body combined with grooved rubber for extra grip and there are three colourways to choose from - yellow and black, silver and black and just plain black (we're told that there's also a white version, but that won't be making its way to the European market).
Pentax K-01: Controls
The top-mounted mode dial and power switch are crafted from aluminium alloy, while the mount lock release button is cleverly crafted into the lens mount, so that it fits flush into the camera body.
Pentax K-01: Screen
The 3-inch, 921,000-dot LCD screen features an anti-reflection coating, which appeared to work really well, even under the spotlights at the product preview.
Not only did this make for a clearer view of the screen in bright light, it also meant that the viewing angle was extremely wide (Pentax claims 170 degrees). The screen needs to be good as there's no optical viewfinder, which may be a stumbling block for some.
Pentax K-01: Battery
According to Pentax, the K-01 offers approximately 500 images with 50% flash usage and 540 without flash, or 320 minutes of video playback time. We'll test the battery life out more thoroughly as soon as we get our hands on a full review sample.
Pentax K-01: Picture quality
We only had the change to reel off a few snaps in a dimly lit event space, so we can't comment too much on the picture quality at this stage, but the 16.28-megapixel Pentax K-01 offers top ISO sensitivity of ISO 25600 and you'll also get Pentax's SR (Shake Reduction) function which, as the name suggests, is designed to offer sharp images that are free from the blur caused by shaky mitts.
Pentax K-01: Verdict
We were won over by the unconventional, minimalist design of the Pentax K-01, which is certainly bound to turn a few heads, although it may not be for everybody. The build quality felt particularly robust, if a little heavy, giving the feel of a premium camera but we felt that the grip could have been slightly more pronounced for a little added security.
Pentax K-01 review: Hands-on
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The Pentax K-01 interchangeable lens camera sports a distinctive minimalist style, designed by Marc Newson, and comes with the world's thinnest interchangable lens
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