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Pentax K-01 Digital Camera Review

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If you think Pentax's unusual K-01 favors form over function, then you haven't seen our test results yet.

Video Review

Introduction

"Have you met with Pentax yet?" our friend and fellow tech journalist asked cheerily. We hadn't, but were en route at the time. "Whatever you do," he said, "don't laugh."

We don't mean to insult anybody here, truthfully we weren't compelled to giggle when the Pentax representative later unveiled their new camera. We doubt our peer from across the web really was either, probably just some friendly photography banter between professionals. But this exchange should give you an idea of current prevailing thought regarding digital camera design. All models of a given type are expected to look and feel a certain way. It is in this climate Pentax decided to announce the totally unique K-01, the company's second mirrorless system camera, featuring a bold new design unlike any we've ever seen.

That was six months ago, at CES 2012, and since then we've witnessed the public's initial reception, then heard rumors of an extremely capable image sensor, then saw some encouraging sample photos, and now here we are, ready for the full review which, as you'll soon read, will be rather favorable.

Of course we have Marc Newson to thank for the K-01's look. He's a very famous industrial designer known for his style of furniture, jewelry, clothing, and even airplanes. This is Newson's first camera, and the result of a ground-up collaboration between he and the engineers at Pentax.

We have our own opinions about the design, and feel only moderately-qualified to publicize them. But purely as a device for taking pictures, the Pentax K-01 shouldn't be overlooked.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Hardware
  4. Photo Gallery
  5. Image Quality
  6. Sharpness
  7. Color
  8. Noise Reduction
  9. Dynamic Range
  10. Low Light
  11. Distortion
  12. Video
  13. Usability
  14. Ease of Use
  15. Handling
  16. Controls
  17. Speed
  18. Features
  19. Extras
  20. Video Features
  21. Conclusion