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Pentax K-01 First Impressions Review

Pentax’s new camera is unique to say the least, but does it have performance to match?

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Introduction

The Pentax K-01 is a bit of an odd duck. When you consider that all the variations on a "mirrorless" camera have been uncomfortably stuffed under the heading of "compact system cameras," the K-01 stands apart. Indeed, the K-01 has no mirror inside, but it's hardly compact, designed by renowned industrial designer Marc Newson to be something different entirely: a work of art. Whether or not you feel the camera is successful at that goal is subjective (isn't art always?), but at the end of the day it's still a camera, and its potential performance shouldn't be ignored because of its unique design. The camera is only slightly smaller than Pentax's K-5, houses a full APS-C image sensor, can use almost any K-mount lens, and comes with a 40mm f/2.8 prime kit lens that is razor thin. The camera will be available starting in March in white, black, and yellow, for a body-only price of $749 ($899 with 40mm kit lens).

Sections

  1. Our First Take
  2. Product Tour
  3. Handling
  4. Modes
  5. Controls
  6. Hardware
  7. Conclusion
  8. Photo Gallery
  9. Specs

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