The Pentax K-01 combines unusual looks with a tried-and-tested 16.28-million-pixel sensor that is capable of excellent results. We find out how much difference the unique design makes in our Pentax K-01 review

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Pentax K-01 review


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The competition

Images: Pentax K-r and Sony NEX-5N

Photographers who want a small, light camera with a Pentax K mount should consider the Pentax K-r DSLR as an alternative. It is smaller and lighter than the K-5, which uses the same 16.28-million-pixel sensor as the K-01. Although the K-r has a lower 12.1-million-pixel resolution, the images are very good and it has most of the features of the K-01 but with a shooting rate of up to 6fps.

With the K-01 not being especially small or light, prospective buyers might look to the Sony NEX-5N. This also has a 16.28-million-pixel sensor, but is smaller and lighter, and there are third-party K-mount adapters available. It costs around £170 less than the K-01, but around £120 should be factored in for the NEX-to-K-mount adapter.

  1. 1. At a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. SMC Pentax-DA 40mm f/2.8 XS lens
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Dynamic range
  8. 8. White balance
  9. 9. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  10. 10. LCD, live view and video
  11. 11. The competition
  12. 12. Our verdict
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