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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Dynamic range

As we have seen before with this sensor, it isn’t so much the dynamic range itself that is impressive but the amount of detail that can be recovered from shadow details without introducing noise. Highlights seem to blow out at about the same point as most DSLRs.

Some of this detail can be recovered from raw files, but it is the detail in the shadow areas that is the most staggering. Where it appears that there is absolutely no colour or detail information in shadow areas, it is possible to push these areas to a bright midtone, and at sensitivities below ISO 400 this introduces virtually no noise at all.

Opening DNG files in Adobe Camera Raw and using the Highlight and Shadow sliders allows an almost HDR-like effect to be created from a single raw file. This means it is possible to slightly underexpose images to preserve highlights, and then increase the brightness in shadow areas to produce a more pleasing image. In short, the sensor allows more flexibility regarding how images are exposed and how their contrast is subsequently adjusted.

  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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