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PentaxK-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (White)
 
4.5

(based on 45 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (39)
  • Easy to use (38)
  • Large clear LCD (33)
  • Image stabilization (31)
  • High ISO performance (27)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (25)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (31)
  • Travel (31)
  • Family photos (27)
  • Low light (26)
  • Video (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (31), Semi-pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (44)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Great Camera

First, I love the design, the layout is logical and easy to use and the menus use large fonts!
Second, image quality is exceptional, the 40mm is razor sharp.Read complete review

First, I love the design, the layout is logical and easy to use and the menus use large fonts!
Second, image quality is exceptional, the 40mm is razor sharp.
Third, when it comes to AF you have to consider your needs, it is not a $3K Canikon sports shooter.
I will say that the AF is on par with my E-PL1 and better than my former X100 so really it is fine. In addition, the manual focus is actually very easy to use, with focus peaking and zoom, i find myself using manual at least for tweaking focus, quite a lot more than I expected.
Really the easiest to use and most fun camera (with exceptional image quality) that I have used in many years.
And, it is my first Pentax!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I so wanted to like this camera

pros:The 40mm lens is very nice. small, sharp and quite.The battery life is great.The camera felt well built and solid. cons: The thing is a big brick that never felt right That...Read complete review

pros:The 40mm lens is very nice. small, sharp and quite.The battery life is great.The camera felt well built and solid. cons: The thing is a big brick that never felt right That rubber door is really annoying Auto focus was slow and not consistent at all. something it just focused on it now cant get a lock on to save its life. so frustrating. ps. i updated the firmware to 1.02video on this camera is terrible. everyone said it was pentax best video so far. i dont see how. it doesnt have continuous AF. what !? so if you only take video of inanimate objects AND you dont move, you are set. No auto AE in video. Dont you dare move from light to dark or vise versa because it will be whatever AE it was set at from the start of the video. just terrible, useless. In the end the reason I hated this camera the most was it was SO slow. I was so excited, 6fps, great 2fps faster then my D5100. this will be my high action camera. sure, it will shoot 6fps IN JPG !!! RAW is 1fps. I mean, come on pentax, really. So basically this is now a JPG only camera. Whats the point. The jpg do look great but I buy camera like this to shoot raw, and raw at 1fps is not even an option. I returned it. Garbage.

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4.0

Qualities Other ML Cameras Should Have

By lefjack

from NW Indiana

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (Black):

    Camera is able to use standard Pentax lenses, is compact and easy to carry (unless you have a large telephone lens attached).

    This is a great mirrorless camera.

    However, I do wish it has a viewfinder.

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    4.0

    Ugly, but it grows on you

    By Boardhead

    from Kingston ON

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Image Quality

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (White):

    I use the K-01 as a backup to my K-5. It is a bit smaller, and it takes the same quality pictures as the DSLR, at a fraction of the price.

    The battery and lenses are interchangeable with the K-5, so from this point of view it makes a good backup camera.

    Compared to the K-5, the biggest difference is the lack of viewfinder, which makes composition and focus for outdoor pictures a bit of guesswork since it is difficult to see the LCD display clearly in high-light conditions.

    Another difference is the unfortunate lack of a level gauge, which I found very useful in the K-5. Also, it is a lot less responsive than the K-5, and can only manage about 1 fps when shooting JPEG+RAW.

    The boxy design is a bit of a problem for the grip. It feels a bit precarious when holding the camera because the thumb rests on flat, smooth plastic, and the only rubber preventing your thumb from slipping off is in fact the memory-card access door which will just open if your thumb slips. In my opinion, this is an error in design.

    But overall this is a great value for the (discounted) price, and I am very pleased with the quality.

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    5.0

    great camera

    By Vonyulia

    from USA, Birmingham

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (White):

      It's a wonderful camera. Very easy to use. The pictures have a good quality. Takes fantastic pictures without a flash. For me it's not havy at all, like some customers mentioned. Realy works with any Pentax DSL lenses. Has many languages in menu. Very happy with a purchase. The delivery was super quick 2 days only. Highly recommend the camera!

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      5.0

      I think I am in love

      By jimmm18

      from San Francisco

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Street photography

        Comments about K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (White):

        Hi allI picked up the K01 like a lot folks because the price dropped. I wanted the 40xs lens and for $100 more I got a camera. I also read story after story of folks getting it and finding out they loved it. Turns out I am one of them.I am planning a trip to italy and was trying decide whether to buy a new smaller camera or just take my Pentax k-r. After going back and forth a few times I figured the k-r with the 40xs would be a good kit and decided to go with it. Then I bought the K01 in white. Wow! After one evening here is what I immediately noticed:1. The screen quality is amazing. The pictures are so clear and I can tell what I have capture. I have not used it in the mid day sun but so far I am impressed.2. Image quality is better than my K-R. I have always read about how great the image quality of the 16mp sensor was but didn't think I would notice it. I notice it.3. Formfactor. I know this has been very controversial on this camera but I adapted very quickly. I hold in my left hand and use my right to change setting and steady it when I shoot. 4 Autofocus. Fast enough. I updated the firmware to 1.03 within hours of getting it and it seems to be fast enough. I am not even using the 40xs lens yet. I have been shooting with my 35-70 F series lens. The lens is very light so it is not adding much to the weight.5. SD door. I found I if I lay it flat and push it forward, rather then trying put it on from the top, it goes back pretty easily.After a using it over the weekend:Focus peaking and manual lens. I need to have my glasses on for this to work! but I after some very failed photos I finally got the hang of it. I think in time I will get better at it. It definate gives a new lease on life for my manual focus lenses.40xs lens: This is a really sharp lens with nice color and it really shows with the 16mp sensor. I used it on my k-r as well and makes the 12mp closer in image quality. I don't think I own anything this nice except my 50mm 1.4 A lens.LCD: yea a pain in the daylight but I was at a local camera shop and they had a 3 inch lcd shade in stock. Bought it and had them put it on. This plus increasing the screen brightness helps.Face tracking autofocus. I don't always like this. It seems to focus everywhere but where I want it to. K-01 doesn't have a multiple point AF like the K-R so I am using spot with much better success. No viewfinder. I got use to this so fast that I started using liveview on my k-r. Not as fast as k-01 but just as fun! I think the LCD reminds me of the full frame view finders. It is bigger than the optical viewfinder in my dslr and I can see the full frame easily.Image Quality. I am blown away by it. It makes me want to sell the k-r and get a k5 or k30I showed the carmera to a designer friend and he loved the design and used it to take some nice pics! I am liking the design more and more. I wish the green and red button were reversed or if we had the choice to set them up reversed in the menu options (Pentax? firmware upgrade?) As for being a brick? My film cameras are all boxes as well so I really am not noticing any issues. I shoot film cause i like the feel of the old cameras and this feels close. The camera is smaller then my k-r and with the 40xs lens it fits in places my k-r does. Needless to say this is my Italy trip camera.

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        • 9
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        • No

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        5.0

        Pentax K-01 digital camera

        By Buck

        from Wichita, KS

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (Black):

        Other than the shape , which takes a bit of getting used to, this is a great camera . It's solid, handy and takes the best digital pictures I've ever taken. I missed my old film camera with all of my inter- changeable lenses, but full blown DSLRs have been out of my reach. The K-01 was just the ticket! Love it!!

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        • 9
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        • No

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        5.0

        Better than expected

        By Jeph4e

        from Fort Meade, MD

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Great Price
        • Great sensor
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Use Any Pentax Lens
        • Use Pro Flashes

        Cons

        • Card Slot Cover Annoying
        • No AF during video
        • No tilt screen

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (Black):

        There are a couple of quirks to this camera but have been noted just about anywhere.

        1) The card slot is annoying but not really that bad
        2) AF is slow. BUT only compared to a DSLR. When compared to other mirrorless - not a big deal.
        3) Bulky. But the trade off is you can use *any* Pentax lens.
        4) No tilt screen

        At the the current price you should get one (or two).

        Do it now before they are gone...

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        • 8
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        • No

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        5.0

        Singularly Brilliant

        By Rataskanken

        from Sweden

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Battery Life
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Takes All Pentax K Lenses

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (Black):

          After using this camera for little more than a week, I am getting more and more addicted to it. It would never have been acquired, had it not been for the fact that I am sitting on a variety of high quality fixed focal length Pentax K-mount lenses. The oldest of these date back to the mid 70's and have served my two 100 % manual MX bodies for nearly 30 years. Focusing these lenses exactly is hard with modern DSLRs, where the minimal viewfinders are at best intended only to frame (90 or so % of) the picture. The focus peaking of the K-01 makes this swift as a breeze. Autofocus with the internal motor on K-AF lenses is, on the other hand, exceedingly slow and it totally fails to even attempt focusing at light levels where my Nikon DSLRs would have zipped directly into focus. The most brilliant feature of this body is the shake reduction, which works on all lenses thrown at it. Yet with my K-AF 85/1.4 the focus works in all normal lighting conditions, and with the K-AF 300/4.5 images taken in daylight are crisply sharp. It is also brilliant to have an accurate shake reduction feature added to these 25+ year old lenses. The image quality is simply amazing in relation to the cost. And yes, the rubber flap is awkward, but it works OK after having figured out how the locking mechanism is supposed to work. Having bought two of these bodies when it was announced as discontinued, I have yet not embarked on the real project, which is setting up a stereo rig with two 28/2.8 SMC-M lenses. Just wish I had dared to go for yellow instead of black.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
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          • No

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          5.0

          Surprise, surprise!

          By Aurelius

          from Geneva

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (Black):

          Okay, I do not really like the desing! But after a couple of minutes I did not care anymore, because this thing feals right in your hands! The K-01 is fun to use ( really ) and delivers exellent IQ. Love it!

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
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          • No

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          5.0

          great value

          By T J Shooter

          from San Antonio, Tx

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (White):

          I have an older pentax Ist ds2 camera 6meg, and wanted a camera with more features and magapixels.This was the logical choice. I can use my older lenses, and carry this camera wherever I go.The quality is great. I enjoy the "focus peaking" feature, and the "hdr"can really enhance an otherwise ave. photo.After downloading the current firmware , the low light focusing is much faster.I have gotten used to not having a viewfinder. The only minor complaint is the rubber lense cap which my cat found on the table , and batted it around on the floor. I found it later near his cat bowl.I wish Pentax , or Marc Newson had attached a small cord to the center of the cap, that could be attached to the strap hinge ( I hate losing lens caps).Other than small issues , like the rubber sd cover, which takes time to figure out, the Pentax K-01 is a great camera, and the 40 mm lens performs flawlessly. I havn't used the video yet , but will be handy next time I see a "UFO"

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
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          • No

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          4.0

          Too good to pass up

          By Steve A.

          from Bay Area, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization

          Cons

          • Lens Cap
          • No Viewfinder
          • Sd Card Cover

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (White):

          It's a great second camera if you own a Pentax SLR or otherwise have their lenses. Its lack of weatherproofing and a VF would bug me if I were married to it through thick and thin, indoors and out. Given the low price of admission I have no complaints. It's fun to shoot with indoors and with old legacy lenses. I find the 40mm XS lens as good as my 43 Limited that did poorly shooting wide open.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
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          • No

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          4.0

          chunky charm

          By angry larry

          from Big Apple

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Image Quality
          • High ISO Performance
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (Black):

            I've been looking at MILCs for a while, with the intention of using my old Pentax K mount lenses with a digital sensor. When the K-01 first came out, it intrigued me, but the pricing was outside of my budget. I also handled it in the store and wasn't impressed by the ergonomics. Now, a year later, the price has fallen, and I bought one despite the poor feel in my hand. I've had it for almost two weeks, and have slowly gotten used to handling it. I'm pleased with the IQ, although I have yet to print anything at 8x10 or larger. The focus peaking works quite well, and my old M lenses are glad to be working again.

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            5.0

            Great compact-ish camera

            By Hiking Guy

            from Tampa, FL

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (Black):

              Great compact camera that can still use the high end lenses.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
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              • No

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              4.0

              Good Camera but

              By Marty

              from Saint Marys, OH

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Quiet

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (Black):

              Very good camera for what it is: mirrorless but large APS-C sensor that can use all Pentax K lens.
              Too bad they have just decided to discontinue it.
              Not having a viewfinder is hard to deal with in bright outdoor life

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 7
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              • No

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              1.0

              I so wanted to like this camera

              By Mypobox

              from Palmerton, PA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • High ISO Performance
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Keep Doors From Opening

                Comments about K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (White):

                pros:The 40mm lens is very nice. small, sharp and quite.The battery life is great.The camera felt well built and solid. cons: The thing is a big brick that never felt right That rubber door is really annoying Auto focus was slow and not consistent at all. something it just focused on it now cant get a lock on to save its life. so frustrating. ps. i updated the firmware to 1.02video on this camera is terrible. everyone said it was pentax best video so far. i dont see how. it doesnt have continuous AF. what !? so if you only take video of inanimate objects AND you dont move, you are set. No auto AE in video. Dont you dare move from light to dark or vise versa because it will be whatever AE it was set at from the start of the video. just terrible, useless. In the end the reason I hated this camera the most was it was SO slow. I was so excited, 6fps, great 2fps faster then my D5100. this will be my high action camera. sure, it will shoot 6fps IN JPG !!! RAW is 1fps. I mean, come on pentax, really. So basically this is now a JPG only camera. Whats the point. The jpg do look great but I buy camera like this to shoot raw, and raw at 1fps is not even an option. I returned it. Garbage.

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                4.0

                This is a fun camera!

                By osagehank

                from Augusta, MO

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (Black):

                  At the current price, if you have Pentax lenses this camera is a necessity. Takes great photos. It is just fun to use. If it had a Ricoh factory designed detachable hood loupe it would be a big market player.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Awesome Little Camera

                  By Rick

                  from Lakeland, FL

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Fun to use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • No Viewfinder

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (White):

                  The Pentax K-01 is an awesome little camera. It is also an incredible value at the prices it is currently selling for: $[$]or less with the 40mm prime lens. I read some negative reviews about it, some saying it was too big, others saying it was too small. However, these reviews mostly picked on the size and design. The photos it takes were widely praised. It is indeed larger than other compact interchangeable lens cameras. But that larger size gives you two things: a DSLR size sensor, and a body that fits all Pentax K-mount lenses. I purchased a Pentax K-5 a little before I got the K-01, so one motivating factor for me was that the lenses are interchangeable between them. This camera takes fantastic photos. I was concerned about using the manual focus with only the LCD screen, since the camera does not have a viewfinder. However, the LCD is so crisp I needn't have worried. In addition, the focus peaking feature is really helpful when set. It highlights the in focus parts of the image with white outlines. Soon after I got the K-01 I took it to my mother's birthday party. Everyone was amazed that I was taking pictures without the flash on. They couldn't believe they weren't underexposed until I showed them on the LCD screen playback. The sharpness of the photos was also incredible.This camera gives you the quality of photos you get with a DSLR, but in a little bit smaller package. While I like my K-5 for taking outdoor photos using the viewfinder, the K-01 is better for taking indoor photos. With the focus peaking feature, it might also be fine for outdoor photos, but I haven't tried it for that yet. I am extremely pleased with the K-01. It is a high quality, well made camera that is loads of fun to take pictures with. A word about B & H Photo: My order was handled accurately and was received in about a week. (I used the free shipping option.) Everything I ordered was received and it was all as described on the website.

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                  • 9
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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Get one while they last!

                  By Ekim

                  from NJ

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (Black):

                    At the discounted price this is perhaps one of the best camera deals ever. A fantastic lens coupled with a wonderful sensor is a winning combo - and all at an incredible price. Download and install the updates - you'll appreciate the much better focusing speed.

                    I don't find the camera bulky or difficult to use. In fact I was quite surprised by how well in handles (after reading some of the reviews on the web). I do agree that the rubber hinges on the "door" (hiding the card) seem a bit flimsy, but I take a little extra care because of that and don't expect any problems.

                    I am a fan of the looks. In fact I'd say this camera doesn't photograph well, because I wasn't really fond of the looks prior to owning one.

                    I tend to use this mostly for landscapes (it shines in this area) and will use it for macro photography once the weather warms up. The LCD screen is a little rough when viewing in bright lights, but it isn't terrible.

                    Focus peaking is fantastic; I wish my other Pentax bodies had it as well.

                    I haven't tried this body with any of my bigger lenses and doubt that I ever will. I bought the body with the intention of using smaller prime lenses, old manual primes and a couple of macro lenses. I doubt I'll ever put anything longer than 135mm on it.

                    It does seem like the combo (K-01 and 40mm) is far less likely to be really noticed (by others) when you're out shooting in a public venue. I suspect most people are under the assumption that this combo isn't invasive in any manner and don't pay any attention to what I'm doing.

                    The focusing is very accurate and reasonably fast (much better with the update). This is not the body to use if you're shooting action, but for still shots it is superb. Some complain about the slow fps (in raw) but that hasn't bothered me one bit. I'm not much for spraying and praying anyway and I rather enjoy taking the time to get things right.

                    I haven't used external flash with the body, so I can't comment on that. The onboard flash seems to do well for onboard flash - but I've only used it a couple of times.

                    IMO this camera is best suited for those who want great resolution and are willing to forgo the chance of action photography. This should be a fantastic vacation camera; it would also make an excellent street camera. For those who own primes, especially older, manual, primes, this is almost a must-have camera. It'll give new life to those old manual primes and the LCD screen (especially magnified) helps those of us with eyesight that isn't quite as good as it once was.

                    Buy one before they're completely gone. You'll be glad you did.

                    I didn't comment on the video capabilities because I don't shoot videos. Supposedly the K-01 is very good for videos, but that isn't something I care about.

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                    • 9
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                    5.0

                    A lot of camera for the money

                    By Steve

                    from New York

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Peak Focusing
                    • Quiet Shutter No Mirror

                    Cons

                    • No Viewfinder

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (White):

                    I own 4 DSLR cameras. I use a lot of older manual lenses and the Peak Focusing feature is great for manual focusing. The bundled 40mm lens is a deal. It is so thin that it almost looks like there is no lens on the camera, yet it a very sharp lens. I am very happy with the feature set and image quality.

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                    5.0

                    Love it or hate it

                    By Alex

                    from Kiev, UA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Good in Low Light

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (Black):

                      The Pentax K-01 is the camera, which can not be ignored. You can love it's design or hate it from the very first sight. Personaly I love it. In addition with great sensor (which can be found in Nikon D7000 and Pentax K-5) and K-bayonette Pentax made a step to the future. Of course, it has it's limitations, but when you take K-01 in hands and look at photos you've made with it, they are overshadowed.

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                      • 10
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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Perfect Backup and Video

                      By Stbdtack

                      from Annapolis

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • No Viewfinder

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about K-01 Digital Camera With 40mm Lens (Black):

                      Excellent and simple backup and travel camera for my K-5. It will be my primary video platform, it having some advantages over the K-5 for Video. Also lighter and simpler for travel ESP jalopy with the compact 40mm lens. It's greAt that it can use all my other K mount lenses.

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                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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