Pentax has joined the mirrorless camera system club with the announcement of the Pentax K-01. Unlike a majority of the current crop of mirrorless camera systems, which contain Four Thirds format sensors, the new Pentax K-01 is designed around a larger APS-C CMOS sensor (1.5x) that offers 16MP. In theory and practice, this translates into pictures containing better detail and a wider dynamic range.
Designed by Marc Newson, machined from aluminum and finished in a choice of black, white and yellow, the new Pentax captures stills in the form of JPEGs or (DNG) RAW at capture rates of up to six frames per second. The Pentax K-01 can also capture full-HD 1080p at 30 frames per second (or 720p at 60 frames per second) with H.264 compression.
One of the cooler aspects of the new camera is that like Pentax’s DSLRs, the new camera is compatible with all Pentax K-mount optics and can take full advantage of Pentax’s in-camera, sensor-shift Shake and Dust control technologies.
Other features found on the new Pentax K-01 include a 3.0-inch (920,000-dot) LCD; a 30-second to 1/4000-second shutter speed range; a top night-busting ISO of 25600; P, Tv, Av, and Manual shooting modes; a Silent Shutter mode; automatic pre-set exposure modes; in-camera HDR capture for an expanded dynamic range when shooting in contrasty lighting conditions; Creative Filters; and a Focus Peak mode for critical manual focusing.
|Sensor||16.28MP (Effective pixels) APS-C (23.7x15.7mm) CMOS w/ primary color filter & Integrated Shake/Dust Reductuion sensor-shift system|
|Recorded Resolutions||Stills: 3:2:16M (4928x3264), 12M (4224x2818), 8M (3456x2304), 5M (2686x1792) 4:314M (4352x3264), 11M (3840x2880), 7M (3072x2304), 4M (2304x1728) 16:9 13M (4928x2776), 10M (4224x2376), 6M (3456x1944), 4M (2688x1512) 1:1 10M (3264x3264), 8M (2880x2880), 5M (2304x2304), 3m (1728x1728) Movies(resolution/fps): 1920x1080p30/25/24, 1280x720p60/50/30/25/24. 640x480p30/25/24 Quality Levels:***Best, ** Better, * Good Dust Removal: SP Coating w/ ultrasonic vibration to low-pass filter|
|Lens Mount||Pentax KAF3 bayonet stainless-steel mount, usable with Pentax KAF3,KAF2, KAF and KA, K-mount, 35mm screw-mount, 645/67 Med. Format lenses w/adapters (w/ restrictions) SDM funtion: Yes, Power Zoom Function: NA|
|Focus System||TTL Contrast Detection AF, Sensitivity Range: EV 1-18 (ISO 100), Focus modes: AF Single w/ focus lock, focus release priority selectable) Face Detection AF, Tracking AF, Manual Focus Point adjustment: Auto 80 point, User-Selectable, Center AF assist: LED dedicated AF assist lamp, AF Autozoom (2x, 4x, 6x), Focus Peaking|
|LCD monitor||3.0" TFT Color LCD w/ Brightness/color Adjustment, Resolution: 921,000-dots, Wide-angle viewable: Yes (approx 170-degrees Horizontal/Vertical)|
|Live View||TTL by CMOS image sensor, FOV: 100%, Display modes: Grid (4x4), Golden Ratio, Scale, Bright/Dark Indication, Histogram|
|Built-in Flash||P-TTL auto pop-up flash, GN 12m @ ISO 100, Coverage: 28mm equivalent, Flash mode: Auto, Auto+Red-eye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync + Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Off|
|External Flash||Hotshoe P-TTL, Top Sync Speed 1/180th-sec|
|Storage Media||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS Speed Class 1)|
|Connectivity||USB 2.0, AV out, HDMI out (Type C mini), 3.5mm stereo mic, Video out, HD (via HDMI), NTSC, PAL|
|Power||D-L190 Li-Ion Battery (approx 540 stills w/o flash, playback approx 320-minutes, Movie record time 25-minutes|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor-shift Shake Reduction|
|Metering||TTL-type, EV -1 to 21 (ISO 100, 50m lens), Multisegment (1024 segments), Center-weighted, Spot, Exp Comp +/- 3EV (1/2, 1/3 steps), Exposure Bracketing +/- 3 stops)|
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto, 100 to 12,800 expandable top 25,600|
|White Balance||Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE|
|Shutter||Electronic, 30-sec to 1/4000th, Bulb|
|Capture Modes||Auto Picture, Scene, HDR, Flash off, Bulb, Metered Manual, Aperture, Shutter, Program, Movie|
|Auto Picture Modes||Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest|
|Custom modes||Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radient, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing, Face Detection (up to 16 faces)|
|Drive Modes||Single, Continuous (Hi & Low), Self-timer (12s, 2s), Infrared Remote Control, Auto Bracketing, Multi-exposure, Interval (1s to 24hr up to 999exposures)|
|File Formats||Still: RAW (DNG), JPEG, (EXIF 2.3) PIM III, DCF 2.0 Movies: MP4 (AVC h.264), AVIMPEG for Interval shooting|
|Playback Modes||One-shot, Multi-Display, Image Rotation, Bright/Dark, Copyright data, Calendar filmstrip, Slideshow, Re-sizing,|
|Digital Filters||Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Sketch Filter, Watercolor, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fisheye|
To complement the new camera, Pentax has also introduced the smc Pentax DA 40mm f/2.8 XS “pancake” lens, a flat (only 0.36" thin) 61mm equivalent normal lens that renders sharp imagery while maintaining the compact, low-profile design of the Pentax K-01 camera body. Featuring five elements in four groups, Pentax SP lens coatings for reduced glare and improved contrast and color saturation levels, a 27mm filter thread and a minimum focusing distance of 16 inches, the Pentax DA 40mm f/2.8 XS is the perfect companion for not only the K-01, but for all Pentax DSLRs.
|Lens Mount||Pentax KAF|
|Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)||61mm|
|Lens Construction||5 elements in 4 groups|
|Angle of View||39°|
|Min. Focus Distance||15.72" / 39.93 cm|
|Number of Aperture Blades||9 rounded blades|
|Dimensions (D x L)||0.36 x 2.5" / 9.2 x 62.9mm|
|Weight||1.8 oz / 51 g|