Review: Pentax K-01

There is a lot to be said for a company that tries something different and that changes something we are fundamentally familiar with. From a geeky point of view, this is what Pentax did with the K-01. They made us scratch our heads with what they consider a hybrid camera. Easily, the Pentax-DA 40mm f2.8 XS Lens is the best kit lens I’ve ever used. I love my 40mm f2.8 macro on my Nikon and the difference between the two was speed. The Pentax lens was faster and had macro capabilities. Because of its size I thought would have manual focusing issues but this lens proved me wrong. Continue reading…

Pentax K-01 Sports APS-C Sensor, Weird Look

Yes, the rumors were true. Pentax announced the K-01 mirrorless camera. Unlike the Q, this one’s got an APS-C sized sensor just as large as their very good K-5. Other important features are 1080 HD video (H.264: 30p, 25p or 24p, ISO output up to 12800, and a burst shooting rate at 6 fps at the fastest. Plus, it features a 3.0-inch 921k-dot LCD and sensor-shift image stabilization. Lastly, it features an SD card slot. The Pentax K-01 will be sold body-only for $749.95 and will also be available with the new 40mm pancake for $899.95. By itself, the 40mm F2.8 XS will be $249.95.

Look for it all in March.