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Pentax K-01 Kit w/40mm Lens

16-megapixel hybrid interchangeable-lens camera with ultra-compact prime lens (Black)

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Our take on the Pentax K-01 Kit w/40mm Lens

From the moment you see the Pentax K-01 you know you're looking at something unique. We truly had trouble trying to figure out this camera's classification when it first hit our screens. It's mirrorless and it has interchangeable lenses, so it's a hybrid, right? It's got heft and substance, shoots great video and fast continuous stills so it must be a DSLR, don't you think? The answer is yes to both, really.

How do you define unique?

From the moment you see the Pentax K-01 you know you're looking at something unique. We truly had trouble trying to figure out this camera's classification when it first hit our screens. It's mirrorless and it has interchangeable lenses, so it's a hybrid, right? It's got heft and substance, shoots great video and fast continuous stills so it must be a DSLR, don't you think? The answer is yes to both, really.

The Pentax K-01 back panel

The Pentax K-01's back panel is uncluttered for easy control

Heir to a rich family

The K-01 has a foot in both the hybrid and DSLR camps, drawing on the legacies of both form factors. It's not out to wow you with numbers, although it has impressive ones. The results you get will do the talking. It's got a 16-megapixel APS-C size sensor that captures brilliant, high-detail images. And it has the unique ability among mirrorless cameras to work with a huge family of Pentax K-mount lenses, a family whose distinguished members stretch back multiple decades. And the sensor-shift Shake and Dust Reduction system means that all those lenses will still give you razor-sharp stills and video, even at long focal lengths.

Is that a contact lens?

Sitting on the front of this elegant camera is a lens even more eye-popping. It's got an incredibly low profile and weight, only 0.36 inches thin and a feather-light 1.8 ounces. With a 35mm equivalent of 61mm, it's convenient for everyday snapshots and portraits, and its 9-bladed, f/2.8 aperture will make pleasing blurred backgrounds for your main subjects. Plus, it's a light-gathering whiz, so that you can take shots in subdued light without a flash.

Video reimagined

Pentax has incorporated their PRIME M processor in the K-01, which has been redesigned for the particular challenges of high-definition video. It shoots a variety of video sizes and frame rates up to 1080/30p.

It's got culture too

All of this versatility comes in a package that just might be worthy of art museum display in the future. The K-01's funky, slightly futuristic look is the product of industrial design phenom Marc Newson. The machined aluminum frame is overlaid with rubberized accents that give it a secure grip. Rounded corners, bold lines, and a simple, clear control interface create a shooting experience that requires little effort and maximizes creative options.

Product Highlights:

  • 16.28-megapixel effective recording
  • APS-C size HD CMOS image sensor (23.7 X 15.7 mm) for rich tonal gradation and true-to-life color
  • 40mm f/2.8 ultra-compact prime "pancake" lens
    • 35mm equivalent: 61mm
  • crafted by world-renowned industrial designer Marc Newson
  • 3" 921K-dot LCD with brightness and color adjustment
  • high-def, high-quality movie mode (up to 1080p @ 30 frames per second) with H.264 compression
  • PRIME M image processor is optimized for video performance
  • compatible with decades worth of K-mount lenses
  • Sensor-shift Shake and Dust Reduction system stabilizes shots and keeps sensor clean
  • 6 frames-per-second burst mode shooting
  • contrast-detection autofocus system for rapid, precise autofocusing
  • 7 types of creative digital filters, including "Toy Camera"
  • retractable on-board flash
  • face detection adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance for great-looking portraits
  • In-camera HDR mode gives you outstanding detail in shadows and highlights by blending user-specified exposures
  • hotshoe for external flash units
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Compatible Lenses:
  • compatible with the large family of Pentax K-Mount lenses
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • continuous shooting mode:6 frames per second
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds, bulb
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-25,600 expandable
  • program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
  • flash bracketing: up to 3 frames
  • 20 preset scene modes for accurately exposed images in many different shooting environments
  • flash sync at 1/180 second
File Formats and Storage:
  • image storage modes: RAW (DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.3), DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III
  • still image aspect ratio options: 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
  • H.264 movie files up to 1920 x 1080 at 30 frames per second
  • accepts optional SD, high capacity SDHC, MultiMediaCard, and SDXC memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed USB 2.0 interface
  • mini HDMI output (cable not included)
  • 4-13/16"W x 3-1/8"H x 2-5/16"D (without lens)
  • weight (without battery or media): 16.9 oz.
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable D-Li90 lithium ion battery
  • battery charger/AC adapter
  • shoulder strap
  • USB cable
  • software CD-ROM

What's in the Box:

  • Camera body (black) with attached body cap
  • SMC Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 XS lens (with attached front and rear lens caps)
  • D-LI90 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2V/1860mAh/14Wh)
  • D-BC90 Battery charger (8.4V/400mA)
  • Adjustable neck strap
  • 5' I-USB7 USB cable (with Type A USB on one end and a proprietary connector on other end)
  • 6' AC power cable (non-polarized C7 connector)
  • Silkypix Developer Studio 3.0 for Pentax CD-ROM
  • Operating Manual
  • Quick Guide
  • Lens Operating Manual
  • Notification of Change of Company Name sheet
  • Pentax Worldwide Service Network sheet
  • Camera Serial Number Card
  • Lens Serial Number Card
  • UL Note (for battery charger)

Love or hate the design, this camera delivers. Stunning images, and with the 1.01 firmware update, fast focus. With the huge drop in price, I figured, what the heck. I was not disappointed. Get one before they are gone forever. This camera is like fungus, it grows on you.

Keith, Texas


Pentax K-01 Kit w/40mm Lens Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(3 Reviews)


Keith from Texas on 2/18/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Love or hate the design, this camera delivers. Stunning images, and with the 1.01 firmware update, fast focus. With the huge drop in price, I figured, what the heck. I was not disappointed. Get one before they are gone forever. This camera is like fungus, it grows on you.

Pros: Incredible IQ, stunning colors, superb low light images, decent focus, focus peaking, video, creative functions

Cons: Not for fast moving objects

The Camera to Get

RP from Texas on 11/7/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The K-01 is a solid, well-built, excellently performing camera that I believe will exceed expectations of most folks who wish to photograph at the serious amateurs level. The ability to use any of the millions of regular K-mount lenses (many of which can be found for very little money in great condition) on a mirrorless body is quite unique. It is much smaller and lighter than a "normal" SLR-sized camera but performs *better* than most digital SLR cameras on the market in a variety of empirically proven respects. You don't need empirical studies and comparisons though - the pictures from this camera are truly phenomenal. When coupled with the outstanding 40mm prime lens which is included in this kit, photos are tack-sharp and brilliant. Software functionality and options are first-rate. Some have pointed out minor quibbles like lack of an optical viewfinder but you get used to that very quickly. Yes, in bright sunlight the screen is not super easy to see under some circumstances, but it isn't that bad. The rubber door cover on the side *is* a bit fiddly but on the whole its no more bothersome than a mole on a pretty girl's back. At its current price this camera is a remarkable value. Having tried the Pentax K5 and the Sony a55 and a77, the K-01 is the most fun of them all and the picture quality is arguably the best - no exaggeration. I recommend this camera very, very highly and without reservation!



exceeded my expectations

JeffP from South FLA on 5/16/2012

I am amazed by the quality of the photos from this camera. even iso 12800 are useable (for web). the lcd (like any camera) can be hard to see in bright daylight but the focus peaking makes up for that to a certain extent. the lcd is nice sharp and big and the menus, etc are very large font .. I have a Nikon D70s, a Nikon V1 an an Oly EPL1 and the picture quality of the Pentax makes any and all of them look like toys. More importantly you can safely leave the camera on full auto and instead focus on your compositions and very easily get brilliant photos. the kit 40mm lens is razor sharp as well. Plus with Crutchfield's return policy you have nothing to lose by trying it. Bottom line, best camera i have ever owned to date.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD No
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen No
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent 61mm
Optical Zoom 1x
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter 27
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Sensor Size 23.7 x 15.7mm CMOS
Megapixels 16.28
Image Stabilization Sensor Shift
Highest Resolution 4928 x 3264
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720,
Width (inches) 4-13/16
Height (inches) 3-3/16
Depth (inches) 2-13/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 21.58
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

General Features
Playback and Editing Features
Battery Information
Supplied Software

General Features

Overview: The Pentax K-01 is a stylish digital hybrid interchangeable lens camera with many high-end photographic features. It comes with the SMC Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 XS lens. It will accept other Pentax K-mount lenses to give you a variety of shooting options.

Marc Newson Design: The K-01 was designed by Marc Newson, one of the most acclaimed and influential designers in the contemporary design industry. The body features a simple design with clean lines and elegant graphics, while maintaining all the functionality of a professional camera. It's constructed of durable machined aluminum and tactile rubber to give the camera a solid feel.

3.0" LCD Monitor: The camera features a large, bright 3.0" LCD monitor for framing your shots and playing back recorded still images and movies. The monitor's 921,000-dot resolution gives you crystal clear images, and features approximately 100% field of view. The camera does not have a separate viewfinder.

Compatible Lenses: The K-01 has a KAF2 bayonet mount with an AF coupler and lens information contacts (a K-mount with power contacts). Lenses with KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom not compatible), KAF, and KA mounts can be used. These lenses include DA, DA L, D FA, and FA J lenses.

Image Sensor: The K-01 is equipped with a large, 16-megapixel APS-C sized (23.7 mm x 15.7 mm) CMOS image sensor, which delivers high resolution image quality with accurate colors and low noise. It has 16.49 million total pixels and 16.28 million effective pixels. The sensor features a Dust Removal function that shakes the sensor every time the camera is turned on and off.

Recording Media: The camera can record still images and movies onto SD Memory Cards, SDHC Memory Cards, and SDXC Memory Cards.

Still Image Formats: The K-01 can shoot JPEG still images in 4 sizes in each of four aspect ratios: 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, and 1:1. You can set the image quality level (compression ratio) for each size and aspect ratio, to Best, Better, or Good. In addition, uncompressed RAW images can be recorded using the full output of the CMOS sensor. The RAW files are recorded in the DNG (Digital Negative) format. These RAW images must be "developed" and converted into JPEG files using the RAW Development function in the camera or using the provided software. When the camera is set to RAW+, images in both JPEG and RAW formats are captured. Image sizes include:

Aspect Ratio Recorded Pixels
3:2 JPEG 4928 x 3264 4224 x 2816 3456 x 2304 2688 x 1792
4:3 JPEG 4352 x 3264 3840 x 2880 3072 x 2304 2304 x 1728
16:9 JPEG 4928 x 2776 4224 x 2376 3456 x 1944 2688 x 1512
1:1 JPEG 3264 x 3264 2880 x 2880 2304 x 2304 1728 x 1728
3:2 RAW 4928 x 3264  

Movie Recording: High Definition movies can be recorded in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format. You can choose from Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 30, 25, or 24 frames per second, or 1280 x 720 at 60, 50, 30, 25, or 24 fps. Standard def movies can also be recorded at 640 x 480 pixels (4:3) at 30, 25, or 24 fps.

Focus Modes: You can set the focus mode switch to either AF (auto focus) or MF (manual focus). In Auto Focus mode, the camera automatically focuses on the subject when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. In Manual Focus mode, you can adjust the focus by turning the focus ring on the lens.

AF Assist Light: In Auto Focus mode, when the subject is in a dark location, the AF Assist Light automatically turns on when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. You can turn off the AF Assist light, if desired.

AF-Area Modes: You can set the range of the Auto Focus Area (AF Area). The position of the AF area can be moved around the frame using the 4-way controller. The size of the AF area can be changed using the E-dial on the top of the camera. Pressing the Green Button on the top of the camera returns the AF area to the center.

Drive Modes: The K-01 offers several options for shooting single and multiple images at once. You can choose from the following Drive Modes:

  • Single Frame: Photos are taken one at a time with each press of the shutter release button.
  • Continuous: Multiple photos are taken while the shutter release button is pressed fully at approximately 6 frames per second (high speed) or 3 fps (low speed).
  • Self-Timer: A single photo is taken after approximately 12 seconds to allow the photographer to get into the picture. A 2-second self timer can be used to avoid camera shake when the shutter release button is pressed.
  • Remote Control: Using the optional remote control, the shutter is released immediately after the shutter release button on the remote is pressed. A 3-second delay Remote Control setting is also available. Pentax offers the optional F Remote Control or O-RC1 Waterproof Remote Control.
  • Auto Bracketing: You can take three consecutive images at three different exposure levels when the shutter release button is pressed. Three images are saved with each released, one at standard exposure, one underexposed, and one overexposed. You can set the order of the exposures as desired. The bracket value can be set at +/- 3EV at 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV intervals.

Metering: You can select the portion of the image sensor to use for measuring brightness and determining exposure:

  • Multi-segment: The sensor meters the brightness in multiple zones.
  • Center-weighted: Metering is weighted at the center of the sensor.
  • Spot: The brightness is measured only within a limited area at the center of the sensor.

Shooting Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you set the desired Shooting Mode. You can select from the following:

  • Auto Picture: The Auto Picture mode automatically selects the optimal mode for capturing the subject: Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, and Forest.
  • Scene Mode: The Scene Mode lets you choose from specific scenes: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR, Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, and Museum.
  • HDR Mode: HDR Mode enables capturing images with high dynamic range: Auto, HDR1, HDR2, or HDR3.
  • Flash Off Mode: Deactivates the flash.
  • Exposure Mode: You can choose from the following modes to change the shutter speed and aperture value: Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual Exposure, Bulb Exposure.
  • Movie Mode: Records movies with sound. Exposure can be set to Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, or Manual. You can also begin recording a movie by simply pressing the Red button on the top of the camera, regardless of the mode dial setting.

EV Compensation: You can deliberately overexpose or underexpose a picture using EV Compensation. The compensation value can be set between -3 and +3 EV (-2 and +2 EV in Movie Mode). The step interval can be set at 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV intervals.

White Balance: White Balance is a function for adjusting the color of an image so that white objects appear white. You can choose Automatic White Balance (AWB), or a preset White Balance depending upon the lighting source: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light, Tungsten, Flash, CTE (Color Temperature Enhancement), or Manual.

ISO Sensitivity: You can set the sensitivity to suit the brightness of the surroundings. The sensitivity can be set to ISO AUTO or manually to ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, or 12800.

Flash: The K-01 has a built-in pop-up flash for use in low-light situations. There are several Flash Modes to choose from:

  • Auto Flash: the flash automatically fires based on brightness of the scene
  • Auto + Red-eye Reduction: the flash fires automatically with a pre-flash for red-eye reduction
  • Manual Flash: the flash fires when manually popped up; does not charge when retracted
  • Manual + Red-eye Reduction: the flash fires when popped up with a pre-flash for red-eye reduction
  • Slow-speed Sync: the flash fires during a slow shutter speed; lights foreground subject while maintaining a distant lit background
  • Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye Reduction: the flash fires during a slow shutter speed, with a pre-flash for red-eye reduction
  • Trailing Curtain Sync: the flash fires immediately before closing the shutter to capture moving objects as they leave a trail behind.
  • Flash Off: the flash does not fire regardless of subject brightness

Hot Shoe: The camera has a top-mounted hot shoe for attaching an optional external flash unit, such as the AF540FGZ, AF360FGZ, AF200FG, or AF160FC.

Playback and Editing Features

Magnifying Images: Single images can be magnified up to 16 times in playback mode. Using the E-dial, the image is enlarged 1.2x to 16x in 16 steps. While the image is magnified, you can use the 4-way controller to move around in the magnified area.

Slide Show: The Pentax K-01 allows you to play back still images one at a time in slide show fashion. You can adjust the interval (3 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, or 30 sec) and the screen effects (fade, wipe, stripe, no effect).

Thumbnail: You can display multiple thumbnail images on the LCD monitor. You can choose the number of images to be displayed in the monitor: 4, 9, 16, 36, or 81. Images can also be displayed by folder or in a calendar filmstrip.

Image Editing: The Playback Mode Palette lets you perform playback and editing functions on recorded images and movies. Some of the functions include: Image rotation, Digital Filter, Resize, Cropping, Index, Protect, Slideshow, Save Cross Processing, RAW development, Movie editing, and DPOF.


HDMI: The K-01 has a mini-HDMI (Type C) output for connecting the camera to an HDTV. A Mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required (sold separately). You can set the HDMI output resolution to 1080i, 720p, 480p (NTSC), 576p (PAL), or Auto, corresponding to the maximum resolution of the AV device.

PC/AV: The proprietary PC/AV terminal can be used to connect the camera to your computer via the supplied I-USB7 cable. The terminal is USB 2.0 High-Speed compatible. You can also connect the camera to a TV using an optional I-AVC7 AV cable. The cable has composite video and mono RCA audio plugs. The AV output can be set to NTSC or PAL.

Microphone: The camera has a built-in stereo microphone. There is also a 3.5mm minijack input for an external stereo microphone.

Battery Information

Lithium-Ion Battery: The Pentax K-01 is powered by the D-LI90 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2V / 1860mAh / 14Wh). The battery charges in approximately 320 minutes using the supplied D-BC90 battery charger. An optional AC adapter kit (K-AC1202) is available from the manufacturer for connecting the camera to household current, if desired. The image storage capacity with a fully charged battery is as follows:

Battery Temperature Normal Shooting Flash Photography Playback Time
50% Use 100% Use
D-LI90 73°F (23°C) 540 images 500 images 440 images 320 minutes
32°F (0°C) 480 images 450 images 410 images 300 minutes

Supplied Software

SILKYPIX Developer Studio: The K-01 comes with SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 software on CD-ROM. With the software, you can develop RAW files, adjust the color of the images and other settings, and save the new images in JPEG or TIFF format.

Compatible Operating Systems: The SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 software is compatible with the following operating systems:

  • Windows:
    • Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
    • Windows Vista (32-bit, 64-bit)
    • Windows XP (SP3 or later, 32-bit Home/Pro)
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7

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Staff Reviews

Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

Awesome image quality, works with all your old Pentax lenses

Written by Zak Billmeier, Staff Writer - Creative, on 4/30/2012 2:35:00 PM

Grabbed this for a couple of weeks recently and shot about 500 frames. It's an interesting camera for sure...its boxy design has scared some folks away. But they shouldn't fret over the unique design — this is a seriously fun camera.

First of all, the image quality is outstanding. I was taking a lot of low-light indoor pictures, and they looked amazing at higher sensitivities. In fact, the K-01 uses the same sensor as the Pentax K-5, Nikon D7000, and Sony NEX-5, all fantastic cameras in their own right. And Pentax, unlike most other camera manufacturers, uses the universal DNG format for the K-01's Raw files - you Raw shooters know how cool and forward-thinking that is.

Second, the K-01 works with Pentax K-mount lenses going back to 1975. A lot of people (me included) got started on a K-1000, and you can use any of those lenses with the K-01. Awesome.

Third, the "pancake" lens that comes with it (40mm f/2.8) is incredible. It's so thin, it seems like it shouldn't work. But it does, and it works very well.

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