Pentax K-01 vs Pentax Digital SLR

Pentax K-01 Compact System Camera with 18-55mm Lens Kit - Yellow £510.15

Pentax K-01 vs Pentax *ist D Digital SLR - size comparison, plus additional sample photos.

23/03/2012 - 14:44

Pentax K-01 With 18-55mm Lens
Pentax K-01 With 18-55mm Lens

Here are some pictures of the Pentax K-01 with a Pentax 18-55mm DA lens, as well as the K-01 next to the Pentax *ist D. You can also view additional sample photos from the Pentax K-01 below, or for additional information, have a look at the full Pentax K-01 Review.

Pentax K-01 Rear
Pentax K-01 Rear

Pentax K-01 With Strap
Pentax K-01 With Strap

Pentax K-01 IstD DSLR Front 2
Pentax K-01 *istD DSLR Front

Pentax K-01 IstD DSLR Rear
Pentax K-01 and *istD DSLR Rear

Pentax K-01 IstD DSLR Top
Pentax K-01 and *istD DSLR Top

Pentax K-01 Other sample images

Silver Car | 1/250 sec | f/5.6 | 40.0 mm | ISO 100<br /><a target="_blank" href="">High-Res</a>

Silver Car | 1/250 sec | f/5.6 | 40.0 mm | ISO 100

Blue Car | 1/250 sec | f/5.0 | 40.0 mm | ISO 100<br /><a target="_blank" href="">High-Res</a>

Blue Car | 1/250 sec | f/5.0 | 40.0 mm | ISO 100

Fountain | 1/640 sec | f/8.0 | 40.0 mm | ISO 400<br /><a target="_blank" href="">High-Res</a>

Fountain | 1/640 sec | f/8.0 | 40.0 mm | ISO 400

Motorbike | 1/160 sec | f/4.0 | 40.0 mm | ISO 100<br /><a target="_blank" href="">High-Res</a>

Motorbike | 1/160 sec | f/4.0 | 40.0 mm | ISO 100

Chillies | 1/40 sec | f/2.8 | 40.0 mm | ISO 800<br /><a target="_blank" href="">High-Res</a>

Chillies | 1/40 sec | f/2.8 | 40.0 mm | ISO 800

Pentax Star Ist D Pentax 40mm F28 Lens
Here's the Pentax *ist D with the Pentax 40mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens

Pentax K-01 Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels 16.28Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 4928
Pixels (H) 3264
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Size (width) 23.7mm
Sensor Size (height) 15.7mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in
Screen resolution 921k
Touch Screen No
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest 30sec
Bulb mode Yes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity 100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp +/-2
Viewfinder Resolution No Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 6fps
Movie mode Yes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS 30/25/24 fps
Stereo Sound Yes
Optical Zoom with Video Yes
Other Features
Image Stabilisation Yes
Wi-Fi No Data
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery Type Lithium Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating) 500shots
Box Contents
Box Contents Li-ion battery D-LI90, AC plug cord D-CO2E, USB cable, Battery charger D-BC90, Strap, hot shoe cover, body mount cover, Software
Weight 480g
Width 121mm
Height 79mm
Depth 59mm

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Link Posted 24/03/2012 - 10:41
This article- WHY?


Link Posted 26/03/2012 - 01:35
japers45 wrote:
This article- WHY?

My thoughts too

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Link Posted 26/03/2012 - 17:35
Yes why compare it to the 1stD, surely against the K-5 would make more sense??
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Link Posted 28/03/2012 - 10:25
the K01 is the first mirrorless K mount body, so why not compare it to the first K mount DSLR

My question would be why use an istD that's missing all its covers and caps

EDIT; it's also a good comparison to show how far Pentax have come over the last several years.
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Last Edited by fatspider on 28/03/2012 - 10:26


Link Posted 29/03/2012 - 13:35
I'm bewildered by this too. A lot of forum users have never seen a *istD and that includes myself.
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Link Posted 07/04/2012 - 17:01

The only rationale I can see is that the K-01 is even smaller than the smallest dSLR Pentax ever made.

But so what? It's a flippin' compact, of course it's going to be smaller.

Still daft.
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Last Edited by ChrisA on 07/04/2012 - 17:03


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