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Pentax K-01 review

Is the K-01 a knock out blow to its rivals?

As part of our image quality testing for the Pentax K-01, we've shot our resolution chart with a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens mounted.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Pentax K-01 is capable of resolving up to around 22 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our full explanation of our camera testing resolution charts.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Pentax K 01 review

JPEG images

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ISO 100, score: 22 (Click here for the full resolution image)

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ISO 200, score: 22 (Click here for the full resolution image)

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ISO 400, score: 22 (Click here for the full resolution image)

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ISO 800, score: 22 (Click here for the full resolution image)

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ISO 1600, score: 20 (Click here for the full resolution image)

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ISO 3200, score: 20 (Click here for the full resolution image)

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ISO 6400, score: 22 (Click here for the full resolution image)

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ISO 128000, score: 20 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 01 review

ISO 25600, score: 18 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Raw images

Pentax K 01 review

ISO 100, score: 24 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 01 review

ISO 200, score: 24 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 01 review

ISO 400, score: 24 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 01 review

ISO 800, score: 20 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 01 review

ISO 1600, score: 20 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 01 review

ISO 3200, score: 20 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 01 review

ISO 6400, score: 20 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 01 review

ISO 12800, score: 20 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 01 review

ISO 25600, score: 16 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Wireless LANNo
Effective Camera Resolution16.3 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourYellow
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NamePentax
FeaturesLive View, Face Detection, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, External Flash Shoe, Time Lapse Function
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI), MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)479.1 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Image Sensor Size23.70 mm x 15.70 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4928 x 3264
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height78.7 mm
Width121.9 mm
Depth58.4 mm
Focal Length40 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product ModelK-01
Product NameK-01 Mirrorless Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number15341
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.ricoh.co.uk
Marketing InformationHIGH TECH MEETS HIGH DESIGN.

When is a camera more than a photographer's tool? The answer is when it's an object designed by Marc Newson, one of the most acclaimed and influential contemporary designers. The PENTAX K-01 marks the intersection where high technology and high design meet.

Package Contents
  • K-01 Mirrorless Camera
  • Li-Ion Battery D-LI90
  • AC Plug Cord D-CO2E
  • USB Cable
  • Battery Charger D-BC90
  • Strap
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • Body Mount Cover
  • Software Media
  • smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS Lens
Limited Warranty1 Year