Pentax K-01 review

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

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

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JPEG images from the Pentax K-01 have good signal to noise ratio results, and while just beaten by the Pentax K-5 at ISO 100 and 12800, at all other sensitivities the K-01 just has the edge.

Raw (after conversion to TIFF) signal to noise ratio

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TIFF files (after conversion from raw) again show that the K-01 handles noise well across the sensitivity range, with noise only starting to become apparent from ISO 3200.

JPEG Dynamic range

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Results show that the Pentax K-01 produces similar results to the Pentax K-5, Panasonic GF5 and Olympus E-P3 up to ISO 800. Above this sensitivity the K-01 show better dynamic range performance than the comparison cameras.

Raw (after conversion to TIFF) dynamic range

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Between sensitivities of ISO 100 and 1600 the TIFF (after conversion from raw) dynamic range shows a big improvement over the K-5. Above this sensitivity the results are still respectable, but show that tonal graduation in the highlights and shadows can easily be lost at the highest ISO settings.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANNo
Effective Camera Resolution16.3 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
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 Address

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