Hands on: Pentax K-01 review with video

Pentax K-01
We get hands on with the brand new compact system camera from Pentax

Pentax has launched a new mirrorless model into the market, following on from last year's Q. This time however, they've decided to introduce a compact system camera with appeal to Pentax legacy users, with a body that features a K-mount compatible with all previous Pentax K lenses.

The Pentax K-01 is designed by Marc Newson, who's well known for creating furniture and watches among other things. It has been designed, in all senses of the word, to appeal to those with image in mind as well as those primarily concerned with image quality.

It features a new 16 million pixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor, and boasts other impressive specs such as a sensitivity ranging from ISO 100 all the way up to ISO 25,600, Full HD video recording, 81 selectable AF points and a range of manual shooting modes.

Pentax k-01

Available to buy from March, it will be accompanied by a new 40mm pancake lens, which is billed as the world's thinnest interchangeable lens, coming in at just 0.36 inches. It was also designed by Marc Newson.

Pentax was bought out by Ricoh last year, with it now being rebranded as "Pentax: A Ricoh company", so although this product had been in development since before the merger, this is the first opportunity the company has had to show how it is working under new management.

Pentax k-01

We spent some time with the new camera at its official launch in London, read on to find out how we got on.

Amy Davies

Amy has been writing about cameras, photography and associated tech since 2009. Amy was once part of the photography testing team for Future Publishing working across TechRadar, Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N Photo and Photography Week. For her photography, she has won awards and has been exhibited. She often partakes in unusual projects - including one intense year where she used a different camera every single day. Amy is currently the Features Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine, and in her increasingly little spare time works across a number of high-profile publications including Wired, Stuff, Digital Camera World, Expert Reviews, and just a little off-tangent, PetsRadar.