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this is really easy to use camera. It can capture almost anything. It is very goof quality and build. The menu is not that confusing unlike the normal camera. I would recommend it to everyone. Very good seller, i am looking forward to do more sales. This has become my favourite snap camera. Auto setting produce good results but easy to switch off flash (top button) or select scenes and image resolution. I particularly like the AA batteries, there is an option for rechargeables to cope with the lower voltage and carrying spares is straightforward. Having said that, they last a long time. I also find the bulge on the right side for the battery compartment comfortable to hang on to; I have a slimmer camera but it is all too easy for it to slip out of my grip. Only drawback so far is that when viewing stored photos the lens stays out until it goes into sleep mode (or whatever it is). Then it stays in and out of the way, but maybe there is a way to overcome this I haven't yet discovered. I got this as it was so cheap I hoped I would carry it everywhere and not worry about damaging or losing it including on bike trips, and I expected some limitations. I do carry it around a lot, and it seems to have no faults. My expensive camera with supposedly better and more features gets left at home.
Almost had this camera for a week. I also have a Canon Dslr and a older Pentax Dslr for few years. Hated both of them. Got myself a Sony Nex-5N and Pentax K-01 last week. The one I am really interested now is the K-01, love it. I only got the body since I have a collection of old Pentax Primes and zooms. So far my experience was great with this camera. I shoot all manual, that way I am in control of the images. Focusing is extremely fast with the Primes, even the movie mode is great with manual primes. For me the color, the look all that stuff the reviewer is pointing out is irrelevant. I adore that fat big knobs and the buttons since they are practical. I took quite a few night shots, they call came out great. The grip is great. I also have the canon larger sensor pocket camera, which I adore since it is small and carry in my pocket. I am going to get rid of my old canon and Pentax. I like these 3 cameras Sony 5N, sleek and sexy, Canon s95 as pocket camera and Pentax K-01 as a work horse. But K-01 is the best of the bunch.
The pantex k-01 is brilliant value for money. Considering its mirror less the pantex k-01 is very large, heavy and chunky, however the image quality and ease of use far out weigh this. Its capable of shooting 1080p videos which makes movie capturing superb. I had the previous model prior to this and it didn't take much persuading to buy this one. The only real let down is it lacks viewfinder and phase-detect auto focus, which is surprising after all the great features it has. you can buy the k-01 kits separately and they come in 3 versions, white with black detail, yellow and black with silver detail, or just black with silver detail. The kit also includes a special neck-strap which is a god send for me. I'm more than happy with the camera, i just wish that it faster burst shooting for fast sports shots, but like i said previous, the pros far out weigh the cons.
This is an excellent camera for the money. It's not quite as comfortable to hold as other digital cameras and it doesn't have a viewfinder but the image quality more than makes up for this. My previous camera was a Pentax K-7 and the image quality and low light performance on the newer K-01 is far more superior. It has a bit of a boxy shape which, whilst it is far from a pocket camera, is handy for stabilising itself without the need for a tripod. This would make an ideal camera for the beginner as it has LOADS of scene selections, scene modes and special effects built in. The 40mm lens that comes with the camera is super-crisp and keep in mind that this camera is compatible with most other Pentax lenses. One minor issue I had was the focus speed. It is nothing to write home about but this is easily sorted by downloading the latest update directly from the Pentax website. If you like Pentax cameras, you will love this.
I have purchased this camera like 2 months ago! & IIII LOVE IT!!! awesome camera, takes very nice photos. I highly recommend this camera if you love taking pictures like me. You definitely will not regret it
I've spent the past week having a play about with this and I am happy to give it a great review. First off, the image quality is excellent, the focus peaking means manually focusing is much easier which is sometimes difficult to find in other models. Very well built body, size means I could happily go for a wander and not have to lug anything too clunky about. The only thing I would say is the rubber cover for the charger is extremely difficult to manage and ended up being very frustrating. However, all in all it's a very nice design. In addition to this, the battery life is brilliant- making trips much simpler. A wonderful camera, works (ie provides focus confirmation and anti-shake) with every Pentax lens ever made, plus plenty of others (I myself have used it with a microscope adapter). As well as this it's surprisingly good in low light too. In terms of video it produces nice video with acceptable sound, plus the ability to add an external microphone. One thing I would say is make sure you download the latest firmware (v1.01) from the Pentax site before using the camera, it makes a huge difference in improving the focus speed. Happy snapping!
I 've recently (June 2013) purchased a Pentax K-01 from Amazon. At £299 this camera is well worth considering, especially as it comes complete with a rather fine 40mm lens. I had looked at one last year but I couldn't justify the price then of over £600. The camera has been discontinued, apparently, after just a year so if you can get one of the last few from Amazon then you are in luck today. There are numerous extensive reviews of the camera so I can only add my views of the camera after a week of use. My camera is mostly black, with silver dials and flash housing, though there are yellow and silver versions available, but not on offer. The lens is a very compact 40mm 'pancake' . All the reviews I have read point out the shortcomings of the camera and at £600 there are severeral.. but at the£299 I paid this camera has nothing but a few minor niggles. It is quite large, but not so big as many an SLR. I wanted a small SLR so it is just right for me. I have smallish hands. It is not a pocket camera, more of a wrist strap camera, so as not to drop it on the floor when walking around with it. It feels strong and well built. The casing is alloy. The dials are big and chunky and clear with very firm click stops. There are two dials on the top, one for function selection and the other a multi-function thumbwheel. The shutter button is integral with the on-off switch, styled to look reminiscent of a film camera winder I find these two easy to use and less prone to accidental operation than on my othe camera where there is a miniscule on-off button on the top. There are four other buttons along the top rear edge of the camera. They are multi-function / programmable buttons. One flicks up the flash if required and is used as a delete button. One I have left alone to start movie recording. One I have reset to act as an on/off switch to the impressive focus-peaking mode and the fourth I have also left alone which is the exposure EV control and RAW selector. I use them infrequently so theri positioning is not important. There are four buttons on the rear. One of these I have set to act as an exposure lock. There is a playback button and effectively two menu buttons, one giving a short and one a full featured menu. There is also a five way controller on the back giving instant access to 'ISO/Flash/Motor control/White Balance functions', with an 'OK' button in the middle. This I find to be well designed for the purposes to which this camera will be used. My compact has a face-detection function on this controller, which is OK for that camera but not for this one. One reason I wanted this particular camera was the compatibility with all my 1980s Pentax lenses, which have lain unused for a very long time. The camera is K-mount compatible, even with early M lenses. The lenses clip right on and then when the camera is switched on you need to sleect the focal length of the lense in the display. Enter another function to tell the camera to expect this type of lens and you are away. Focussing is achieved manually on the lens itself, as always for a manual lens, the camera display showong a focussed-peaked image of the subject to be photographed. Focus peaking is an atrifical brightening of the edge of objects that are in focus and it is quite impressive. It is a good alternative to the split-screen mechanism I have been used to on my old film SLR. I have an elderly Tamron 500mm mirror which I never expected to use again but now I find it is MORE compatible with the K-01 than it ever was with my film 35mm cameras, giving hand held quality shots with the equivalence of a 750mm lens on a 35mm camera.. The photo quality is another good reason to buy this camera. I wanted a main camera with a a larger sensor than my compact camera. The sensor in this camera is approximately two-thirds the size of a 35mm frame. That translates into the 40mm lens being approximately equivalent to a 60mm lens on a 35mm film camera. The 16m sensor and the excellent lens give great detail in shots and impressive 'bokeh', a word I have just learned, which translates apparently to 'the backgrounds in the shots being nicely out of focus'. They are too. I tried my other lenses and the backgounds, though blurred, were a little uglier. The detail in the shots was so good that when blown up on my computer the detail was as good, if not better, than my Sony compact achieves when on full telephoto. The 40mm is not a particularly wide lens but I can imagine it would give very impressive results when being used for general 'street' photography in combination with the sub-SLR size of the camera itself. There are features on the camera that I will probably use very little. Although HD movie capable I doubt I will use the feature as I have a Sony camcorder that cost three times as much and is faultless. I've tried movie mode on the K-01 and it is good, but it is not good if the camera is moving as the picture wobbles and striates horizontally. The camera has an AUTO mode which gives excellent pictures but I find the focussing a little odd. It tends to focus on something other than the thing I am pointing the camera at. For most purposes this does not matter as when I use AUTO to point and shoot and expect a certain failure rate. The other modes do not exhibit this behaviour. Low light capability appears excellent but focussing in low light can be laboured as the camera hunts for a grip on the scene. If the 40mm is too close to the subject it simply gives up until I baack the camera away from the subject. There are 19 SCENE mode settings in all. Three of them are continuous shooting modes for moving objects, kids and pets. The is an HDR mode (High Dynamic Range) for shooting shots with a wide range of light intensity. It takes three shots and sews them together. It is also variable to increase colur intensity across three stage choices. My compact has a simialr function, albeit rather more basic, for backlight compensation only. There are also a clutch of less automatic shooting modes: bulb (shutter locked open), fully manual, aperture priority, shutter priority and fully programmed. All of these have available a couple of extra choices, which can be combined. These are 'Digital Filter' and 'Custom Image'. For instance, the 'Extract Color' digital filter allows me to shoot a shot of myself in B&W with my beautiful blue eyes highlighted in blue. I think it's a great effect but others react in horror to the rather gothic image produced! I guess the 'Digital Filters' can be loosely described as similar in effect to physical filters placed in front of the lens. The 'Custom Image' settings are loosely equivalent to film processing level effects e.g. brightening, muting, film type selection etc. There is a BIG battery on this camera, accessed through a compartment underneath which MAY be covered by a tripod head. There are some design decisions which have drawn criticism. The rubber SD card cover is a wobbly rubber affair which means you should not buy this camera if you don't look after your kit. The lens cap is a tiny rubber affair that I know will get lost. If either of those bother you then you won't be interested in the 54% off at Amazon! To be continued