16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor; Pentax K-mount lens compatibility; 1080p full HD video capture; In-body sensor shift stabilization; 6fps burst mode; Manual modes; Raw capture; Lithium-ion battery
Designed by the renowned Marc Newson, the k-01 looks more like a toy than a well-specified mirrorless camera. Pentax has chosen to use the same K-mount used by its K-r and K5 DSLRS, which means the k-01 is a bit thicker and heavier than most of its competition. Inside the unusual body lies an APS-C 16 megapixel CMOS sensor which possesses image quality similar to the very good k5. Also included is 1080p video with a microphone input, in-body image stabilization, 6fps burst mode, and DNG RAW capture. The camera's reliance on k-mount lenses means many will be larger than necessary for a mirrorless camera, but Pentax does have a trio of tiny pancake lenses that would be perfect. In fact, the k-01 kit comes with the miniscule DA40 f2.8. Reviews have noted the next-to-useless back LCD when shooting on a sunny day, essentially rendering the photographer blind. Autofocus is also good but nowhere near as fast as the new NEXs, Nikon V1, or Olympus E-M5.