Pentax K01 – New mirrorless camera system

by Enche Tjin on February 1, 2012

According to leaks, Pentax might releases a new mirorrless interchangeable camera soon. The first camera will be K01. From the leaked pictures, the camera has smaller grip and thinner profile. With the camera, Pentax will introduce new super-thin 40mm f/2.8 lens. It seems to work with existing Pentax lenses without adapter.

Advantage of this approach is you can use Pentax lenses without adapter like other mirrorless system. The other advantage is new lenses designed for this camera could be very thin. For example: Pentax 40mm f/2.8 XS (pictured below).

There are some major disadvantages of this camera such as no viewfinder (electronic nor optical) and no fast phase detect auto focus like DSLR camera.

Pentax K01 Specs

  • Alumunium case
  • Compatible with Pentax K-mount lens
  • 16 MP CMOS sensor
  • 6 fps continuous shooting speed
  • Full HD 1080p video @30 fps
  • Sensor Shift Stabilization
  • ISO 100-25600
  • Built-in HDR
  • Designed by Marc Newson

Price: Body only $750, with 40mm f/2.8 lens $899

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Pentax K01 yellow version

Pentax K01 yellow version

It is not sure whether this new camera will replace Pentax DSLR such as Pentax Kr and K5. So far Pentax Ricoh has the most camera systems compares to other manufacturers:

1. Pentax DSLR
2. Pentax 645 medium format
3. Pentax Q
4. Pentax Compacts
5. Ricoh GXR
6. Ricoh GRD
7. Ricoh compacts

My concern is if Pentax-Ricoh concentrating on so many system, they will produce average/mediocre products and can’t keep up with fast technology improvements.

Super thin 40mm lens designed for K01

Super thin 40mm lens designed for K01

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