Pentax K-01 Digital Camera Review

The K-01's decent video performance is overshadowed by its frustrating controls and awkward handling.

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With its thick body and unique construction of the Pentax K-01—created by industrial designer Marc Newson—clearly wasn't produced with filmmaking in mind. The camera offers no handling advantages when it comes to shooting video, and, while its video performance numbers weren't bad, there are much better video-capable DSLRs, system cameras, and camcorders in the K-01's price range ($900 with kit lens).

Motion & Sharpness

Videos are captured at 30 frames per second, so they’re not quite as smooth as 60 fps content, but still free of trailing and judder. Additionally, the K-01 has options for 24p and 25p video recording, both of which produce a more film-like aesthetic than the 30p frame rate. Artifacting was barely noticeable when shooting with the K-01’s highest quality setting, making the camera’s motion video test very attractive overall.