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Pentax has undoubtedly been one of the more conservative of the mainstream camera companies, but it’s developed a more adventurous streak with its compact system cameras. Of course, the concept of the mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera provides plenty of scope for thinking outside the square, but Pentax has been particularly bold with, firstly, the diminutive Q and now the K-01.

Both have attracted some criticisms – for different reasons – but with both there’s also much more than meets the eye. In the case of the K-01, it’s the styling that has been attracting all the attention. It’s the work of Marc Newson, the Australian-born industrial designer responsible for everything from the interiors of Qantas’s Airbus A380s to cookware for Tefal. He’s gone for a fairly uncompromised look of geometric lines and basic shapes, but he had to work within one particularly imposing constraint, namely the retention of the standard K-bayonet lens mount.

This makes the K-01 the first CSC with a D-SLR mount and it’s required a much deeper flange back depth than if an all-new, smaller-diameter fitting had been adopted. Consequently, the Pentax has a much deeper bodyshell than any other CSC and the styling is designed to celebrate this rather than conceal it.

Thank-you for looking up our review of the Pentax K-01 Review. This equipment review is currently available only as a low-resolution pdf version of the original magazine pages originally printed in the June 2012 issue of Prophoto magazine
You can download it here: Pentax K-01 Review.pdf