Pentax K-01 listed as discontinued one year after announcement

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The Pentax K-01 fame was short-lived - one year after the camera was announced and few months after the price dropped in half, Pentax Japan officially listed the K-01 as discontinued on their website. I doubt that there will be a replacement.

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  • Jake

    Better luck next time Pentax.

  • malchick743

    Good. Don’t think this camera ever sold well… plus the design is just for looks……

    Time for P-R to re-concentrate on real DSLRs like K-5II/s..

  • spam

    I’m sure there will be a replacement, but hopefully not until they get better AF-performance.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ksuwildkat Rob S

      Firmware 1.02 improves AF a lot

  • spam

    I’m sure there will be a replacement, but hopefully not until they get better AF-performance.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ksuwildkat Rob S

      Firmware 1.02 improves AF a lot

  • lpo

    WELL, mccurry is going to eat at mccurry: http://1mytomyam.blogspot.it/2010/01/mccurry-mccurry.html

  • Karol Wojdyna (past pentaxian)

    Winston Churchill said once: “Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing…after they have exhausted all other possibilities”.

    Let’s hope there are some Americans in charge at Pentax then, also…

    • Douglas Pavani

      Nothing american about the Pentax anymore, it is like saying that Seat is Spanish.

      • Karol Wojdyna

        Anymore? I thought it was Japanese.

        My comment was just an irony.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ksuwildkat Rob S

    I just bought a K-01 with the DA 40mm XS lens. It is an amazing combination – almost too small. But unlike most small cameras, you dont give away anything in IQ.

    If Pentax had sold it in the $300-400 range at introduction it would have been extremely popular. As it is it has sold very well in clearance.

    • info

      You aren’t giving anything away with Sony NEX and Fuji X cameras that are much smaller either.

    • info

      You aren’t giving anything away with Sony NEX and Fuji X cameras that are much smaller either.

  • elho_cid

    Replacement would make sense coming in form of Ricoh GRD module.

  • Atlasman

    Maybe they need to hire a different designer.

    Maybe they (Pentax) need to re-think their strategy.

  • Karol Wojdyna

    In my opinion, you cannot expect people buy a mirrorless camera “thick as a brick” that has a sensor size like little Samsung or Sony competitors.

    Compatibility with K-mount lenses is nice, but not enough, as you can guess.

    I mentioned a while ago, that in such tight market, you have to offer something really superb to make people leave major brands (Nikon, Canon) for yours. Fujifilm came out with the classic ragefinder design coming with picture quality and they succeeded. Sony and Olympus/Panasonic were market leaders. What was the reason to buy Pentax? Yellow papers? Come on!

    K-7 / K-5 base is so great to use – easy to control by intuition, great picture quality, classic SLR design with one backdraw – very unreliable AF – a typical issue eversince Pentax started analog AF SLRs. What does K-01 have? Controversial design of big as for mirrorless body, even worse AF and strange controls with a big price tag. Maybe it is possible to sell this when you print “hasselblad” logo on it, but not Pentax.

    Why didn’t they go with for example, SQUARE 24x24mm sensor? They could market it as a medium format substitute with full ability to use APS-C lenses and 30 more megapixels? That would be something catching!

    Another wasted money, a lot of wasted time. Too bad, again, Pentax. Switching brands was something I did not wanted but I am glad I made up my mind. I saved at least 3 years so far (and still not sure if there wil be antything full frame coming from them, not to mention there is no full frame optics anymore…)

    • Karol Wojdyna

      correction to above – 30% megapixels more

      • Karol Wojdyna

        I am sorry – I am making as many mistakes as Pentax :) Of course, a square 24x24mm sensor for APS-C format would have 50% more megapixels (and surface) than standard 24x16mm APS-C sensor. And that would be a result in half way between APS-C and Full-Frame.

        • Karol Wojdyna

          Hmmm – another mistake. Must be not my day.

          So the final thought is that everything I’ve written I sustain except that a square sensor for APS-C format would not be 50% better, but much less than that. Still, as I described in my reply to Michael, I believe it to be a great idea to introduce for the sake of sale success.

    • Michael

      The square sensors have a big problem, since the size of the sensor is determined size of the imagecircle of light coming from the lens, the diagonal dimension of the sensor could not be increased whill keeping compatibility with current lenses. Thus the largest square sensor that would fit a APS-C lens would be a 20×20 mm square sensor, that would have 17 megapixels if using the same density as the current 16 megapixel APS-C chip.

      • Karol Wojdyna

        I do not think you’re right. The lens is round and if it can cover 24×16 so it will cover 24×24 as well.

        • Karol Wojdyna

          I reconsidered what I wrote after I read your comment and have to admit that I was pretty much wrong.

          Yes – you’re right – the square sensor fitting in the same image circle than APS-C would be 20,4×20,4 mm (if I did not miscalculated) and have 17,33 MP

          But this is only theoretically not much diffeence. When you draw a 2:3 rectangle and a sqare that fit both the same circle you’ll see that a square would use better parts of the lens while the rectangle “closer” to the edges.

          In this case, that it should be possible, at least with few APS-C lenses, to put a little bigger square sensor than a theoretically limited to 20,4×20,4mm, I would guess.

          Thank you for pointing out my mistake, anyway. Regards, Karol

      • Karol Wojdyna

        I do not think you’re right. The lens is round and if it can cover 24×16 so it will cover 24×24 as well.

        • Karol Wojdyna

          I reconsidered what I wrote after I read your comment and have to admit that I was pretty much wrong.

          Yes – you’re right – the square sensor fitting in the same image circle than APS-C would be 20,4×20,4 mm (if I did not miscalculated) and have 17,33 MP

          But this is only theoretically not much diffeence. When you draw a 2:3 rectangle and a sqare that fit both the same circle you’ll see that a square would use better parts of the lens while the rectangle “closer” to the edges.

          In this case, that it should be possible, at least with few APS-C lenses, to put a little bigger square sensor than a theoretically limited to 20,4×20,4mm, I would guess.

          Thank you for pointing out my mistake, anyway. Regards, Karol

    • Jer

      Karol, Pentax currently offers 7 Full Frame lenses in the FA and D FA lines. They consist of a 31mm f1.8 FA Limited to a 100mm 2.8 D FA Macro. Of course there a lot of holes there to fill for tele and zoom lenses but at least it’s a start. Of course there are gillions of older great K mount lenses out there to use. I believe Pentax lenses have always been very underrated compared to Nikon and Canon glass. I don’t have experience with the current FA and D FA lenses that Pentax offers but I’m sure they are very good glass, like the older Pentax SMC A lenses I used to use. I loved the A series primes, they were simply a joy to use with their silky smooth focusing and the precision metal construction.

      • Karol Wojdyna

        Jer, I am aware of the lenses you’ve mentioned – I had all 3 limited while I had my MZ-S, LX and K-20. Great lenses!

        What I meant is when they theoretically come out with FF camera – what a customer can get with it at a cash register? You buy D800 or EOS1D and you are getting anything you want new, right away. What a salesperson is supposed to tell a theoretical Pentax FF customer – go to ebay and find something used or really expensive limited lenses? I do not think so.

        All they do is developing new DA lenses. Not to mention, they’re KAF2 “crippled”. And what also matters – there are no third party accessories for Pentax. Even Zeiss ceased supporting K-mount lately. Not to mention grips, flash triggers, flashes etc.

        I was proud of my LX with SMC-A 50mm. And even MZ-S, with the exception of Auto-Focus, was a great camera – more versatile than F80, F90 or EOS50, EOS 3 competitors, with great limited lenses. Probably poor marketing and AF issues did the harm to the brand. That all means they need something really earthquaking to compete even with Sony, since Canon and Nikon are out of reach now. Too bad – Pentax used to be a leader.

  • photoviking

    You know what? I’ve used the K-01 and have a good friend who has captured the first year of his baby’s life with it.

    It is a capable if unusual camera. Image quality is top notch for a 16MP APS-C sensor. You can (and I have) easily made exhibition quality 12″x18″ prints from the K-01 files. And anyone who has ever wished they had a tripod with them when the opportunity for a quick group photo pops up would be hard pressed to find a camera of this caliber which sits so balanced, due in no small part to its brick-like design.

    I think where Pentax went wrong was with the color scheme and marketing. They simply did not get this into the hands of the brand influencers quickly or thoroughly enough.

    I am hopeful Pentax brings out a K-02 in the near future, as long as they learn from the mistakes of the K-01.

  • photoviking

    You know what? I’ve used the K-01 and have a good friend who has captured the first year of his baby’s life with it.

    It is a capable if unusual camera. Image quality is top notch for a 16MP APS-C sensor. You can (and I have) easily made exhibition quality 12″x18″ prints from the K-01 files. And anyone who has ever wished they had a tripod with them when the opportunity for a quick group photo pops up would be hard pressed to find a camera of this caliber which sits so balanced, due in no small part to its brick-like design.

    I think where Pentax went wrong was with the color scheme and marketing. They simply did not get this into the hands of the brand influencers quickly or thoroughly enough.

    I am hopeful Pentax brings out a K-02 in the near future, as long as they learn from the mistakes of the K-01.

  • tttulio

    I could have told them it was not going to work.

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