Pentax launches K-01 interchangeable lens camera

Pentax has unveiled a new digital camera that has a nice retro style design and comes in three colors called the K-01. The camera is offered in black, silver, and yellow. The camera is designed to be compatible with about 25 million Pentax K-mount lenses that have been on the market for decades. The camera uses a 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor.

The rear LCD screen is 3 inches with a 920,000-dot resolution, and the camera can record 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second. The video uses H.261 compression and 720p video can be recorded at 60 frames per second. Pentax sensor-shift shake and dust reduction is integrated inside the camera, and it has a six frames per second burst mode for fast action photography.

The camera has an ISO range of 100 to 25,600 for noise and clear imaging in a variety of lighting situations. The camera can be had in a kit that includes a Pentax-DA 40 mm F2.8 XS interchangeable lens, said to be the world's thinnest interchangeable lens. The K-01 body only will sell for $749.95 and the kit, including that thin 40 mm lens sells for $899.95.