Pentax to announce new K-01 APS-C mirrorless camera next month – Rumor Mill 0

Pentax, the company that has been bought by Ricoh last year, is rumored to released next month its second mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera: the K-01 APS-C.

The rumor has been circulating around for over a year already. Some have speculated that the K-01 APS-C production got stalled in the Ricoh buy out.

According to the report by Japanese site, which was loosely translated by the guys at, the Pentax K-01 APS-C specs are:

  • K-mount
  • will come with a new lens: DA 40mm f/2.8XS
  • there will be three new lenses
  • three different colors: Black & white body color, white and black, black and yellow
  • optical viewfinder
  • there will be also an EVF, not clear if it will be built-in or optional
  • same sensor as in the K-5 (16.3MP)
  • same LCD screen as in the K-5 (3.0 in, 921k pixels)
  • full HD video
  • shutter speed: from 30 to 1/4000 seconds
  • contrast AF, AF 81, Split
  • built-in pop-up flash
  • 121mm width, 79mm height, 59mm depth
  • weight: 560g with battery

If the rumor is true, we could expect the Pentax K-01 APS-C to be officially unveiled in the upcoming CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2012 in Japan on Feb. 9, 2012.

On the same note, Olympus is also going to release its rumored Micro Four Thirds camera, the Olympus OM-D, this coming March.