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Pentax-K-01_menu_shoot_main.jpg This is the standard information display in Auto mode. You can also opt to display no information or turn the display off. Even in Auto mode, you can change the ISO, change the drive mode and use self-timer, select one of four flash modes, and adjust the flash exposure. You can also change auto exposure metering to center-weighted, spot, or multi-segment. You must, however, use auto white balance.

Auto Picture modes:
  • Standard
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Macro
  • Moving Object
  • Night Scene Portrait
  • Night Scene
  • Blue Sky
  • Forest



Pentax K-01_menu_shoot-Pmode.jpg Program mode offers more settings changes than Auto mode, such as Custom Image, which offers 11 presets that adjust color saturation, hue, and contrast. Presets have self-explanatory names like Bright, Natural, Vibrant, and Muted; there are more exploratory settings such as Bleach Bypass and Reversal Film, plus Cross Processing, which offers a few presets and a random setting for when you feel like trying an arbitrary effect (you can save your favorite results. Unlike Auto mode, you can use slow speed sync and trailing curtain sync flash settings. You can also set the white balance.


Pentax K-01_menu_shoot-focus-inspect.jpg Turning on the AF auto zoom feature magnifies the area around the AF box. The display changes roughly one second after focus locks, or you can launch it yourself by pressing the OK button. Turning the thumb dial changes the magnification to either 2X, 4X or 6X. You can turn this feature off, if you choose.


Pentax K-01_menu_shoot-focus-inspectx6.jpg Magnifying your image to 6X can help ensure your subject is in focus, and you can get extra help from the focus peaking feature, which highlights edges that are in focus. However, you won't get this extra help when focusing manually--auto zoom only works with auto focus. You can, however, use the focus peaking feature with manual focus.


Pentax K-01_menu_shoot-info-button.jpg Pressing the Info button brings up a wealth of handy settings. Top row (L-R): custom image, digital filter, HDR capture, AE metering, and auto focus. The auto focus offers four options: spot, face detection, tracking and select. In select mode, pressing the OK button allows you to move the AF box with the four-way buttons, and to enlarge/shrink it with the thumb dial.

Second row (L-R): distortion correction, lateral chromatic aberration, highlight correction, shadow correction, shake reduction.

Bottom row (L-R): aspect ratio, file format, JPEG recorded pixels, and JPEG quality.


Pentax K-01_menu_shoot-ISO.jpg Pressing the top button on the four-way control launches the ISO settings menu. Here you can change the sensitivity from ISO 100 all the way up to ISO 25,600.


Pentax K-01_menu_shoot-burst.jpg Pressing the right side button on the four-way control launches the continuous shooting menu. Here you can also select the self-timer, choose to control the camera with a remote control, and adjust exposure bracketing.


Pentax K-01_menu_shoot-WB.jpg The bottom button on the four-way control takes you to the white balance menu. In addition to typical selections for daylight, shade, and cloudy conditions, there are four fluorescent light settings and a color temperature enhancement (CTE) setting for strengthening the color tone of light source.


Pentax K-01_menu_shoot-flash.jpg The left button on the four-way control launches the flash settings menu. This includes slow-speed sync and manual flash settings, both of which can be combined with red-eye reduction. The last selection is trailing curtain sync, which fires the flash just before closing the shutter. This is ideal when shooting with a long shutter--you end up with a motion trail behind a moving subject illuminated by the flash.


Pentax K-01_menu_shoot1.jpg The Menu button takes you to the full barrette of shooting mode options. On page 1 you will find the Custom Image option, a selection of seven digital filters (though you can apply one of 19 digital filters after the fact using the playback edit menu), as well as exposure metering and autofocus settings. You can turn lens correction on or off here, as well as launch HDR (high dynamic range) capture, though it's easiest to simply select the HDR Capture position on the mode dial.

Custom Image modes (including fine adjustment):
  • Bright
  • Natural
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Vibrant
  • Radiant
  • Muted
  • Bleach Bypass
  • Reversal Film
  • Monochrome (including film filters, infrared, sepia toning)
  • Cross Processing (creative random effect generation)

When using the SCN position on the mode dial, the top position on page one in the menu goes to the complete list of scene modes.

Scene modes:
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Macro
  • Moving Object
  • Night Scene Portrait
  • Sunset
  • Blue Sky
  • Forest
  • Night Scene
  • Night Scene HDR (JPG only)
  • Night Snap
  • Food
  • Pet
  • Kids
  • Surf & Snow
  • Backlight Silhouette
  • Candlelight
  • Stage Lighting
  • Museum

Pentax K-01_menu_shoot2.jpg The first two options on page 2 of the shooting menu allow you to create a multiple-exposure shot, with up to nine shots on the same frame, and to set up interval shooting with up to 999 images set to be taken at intervals up to 24 hours apart.

The dynamic range setting allows you to turn highlight correction and shadow correction on or off, or use auto. This menu is also where you turn high ISO noise reduction and slow shutter speed noise reduction on or off, as well as the sensor-shift shake reduction feature.


Pentax K-01_menu_shoot3.jpg Live view options include three different grids, and the ability to display the histogram and highlight bright and dark areas. Instant review can be set to display for one, three, or five seconds, or be turned off. This menu also allows you to turn on or off the enlarge instant review feature, and to save RAW data.

The Memory menu allows you to select which function settings are saved when the camera is turned off. These include flash mode, drive mode, white balance, custom image, sensitivity and EV compensation. By default, digital filter and HDR capture settings are not saved, but you can set these to be saved as well. This menu also allows you to turn on GPS time sync.


Pentax K-01_menu_custom-buttons.jpg The red and green buttons on the top panel can be customized to initiate a variety of functions, as seen in this list. By default, the red button starts movie recording, though you can program it to change the file format on-the-fly, initiate preview, or turn on focus peaking mode, for example.


Pentax K-01_menu_custom1.jpg The camera offers three pages of custom menu options, allowing you to tailor your shooting in a variety of ways. For example, the expanded sensitivity option is turned off in this menu, allowing ISO sensitivity from 100 to 12,800. Selecting "2" for this item expands the ISO sensitivity to 25,600. You can also choose to lock auto exposure when auto focus locks, link the exposure to the autofocus point, and adjust the order of the auto bracketed shots.


Pentax K-01_menu_custom2.jpg Page 2 of the custom settings lets you choose your white balance when using flash, when using auto white balance and tungsten light, fine-tune auto focus, enable shutter release while the built-in flash is charging, save image rotation information, and save menu location so the menu button delivers you to the last menu tab you accessed.


Pentax K-01_menu_custom3.jpg The last page of the custom menus allows you to turn on shake reduction during live view, though this uses more power. You also can enable the shutter to release when using a lens with its aperture ring not set to the "A" (or auto) position.


Pentax K-01_movie-record.jpg The K-01 records movies at full HD (1920 x 1080) at 30, 25, or 24fps. It can record HD video at 1280 x 720 at 60, 50, 30, 25 or 24fps. VGA video is recorded at 640 x 480, at 30, 25, or 24fps.

You can connect a microphone to the stereo mini plug to increase the quality of your audio. An optional AC adapter Kit is recommended for recording movies for long periods of time. The maximum movie record time is 25 minutes.


Pentax K-01_menu_shoot-movie.jpg When shooting movies you can use one of three exposure settings: program, aperture priority, or manual. the movie capture settings include full HD, HD, and VGA, as well as frame rate and quality level. You can also set different recording levels for the internal microphone and your external microphone, and turn off shake reduction if you choose.

In interval movie mode the camera takes still images at intervals ranging from one second to one hour and combines them into a movie file. The camera can be set to record at up to 99 hours, and you can set it to delay taking the first picture until a set time.


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