While not up to par with the company's DSLRs, the burst mode shooting is rated at six-frames per second in JPEG mode in continuous high mode, three-frames per second in low mode, and based on my tests with using high quality RAW I could knock out six shots in about five seconds before the writing of data to the card slowed things down. One thing to note is that the K-01 is very quiet while shooting in burst mode.
The K-01 is a contrast detect camera which is not a speedy method of autofocus, but for the most part I would not consider it slow and in bright light it can really be pretty snappy. This is the same kind of system that almost all mirrorless systems use and it requires data that is provided by the image sensor. It has an EV range of around 1 to 18 at ISO 100. It offers single, face detection, and tracking autofocus. You can also focus manually as well.
Other features that are included in the K-01 include shake reduction, sensor cleaning, and dust removal. There is also a 1024 segment metering system that has a working range of EV -1 to 21 at ISO 100. It can be center-weighted as well as used for spot metering. On the back there is a dedicated AF/AE-L button that allows you to lock the metered exposure.
The exposure modes offered contain the standard Program, Manual, Bulb, Aperture Priority, and Shutter Priority modes, but there are also and HDR mode, Flash off mode, and a Movie mode. Also included are a large number of scene modes including Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sunset, Pet, Moving Object, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR, Night Snap, Food, Kids, and more.
The shutter itself is an electronically controlled unit that is capable of up to 1/4000 of a second and a minimum of 30 second – there is also the bulb mode when longer times are required. White balance has a number of presets including Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Warm Florescent, Cool Florescent, Tungsten, and more.
The movie capabilities are similar to the Pentax Q in that it records videos with the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC compression. It is able to capture full HD video (1,080p; 1920 x 1080 pixel) at a rate of 30 frames per second with the option to also capture at 25 (the rate of the K-5) as well as 24 FPS. Two other resolutions are also available in 720P (1280 x720 pixel), and VGA (640 x 480).