Canon PowerShot G1X vs Pentax K-01

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Canon PowerShot G1X

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Pentax K-01

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Tunnel
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-01

Overall image quality
Great image quality
79.0
Color depth
Great color depth
23.7 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.9 EV
Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,135 ISO

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Explore our gallery of 8 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G1X. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-01.

differences

Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
697 ms vs 803 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1900 ms vs 2400 ms
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More than 20% less delay when turning on
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Weight
Lighter
492 g vs 561 g
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More than 10% lighter
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Pentax K-01

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
79.0 vs 60.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.9 EV vs 10.8 EV
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2.1 f-stops more dynamic range
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Battery life
Longer battery life
500 shots vs 250 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,135 ISO vs 644 ISO
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The K-01 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 1.9 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Size
Slightly smaller
122x79x58 mm vs 117x81x65 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
2.3" vs 2.6"
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More than 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              G1X920k dots
              K-01921k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G1X697 ms
              K-01803 ms
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Weight Heavy Help
              G1X492 g
              K-01561 g
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G1X1900 ms
              K-012400 ms
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $242 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $291 body only

              $330 - $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $629 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $545 - $1,099 body only

              $499 - $1,350 with 14-42mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $370 - $448

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $771

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $649

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sensor size Smaller sensor

              Pentax K-01 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $308 body only

              $382 - $446 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,196 body only

              $816 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Pentax Q7

              Pentax Q7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $277 body only

              $237 - $259 with 5-15mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Significantly lighter
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $685 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $617 body only

              $989 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger

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