Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Pentax K-01

Pentax K-01

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Pentax K-01

81

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Nikon 1 J1

49

Nikon 1 J1

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-01

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,135 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
79.0
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Color depth
Great color depth
23.7 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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Phase detection video autofocus
fast and accurate
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 94 ms vs 803 ms
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8.5x less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 6 fps
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10x faster continuous shooting
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 1,200 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1400 ms vs 2400 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Focus points More focus points 135 vs 81
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size Significantly smaller 106x61x29 mm vs 122x79x58 mm
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2.9x smaller
Weight Much lighter 277 g vs 561 g
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2x lighter
Thickness Much thinner 1.2" vs 2.3"
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Around 50% thinner
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Pentax K-01

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Lens availability Much more lenses available 109 lenses vs 8 lenses
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More than 13.5x more lenses available
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 79.0 vs 56.0
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More than 40% better image quality
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,135 ISO vs 372 ISO
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The K-01 has excellent image quality 1.6 f-stops higher ISO than the J1
Battery life Much longer battery life 500 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.9 EV vs 11 EV
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1.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 2.2 more bits of color
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 3x larger sensor
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The K-01's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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        similarities

        Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
        30 seconds
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons
        Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
        Can only preview photos on the screen
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $322 body only

        $315 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony NEX-5N

        Sony NEX-5N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $598 body only

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 body only

        $564 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon 1 J3

        Nikon 1 J3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $339 with 10-30mm lens

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Nikon 1 V1

        Nikon 1 V1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $410 body only

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Size Larger
        Nikon 1 S1

        Nikon 1 S1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $199 - $300 with 11-2mm lens

        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Weight Lighter
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Nikon 1 J2

        Nikon 1 J2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $537 with 11-2mm lens

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Nikon 1 J4

        Nikon 1 J4

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $497 with 10-30mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Autofocus Slower video autofocus
        Color depth Worse color depth

        Pentax K-01 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Pentax K-50

        Pentax K-50

        Entry-level DSLR

        $397 - $476 body only

        $487 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Focus points Fewer focus points
        Pentax K10D

        Pentax K10D

        Entry-level DSLR

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Live view No live view
        Pentax K-30

        Pentax K-30

        Entry-level DSLR

        $420 body only

        $890 with 18-55mm, 50-200mm lenses

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Focus points Fewer focus points
        Pentax K-5

        Pentax K-5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $752 body only

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Focus points Fewer focus points
        Pentax K-3

        Pentax K-3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $910 - $1,197 body only

        $1,258 - $1,347 with 18-135mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Size Much larger
        Focus points Fewer focus points

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