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

Pentax K-01 vs Nikon 1 J1

Winner
Pentax K-01

75

Nikon 1 J1

44

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-01

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,135 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
79.0
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Great color depth
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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Explore our gallery of 46 sample photos taken by the Nikon 1 J1.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-01.

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
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 video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 6 fps
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10x faster continuous shooting
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Movie continuous focus
Continuous video focus
Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
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
106×61×30 mm vs 122×79×58 mm
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2.9x smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.2" vs 2.3"
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Around 50% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
277 g vs 561 g
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2x lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$235.00 vs $400.00
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The best price we've seen is $165 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Pentax K-01

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
79.0 vs 56.0
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More than 40% better image quality
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
109 lenses vs 8 lenses
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More than 13.5x more lenses available
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.9 EV vs 11 EV
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2.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 2.2 more bits of color
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
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
540 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
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 4 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              J110 MP
              K-0116.1 MP

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Samsung NX1000

              Samsung NX1000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $370 body only

              $270 with 20-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              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 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $149 with 11-2mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $600 with 10-100mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $585 body only

              $490 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 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 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $288 with 10-30mm lens

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

              Pentax K-01 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $302 body only

              $341 - $379 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 K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $364 body only

              $420 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 K-S1

              Pentax K-S1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $509 body only

              $449 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $310 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $548 - $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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