Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Pentax K-01 vs Pentax K-5 IIs

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-01

Winner
Pentax K-5

55

Pentax K-01

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
104 ms shutter lag
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-01

Size
Really small
Standard size 122x79x58 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Focus points
Many focus points
81
Thickness
Thin
2.3"

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differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-01

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size
Smaller
122x79x58 mm vs 130x96x72 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
81 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Lighter
561 g vs 740 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
2.3" vs 2.9"
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20% thinner
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
104 ms vs 803 ms
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7.7x less delay when taking photos
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
600 ms vs 2400 ms
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4x less delay when turning on
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Battery life
Longer battery life
740 shots vs 500 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
82.0 vs 79.0
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Almost the same
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.1 EV vs 12.9 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The K-5's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              K-01921k dots
              K-5920k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              109 lenses
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              23.7 bits
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              K-01561 g
              K-5740 g
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $367 body only

              $403 - $496 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $799 - $970 body only

              $1,039 - $1,079 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $1,229 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $375 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $617 body only

              $989 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Pentax K-S2

              Pentax K-S2

              Boutique

              $697 - $797

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $504 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack

              Pentax K-01 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Pentax Q

              Pentax Q

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $179 body only

              $299 with 5mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $583 body only

              $892 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $748 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

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