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

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-01

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Pentax K-5

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Pentax K-01

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
104 ms shutter lag
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-01

Size
Really small
Standard size (122×79×58 mm)
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Focus points
Many focus points
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Advantages of the Pentax K-01

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size
Smaller
122×79×58 mm vs 131×97×73 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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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$400.00 vs $639.69
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The best price we've seen is $240 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
600 ms vs 2400 ms
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4x less delay when turning on
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
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 540 shots
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Around 40% 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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0.3 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 2 f-stops 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
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              23.7 bits
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              K-01540 shots
              K-5740 shots
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              109 lenses
              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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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $291 - $302 body only

              $341 - $379 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $362 body only

              $420 with 18-55mm lens

              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-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $310 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,249 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Pentax K-S2

              Pentax K-S2

              Boutique

              $627 - $739

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens

              Pentax K-01 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-S1

              Pentax K-S1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $509 body only

              $449 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 - $648 body only

              $698 - $705 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $680 - $900 body only

              $1,039 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 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
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $562 body only

              $916 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $900 body only

              $849 with 28-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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