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

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
104 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-01

Size
Really small
Standard size 122x79x58 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Focus points
Many focus points
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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
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              K-01:79.0
              K-5:82.0
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              K-01:921k dots
              K-5:920k dots
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              K-01:APS-C 23.7x15.7mm
              K-5:APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              23.7 bits
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              16.1 MP
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              K-01:12.9 EV
              K-5:14.1 EV
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              109 lenses
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              K-01:500 shots
              K-5:740 shots
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              K-01:561 g
              K-5:740 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $367 body only

              $427 - $429 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
              Size Is slightly larger
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $729 - $1,046 body only

              $947 - $1,358 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 body only

              $525 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $883 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Dynamic range Has much narrower dynamic range
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $793 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage

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              Pentax K-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,999 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $635 body only

              $837 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $896 - $897 body only

              $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 More shutter lag

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