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
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.1 EV
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
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
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Startup delay Much less startup delay 600 ms vs 2400 ms
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4x less delay when turning on
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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        Compared to recent digital cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        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-01:921k dots
        K-5:920k dots
        Overall image quality Good image quality Help
        K-01:79.0
        K-5:82.0
        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
        True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
        16.1 MP
        Color depth Good color depth Help
        23.7 bits
        Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
        K-01:12.9 EV
        K-5:14.1 EV
        Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
        Better editing
        Battery life Great battery life Help
        K-01:500 shots
        K-5:740 shots
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        109 lenses
        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
        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

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Pentax K-50

        Pentax K-50

        Entry-level DSLR

        $397 - $497 body only

        $487 - $497 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

        $842 - $1,197 body only

        $1,247 - $1,447 with 18-135mm lens

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Pentax K-30

        Pentax K-30

        Entry-level DSLR

        $560 with 18-55mm lens

        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Pentax K-7

        Pentax K-7

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,288 body only

        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
        Pentax K-x

        Pentax K-x

        Entry-level DSLR

        $735 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Pentax K-r

        Pentax K-r

        Entry-level DSLR

        $484 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack

        Pentax K-01 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $350 body only

        $315 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Size Smaller
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Pentax Q10

        Pentax Q10

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $179 with 5-83mm lens

        Size Smaller
        Weight Significantly lighter
        Overall image quality Much worse image quality
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

        Pentax K-5 Competitors

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        Pentax K-5 II

        Pentax K-5 II

        Entry-level DSLR

        $700 body only

        $1,219 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Pentax K-5 IIs

        Pentax K-5 IIs

        Entry-level DSLR

        $683 - $989 body only

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Lowest price Slightly cheaper

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