Pentax K-01

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-01

Really small
Size
Standard size 122x79x58 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.9 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-r

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
105 ms shutter lag
 

differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-01

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External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 25fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Overall image quality
Better image quality
79.0 vs 72.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
81 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size
Smaller
122x79x58 mm vs 125x97x68 mm
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More than 30% smaller
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,135 ISO vs 755 ISO
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The K-01 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.9 EV vs 12.4 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 22.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Thickness
Thinner
2.3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% thinner
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
500 shots vs 470 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Slightly lighter
561 g vs 598 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Pentax K-r

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
105 ms vs 803 ms
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7.6x less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
300 ms vs 2400 ms
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8x less delay when turning on
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              K-01:921k dots
              K-r:920k dots
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              K-01:APS-C 23.7x15.7mm
              K-r:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              109 lenses
              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-r:598 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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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,999 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $400 body only

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Size Is slightly larger
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,169 body only

              $910 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 body only

              $519 - $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Size Is slightly larger
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $883 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Dynamic range Has much narrower dynamic range
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Pentax K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $442 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

              Pentax K-01 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Pentax K-01.

              Pentax K-r Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Pentax K-r.

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