Pentax K-01 vs Pentax K-r

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Pentax K-01

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Pentax K-r

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-01

Really small
Size
Standard size (122×79×58 mm)
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.9 EV
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-r

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

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-01.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-r.

differences

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
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
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
122×79×58 mm vs 125×97×68 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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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
540 shots vs 470 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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
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-01921k dots
              K-r920k 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
              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-r598 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $293 - $302 body only

              $371 - $389 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Size Is slightly larger
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $361 body only

              $420 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $680 - $900 body only

              $1,021 - $1,047 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-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,196 body only

              $842 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $548 - $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage

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              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 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

              Pentax K-r Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Pentax K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $860 body only

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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