Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Pentax K-01 vs Sony NEX-7n

Sony NEX-7

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Sony NEX-7

88

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Pentax K-01

79

Pentax K-01

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1200 ms startup delay
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-01

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Lens availability
Many lenses available
109 lenses
Battery life
Great battery life
500 shots
 
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Advantages of the Pentax K-01

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Lens availability Much more lenses available 109 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Focus points More focus points 81 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,135 ISO vs 1,016 ISO
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The K-01 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life Longer battery life 500 shots vs 430 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 223 ms vs 803 ms
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3.6x less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1200 ms vs 2400 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Size Significantly smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 122x79x58 mm
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2.2x smaller
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 81.0 vs 79.0
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The NEX-7's maximum light sensitivity is 0.3 f-stops better
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Weight Significantly lighter 350 g vs 561 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.5" vs 2.3"
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More than 30% thinner
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.4 EV vs 12.9 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
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        Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Overall image quality Good image quality Help
        K-01:79.0
        NEX-7:81.0
        External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
        Record higher quality audio with a microphone
        Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
        K-01:12.9 EV
        NEX-7:13.4 EV
        Color depth Good color depth Help
        K-01:23.7 bits
        NEX-7:24.1 bits
        Supports 24p 24p support Help
        For that film look
        Battery life Great battery life Help
        K-01:500 shots
        NEX-7:430 shots
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $493 - $748 body only

        $668 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Sony NEX-5N

        Sony NEX-5N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $789 with 18-55mm lens

        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Samsung NX300

        Samsung NX300

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $500 body only

        $614 - $670 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $360 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Fujifilm X-E1

        Fujifilm X-E1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $599 body only

        $799 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Size Is slightly larger
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $749 - $1,050 body only

        $930 - $1,385 with 18-105mm lens

        Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        Pentax K-01 Competitors

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        Pentax K-30

        Pentax K-30

        Entry-level DSLR

        $433 - $440 body only

        $560 - $751 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
        Pentax K-5

        Pentax K-5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $646 - $928 body only

        $1,075 with 18-55mm, 50-200mm lenses

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
        Pentax K-50

        Pentax K-50

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 body only

        $584 with 18-55mm lens

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
        Pentax K-500

        Pentax K-500

        Entry-level DSLR

        $399 - $576 with 18-55mm lens

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
        Pentax K-r

        Pentax K-r

        Entry-level DSLR

        $426 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $648 body only

        $798 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Many more focus points
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony A7

        Sony A7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,698 body only

        $1,268 - $2,700 with 24-70mm lens

        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Weather sealed Weather sealed
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
        Olympus OM-D E-M5

        Olympus OM-D E-M5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $740 - $999 body only

        $870 - $1,099 with 14-42mm lens

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Weather sealed Weather sealed
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Overall image quality Worse image quality

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