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

Sony NEX-7 vs Pentax K-01

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

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

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-01

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Lens availability
Many lenses available
109 lenses
Battery life
Great battery life
540 shots
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-01.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-7.

differences

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
  1. 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
Battery life
Longer battery life
540 shots vs 430 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
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
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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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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
Movie continuous focus
Continuous video focus
Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Size
Smaller
111×59×38 mm vs 122×79×58 mm
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2.3x smaller
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
81.0 vs 79.0
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.4 EV vs 12.9 EV
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Almost the same
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 2.3"
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More than 30% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
350 g vs 561 g
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Around 40% lighter
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              K-0112.9 EV
              NEX-713.4 EV
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              K-0123.7 bits
              NEX-724.1 bits
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $648 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Light sensitivity (boost) Much higher boost light sensitivity
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 - $619 body only

              $879 with 16-50mm lens

              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm 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

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Pentax K-01 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $302 body only

              $379 - $380 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $361 body only

              $420 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $310 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $548 - $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,196 body only

              $842 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $948 - $1,698 body only

              $1,298 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 - $548 body only

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Weight Lighter
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $289 body only

              $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Lighter
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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              Pentax K-01 Sony NEX-7

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