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

Sony NEX-7

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Sony NEX-7

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Pentax K-01

75

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
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

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
Battery life Longer battery life 500 shots vs 430 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
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
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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
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
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
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
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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        similarities

        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
        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
        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

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        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $448 - $548 body only

        $598 - $700 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Has significantly more focus points
        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $574 body only

        $749 - $759 with 16-50mm lens

        Weight Is slightly lighter
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Sony A7

        Sony A7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,298 - $2,098 body only

        $1,598 - $1,798 with 28-70mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Sony NEX-5N

        Sony NEX-5N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $395 - $689 body only

        $635 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $236 body only

        $315 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $625 body only

        $950 - $1,025 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
        Samsung NX300

        Samsung NX300

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $399 - $520 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack

        Pentax K-01 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Pentax K-50

        Pentax K-50

        Entry-level DSLR

        $365 - $516 body only

        $447 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Pentax K-5

        Pentax K-5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 body only

        $825 with 18-55mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Focus points Fewer focus points
        Pentax K-30

        Pentax K-30

        Entry-level DSLR

        $400 body only

        $500 - $560 with 18-55mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Fujifilm X-M1

        Fujifilm X-M1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $499 body only

        $599 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Samsung NX2000

        Samsung NX2000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $339 - $349 with 20-50mm lens

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
        Image stabilization No image stabilization

        Sony NEX-7 Competitors

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        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $473 body only

        $431 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Lowest price Cheaper
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Viewfinder No viewfinder

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