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
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-01

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

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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
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
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
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
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 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
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
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Almost the same
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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
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Light sensitivity (boost) Much higher boost light sensitivity
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $537 - $1,099 body only

              $499 - $1,350 with 14-42mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $291 body only

              $330 - $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $612 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $242 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Pentax K-01 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $308 body only

              $379 - $446 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-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,196 body only

              $816 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 Q7

              Pentax Q7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $277 body only

              $225 - $259 with 5-15mm lens

              Size Significantly smaller
              Weight Much lighter
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $375 body only

              $475 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
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $659 body only

              $887 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points More focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $998 - $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 body only

              $498 - $528 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

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