Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Pentax K-01 vs Sony NEX-5N

Pentax K-01

Winner
Pentax K-01

80

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Sony Alpha NEX-5

66

Sony Alpha NEX-5

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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
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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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
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,135 ISO vs 796 ISO
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The K-01 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Overall image quality Better image quality 79.0 vs 69.0
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More than 10% better image quality
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 500 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Focus points More focus points 81 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
True resolution Higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.9 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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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
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1000 ms vs 2400 ms
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2.4x less delay when turning on
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 670 ms vs 803 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Size Significantly smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 122x79x58 mm
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2.2x smaller
Weight Much lighter 287 g vs 561 g
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Around 50% lighter
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.5" vs 2.3"
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More than 30% thinner
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        Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        K-01:803 ms
        NEX-5:670 ms
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons
        Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
        Can only preview photos on the screen

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        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-5N

        Sony NEX-5N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $784 with 18-55mm lens

        Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $493 - $748 body only

        $664 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
        Sony NEX-7

        Sony NEX-7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $800 body only

        $979 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $320 body only

        $325 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

        Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $360 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Samsung NX300

        Samsung NX300

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $500 body only

        $614 - $670 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much 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

        $928 body only

        $1,107 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

        $439 - $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
        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $484 with 14-42mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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        Sony Alpha NEX-3

        Sony Alpha NEX-3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $521 body only

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Lowest price Cheaper
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Sony Alpha A5000

        Sony Alpha A5000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 with 16-50mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

        Lens availability Much more lenses available
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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