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

Pentax K-01

Winner
Pentax K-01

81

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Sony Alpha NEX-5

65

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
Battery life
Great battery life
500 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
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
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Battery life Much longer battery life 500 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.9 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution Higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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
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
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 1000 ms vs 2400 ms
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2.4x less delay when turning on
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Shutter lag Significantly 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
        Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
        Avoids dust in your photos
        External flash Each supports an external flash Help
        Better lighting
        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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        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-5N

        Sony NEX-5N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $640 with 18-55mm lens

        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $399 - $748 body only

        $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $304 body only

        $311 - $400 with 22mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
        Sony NEX-5T

        Sony NEX-5T

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $348 body only

        $498 - $500 with 16-50mm lens

        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $598 body only

        $748 with 16-50mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger

        Pentax K-01 Competitors

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        Pentax K-30

        Pentax K-30

        Entry-level DSLR

        $560 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Pentax K-5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $594 - $1,199 body only

        $1,349 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Pentax K-50

        Entry-level DSLR

        $447 body only

        $528 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        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

        $669 with 18-55mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO
        Pentax K10D

        Pentax K10D

        Entry-level DSLR

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Live view No live view
        Movie format Does not take movies

        Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Alpha NEX-3

        Sony Alpha NEX-3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $489 with 18-55mm lens

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Thickness Thinner
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Sony Alpha A5000

        Sony Alpha A5000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $438 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony NEX-7

        Sony NEX-7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,074 body only

        $1,200 with 18-55mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Startup delay More startup delay
        Lowest price Significantly more expensive
        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $370 body only

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
        Sony NEX-5R

        Sony NEX-5R

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $567 - $1,067 with 16-50mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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