• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Pentax K-01 advantages over Nikon D5200

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.81 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    58 mm vs 78 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    611g vs 827g
    Lighter weight
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.9 fps vs 4.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Nikon D5200 advantages over Pentax K-01

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 2.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,284 vs 1,135 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More telephoto lens reach
    83 mm vs 61 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Less shutter lag
    0.30 vs 0.80 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    24.1 vs 16.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    27 mm vs 61 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 9 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very good image quality and excellent high ISO performance. Premium build quality. In-body image stabilization. Lots of creative features. Full HD movie capture with manual exposure control.

  • Barely any smaller than a standard SLR, but lacks viewfinder and phase-detect autofocus. Contrast-detect AF is slow and unreliable. Body design is clumsy and uncomfortable. Very slow raw burst shooting.

  • Captures sharp, detailed photos with its new 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, even at higher ISOs; Features a familiar (D5100) but refined body design; Records Full HD video with full-time autofocus tracking; Packs a ton of advanced features into a consumer-friendly body at a great price.

  • Autofocuses a little slowly for its class and struggles at times in low light; Changing some basic settings takes more time and effort than it should; Mediocre kit lens.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX10

Pentax K-01
Samsung NX10
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon D5200
Samsung NX10
  • $493
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner

Compared to Samsung NX20

Pentax K-01
Samsung NX20
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon D5200
Samsung NX20
  • $493
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Thinner

Compared to Nikon D3200

Pentax K-01
Nikon D3200
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon D5200
Nikon D3200
  • $493
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Bigger RAW buffer

Compared to Fujifilm X-E1

Pentax K-01
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon D5200
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $493
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A58

Pentax K-01
Sony A58
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon D5200
Sony A58
  • $493
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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