• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 6400

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Differences

Pentax K-01 advantages over Panasonic GF5

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Better color depth
    23.7 vs 21.4 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,135 vs 618 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.9 vs 11.6 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 500 vs 330 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    16.3 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.9 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    9 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic GF5 advantages over Pentax K-01

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~1.40 vs 2.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More telephoto lens reach
    84 mm vs 61 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Thinner
    36 mm vs 58 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    364g vs 611g
    Lighter weight
  • Less shutter lag
    0.18 vs 0.80 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Wider angle kit lens
    28 mm vs 61 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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.

  • Small body pairs nicely with compact, retractable Power Zoom lens. Extremely fast autofocus. Worthwhile improvements in image quality. Touchscreen overlays can now be hidden.

  • LCD panel is prone to fingerprint smudges. Weak flash, and no hot shoe. Modest burst performance, and very limited buffer for raw shooting. Noise levels and dynamic range still lag competition.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-PM1

Pentax K-01
Olympus E-PM1
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Panasonic GF5
Olympus E-PM1
  • $330
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Panasonic GF3X

Pentax K-01
Panasonic GF3X
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic GF5
Panasonic GF3X
  • $330
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
  • $750
  • 4/3

Compared to Samsung NX20

Pentax K-01
Samsung NX20
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
Panasonic GF5
Samsung NX20
  • $330
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony NEX-F3

Pentax K-01
Sony NEX-F3
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic GF5
Sony NEX-F3
  • $330
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-camera panoramas

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
Panasonic GF5
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $330
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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