• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
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Differences

Pentax K-01 advantages over Sony NEX-F3

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • 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
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony NEX-F3 advantages over Pentax K-01

  • Less expensive
    $600 vs $900 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    ~1.50 vs 2.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More telephoto lens reach
    83 mm vs 61 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Thinner
    41 mm vs 58 mm
    Thinner
  • Less shutter lag
    0.31 vs 0.80 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Wider angle kit lens
    27 mm vs 61 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens

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
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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.

  • Great image quality; Above-average battery life for a mirrorless camera; Makes light work of shooting self-portraits; Very versatile video mode for a camera of this class.

  • Built-in flash is weak and uneven; Grip feels cramped due to low shutter button position; Bundled kit lens turns in a mediocre performance, and body isn't sold without the lens.

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-5N

Pentax K-01
Sony NEX-5N
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony NEX-F3
Sony NEX-5N
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Faster JPEG shooting

Compared to Samsung NX20

Pentax K-01
Samsung NX20
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony NEX-F3
Samsung NX20
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Sony NEX-5R

Pentax K-01
Sony NEX-5R
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony NEX-F3
Sony NEX-5R
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen

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
Sony NEX-F3
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony NEX-6

Pentax K-01
Sony NEX-6
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony NEX-F3
Sony NEX-6
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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