Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Thought Of The Day: Pentax K-5 or Pentax K-01?

Amazon sent me an e-mail stating that they have the Pentax K-5 (with an 18-55 kit lens) on sale for $1,092. The MSRP on this camera is $1,750, so that's a pretty big discount.

The K-5 is Pentax's best DSLR (outside of the 645D, which runs for $10,000, but isn't as good as Nikon's $3,000 D800). With 16.3 megapixels on an APS-C sized sensor, it's actually a pretty good camera.

Pentax recently announced the compact interchangeable-lens K-01, which has an MSRP of $900 (with a 40mm lens). The K-01 uses the same sensor and software as the K-5, but they removed the mirror and placed the electronics in a smaller body.

The K-01 accepts all K-Mount lenses, which (by a very large margin) makes it the compact interchangeable-lens camera with the most lens choices.

I really don't see much of an advantage in purchasing the K-5, even at the discounted price at Amazon. For almost $200 less, you get the same camera in a smaller and lighter package.

And for the same price as the K-01 (or, if you shop around, for $150 less than the K-01), you can get the Samsung NX200 (with an 18-55mm lens), which is better than both the K-5 and the K-01.

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