K-01 w DA21mm versus Fuji X100

Started Feb 15, 2012 | Discussions thread
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donnybrook
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K-01 w DA21mm versus Fuji X100
Feb 15, 2012

Does anyone else think it would be interesting to see a comparison of the K-01 wearing a real Pentax wide angle prime like the DA 21 versus the Fuji X100 with 23mm lens? Let's see how they stack up on paper, shall we?

  • Sensor/resolution - 16.3 MP for K-01 versus 12.3 MP for X100. Both APS-C size. Advantage Pentax

  • Lens - 21mm vs. 23mm focal lengths roughly equiv to 35mm FF. Both considered superior optically. Pentax is f3.2 while Fuji is f2. Fuji is a full 1.5 f-stops faster. Advantage Fuji.

  • ISO sensitivity - K-01 is listed as 100-25600 range while X100 listed as 200-6400 std with 100-12800 extended. If the K-01 is anything like the K-5 in high ISO performance, I'm guessing Advantage Pentax.

  • Image stabilization - K-01 has built-in shake reduction. X100 has none. No contest. Advantage Pentax.

  • Viewfinder - K-01 has none. X100 has innovative optical/electronic hybrid viewfinder. No contest. Advantage Fuji.

  • External controls - X100 has classic rangefinder layout while K-01 looks a bit more menu driven. Call me crazy but I say Advantage Fuji.

  • Size/portability - the X100 is not that small but K-01 is chunkier and larger. Advantage Fuji.

  • Flexibility - X100 cannot change lenses. K-01 compatible with all K-mount lenses. Advantage Pentax.

  • Appearance - X100 universally acclaimed for combining gorgeous retro rangefinder looks with modern functionality. K-01, well, not so much. The black and white version would go well with Lego's Star Wars line (the new Stormtrooper 500!). Advantage Fuji.

  • Price - (Cdn prices): X100 is $1200 with lens. K-01 is $900 with 40mmXS that sells separately for $250. Lets say body only $650 plus another $650 for DA21 totalling $1300. Slight advantage Fuji.

  • Conclusion - the K-01 looks like it might be competitive in terms of overall image quality but intangibles like viewfinder, size, appearance and controls favor the X100. Only testing will tell...

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Fujifilm FinePix X100 Pentax K-01 Pentax K-5 Pentax K-m (K2000)
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