K-01 w DA21mm versus Fuji X100

Started Feb 15, 2012 | Discussions thread
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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...

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