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Olympus SP-820UZ vs Pentax K-01

Portability
69
Imaging
38
Features
29
Overall
34
Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ front
 
Pentax K-01 front
Portability
76
Imaging
57
Features
68
Overall
61

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Pentax K-01 Key Specs

Olympus SP-820UZ
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 22-896mm (F3.4-5.7) lens
  • 485g - 117 x 78 x 93mm
  • Revealed August 2012
  • Old Model is Olympus SP-820UZ
  • Newer Model is Olympus SP-820UZ
Pentax K-01
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 561g - 122 x 79 x 58mm
  • Released May 2012
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Olympus SP-820UZ vs Pentax K-01 Overview

Following is a comprehensive overview of the Olympus SP-820UZ vs Pentax K-01, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by companies Olympus and Pentax. The image resolution of the SP-820UZ (14MP) and the K-01 (16MP) is very comparable but the SP-820UZ (1/2.3") and K-01 (APS-C) enjoy different sensor measurements.

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The SP-820UZ was introduced 3 months after the K-01 so they are of a similar age. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus SP-820UZ being a Compact camera and the Pentax K-01 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go in to a full comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the SP-820UZ scores versus the K-01 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SP-820UZ over the Pentax K-01

 SP-820UZ K-01 

Reasons to pick Pentax K-01 over the Olympus SP-820UZ

 K-01 SP-820UZ 
Manually focus More precise focus
Display resolution921k460kClearer display (+461k dot)

Common features in the Olympus SP-820UZ and Pentax K-01

 SP-820UZ K-01 
ReleasedAugust 2012May 2012Same age
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurements
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither includes Touch friendly display

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Pentax K-01 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to carry around your camera often, you will want to take into account its weight and size. The Olympus SP-820UZ features exterior dimensions of 117mm x 78mm x 93mm (4.6" x 3.1" x 3.7") along with a weight of 485 grams (1.07 lbs) whilst the Pentax K-01 has specifications of 122mm x 79mm x 58mm (4.8" x 3.1" x 2.3") accompanied by a weight of 561 grams (1.24 lbs).

Look at the Olympus SP-820UZ vs Pentax K-01 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you use at that time. The following is the front view overall size comparison of the SP-820UZ vs the K-01.

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Pentax K-01 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the SP-820UZ and K-01 is 69 and 76 respectively.

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Pentax K-01 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Pentax K-01 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is difficult to imagine the difference in sensor sizes only by checking out specs. The image below may offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the SP-820UZ and K-01.

All in all, both cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The SP-820UZ with its smaller sensor is going to make shooting shallower DOF tougher and the Pentax K-01 will provide more detail using its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop photos far more aggressively.

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Pentax K-01 sensor size comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Pentax K-01 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Pentax K-01 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus SP-820UZ
Portrait photography with Pentax K-01
34
good MP (14MP)
offers face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
74
manual focus
good MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
features face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ as a Street photography camera
Pentax K-01 as a Street photography camera
37
fixed screen
no image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
more heavy than competition in class (485 grams)
66
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
no articulating screen
heavier than others in class (561 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ Sports photography highlights
Pentax K-01 Sports photography highlights
33
amazing zoom range (22-896mm 40.7 x zoom)
good MP (14MP)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
61
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
better than average battery life (540 per charge)
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ as a Travel photography camera
Pentax K-01 as a Travel photography camera
55
good MP (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
quite wide (22mm)
great zoom (896mm)
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition in class (485 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
65
better than average battery life (540 per charge)
good MP (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
heavier than others in class (561 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax K-01 as a Landscape photography camera
35
quite wide (22mm)
good sized screen (3")
good MP (14MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
manual mode not available
no image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
no Timelapse recording
80
manual focus
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
better than average battery life (540 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ Vlogging advice
Pentax K-01 Vlogging advice
25
quite wide (22mm)
offers face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
no external microphone port
more heavy than competition in class (485g)
34
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with mic jack
display isn't selfie friendly
heavier than others in class (561 grams)
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Olympus SP-820UZ vs Pentax K-01 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SP-820UZ and Pentax K-01
 Olympus Stylus SP-820UZPentax K-01
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Pentax
Model Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ Pentax K-01
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2012-08-21 2012-05-30
Body design Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4288 x 3216 4928 x 3264
Maximum native ISO 6400 12800
Maximum enhanced ISO - 25600
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 81
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens focal range 22-896mm (40.7x) -
Max aperture f/3.4-5.7 -
Macro focus range 1cm -
Total lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 460 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology TFT Color LCD TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 2.0 frames/s 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 15.00 m 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 180 (30, 240 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps),1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 485 gr (1.07 lbs) 561 gr (1.24 lbs)
Dimensions 117 x 78 x 93mm (4.6" x 3.1" x 3.7") 122 x 79 x 58mm (4.8" x 3.1" x 2.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 79
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.7
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.9
DXO Low light score not tested 1135
Other
Battery life - 540 pictures
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $299 $899