Pentax K-500 vs Canon Rebel SL1

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Pentax K-500

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Canon Rebel SL1

62

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-500

Great image quality
Overall image quality
79.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.1 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.61x
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel SL1

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.7"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel SL1.
Explore our gallery of 1 sample photo taken by the Pentax K-500.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SL1

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
197 lenses vs 109 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Size
Significantly smaller
117×91×69 mm vs 130×97×71 mm
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Around 20% smaller
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Weight
Much lighter
407 g vs 646 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
2.7" vs 2.8"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Pentax K-500

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
79.0 vs 63.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.1 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,087 ISO vs 843 ISO
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The K-500 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
51,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The K-500's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.54x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
162 ms vs 264 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6 fps vs 4 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
710 shots vs 380 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/6000s vs 1/4000s
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More than 30% faster max shutter speed
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              SL1117×91×69 mm
              K-500130×97×71 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              SL12.7"
              K-5002.8"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              $399.00
              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              SL117.9 MP
              K-50016.1 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              SL19
              K-50011
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 body only

              $370 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $477 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $548 - $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $929 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Rebel SL1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $750 body only

              $1,049 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Much larger
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

              Pentax K-500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $364 body only

              $420 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

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