Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon Rebel T5i vs Pentax K-5 IIs

Pentax K-5

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Pentax K-5

90

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Canon Rebel T4i

58

Canon Rebel T4i

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,162 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
82.0
Color depth
Great color depth
23.7 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.1 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T4i

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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Advantages of the Canon T4i

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Lens availability Significantly 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 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Movie format Higher frame rate movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 25fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but T4i does so at a higher frame rate
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 Significantly lighter 575 g vs 740 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $724.99 vs $751.90
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Overall image quality Much better image quality 82.0 vs 62.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,162 ISO vs 722 ISO
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The K-5 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.1 EV vs 11.2 EV
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2.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 104 ms vs 269 ms
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2.6x less delay when taking photos
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.7mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.60x vs 0.53x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 740 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The K-5's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Size Significantly smaller 130x96x72 mm vs 133x99x78 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 600 ms vs 700 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
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 Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T4i:9
              K-5:11
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              T4i:Contrast detection
              K-5:None
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              T4i:1080p @ 30fps
              K-5:1080p @ 25fps

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $549 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $697 body only

              $549 - $647 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 EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $999 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $659 - $847 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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 body only

              $564 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Rebel T4i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $847 with 75-300mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $397 - $476 body only

              $487 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $910 - $1,197 body only

              $1,258 - $1,347 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,045 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Lowest price More expensive
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $420 body only

              $890 with 18-55mm, 50-200mm lenses

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

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