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

Pentax K-5 vs Canon Rebel T4i

Winner
Pentax K-5

90

Canon Rebel T4i

58

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

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

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T4i

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T4i.
Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5.

differences

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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
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 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Movie format
Lower 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
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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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2.2 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
  1. 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
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.60x vs 0.53x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
740 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
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
Size
Smaller
131×97×73 mm vs 133×100×79 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The K-5's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T4i17.9 MP
              K-516.1 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T4i9
              K-511
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              T4i1080p @ 30fps
              K-51080p @ 25fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              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
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $649 - $699 body only

              $929 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              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
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              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
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $747 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 T4i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 body only

              $360 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Size Much smaller
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $291 - $302 body only

              $341 - $379 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $680 - $900 body only

              $1,039 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $562 body only

              $916 with 18-135mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $362 body only

              $420 with 18-55mm lens

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

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