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Advantages of the Canon 50D

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Lens availability
Much more lenses available
220 lenses vs 113 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
640 shots vs 410 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/6000s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Pentax K-30

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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
1,129 ISO vs 696 ISO
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The K-30 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Overall image quality
Much 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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.59x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Size
Smaller
130×97×71 mm vs 146×108×74 mm
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More than 20% smaller
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Thinner
2.8" vs 2.9"
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
650 g vs 822 g
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More than 20% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Dynamic range Excellent dynamic range Help
              50D11.4 EV
              K-3013 EV
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Thickness Thin Help
              50D2.9"
              K-302.8"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              50D$540.50
              K-30$419.00
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              50D131 ms
              K-30162 ms
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              50D300 ms
              K-301100 ms
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              50D15.1 MP
              K-3016.1 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              50D9
              K-3011
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              50D3,200 ISO
              K-3012,800 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              50D640 shots
              K-30410 shots
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              50D920k dots
              K-30921k dots

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