Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Pentax K-5 IIs

Pentax K-5

Winner
Pentax K-5

85

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

82

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Overall image quality
Great image quality
82.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.1 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Live view
Has live view
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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
True resolution
High true resolution
21 MP
Live view
Has live view
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Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,815 ISO vs 1,162 ISO
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The 5D Mark II has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.60x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 156 lenses vs 109 lenses
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More than 40% more lenses available
True resolution Higher true resolution 21 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 600 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 850 shots vs 740 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.1 EV vs 11.9 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 104 ms vs 206 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 3.9 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality Better image quality 82.0 vs 79.0
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Almost the same
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-5's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Size Smaller 130x96x72 mm vs 152x114x75 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Lowest price Cheaper $645.95 vs $3,120.39
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The best price we've seen is $2,474 cheaper (4.8x less)
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
Focus points Slightly more focus points 11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 740 g vs 850 g
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More than 10% lighter
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II Canon EOS 5D Mark II 82
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Thickness Thin Help
              5D Mark II:3"
              K-5:2.9"
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              5D Mark II:9
              K-5:11
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,663 - $1,899 body only

              $2,341 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,799 with 18-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Size Is slightly larger
              Color depth Has significantly less color depth
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $738 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

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              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $660 - $700 body only

              $1,049 - $1,247 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $433 - $550 body only

              $560 - $751 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weight Lighter
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $486 - $497 body only

              $584 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,297 body only

              $1,170 - $1,437 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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              Showing 9 comments

              Tom (6:34 PM, September 25, 2013)
              English isn't my native language but I may read some information on this comparison. I think about:

              Snapsort recommends the Pentax K-5. This
              recommendation, however, should be taken with a grain of salt since it
              doesn't always make sense to compare a pro DSLR with a entry-level DSLR.


              I have k-5, it's great dslr, but... if someone looking for a camera to landscapes or for example weeding party should think about full frame - however - money.
               
              jb (5:00 PM, October 20, 2012)
              Try the Tamron 18-200. I have one (along with many other Pentax, Sigma and Tamron lenses) for my K-5 and while there is no "perfect" lens, this one will give you good range and bang for your buck.
               
              Victormartino25 (2:24 AM, May 18, 2012)
              get the 40 limited 2.8 pancake.  i love those lenses.  its the cheapest limited lens for pentax, but it has all the good things from the limiteds.  its my favorite lenses.  you could get the normal 50mm 1.4, or one of the weather seal DA lenses which are awesome also.
               
              Agsales_kmk (3:53 PM, March 08, 2012)
              i don't think so
               
              Avatar for Ghanashyam Ghimire Ghanashyam Ghimire (2:28 PM, February 14, 2012)
              oh my!! Pentax k5 scores 100 and beats in all the comparisons made by snapsort...even to pro level DSLRs like EOS 5D Mark II. I am buying my first DSLR and I have made my mind to choose Pentax. But I couldn't make a choice on which lens to get. Snapsort, could you please help me here. Could you name me a perfect lens I could get for about, say US$ 200  -300. My interests are in landscape, portrait, family photos and other general use. I don't mind any brand as long as I get a value for money. Please help me because I am a beginner and have no knowledge about what lens do and which to chose for my purpose.
               
              NikonD3S (4:30 PM, February 06, 2012)
              Edward, use the compare button before saying something really stupid, please. I am a Nikon user but would not say D7000 is better than these. Nikon D3S, oh yes that is something you should change from D7000!
               
              Matango (6:08 AM, November 15, 2011)
              That IS a fan-boy statement.
               
              Avatar for JeanMarcDufourq JeanMarcDufourq (5:24 AM, August 02, 2011)
              That sounds like a Nikon fan-boy statement.
               
              EdwardGriffin (10:41 AM, June 03, 2011)
              These two SLRs are both trump by the Nikon D7000.