Updated (September 2010): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Pentax K-5


Canon EOS 5D Mark II



Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
104 ms shutter lag

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5.


Pentax K-5 Competitors

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$699 - $739 body only

$900 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Startup delay More startup delay
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$461 body only

$429 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Autofocus Video autofocus
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Pentax K-1

Pentax K-1


$1,797 body only

$2,320 with 28-105mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Continuous shooting Shoots slower

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D


$1,255 - $1,499 body only

$1,800 - $1,899 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III


$2,199 - $2,599 body only

$2,700 - $3,199 with 24-105mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D


$830 - $999 body only

$975 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Low light performance More noise at high ISO


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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.