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

Pentax K-5 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Winner
Pentax K-5

157

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

153

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
104 ms shutter lag
Really small
Size
Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,815 ISO
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Overall image quality
Great image quality
79.0

galleries

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.

competitors

Pentax K-5 Competitors

Pentax KP

Pentax KP

Entry-level DSLR

$897 - $1,007 body only

$947 with 50mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Autofocus Slower autofocus
Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$850 body only

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

Entry-level DSLR

$938 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$999 - $1,029 body only

$1,599 - $2,299 with 24-105mm lens

GPS Has a GPS
Screen resolution Slightly higher resolution screen
Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$1,000 with 18-135mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$1,999 - $2,349 body only

$2,599 - $2,699 with 24-105mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Storage slots Has more storage slots
Weight Slightly heavier

discussion

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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.