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

Pentax K-5 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Winner
Pentax K-5

85

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

83

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Great image quality
Overall image quality
82.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x

galleries

Explore our gallery of 94 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Explore our gallery of 5 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

Report a correction
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
Help
Get that real film feel
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,815 ISO vs 1,162 ISO
Help
The 5D Mark II has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.60x
Help
Around 40% larger viewfinder
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
156 lenses vs 109 lenses
Help
More than 40% more lenses available
True resolution
Higher true resolution
21 MP vs 16.1 MP
Help
Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 600 ms
Help
More than 30% less delay when turning on
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
850 shots vs 740 shots
Help
More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Learn more about
the Canon 5D Mark II

Advantages of the Pentax K-5

Report a correction
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.1 EV vs 11.9 EV
Help
2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
Help
Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 3.9 fps
Help
Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
104 ms vs 206 ms
Help
Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality
Better image quality
82.0 vs 79.0
Help
Almost the same
Size
Significantly smaller
130x96x72 mm vs 152x114x75 mm
Help
Around 30% smaller
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
Help
Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 98%
Help
Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
Help
The K-5's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
Help
A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Lowest price
Cheaper
$816.04 vs $2,094.73
Help
The best price we've seen is $1,279 cheaper (2.6x less)
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
Help
The K-5's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Lighter
740 g vs 850 g
Help
More than 10% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3"
Help
Almost the same
Pentax K-5 Learn more about
the Pentax K-5
vs

recommendations

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

Snapsort Recommends
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Canon EOS 5D Mark II 83
Retailer
    Style
      Color
        You save
        vs
        85 Pentax K-5 Pentax K-5
        Retailer
          Style
            Color
              You save

              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              5D Mark II9
              K-511
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"

              dxomark

              DXOMark

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,611 - $1,990 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

              $749 - $857 body only

              $849 - $1,562 with 28-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,215 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 body only

              $799 - $899 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
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 - $1,197 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $748 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $612 with 75-300mm 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $2,960 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $4,024 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Movie format Does not take movies
              True resolution Lower true resolution

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $799 - $950 body only

              $1,039 - $1,079 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $367 body only

              $382 - $496 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $585 body only

              $892 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $1,229 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $376 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weight Lighter
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay

              appearance

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Pentax K-5
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Pentax K-5
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Pentax K-5

              discussion

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II
              EOS 5D Mark II
              Canon

              Report a correction
              Pentax K-5
              K-5
              Pentax

              Report a correction

              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.