Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5

Winner
Pentax K-5

85

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Canon EOS 60D

67

Canon EOS 60D

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Overall image quality
Great image quality
82.0
Color depth
Great color depth
23.7 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.1 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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Advantages of the Canon 60D

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Lens availability Much more lenses available 197 lenses vs 109 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Battery life Longer battery life 1100 shots vs 740 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 600 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $199.95 vs $751.90
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The best price we've seen is $552 cheaper (3.8x less)
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.1 EV vs 11.5 EV
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2.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 82.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 104 ms vs 253 ms
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2.4x less delay when taking photos
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,162 ISO vs 813 ISO
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The K-5 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 5.3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
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 145x106x79 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.60x vs 0.59x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 51,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The K-5's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.7mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              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
              60D:9
              K-5:11
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              60D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              K-5:APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              60D:17.9 MP
              K-5:16.1 MP
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 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
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,530 with 28-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $397 - $497 body only

              $487 - $497 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

              $842 - $1,197 body only

              $1,247 - $1,447 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,219 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weight Lighter
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $683 - $989 body only

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Color depth Better color depth
              Weight Slightly heavier

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              THS (9:46 PM, August 04, 2013)
              Please change this snapsort. The k5 is a professional camera and is FAR better than the 60d
               
              Eon (11:30 PM, June 17, 2013)
              I had a Canon 60d, Nikon D7000 & Loved both, gave them back and got a Pentax K-5 a little apprehensive at first, but now glad i did, it really does have soul..Just because every other person owns A Canon, Nikon or Sony. they are like Ford Or GM Buy an extended warranty if it makes you feel safe. Step out be yourself, Safe is what safe is.
               
              Avatar for vhz vhz (10:19 AM, June 15, 2013)
              Bare in mind u pay for nikon and canon marketing, sponsorship etc. The same as sony some yrs ago. Where sony now?

               
              Beginerd (4:14 AM, January 26, 2013)
              from rough comparison we can easily see that pentax k-5 overcome dslr that's even twice its price...the only flaw i see in it is just that it doesn't have flip out screen and a bit low true resolution...even so, it still outscored its low pixel count in their formats in DxO's raw performance ratings at low iso...don't judge a dslr by its popularity...
               
              Sdick (8:04 AM, March 26, 2012)
              I can easily understand (though I don't personally value) each of the criteria these comparisons are based on--EXCEPT FOR "Popularity."  I can even understand tracking or mentioning the difference in popularity, but giving it a subjective value?  That to me, sounds like a prejudicial endorsement.  As you can tell from the comments, there's so much more that goes into the comparison in real-life, and purchase of a camera than even features, image quality and convenience--how about how it feels to the individual, or existing photographic equipment--that doesn't have a good way of making it into the comparisons.  But "Popularity?"  I do not understand that one.  How about reliability based on an equation involving units sold and warranty repairs effected?  That could be helpful--MAYBE.
               
              Lemurian Samurai (11:45 AM, February 06, 2012)
              Pentax isn't as aggressively marketed, most people are too concerned with what's around their neck (brand) than what the actual camera can do.  Yes Canon does have a far more extensive range of lenses and more market clout in terms of re-sale but 60D vs. Pentax K-5.... give me the Pentax
               
              VHZ (9:54 AM, February 06, 2012)
              Don't be surprised. Pentax 5 is a professional product whereas 60D is for entry or half professional.
              There is no argue that Pentax is better in this test. I'm the one who was going for 60D and probably will do so, because I'mnt a professional and need easy camera for holidays.
               
              Flo. (0:10 PM, December 27, 2011)
               @93f18b882dec8f82602d21cd17473b58:disqus ...go for the canon ! if you want an easy handling and fun at taking pictures, the canon ist the right!
              it says the pentax has better stats but thats not all! the sensor of the canon is far better. 
              also you can see if you look around, muuch more people have canon than pentax. (ive never seen someone who has a pentax)

               
              Twcull (10:45 PM, December 07, 2011)
              It surprises me that Canon fails to stack up against the Pentax. I'm stuck between the two, video isn't important to me. Surely there must be a reason why the Pentax isn't so widely available.