Updated (September 2010): Compare the Canon EOS 60D vs Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5 vs Canon EOS 60D

Pentax K-5


Canon EOS 60D



Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 60D.
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

$600 - $649 body only

$989 - $1,039 with 18-135mm lens

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

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$256 - $295 body only

$349 - $378 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

Entry-level DSLR

$545 body only

$923 with 18-135mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

Canon EOS 60D Competitors

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D


$799 - $899 body only

$889 - $1,019 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Startup delay More startup delay
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$470 - $649 body only

$529 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Color depth Worse color depth
Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Entry-level DSLR

$715 - $749 body only

$749 with 18-55mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder


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Showing 9 comments

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.