Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30

Winner
Pentax K-30

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Canon EOS 7D

75

Canon EOS 7D

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 130x97x71 mm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
197 lenses
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Lens availability Much more lenses available 197 lenses vs 109 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 400 ms vs 1100 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 19 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8 fps vs 6 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Battery life Longer battery life 800 shots vs 410 shots
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Around 2x more shots per battery charge
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 131 ms vs 162 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Focus points More focus points 19 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.61x
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/6000s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 79.0 vs 66.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 11.7 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 1.7 more bits of color
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,129 ISO vs 854 ISO
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The K-30 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-30's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Size Smaller 130x97x71 mm vs 148x111x74 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight Lighter 650 g vs 860 g
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More than 20% lighter
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Thickness Thinner 2.8" vs 2.9"
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The K-30's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $419.99 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $579 cheaper (2.4x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              7D:131 ms
              K-30:162 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Thickness Thin Help
              7D:2.9"
              K-30:2.8"
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              7D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              K-30:APS-C 23.7x15.7mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              7D:17.9 MP
              K-30:16.1 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

              $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $999 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

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

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,699 with 18-200mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $847 with 75-300mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $659 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $549 - $579 with 18-55mm 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 7D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,598 - $1,899 body only

              $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,595 body only

              $3,495 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $397 - $476 body only

              $487 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $752 body only

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Weight Heavier
              Pentax K-500

              Pentax K-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $910 - $1,197 body only

              $1,258 - $1,347 with 18-135mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Thicker
              Size Larger

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