Updated (May 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 7D vs Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30 vs Canon EOS 7D

Winner
Pentax K-30

80

Canon EOS 7D

70

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Great image quality
Overall image quality
79.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
 

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
220 lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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differences

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
220 lenses vs 113 lenses
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More than 90% 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
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
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
19 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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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Advantages of the Pentax K-30

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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
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 1.7 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 11.7 EV
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1 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
Size
Smaller
130×97×71 mm vs 148×111×74 mm
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Around 30% smaller
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 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
650 g vs 860 g
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More than 20% lighter
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 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$365.00 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $434 cheaper (2.2x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              7D131 ms
              K-30162 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              7D19
              K-3011
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              7D17.9 MP
              K-3016.1 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              7D6,400 ISO
              K-3012,800 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              7D854 ISO
              K-301,129 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $897 body only

              $948 - $1,197 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

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm 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

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm 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
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $849 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Entry-level DSLR

              $849 body only

              $1,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 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 EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 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
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,499 body only

              $1,679 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $859 body only

              $960 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $295 body only

              $375 - $378 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $685 - $749 body only

              $1,039 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Thicker
              Size Larger
              Pentax K-S2

              Pentax K-S2

              Boutique

              $450 - $597

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $545 body only

              $748 with 18-55mm lens

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

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