Pentax K-5 II vs Canon EOS 7D

Winner
Pentax K-5 II

100

Canon EOS 7D

88

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 II

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,235 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
82.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.8 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather

galleries

Explore our gallery of 43 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 7D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5 II.

competitors

Pentax K-5 II Competitors

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5

Entry-level DSLR

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70

Entry-level DSLR

$595 body only

$647 - $706 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Battery life Shorter battery life
Pentax K-3 II

Pentax K-3 II

Entry-level DSLR

$829 - $1,148 body only

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

Canon EOS 7D Competitors

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$949 - $999 body only

$1,399 - $1,999 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Better color depth
Lens availability Fewer lenses available
Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$1,345 with 18-135mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Entry-level DSLR

$649 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Weather sealed No weather sealing

discussion

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Dan (8:08 AM, July 24, 2013)
I agree with Chuck Bridgen, Pentax is much better than the Canon 7D. I'm curently shoot with K5 II and the image quality is better than the 7D's or Nikon D7000's. Canon 7D is much better in terms of video, that's all. The only problem with Pentax is that their marketing departament is not existing.
 
Avatar for Chuck Bridgen Chuck Bridgen (3:16 PM, February 08, 2013)
I disagree with this comparison. The Pentax K5 II is a much better camera than the Canon 7D. I've owned both and the image quality on the Pentax far exceeds the Canon. It's a shame you spend $1,200 on a Canon then you have to spend another $1,500 on a lens to get a decent picture out of it. No so with the Pentax.