Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

Winner
Pentax K-5 II

83

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Canon EOS 7D

74

Canon EOS 7D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 II

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 7D

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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
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
131 ms vs 225 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
19 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 600 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
8 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
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
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
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5 II

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
82.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.1 EV vs 11.7 EV
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2.4 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
Color depth
Better color depth
23.8 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,235 ISO vs 854 ISO
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The K-5 II has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Size
Smaller
131x97x72 mm vs 148x111x74 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-5 II's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Battery life
Longer battery life
980 shots vs 800 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The K-5 II's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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
Weight
Lighter
760 g vs 860 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$635.29 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $364 cheaper (around 40% less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
2.9" vs 2.9"
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Almost the same
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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
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              7D:17.9 MP
              K-5 II:16.1 MP
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              7D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              K-5 II:APS-C 23.7x15.7mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 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
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $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
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm 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
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $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
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 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 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 7D.

              Pentax K-5 II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $400 body only

              $427 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,169 body only

              $910 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $729 - $1,067 body only

              $947 - $1,358 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $793 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper

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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.