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

Pentax K-5 II

Winner
Pentax K-5 II

82

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Canon EOS 7D

76

Canon EOS 7D

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 II

Overall image quality
Great image quality
82.0
Color depth
Great color depth
23.8 bits
Dynamic range
Wide 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
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
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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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
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
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
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 1,235 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
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
Size Smaller 131x97x72 mm vs 148x111x74 mm
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More than 20% smaller
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
Thickness Slightly thinner 2.9" vs 2.9"
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Almost the same
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $699.99 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $299 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Thickness Thin Help
              2.9"
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              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-5 II:APS-C 23.7x15.7mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              7D:17.9 MP
              K-5 II:16.1 MP

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $200 - $1,249 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

              $1,899 body only

              $1,899 - $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 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $623 - $1,257 body only

              $900 - $1,150 with 18-105mm 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
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,199 - $2,731 body only

              $2,889 - $3,695 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

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

              Pentax K-5 II Competitors

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              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $594 - $1,199 body only

              $1,349 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $447 body only

              $528 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $963 - $1,197 body only

              $1,546 - $1,547 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Pentax K-5 IIs

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $697 body only

              $1,025 with 18-135mm lens

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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.