Pentax K-5 II vs Canon EOS 7D

Pentax K-5 II


Canon EOS 7D



Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 II

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second


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.


Pentax K-5 II Competitors

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5

Entry-level DSLR

$800 body only

$1,549 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$443 body only

$480 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Pentax K-5 IIs

Pentax K-5 IIs

Entry-level DSLR

$1,366 body only

$1,016 with 18-55mm lens

Lowest price Slightly more expensive

Canon EOS 7D Competitors

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D


$723 body only

$799 - $899 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Startup delay More startup delay
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D


$1,148 - $1,399 body only

$1,799 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D


$790 body only

$793 with 18-135mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Color depth Better color depth
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag


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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.