Updated (September 2010): Compare the Canon EOS 7D vs Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5 vs Canon EOS 7D

Winner
Pentax K-5

117

Canon EOS 7D

100

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,162 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
82.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay

galleries

Explore our gallery of 43 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 7D.
Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5.

competitors

Pentax K-5 Competitors

Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

Entry-level DSLR

$1,660 with 18-135mm lens

Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$1,444 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Thickness Thinner
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$1,345 with 18-135mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO

Canon EOS 7D Competitors

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 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Pro DSLR

$1,099 - $1,349 body only

$1,439 - $1,799 with 18-135mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Better color depth
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Entry-level DSLR

$519 body only

$599 - $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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arn (5:53 PM, January 16, 2012)
This is true, i think than build quality are comparable, as WR protection.
 
Matt (2:29 PM, December 31, 2011)
Both superb cameras, though not sure how in a month of Sundays, A K5 and a D7000 can be classed as 'Entry Level' Cameras. Surely all 3 of them are in the same bracket....at least midrange?
 
Avatar for Glenn Pearson Glenn Pearson (6:04 PM, December 09, 2011)
The 7D is weather sealed as well. Why is it listed as not being weather sealed?
 
Gander360 (5:19 PM, October 29, 2011)
Just for grins and giggles, look at the "advantages of a Pentax K-5" at the bottom where it talks about the thickness:

     Slightly thinner
     2.9" 
vs
  2.9"      

Almost the same2.9 vs 2.9 is ALMOST the same???
 
Avatar for JeanMarcDufourq JeanMarcDufourq (5:19 AM, August 02, 2011)
"Why did Pentax released K-5 at 25fps? Here in North America we are NTSC which is 24fps." Maybe because the US is not the only country in the world? Here in Australia we have PAL broadcasts so I like Pentax's 25p.
 
Inakibees (3:42 PM, April 25, 2011)
Pentax K5 AF perfomance in speed and accuracy has improved a lot and almost comparable to canon's 7D per actual account by practical usage. Plus a lot of features like high -ISO and backward compatibilty with 25 million pentax lenses.

though the Nikon D7000 AF system tops them all :D
 
RobertR (5:19 AM, April 07, 2011)
I'm not too concerned about image quality at high ISO, i just want a little bit more... flexibility than what i have right now. ISO 100 to 1600 is a bit limiting. I like to bump it up to make sure i can shoot at a fast enough shutter speed in certain situations without having to worry about blur from camera shake.

And i've already looked into a full frame camera and have decided not to go that path, i don't necessarily need to spend that much on a camera for what i'll be using it for. Not to mention the Sigma lens i purchased is designed only for use on APS-C sensors, and it's basically my walk around lens. Gotta love that classic 50mm look (technically 48mm, but close enough).

Unless you have another Canon camera model you could recommend to me as an upgrade from the Rebel XS, i think i'm set on getting a 7D now. Thank you for your advice.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:42 AM, April 07, 2011)
Hi Robert, my gut says stick with Canon, they have some pretty awesome gear, and you'd lose a bunch of money, time and experience switching - unless there is some flaw or issue with Canon gear. In the past many pros switched from Canon to Nikon for superior images at high ISO, but now that Nikon has caught up some pros have switched from Canon to Nikon for better focusing.

The K-5's image quality isn't that much better I don't think than the 7D, for example the DxOMark benchmarks show at high ISO they are very close, within 0.4 f/stops of each other.

If shooting at high ISO is really important to you (as it is to me), you might want to wait and save for a full frame camera (like the 5D Mk II or the Nikon D700), they definitely excel compared to the APS-C cameras.
 
RobertR (4:54 PM, April 06, 2011)
I'm thinking of getting one of these two cameras as an upgrade from my Canon Rebel XS, i have invested in several lenses, would it be best for me to stay with the Canon name and get the 7D, or would it be in my best interests to sell everything i own and start over with the Pentax K-5. One of the main reasons i would want the K-5 is the image stabilization and the better image quality, but with such a high continuous mode on the 7D i was thinking maybe i wouldn't even need it when i can pull off several shots in a second. I also want an upgrade from the Rebel XS's very limited ISO settings and a smarter camera in difficult lighting situations.
I own a:
Sigma 30mm f/1.4
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Tokina 12-24mm f/4
and a Canon 430EX II Speedlight
 
HarryKemball (7:56 PM, March 05, 2011)
Pentax K-5 needs to give all the video Options that Canon's 7D has. Twenty-five frames/second is PAL.Why did Pentax released K-5 at 25fps? Here in North America we are NTSC which is 24fps. The bad joke is Japan is NTSC. Why are there no Options? Pentax needs: 23.976, 25, 29.97, 30, 50 and 60 should be included. if Pentax wants to market world-wide. I have been shooting Pentax for 46 years and I need those Options. I have investments in Pentax lenes and don't want to jump ship to Canon nor Nikon. Can't Pentax give us a computer download with these video Options? Somebody please wake up Pentax!