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

Pentax K-5 vs Canon EOS 7D

Pentax K-5


Canon EOS 7D



Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Great image quality
Overall image quality
Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 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
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag


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.


Pentax K-5 Competitors

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$612 - $649 body only

$989 - $1,039 with 18-135mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Startup delay More startup delay
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$271 - $295 body only

$355 - $378 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

Entry-level DSLR

$607 body only

$930 with 18-135mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

Canon EOS 7D Competitors

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D


$799 - $899 body only

$870 - $999 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Startup delay More startup delay
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D


$1,269 - $1,399 body only

$1,699 - $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II


$1,199 - $1,299 body only

$1,549 - $1,649 with 18-135mm lens

Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag


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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

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!