Updated (September 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 7D vs Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 vs Canon EOS 7D

Winner
Pentax K-5

83

Canon EOS 7D

70

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Great image quality
Overall image quality
82.0
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

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Explore our gallery of 43 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 7D.
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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
220 lenses vs 113 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
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
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 0.60x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
800 shots vs 740 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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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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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 1.7 more bits of color
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,162 ISO vs 854 ISO
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The K-5 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Size
Smaller
131×97×73 mm vs 148×111×74 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's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
104 ms vs 131 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The K-5's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
740 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
$544.95 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $254 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              7D131 ms
              K-5104 ms
              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
              1
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              7D19
              K-511
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              7D17.9 MP
              K-516.1 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              7D6,400 ISO
              K-512,800 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 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

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 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

              $820 body only

              $960 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

              $713 - $897 body only

              $948 - $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
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,500 body only

              $3,200 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,699 body only

              $1,679 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $643 - $749 body only

              $1,039 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $295 body only

              $375 - $378 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $365 body only

              $531 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weight Lighter
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Pentax K-S2

              Pentax K-S2

              Boutique

              $450 - $597

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $662 body only

              $947 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly 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
                   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!