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

Canon EOS 7D vs Pentax K-7

Winner
Canon EOS 7D

73

Pentax K-7

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
8 fps
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
131 ms shutter lag
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-7

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
93 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 131x97x73 mm

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Explore our gallery of 39 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 7D. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-7.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 10.6 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
66.0 vs 61.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
854 ISO vs 536 ISO
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The 7D has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8 fps vs 5.2 fps
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More than 50% faster continuous shooting
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
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.60x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 14.5 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Focus points
More focus points
19 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 7D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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-7

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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Color depth
Better color depth
22.6 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
93 ms vs 131 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Size
Smaller
131x97x73 mm vs 148x111x74 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
750 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
$599.00 vs $749.00
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The best price we've seen is $150 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              7D131 ms
              K-793 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
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              7D12,800 ISO
              K-76,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              7D6,400 ISO
              K-73,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              7D19
              K-711
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              7D17.9 MP
              K-714.5 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              7D11.7 EV
              K-710.6 EV
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              7D66.0
              K-761.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              7D22 bits
              K-722.6 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              7D854 ISO
              K-7536 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $650 body only

              $799 - $899 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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $734 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $612 with 75-300mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 - $697 body only

              $580 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $549 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,215 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,611 - $1,990 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
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,095 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 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
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

              Pentax K-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,126 body only

              $816 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $367 body only

              $382 - $496 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $799 - $950 body only

              $1,039 - $1,079 with 18-135mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $376 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Pentax K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $860 body only

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Movie format Does not take movies

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              Canon EOS 7D Pentax K-7

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