Updated (February 2010): Compare the Canon EOS Rebel T2i vs Pentax K-x

Pentax K-x vs Canon Rebel T2i

Winner
Pentax K-x

65

Canon EOS Rebel T2i

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-x

Great color depth
Color depth
22.8 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.5 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Thickness
Thin
2.4"

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Advantages of the Canon T2i

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
220 lenses vs 113 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 600 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.4" vs 2.7"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Lighter
530 g vs 580 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Pentax K-x

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
97 ms vs 252 ms
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2.6x less delay when taking photos
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
72.0 vs 66.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4.7 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.56x vs 0.54x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
811 ISO vs 784 ISO
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The K-x has a slight edge (0 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$642.50 vs $898.00
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The best price we've seen is $256 cheaper (around 30% less)
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/6000s vs 1/4000s
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More than 30% faster max shutter speed
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size
Slightly smaller
123×92×68 mm vs 129×98×62 mm
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              T2i129×98×62 mm
              K-x123×92×68 mm
              Thickness Very thin Help
              T2i2.4"
              K-x2.7"
              Common Weaknesses
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              T2i95%
              K-x96%
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T2i17.9 MP
              K-x12.2 MP
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              T2i440 shots
              K-x420 shots
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T2i9
              K-x11
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T2i3.7 fps
              K-x4.7 fps
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              T2i1080p @ 30fps
              K-x720p @ 24fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T2i784 ISO
              K-x811 ISO

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $312 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $459 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $495 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Pentax K-x Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $286 - $295 body only

              $375 - $378 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Size Larger
              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $540 body only

              $586 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $545 body only

              $748 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $650 - $749 body only

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

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Pentax K200D

              Pentax K200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Live view No live view

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