• APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Canon 7D Mark II advantages over Pentax K-S2

  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 1.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 670 vs 410 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    216 mm vs 75 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More cross-type AF points
    65 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Higher-res screen
    347k vs 230k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    65 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.5 fps vs 5.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    103 vs 28 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.5 fps vs 5.2 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    26 vs 9 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Pentax K-S2 advantages over Canon 7D Mark II

  • Less expensive
    $499 vs $1851
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Lighter weight
    859g vs 1388g
    Lighter weight
  • Less shutter lag
    0.12 vs 0.25 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs Fixed
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; High ISO performance improved over predecessor; Excellent burst speeds (up to 10fps); Significantly improved buffer depths; 65-pt AF system; Dual Pixel CMOS AF; Can focus down to f/8 (great for teleconverters); 1080/60p video; Headphone and mic jacks; Rugged build quality.

  • Autofocus speed (AF shutter lag) slower than 7D and 70D; Mediocre battery life for a pro DSLR; Dynamic range at low to moderate ISOs not as good as competitors; Phase-detect AF did not perform as well as expected in our low-light AF tests; No built-in Wi-Fi; No autofocus for 1080/60p video.

  • Very compact for a weather-sealed DSLR; Good ergonomics and great viewfinder; Excellent image quality; Decent performance for its class; Articulated screen is great for difficult compositions; Offers features not found in other Pentax DSLRs

  • 18-50mm kit lens is fiddly and prone to jamming when retracted; Wi-Fi is slow and unintuitive; Slow startup; Limited movie mode; Poor battery life for a DSLR; Priced too close to its enthusiast-grade sibling

The Competition

Compared to Canon 7D

Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 7D
  • $1409
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Less shutter lag
Pentax K-S2
Canon 7D
  • $513
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Canon 6D

Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 6D
  • $1409
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $1222
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Pentax K-S2
Canon 6D
  • $513
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1222
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon 70D

Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 70D
  • $1409
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $961
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Pentax K-S2
Canon 70D
  • $513
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $961
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A77 II

Canon 7D Mark II
Sony A77 II
  • $1409
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Pentax K-S2
Sony A77 II
  • $513
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Top deck display

Compared to Pentax K-S1

Canon 7D Mark II
Pentax K-S1
  • $1409
  • APS-C
  • Built-in GPS
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Pentax K-S2
Pentax K-S1
  • $513
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Higher-res screen
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