• APS-C 372.1mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • $399 Average Retail $600 MSRP
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • $685 Average Retail $800 MSRP

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Advantages

Pentax K-500 over Canon SL1

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Longer battery life
    710 vs 380 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon SL1 over Pentax K-500

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video

Review Excerpt

  • Extremely compact and lightweight for a DSLR; Delivers good image quality that's virtually identical to the Canon T4i/T5i; Accurate and relatively fast autofocus with improved Live View and Movie Hybrid CMOS II AF; Full 1080p HD movie recording; Better-than average kit lens (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM).

  • Still not as compact as most mirrorless cameras; Slightly worse than average dynamic range and high ISO performance; Poor battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A58

Pentax K-500
Sony A58
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $465
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic
Canon SL1
Sony A58
  • $685
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $465
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon T5i

Pentax K-500
Canon T5i
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $796
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon SL1
Canon T5i
  • $685
  • APS-C
  • $796
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More cross-type AF points

Compared to Pentax K-50

Pentax K-500
Pentax K-50
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • $625
  • APS-C
Canon SL1
Pentax K-50
  • $685
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $625
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D3300

Pentax K-500
Nikon D3300
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $577
  • APS-C
  • External Mic
  • More pixels
Canon SL1
Nikon D3300
  • $685
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $577
  • APS-C
  • Longer battery life
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon T5

Pentax K-500
Canon T5
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $509
  • APS-C
  • HDMI out
Canon SL1
Canon T5
  • $685
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $509
  • APS-C
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