• APS-C 372.1mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Advantages

Pentax K-500 over Canon T5

  • 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 500 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    30 vs 12 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.0 fps vs 3.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Faster shutter
    1/6000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon T5 over Pentax K-500

  • Newer
    13 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very good image quality with great color accuracy; Lightweight and compact design; Great value for the money; Canon EF-S mount provides access to a vast array of lens options; Feature Guide and Creative Auto helps new users.

  • Slow burst mode; Shallow buffer; Without AF assist from flash low-light AF can struggle; Dynamic range and high ISO performance not as good as some competing models; No continuous AF in movie mode; Mono sound; No external mic jack.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A57

Pentax K-500
Sony A57
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • HDMI out
Canon T5
Sony A57
  • $395
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Newer
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Sony A58

Pentax K-500
Sony A58
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $444
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-camera panoramas
Canon T5
Sony A58
  • $395
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $444
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon T5i

Pentax K-500
Canon T5i
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $643
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon T5
Canon T5i
  • $395
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Newer
  • $643
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon SL1

Pentax K-500
Canon SL1
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $395
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
Canon T5
Canon SL1
  • $395
  • APS-C
  • Longer battery life
  • Newer
  • $395
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Pentax K-50

Pentax K-500
Pentax K-50
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Longer battery life
  • $347
  • APS-C
Canon T5
Pentax K-50
  • $395
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • HDMI out
  • $347
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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