• 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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Differences

Pentax K-500 advantages 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
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,087 vs 724 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.1 vs 11.3 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer battery life
    More info 710 vs 500 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.61x vs 0.53x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • 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 advantages over Pentax K-500

  • Less expensive
    $399 vs $499
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Newer
    15 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

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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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
  • $391
  • 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
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $439
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-camera panoramas
Canon T5
Sony A58
  • $391
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $439
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon T5i

Pentax K-500
Canon T5i
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $635
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon T5
Canon T5i
  • $391
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $635
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon SL1

Pentax K-500
Canon SL1
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $391
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
Canon T5
Canon SL1
  • $391
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer battery life
  • $391
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Pentax K-50

Pentax K-500
Pentax K-50
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Longer battery life
  • $289
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
Canon T5
Pentax K-50
  • $391
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • HDMI out
  • $289
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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