• APS-C 372.1mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800

Advantages

Pentax K-500 over Canon T5i

  • 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 440 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon T5i over Pentax K-500

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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

  • Excellent image quality; 9 cross-type AF points; Stereo microphones; Built-in touchscreen; Multi-shot modes; Improved kit lens; Even more affordable.

  • Little-changed from the earlier T4i; Slow Live View and video autofocus; High ISO performance is unimproved; Below-average battery life; No dedicated AF illuminator.

The Competition

Compared to Canon T4i

Pentax K-500
Canon T4i
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon T5i
Canon T4i
  • $722
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Kit lens zoom ratio

Compared to Nikon D5200

Pentax K-500
Nikon D5200
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $636
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic
Canon T5i
Nikon D5200
  • $722
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $636
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A58

Pentax K-500
Sony A58
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • 60p
  • $479
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic
Canon T5i
Sony A58
  • $722
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $479
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Pentax K-50

Pentax K-500
Pentax K-50
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • $573
  • APS-C
Canon T5i
Pentax K-50
  • $722
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $573
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon T5

Pentax K-500
Canon T5
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $545
  • APS-C
  • HDMI out
Canon T5i
Canon T5
  • $722
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $545
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Newer
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