• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 819,200
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Pentax KP advantages over Canon SL2

  • 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
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • More cross-type AF points
    25 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.63x vs 0.54x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More AF points
    27 vs 9
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs Fixed
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.1 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    35 vs 22 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    7.0 fps vs 5.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    10 vs 5 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/24000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    819200 vs 51200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon SL2 advantages over Pentax KP

  • Less expensive
    $699 vs $999*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.60 vs 1.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 650 vs 390 shots
    Capture more photos
  • 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting 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

  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Canon T6i

Pentax KP
Canon T6i
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon SL2
Canon T6i
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More AF points

Compared to Pentax K-3 II

Pentax KP
Pentax K-3 II
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $842
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS
Canon SL2
Pentax K-3 II
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $842
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D3400

Pentax KP
Nikon D3400
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Canon SL2
Nikon D3400
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D5600

Pentax KP
Nikon D5600
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon SL2
Nikon D5600
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon T7i

Pentax KP
Canon T7i
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $749
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon SL2
Canon T7i
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $749
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More AF points
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