• APS-H 548.2mm2
  • 8.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Canon 1D Mark II N advantages over Pentax K-30

  • Larger sensor
    APS-H vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.19 vs 4.81 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.5 fps vs 5.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Pentax K-30 advantages over Canon 1D Mark II N

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,129 vs 975 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.0 vs 11.2 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Newer
    6 years vs 13 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.3 vs 8.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Pentaprism viewfinder is bright and accurate; Weather-sealed body can handle direct rain; Twin control dials make exposure control a snap; Solid build; Great image quality.

  • Lower resolution than some rivals; Not as small as recent Pentax entry-level and mid-range models; A couple of ergonomic and UI quirks; Shutter isn't the quietest; 18-55 kit lens isn't weather-sealed.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7000

Canon 1D Mark II N
Nikon D7000
  • $299
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
Pentax K-30
Nikon D7000
  • $562
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Canon T4i

Canon 1D Mark II N
Canon T4i
  • $299
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $539
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Pentax K-30
Canon T4i
  • $562
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $539
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Pentax K-5 II

Canon 1D Mark II N
Pentax K-5 II
  • $299
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
Pentax K-30
Pentax K-5 II
  • $562
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Pentax K-50

Canon 1D Mark II N
Pentax K-50
  • $299
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $458
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Pentax K-30
Pentax K-50
  • $562
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $458
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Pentax K-500

Canon 1D Mark II N
Pentax K-500
  • $299
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Pentax K-30
Pentax K-500
  • $562
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Higher extended ISO
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