• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 21.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 819,200

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Differences

Canon 5D Mark II advantages over Pentax K-1 II

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.41 vs 4.88 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 1.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 850 vs 670 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens

Pentax K-1 II advantages over Canon 5D Mark II

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Less expensive
    $2397 vs $3238
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    25 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    3 months vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Less shutter lag
    0.10 vs 0.21 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    36.4 vs 21.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    33 vs 15
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs Fixed
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    4.5 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    4.6 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    17 vs 11 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    819200 vs 25600 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
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review 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

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Sony A900

Canon 5D Mark II
Sony A900
  • $2850
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
Pentax K-1 II
Sony A900
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D3X

Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D3X
  • $2850
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
Pentax K-1 II
Nikon D3X
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A850

Canon 5D Mark II
Sony A850
  • $2850
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
Pentax K-1 II
Sony A850
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup

Compared to Pentax K-1

Canon 5D Mark II
Pentax K-1
  • $2850
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $1764
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Pentax K-1 II
Pentax K-1
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $1764
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon D850

Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D850
  • $2850
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Pentax K-1 II
Nikon D850
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
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