• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 12.8 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 10.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200

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Differences

Canon 5D advantages over Pentax K2000

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.20 vs 6.12 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
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • More pixels
    12.8 vs 10.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    98 vs 4 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Pentax K2000 advantages over Canon 5D

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Lighter weight
    524g vs 810g
    Lighter weight

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
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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

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The Competition

Compared to Sony DSLR-A200

Canon 5D
Sony DSLR-A200
  • $2334
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $470
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Internal flash
Pentax K2000
Sony DSLR-A200
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $470
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon XSi

Canon 5D
Canon XSi
  • $2334
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash
  • Lighter weight
Pentax K2000
Canon XSi
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • More AF points

Compared to Nikon D60

Canon 5D
Nikon D60
  • $2334
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash
  • Lighter weight
Pentax K2000
Nikon D60
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Sony DSLR-A300

Canon 5D
Sony DSLR-A300
  • $2334
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $563
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
Pentax K2000
Sony DSLR-A300
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $563
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon D5000

Canon 5D
Nikon D5000
  • $2334
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More dynamic range
Pentax K2000
Nikon D5000
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • HDMI out
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