• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Canon G11 advantages over Pentax K-5 II

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Thinner
    48 mm vs 73 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/180 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 28 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Pentax K-5 II advantages over Canon G11

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/1.7 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.81 vs 2.08 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.60 vs 2.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Better color depth
    23.8 vs 20.4 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,235 vs 169 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.1 vs 11.1 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 740 vs 390 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    6 years vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.23 vs 0.54 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    16.3 vs 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.7 fps vs 1.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

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
  • 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
  • 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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Review Excerpt

  • Compact yet control-rich body packs in the features; Updated autofocus system focuses in near-darkness; Fully weather-sealed; Sharp, detailed images with very good dynamic range; In-body image stabilization; Dual-axis level with horizon correction.

  • Can seem intimidating at first; Fewer autofocus points than competitors; Doesn't take advantage of high-speed UHS-I flash cards; Movie feature set is very dated and file sizes huge.

The Competition

Compared to Canon G10

Canon G11
Canon G10
  • $577
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Manual focus
  • More pixels
Pentax K-5 II
Canon G10
  • $790
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Integrated ND filter
  • Thinner

Compared to Nikon P7000

Canon G11
Nikon P7000
  • $577
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Shoots 24p video
Pentax K-5 II
Nikon P7000
  • $790
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Integrated ND filter
  • Thinner

Compared to Nikon D7000

Canon G11
Nikon D7000
  • $577
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Pentax K-5 II
Nikon D7000
  • $790
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Canon G12

Canon G11
Canon G12
  • $577
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • $854
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Pentax K-5 II
Canon G12
  • $790
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $854
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Integrated ND filter

Compared to Pentax K-30

Canon G11
Pentax K-30
  • $577
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Integrated ND filter
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Pentax K-5 II
Pentax K-30
  • $790
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoots 24p video
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