• 1.5 inch 261.8mm2
  • 14.3 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 372.1mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Canon G1X advantages over Pentax K-500

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Pentax K-500 advantages over Canon G1X

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,087 vs 644 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.1 vs 10.8 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 710 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.0 fps vs 4.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    30 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/6000 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
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

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
  • 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
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • 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

  • Large-sensor image quality. Sharp lens with useful zoom range. Tilt/swivel LCD. Twin dials. Smaller than competing interchangeable-lens cameras with a similar lens. Lots of photographer-friendly features.

  • Not as small as you might hope. Mediocre burst shooting and autofocus speed. Far too easy to accidentally change exposure compensation. Viewfinder is of surprisingly little use. Battery life could be better.

The Competition

Compared to Sigma DP1 Merrill

Canon G1X
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Pentax K-500
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Doesn't require an AA filter

Compared to Pentax K-5 IIs

Canon G1X
Pentax K-5 IIs
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Integrated ND filter
  • $673
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Pentax K-500
Pentax K-5 IIs
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $673
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Pentax K-50

Canon G1X
Pentax K-50
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Integrated ND filter
  • $458
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Pentax K-500
Pentax K-50
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $458
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sigma dp2 Quattro

Canon G1X
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Newer
Pentax K-500
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Higher max flash sync
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon G1X Mark III

Canon G1X
Canon G1X Mark III
  • $576
  • 1.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Pentax K-500
Canon G1X Mark III
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
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