• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 560.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 14.6 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200

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Differences

Canon SX10 IS advantages over Pentax K-7

  • Less expensive
    $400 vs $1300 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/500 vs 1/180 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 20 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Pentax K-7 advantages over Canon SX10 IS

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.07 vs 1.69 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Fast startup
    ~0.60 vs 2.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 740 vs 600 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Less shutter lag
    0.09 vs 0.60 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    14.6 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
    5.2 fps vs 1.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/3200 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 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
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • 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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The Competition

Compared to Sony DSC-HX1

Canon SX10 IS
Sony DSC-HX1
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $499
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Manual focus
  • HDMI out
Pentax K-7
Sony DSC-HX1
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $499
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Canon SX1 IS

Canon SX10 IS
Canon SX1 IS
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $600
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • HDMI out
Pentax K-7
Canon SX1 IS
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $600
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Sony DSLR-A380

Canon SX10 IS
Sony DSLR-A380
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Pentax K-7
Sony DSLR-A380
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Canon SX20 IS

Canon SX10 IS
Canon SX20 IS
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • HDMI out
  • More pixels
Pentax K-7
Canon SX20 IS
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Pentax K-x

Canon SX10 IS
Pentax K-x
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $702
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Pentax K-7
Pentax K-x
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Top deck display
  • $702
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
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