• APS-C 372.1mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Pentax K-5 advantages over Canon 77D

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.81 vs 3.72 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,162 vs 971 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 740 vs 600 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.61x vs 0.51x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon 77D advantages over Pentax K-5

  • Less expensive
    $599 vs $800*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 0.6 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • More telephoto lens reach
    216 mm vs 83 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • More cross-type AF points
    45 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    4 years vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 16.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More AF points
    45 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    167 vs 31 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output 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

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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

  • Excellent high ISO performance, one of the best APS-C sensors yet; 6.5 fps burst mode has very good buffer depths; Weather, dust, and cold resistant; In-body Shake Reduction corrects not only horizontal / vertical, but also rotational motion.

  • Default saturation and contrast a bit high; Auto white balance too warm in tungsten light; Fewer AF points than main competitors; Only a single card slot, and no UHS-I card support (slow buffer clearing).

  • Very good image quality; Improved dynamic range at low ISOs; Very fast autofocus; Dual Pixel CMOS AF in Live View; Much improved RAW buffer depth; 1080/60p video; Quick Control Dial & top-panel LCD screen.

  • Default JPEGs slightly soft straight out of camera; Dynamic range & high ISOs lag behind competing cameras; No 4K video resolution.

The Competition

Compared to Canon T3i

Pentax K-5
Canon T3i
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
Canon 77D
Canon T3i
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax K-30

Pentax K-5
Pentax K-30
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • More telephoto lens reach
Canon 77D
Pentax K-30
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon T4i

Pentax K-5
Canon T4i
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon 77D
Canon T4i
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon T6s

Pentax K-5
Canon T6s
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $759
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon 77D
Canon T6s
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $759
  • APS-C
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Pentax K-70

Pentax K-5
Pentax K-70
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $547
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon 77D
Pentax K-70
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $547
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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