• APS-C 372.1mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 960.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Pentax K-500 advantages over Canon SX720 HS

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.81 vs 1.19 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
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 710 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in 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 shutter
    1/6000 vs 1/3200 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon SX720 HS advantages over Pentax K-500

  • Less expensive
    $280* vs $597
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Thinner
    35 mm vs 71 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    3 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 16.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • 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
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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 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
  • 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 A57

Pentax K-500
Sony A57
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
Canon SX720 HS
Sony A57
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Pentax K-5 IIs

Pentax K-500
Pentax K-5 IIs
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $623
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon SX720 HS
Pentax K-5 IIs
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $623
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon T5i

Pentax K-500
Canon T5i
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $539
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon SX720 HS
Canon T5i
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $539
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Panasonic ZS60

Pentax K-500
Panasonic ZS60
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $354
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
Canon SX720 HS
Panasonic ZS60
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • NFC
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $354
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon SX730 HS

Pentax K-500
Canon SX730 HS
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
Canon SX720 HS
Canon SX730 HS
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
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