Canon EOS 1D X vs Pentax K-5 IIs

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Canon EOS 1D X
Pentax K-5 IIs

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
10% higher megapixel count Edit
The Canon EOS 1D X is an 18.1MP digital camera. That's 1.8MP higher than the Pentax K-5 IIs (16.3MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Larger screen size Edit
The Canon EOS 1D X is a 3.2" screen digital camera. That's 0.2" larger than the Pentax K-5 IIs (3"). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Higher display resolution Edit
The Canon EOS 1D X is a 1,040,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 119,000 pixels higher than the Pentax K-5 IIs (921,000 pixels).
860.00 shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Canon EOS 1D X is 860.00, but the Pentax K-5 IIs only takes 740.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

8 Reasons For
25% smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs is an 80 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 20 smaller than the Canon EOS 1D X (80).
0.16x higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs is a 0.92x lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.16x higher than the Canon EOS 1D X (0.92x). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

660g lighter Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a weight of 680g, however the Canon EOS 1D X is a 1.3kg digital camera (660g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

69% shorter Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a height of 97mm. That's 66.6mm shorter than the Canon EOS 1D X (97mm).
Thinner Edit
Pentax K-5 IIs is 72.5mm deep. That's 10.2mm thinner than the Canon EOS 1D X (72.5mm).
Narrower Edit
Pentax K-5 IIs is 131mm wide. That's 27mm narrower than the Canon EOS 1D X (131mm).
Cheaper by £2,302
The Pentax K-5 IIs is £2,301.99 cheaper than the Canon EOS 1D X.
A bit better user reviews
The average user review score of the Pentax K-5 IIs is 100%, whereas the average rating of the Canon EOS 1D X is 97% (based on 311 reviews).

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
Bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Canon EOS 1D X is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 20 bigger than the Pentax K-5 IIs (80).
22% lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Canon EOS 1D X is a 0.76x lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.16x lower than the Pentax K-5 IIs (0.92x). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

A lot heavier Edit
The Canon EOS 1D X has a weight of 1.3kg, but the Pentax K-5 IIs is a 680g digital camera (660g lighter). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Taller Edit
Canon EOS 1D X is 163.6mm tall. That's 66.6mm taller than the Pentax K-5 IIs (97mm).
10.2mm thicker Edit
The Canon EOS 1D X is an 82.7mm deep digital camera. That's 10.2mm thicker than the Pentax K-5 IIs (72.5mm).
27mm wider Edit
The Canon EOS 1D X is a 158mm wide digital camera. That's 27mm wider than the Pentax K-5 IIs (131mm).
More expensive by £2,302
The Canon EOS 1D X is £2,301.99 more expensive than the Pentax K-5 IIs.
Older by six months
The Canon EOS 1D X is six months older than the Pentax K-5 IIs.
User review Rating is a bit Worse
The Canon EOS 1D X's average user score is 97%, however the Pentax K-5 IIs's is 100% (based on 1 review).
4 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs is a 16.3MP digital camera. That's 1.8MP lower than the Canon EOS 1D X (16.3MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

7% smaller screen size Edit
Pentax K-5 IIs is only 3" screen. That's 0.2" smaller than the Canon EOS 1D X (3"). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

13% lower display resolution Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs is a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 119,000 pixels lower than the Canon EOS 1D X (921,000 pixels).
Only 740.00 shots per battery charge Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs takes 740.00 shots per battery charge, however the Canon EOS 1D X only takes 860.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

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tipa.com: Technical Image Press Association Award
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
What Digital Camera: Gold
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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
18.1MP
BEST
16.3MP
Image Stabiliser
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 5184 x 3456
 4608 x 3072
 3888 x 2592
 3456 x 2304
 2592 x 1728
 4928 x 3264
 3936 x 2624
 3072 x 2048
 1728 x 1152
BEST
 5184 x 3456
 4608 x 3072
 3888 x 2592
 3456 x 2304
 2592 x 1728
 4928 x 3264
 3936 x 2624
 3072 x 2048
 1728 x 1152
Maximum Image Resolution
 5184 x 3456
BEST
 5184 x 3456
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
BEST
 3:2
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
BEST
 RAW
 JPG
Full-Frame Sensor Size
36 x 24 23.7 x 15.7
Total Megapixel Count
19.3MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
BEST
 3:2

Design

Waterproof
 Waterproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
Colour
 Black
 Black
Body Material
 Magnesium
 Magnesium
Protection Feature
 Water resistant
 Dust resistant
 Water resistant
 Dust resistant
Dust Resistant Case
 Dust resistant case
Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Lens Mount Interface
 Canon EF
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Canon EF
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 spot
 centre weighted
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 continuous
 multi point
 contrast detection
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 spot
 centre weighted
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 continuous
 multi point
 contrast detection
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
 Auto focus lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
-2 - 18 Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Point
61 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 Auto
 Manual
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
ISO Speed
 100
 200
 51200
 80
 100
 200
 51200
 80
Maximum ISO Speed
51,200 51,200
Minimum ISO Speed
100 80
BEST
Auto Exposure Lock
 Auto exposure lock
 Auto exposure lock
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter
 Mechanical
 Mechanical

Flash

Flash Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Sync-Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1s
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 25fps
Video Format
 MOV
 H.264
 AVI
 MOV
 H.264
 AVI
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1200
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1200
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
BEST
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Format
 WAV
BEST
 WAV
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Memory Card
 SD
 CF+
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
 SDHC
BEST

Display

Screen Size
3.2"
BEST
3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
Field of View
100% 100%
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
 Touch sensitive screen
Display Resolution
1,040,000 pixels
BEST
921,000 pixels
Second Display
 Second display
 Second display

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.76x 0.92x
BEST
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
Connection
 Wireless LAN
BEST
 Wireless LAN
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
USB Connector Type
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB B
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
Microphone in Socket
 Microphone in socket
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Camera

GPS
 GPS
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Manual
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Manual
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Auto
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
Photo Effect
 Neutral
 Neutral
Self-Timer
2,10 2,12
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Orientation Sensor
 Orientation sensor
Unknown - Click to provide data
Dioptre Correction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Dioptre correction
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Adjustment Mode
 Brightness
 Brightness
Image Editing Mode
 Rotating
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
BEST
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Playback Mode
 Slide show
 Slide show
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Start-Up Time
100ms Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Processor
Dual Digic 5+ Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Landscape
 Portrait
Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 JPN
 ESP
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 JPN
 ESP
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
1.3kg 680g
BEST
Height
163.6mm 97mm
BEST
Depth
82.7mm 72.5mm
BEST
Width
158mm 131mm
BEST

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 AC
 Battery
 AC
Battery
 Lithium
 Lithium
Battery Size
CR2025, LP-E4N/ LP-E4 D-LI90
Shot Per Battery Charge
860 shots
BEST
740 shots
Battery Level Indicator
 Battery level indicator
Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

System Requirements

Mac Operating System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Mac operating system
Windows Operating System
 Windows operating system
 Windows operating system
Mac Compatible
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Mac compatible

Packaging Content

Handheld Remote Control
 Handheld remote control
Unknown - Click to provide data
Bundled Software
ImageBrowser EX, Digital Photo Professional, PhotoStitch, EOS Utility , Picture Style Editor PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Cable
 USB
 AV
 AC
 USB
 AV
 AC
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
 Included battery charger
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
 Hand strap

Networking

Networking Feature
Gigabit Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB 2.0 port
HDMI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI port
Face Detection
 Face detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating System
Unknown - Click to provide data Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7 & OS X 10.3.9 +
Dust-Resistant
 Dust-resistant
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/8000 - 30
Aperture Priority Mode
 Aperture priority mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital SLR
 Digital SLR
 Digital SLR
Manual Exposure
 Manual exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Exposure
 Auto exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
Recording Format
EXIF 2.3 Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Priority AE
 Shutter priority AE
Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Pack
LP-E4N/ LP-E4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Rotating
 Rotating
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Image Processor
 2 x DIGIC 5+
 2 x DIGIC 5+
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