Canon EOS 7D vs Pentax K-3

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Canon EOS 7D
Pentax K-3

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Reasons For

9 Reasons For
Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon EOS 7D is a 5.6xx optical zoom digital camera. That's 5.26x bigger than the Pentax K-3 (0.34xx). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Canon EOS 7D is a 24mmmm minimum focal length digital camera. That's 3mm shorter than the Pentax K-3 (27mmmm).
One more diaphragm blades Edit
The Canon EOS 7D is a eight diaphragm blades digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-3 only has seven diaphragm blades.
38% wider field of view Edit
The Canon EOS 7D is a 160%% field of view digital camera. That's 60% wider than the Pentax K-3 (100%%).
919 pixels higher display resolution Edit
The Canon EOS 7D is a 920,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 919 pixels higher than the Pentax K-3 (1,037,000 pixels pixels).
6% higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Canon EOS 7D is a 1xx lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.05x higher than the Pentax K-3 (0.95xx). 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.

800 shots shots per battery charge Edit
The Canon EOS 7D is a digital camera that takes 800 shots shots per battery charge, whereas the Pentax K-3 only takes 720 shots 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.

2 shops are selling it
The more shops stock the product, the greater competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
Six more awards
The Canon EOS 7D has 7 awards from expert review sites, however the Pentax K-3 has 1 award.
13 Reasons For
5.35MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 23.35MPMP digital camera. That's 5.35MP higher than the Canon EOS 7D (23.35MPMP). 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.

More total megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 24.71MPMP digital camera. That's 5.71MP more than the Canon EOS 7D (24.71MPMP).
Smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 38 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 32.4 smaller than the Canon EOS 7D (38).
15% smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a minimum aperture of 3.5, however the Canon EOS 7D is a 4 minimum aperture digital camera (0.5 larger).
Smaller closest focusing distance Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a closest focusing distance of 0.4mm, however the Canon EOS 7D is a 1.5mm closest focusing distance digital camera (1.1m larger).
27 auto focus points Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 27 auto focus point digital camera, whereas the Canon EOS 7D only has 19 auto focus points.
Higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 39 higher than the Canon EOS 7D (51,200).
One more flash guide Edit
The number of flash guides on the Pentax K-3 is 13m, but the Canon EOS 7D only has 12m flash guides.
Higher JPEG frame rate Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 60fpsfps JPEG frame rate digital camera. That's 30fps higher than the Canon EOS 7D (60fpsfps).
7% larger screen size Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 3.2"" screen digital camera. That's 0.2" larger than the Canon EOS 7D (3.2""). 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.

Lighter Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a weight of 715gg, but the Canon EOS 7D is an 820gg digital camera (105g 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.

Cheaper by $408
The Pentax K-3 costs $407.56 less than the Canon EOS 7D.
Moderately better user reviews
The average user review score of the Pentax K-3 is 98%, however the average rating of the Canon EOS 7D is 96% (based on 760 reviews).

Reasons Against

14 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel count Edit
The Canon EOS 7D is an 18MPMP digital camera. That's 5.35MP lower than the Pentax K-3 (23.35MPMP). 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.

Less total megapixel count Edit
The Canon EOS 7D is a 19MPMP digital camera. That's 5.71MP less than the Pentax K-3 (24.71MPMP).
Vastly bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Canon EOS 7D is a 5.6 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 32.4 bigger than the Pentax K-3 (38).
Larger minimum aperture Edit
The Canon EOS 7D has a minimum aperture of 4, but the Pentax K-3 is a 3.5 minimum aperture digital camera (0.5 smaller).
Hugely larger closest focusing distance Edit
The Canon EOS 7D has a closest focusing distance of 1.5mm, but the Pentax K-3 is a 0.4mm closest focusing distance digital camera (1.1m smaller).
Only 19 auto focus points Edit
The Canon EOS 7D has 19 auto focus points, however the Pentax K-3 only has 27 auto focus points.
4x lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Canon EOS 7D is a 12,800 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 39 lower than the Pentax K-3 (51,200).
One less flash guide Edit
The Canon EOS 7D is a 12m flash guide digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-3 only has 13m flash guides.
30fps lower JPEG frame rate Edit
The Canon EOS 7D is a 30fpsfps JPEG frame rate digital camera. That's 30fps lower than the Pentax K-3 (60fpsfps).
7% smaller screen size Edit
The Canon EOS 7D has a screen size of 3"". That's 0.2" smaller than the Pentax K-3 (3.2""). 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.

105g heavier Edit
The Canon EOS 7D has a weight of 820gg, whereas the Pentax K-3 is a 715gg digital camera (105g 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.

More expensive by $408
The Canon EOS 7D is $407.56 more expensive than the Pentax K-3.
Older by over one year
The Canon EOS 7D is 22 months older than the Pentax K-3.
User review Rating is slightly Worse
The Canon EOS 7D has an average user score of 96%, but the Pentax K-3 has an average user rating of 98% (based on 68 reviews).
9 Reasons Against
Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 0.34xx optical zoom digital camera. That's 5.26x smaller than the Canon EOS 7D (0.34xx). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

12% longer minimum focal length Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 27mmmm minimum focal length digital camera. That's 3mm longer than the Canon EOS 7D (27mmmm).
One less diaphragm blades Edit
The number of diaphragm blades on the Pentax K-3 is seven, but the Canon EOS 7D only has eight diaphragm blades.
60% narrower field of view Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 100%% field of view digital camera. That's 60% narrower than the Canon EOS 7D (100%%).
919x lower display resolution Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 1,037,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 919 pixels lower than the Canon EOS 7D (1,037,000 pixels pixels).
6% lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 0.95xx lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.05x lower than the Canon EOS 7D (0.95xx). 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.

Only 720 shots shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Pentax K-3 is 720 shots, but the Canon EOS 7D only takes 800 shots 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.

Less retailers
The Pentax K-3 is only stocked by 2 retailers, whereas the Canon EOS 7D is stocked by 4 sellers. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
Six less awards
The Pentax K-3 has only received 1 award, whereas the Canon EOS 7D has received 7 awards.

Awards

7 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
Camera Labs: Highly Recommended
Digitaltrends.com: Editor's Choice
maclife.com: Awesome Award
parentesis.com: Editor's Choice
photozone.de: Recommended
stuff.tv: Hot Buy
1 Award
Imaging Resource.com: Dave's Pick

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

59 months Ago 38 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
18MP 23.35MP
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 5184 x 3456
 3888 x 2592
 3456 x 2304
 2592 x 1728
 6016 x 4000
 4608 x 3072
 3072 x 2048
 1920 x 1280
 5184 x 3456
 3888 x 2592
 3456 x 2304
 2592 x 1728
 6016 x 4000
 4608 x 3072
 3072 x 2048
 1920 x 1280
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 6016 x 4000
 6016 x 4000
BEST
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
BEST
 3:2
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
Full-Frame Sensor Size
23.3 x 14.9 23.5 x 15.6
Total Megapixel Count
19MP 24.71MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Lens
 Lens
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
 3:2

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Body Material
 Magnesium
 Stainless steel
 Steel
 Magnesium
 Stainless steel
 Steel
Protection Feature
 Water resistant
 Dust resistant
 Water resistant
 Dust resistant

Lens System

Optical Zoom
5.6x
BEST
0.34x
Maximum Aperture
5.6 38
BEST
Minimum Aperture
4 3.5
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
136mm 82.5mm
BEST
Minimum Focal Length
24mm
BEST
27mm
Focal Length Range
70 - 300 18 - 135
Lens
 Telephoto
 Telephoto
Lens Structure
15/10 11/8
Lens Mount Interface
 Canon EF
 Canon EF-S
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Canon EF
 Canon EF-S
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
Diaphragm Blades
8
BEST
7
Filter Size
58mm 52mm
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 spot
 Single Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 continuous
 selective
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 single
 spot
 Single Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 continuous
 selective
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
1.5m 0.4m
BEST
Auto Focus Point
19 27
BEST
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
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 Auto
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
ISO Speed
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 51200
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 51200
Maximum ISO Speed
12,800 51,200
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
100 100
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Shutter Interval
0.06s Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed Setting
 B
 B
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Red-eye reduction
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
 Red-eye reduction
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
Flash Guide
12m 13m
BEST
Flash Sync-Speed
BEST
1s
Flash Recharging Time
3s Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
Shoe Mounting Point
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 60fps
BEST
Video Format
 MOV
 MOV
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x480@60fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x480@60fps
 1920x1080@60fps
BEST
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Memory

Memory Card
 CF+
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 CF+
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
BEST
Memory Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 2

Display

Screen Size
3" 3.2"
BEST
Display
 TFT
BEST
 TFT
Field of View
160%
BEST
100%
Display Resolution
920,000 pixels
BEST
1,037,000 pixels

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
1x
BEST
0.95x
Viewfinder
 electrical
 Optical
BEST
 electrical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

USB Connector Type
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB B
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 3.0
 3.0
BEST
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Program
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Sensitivity priority
 Auto
 Program
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Sensitivity priority
Photo Effect
 Neutral
 Pastel
 Neutral
 Pastel
Self-Timer
2,10 2,12
Maximum Playback Zoom
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Adjustment Mode
 Brightness
 Brightness
Image Editing Mode
 Rotating
 Resizing
 Crop
 Rotating
 Resizing
 Crop
Camera File System
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
Playback Mode
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
Start-Up Time
100ms Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Processor
DIGIC 4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment
-3 - 1 -2.5 - 1.5
Eye Relief
Unknown - Click to provide data 20.5mm
Scene Mode
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Landscape
 Portrait
Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 EST
 BUL
 CZE
 THA
 NOR
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 RUS
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 EST
 BUL
 CZE
 THA
 NOR
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 RUS
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
820g 715g
BEST
Height
110.7mm 100mm
Depth
73.5mm 77.5mm
Width
148.2mm 131.5mm
Lens Weight
630g Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Length
110.6mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Diameter
83.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight Including Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 800g

Battery

Power Source
 AC
 Battery
 AC
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 1
Battery Size
LP-E6 D-LI90
Maximum Battery Life
Unknown - Click to provide data 6h
Shot Per Battery Charge
800 shots
BEST
720 shots

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
0 - 40 5 - 92
Storage Temperature Range
0 - 85 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 -10 - 40

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser S-SW140

Other Features

Weight
0.82kg Unknown - Click to provide data
Interface
USB Unknown - Click to provide data
Dimension
148.2 x 73.5 x 110.7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Drive Mode
Single, Continuous L, Continuous H Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating System
Windows XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista,OS X v10.4-10.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
24 Unknown - Click to provide data
Aperture Range
3.5 - 38 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed Range
30-1/8000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Memory Capacity
4GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens System
EF/EF-S Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Magnification
0.26x Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Image Processor
 DIGIC 4+
 DIGIC 4+
Flash Type
Unknown - Click to provide data P-TTL
Compatibility
E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support Unknown - Click to provide data
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