Canon EOS 550D vs Pentax K-5 IIs

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Canon EOS 550D
Pentax K-5 IIs

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
10% higher megapixel count Edit
The Canon EOS 550D is an 18MPMP digital camera. That's 1.7MP higher than the Pentax K-5 IIs (16.3MPMP). 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.

Significantly shorter flash sync-speed Edit
The Canon EOS 550D has a flash sync-speed of 0.01ss, whereas the Pentax K-5 IIs is a 1ss flash sync-speed digital camera (0.99s longer).
5fps higher JPEG frame rate Edit
The Canon EOS 550D is a 30fpsfps JPEG frame rate digital camera. That's 5fps higher than the Pentax K-5 IIs (25fpsfps).
Wider field of view Edit
The Canon EOS 550D is a 160%% field of view digital camera. That's 60% wider than the Pentax K-5 IIs (100%%).
A lot lighter Edit
The Canon EOS 550D has a weight of 530gg, whereas the Pentax K-5 IIs is a 680gg digital camera (150g 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.

17% thinner Edit
The Canon EOS 550D has a depth of 62mmmm. That's 10.5mm thinner than the Pentax K-5 IIs (72.5mmmm).
2% narrower Edit
The Canon EOS 550D has a width of 128.8mmmm. That's 2.2mm narrower than the Pentax K-5 IIs (131mmmm).
5 Reasons For
Significantly higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a maximum ISO speed of 51,200, whereas the Canon EOS 550D is only a 12,800 maximum ISO speed digital camera (39 lower).
25% smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a minimum ISO speed of 80, however the Canon EOS 550D is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera (20 bigger).
Vastly higher display resolution Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a display resolution of 921,000 pixels pixels, however the Canon EOS 550D is only a 1,040,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera (920 pixels lower).
0.05x higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a lens magnification ratio of 0.92xx, whereas the Canon EOS 550D is only a 0.87xx lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.05x lower). 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.

Three hundred more shots per battery charge Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs takes 740 shots shots per battery charge, however the Canon EOS 550D only takes 440 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.

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
Four times lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Canon EOS 550D is a 12,800 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 39 lower than the Pentax K-5 IIs (51,200).
20 bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Canon EOS 550D is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 20 bigger than the Pentax K-5 IIs (80).
Lower display resolution Edit
The Canon EOS 550D is a 1,040,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 920 pixels lower than the Pentax K-5 IIs (921,000 pixels pixels).
Lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Canon EOS 550D is a 0.87xx lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.05x lower than the Pentax K-5 IIs (0.92xx). 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 440 shots shots per battery charge Edit
The Canon EOS 550D is a digital camera that takes 440 shots shots per battery charge, whereas the Pentax K-5 IIs only takes 740 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.

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Older by eleven months
The Canon EOS 550D is eleven months older than the Pentax K-5 IIs.
7 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a megapixel count of 16.3MPMP, but the Canon EOS 550D is an 18MPMP digital camera (1.7MP higher). 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.

Longer flash sync-speed Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs is a 1ss flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 0.99s longer than the Canon EOS 550D (1ss).
20% lower JPEG frame rate Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a JPEG frame rate of 25fpsfps, however the Canon EOS 550D is a 30fpsfps JPEG frame rate digital camera (5fps higher).
60% narrower field of view Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a field of view of 100%%, however the Canon EOS 550D is a 160%% field of view digital camera (60% wider).
23% heavier Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs is a 680gg digital camera. That's 150g heavier than the Canon EOS 550D (680gg). 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.

Thicker Edit
Pentax K-5 IIs is 72.5mmmm deep, but the Canon EOS 550D is a 62mmmm deep digital camera (10.5mm thinner).
A bit wider Edit
Pentax K-5 IIs is 131mmmm wide, but the Canon EOS 550D is a 128.8mmmm wide digital camera (2.2mm narrower).

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
18MP
BEST
16.3MP
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 5184 x 3456
 3456 x 2304
 2592 x 1728
 4928 x 3264
 3936 x 2624
 3072 x 2048
 1728 x 1152
BEST
 5184 x 3456
 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
 EXIF
BEST
 RAW
 EXIF
Full-Frame Sensor Size
23.3 x 14.9 23.7 x 15.7
Total Megapixel Count
18.7MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
BEST
 3:2

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Body Material
 Stainless steel
 Steel
 Stainless steel
 Steel

Lens System

Optical Zoom
5.6x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture
38 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
22 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length
216mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
29mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
75.4 x 101 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure
16/12 Unknown - Click to provide data
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
6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
67mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focus
 selective
 Selective Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 multi point
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 selective
 Selective Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 multi point
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
0.25m Unknown - Click to provide data
Macro Focusing Range
0.05 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
1 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
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
 64
 80
 100
 400
 640
 800
 6400
 12800
 200
 51200
 64
 80
 100
 400
 640
 800
 6400
 12800
 200
 51200
Maximum ISO Speed
12,800 51,200
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
100 80
BEST
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
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
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Guide
13m Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s
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)

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
30fps
BEST
25fps
Video Format
 H.264
 AVI
 H.264
 AVI
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
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Audio Format
 PCM
BEST
 PCM

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Memory Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Field of View
160%
BEST
100%
Display Resolution
1,040,000 pixels 921,000 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.87x 0.92x
BEST
Viewfinder
 electrical
BEST
 electrical

Ports & Interfaces

USB Connector Type
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB B
I/O Port
1x video out PAL/ NTSC,1x HDMI mini,1x 3.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
BEST
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effect
 Neutral
 Neutral
Self-Timer
2,10 2,12
Maximum Playback Zoom
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing Mode
 Rotating
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.1
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 RAW
 DCF
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.1
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 RAW
 DCF
Playback Mode
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Start-Up Time
0.1ms Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Processor
DIGIC 4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 EST
 BUL
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 KAZ
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 EST
 BUL
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 KAZ
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
530g
BEST
680g
Height
97.3mm
BEST
97mm
Depth
62mm
BEST
72.5mm
Width
128.8mm
BEST
131mm
Weight Including Battery
530g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 AC
 Battery
 AC
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Size
LP-E8 D-LI90
Maximum Battery Life
1.7h Unknown - Click to provide data
Shot Per Battery Charge
440 shots 740 shots
BEST

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
32 - 104 Unknown - Click to provide data
Relative Humidity Operating Range
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser,Image Processing,Digital Photo Professional,PhotoStitch,EOS Utility,Picture Style Editor PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4
Included Cable
 USB
 AV
 AC
 USB
 AV
 AC

Other Features

Metering
TTL Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight
0.53kg Unknown - Click to provide data
Interface
USB 2.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating System
Windows XP (SP2/SP3), Vista inc SP1 Starter Edition, 7 Starter Edition, OS X v10.4-10.6 Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7 & OS X 10.3.9 +
Focal Length
29 - 88 Unknown - Click to provide data
Aperture Range
3.5 - 5.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Sensor Resolution
18,000,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed Range
30 - 1/4000 1/8000 - 30
Minimum System Requirement
USB Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens System
EF/EF-S Unknown - Click to provide data
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