Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Pentax K-5 IIs

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III
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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
6MP higher megapixel Edit
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III has a megapixel of 22.3MP, whereas the Pentax K-5 IIs is only a 16.3MP digital camera (6MP lower). 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.

Shorter flash sync-speed Edit
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a 0.01s flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 0.99s shorter than the Pentax K-5 IIs (1s).
35fps higher motion JPEG frame rate Edit
Canon EOS 5D Mark III is 60fps JPEG frame rate, but the Pentax K-5 IIs is only a 25fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (35fps lower).
Slightly larger display diagonal Edit
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a 3.2" screen digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-5 IIs is only a 3" screen digital camera (0.2" smaller). 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 (numeric) Edit
Canon EOS 5D Mark III is 1,040,000 pixels display resolution, but the Pentax K-5 IIs is only a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (119,000 pixels lower).
Two hundred and ten more battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is 950.00, but the Pentax K-5 IIs only takes 740.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

6 Reasons For
Image stabilizer Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has an image stabilizer, however the Canon EOS 5D Mark III does not have an image stabilizer. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

A lot higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has an ISO sensitivity (max) of 51,200, however the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is only a 25,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera (25,600 lower).
Smaller ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
Pentax K-5 IIs is 80 minimum ISO speed, but the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera (20 bigger).
23% higher magnification Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a magnification of 0.92x, however the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is only a 0.71x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.21x 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.

Lighter Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs is a 680g digital camera. That's 270g lighter than the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (680g). 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.

Built-in flash Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a built-in flash, whereas the Canon EOS 5D Mark III does not have a built-in flash. Read more

Cameras with a built in flash illuminate the subject in low light conditions. A flash can also be used to place more emphasis on the foreground or lighten dark shadows.

Cameras with a built in flash can take pictures in low light conditions. Since no external flash is required, cameras with a built in flash are smaller and easier to carry.

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Does not have an image stabilizer Edit
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III does not have an image stabilizer, but the Pentax K-5 IIs has an image stabilizer. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

Vastly lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III has an ISO sensitivity (max) of 25,600, however the Pentax K-5 IIs is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (25,600 higher).
Bigger ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
Canon EOS 5D Mark III is 100 minimum ISO speed, but the Pentax K-5 IIs is an 80 minimum ISO speed digital camera (20 smaller).
A lot lower magnification Edit
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III has a magnification of 0.71x, however the Pentax K-5 IIs is a 0.92x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.21x higher). 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.

29% heavier Edit
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a 950g digital camera. That's 270g heavier than the Pentax K-5 IIs (680g). 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.

Does not have a built-in flash Edit
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III does not have a built-in flash, however the Pentax K-5 IIs does. Read more

Cameras with a built in flash illuminate the subject in low light conditions. A flash can also be used to place more emphasis on the foreground or lighten dark shadows.

Cameras with a built in flash can take pictures in low light conditions. Since no external flash is required, cameras with a built in flash are smaller and easier to carry.

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The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is older than the Pentax K-5 IIs by five years.
6 Reasons Against
A lot lower megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a megapixel of 16.3MP, whereas the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a 22.3MP digital camera (6MP 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 1s flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 0.99s longer than the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (1s).
Two times lower motion JPEG frame rate Edit
Pentax K-5 IIs is only 25fps JPEG frame rate, but the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a 60fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (35fps higher).
0.2" smaller display diagonal Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs is a 3" screen digital camera, whereas the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a 3.2" screen digital camera (0.2" larger). 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.

Lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
Pentax K-5 IIs is only 921,000 pixels display resolution, but the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a 1,040,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (119,000 pixels higher).
Two hundred and ten less battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Pentax K-5 IIs is 740.00, but the Canon EOS 5D Mark III only takes 950.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel
22.3MP
BEST
16.3MP
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 3840 x 2560
 2880 x 1920
 1920 x 1280
 720 x 480
 4928 x 3264
 3936 x 2624
 3072 x 2048
 1728 x 1152
 3840 x 2560
 2880 x 1920
 1920 x 1280
 720 x 480
 4928 x 3264
 3936 x 2624
 3072 x 2048
 1728 x 1152
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5760 x 3840
BEST
 5760 x 3840
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
BEST
 RAW
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
36 x 24 23.7 x 15.7
Total Megapixels
23.4MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer Location
 Lens
 Lens
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
BEST
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
4x Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital Zoom
5x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
22 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
2.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
24 - 70 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Type
 Standard
 Standard
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
18/13 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
Number of Diaphragm Blades
8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
82mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Mounting Type
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 continuous
 multi point
 contrast detection
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 continuous
 multi point
 contrast detection
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Closest Focusing Distance
0.38m Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points
61 Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Sensitivity
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 800
 1600
 12800
 25600
 16000
 25
 51200
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 800
 1600
 12800
 25600
 16000
 25
 51200
ISO Sensitivity (max)
25,600 51,200
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 80
BEST
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 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

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s
BEST
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

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
60fps
BEST
25fps
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 AVI
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x480@60fps
BEST
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x480@60fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
 LPCM
 PCM

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
Memory Slots
2 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3.2"
BEST
3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Field of View
100% 100%
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,040,000 pixels
BEST
921,000 pixels
Second Display
 Second display
 Second display

Viewfinder

Magnification
0.71x 0.92x
BEST
Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
USB Connector Type
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB B
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Camera

White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Custom modes
 Manual
 Flash
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Custom modes
 Manual
 Flash
Shooting Modes
 Scene
 Movie
 Manual
 Scene
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Black&White
 Neutral
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,12
Multi-Shot
 Multi-shot
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
 Dioptre correction
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Brightness
Image Editing
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Resizing
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 DCF
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 DCF
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Multi Burst Mode
 Multi burst mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Processor
DIGIC 5+ Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Self-portrait
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Self-portrait
Languages Support
 DAN
 DUT
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (SIMPL)
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 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
 ARA
 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
950g 680g
BEST
Height
116.4mm 97mm
Depth
76.4mm 72.5mm
Width
152mm 131mm

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 AC
 Battery
 AC
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
LP-E6 D-LI90
Battery Capacity
1,080mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
950 shots
BEST
740 shots
Battery Voltage
7.4V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Level Indicator
 Battery level indicator
Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
32 - 104 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
0 - 85 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

System Requirements

Mac Operating Systems Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Mac operating systems supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Windows operating systems supported
Mac Compatibility
 Mac compatibility
 Mac compatibility

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 AC
 AV
 USB
 AC
 AV
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
 Battery charger included
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
 Hand strap

Other Features

Video Capability
 Video capability
 Video capability
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
BEST
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
 USB 2.0 ports quantity
 USB 2.0 ports quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
 HDMI ports quantity
 HDMI ports quantity
Dimensions (WxDxH)
156 x 79.9 x 156.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Operating Systems
Windows XP (SP2/SP3), Vista SP1 Starter, Windows 7 Starter, Mac OS X v10.6-10.7 Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7 & OS X 10.3.9 +
On/off Switch
 On/off switch
Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Sensor Resolution
22,300,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
30 - 1/8000 1/8000 - 30
Aperture Priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital SLR
 Digital SLR
 Digital SLR
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