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

5 Reasons For
13% higher megapixel Edit
The Canon EOS 550D is an 18.7MP digital camera. That's 2.4MP 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.

Significantly shorter flash sync-speed Edit
The Canon EOS 550D has a flash sync-speed of 0.01s, whereas the Pentax K-5 IIs is a 1s flash sync-speed digital camera (0.99s longer).
5fps higher motion JPEG frame rate Edit
The Canon EOS 550D is a 30fps JPEG frame rate digital camera. That's 5fps higher than the Pentax K-5 IIs (25fps).
119,000 pixels higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Canon EOS 550D 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).
A lot lighter Edit
The Canon EOS 550D has a weight of 530g, whereas the Pentax K-5 IIs is a 680g 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.

4 Reasons For
Significantly higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera, whereas the Canon EOS 550D is only a 12,800 maximum ISO speed digital camera (38,400 lower).
25% smaller ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has an ISO sensitivity (min) of 80, however the Canon EOS 550D is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera (20 bigger).
0.05x higher magnification Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs is a 0.92x lens magnification ratio digital camera, whereas the Canon EOS 550D is only a 0.87x 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 and fourty more battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs takes 740.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Canon EOS 550D only takes 400.00 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.

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
Three times lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
Canon EOS 550D is only 12,800 maximum ISO speed. That's 38,400 lower than the Pentax K-5 IIs (51,200).
20 bigger ISO sensitivity (min) 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 magnification Edit
Canon EOS 550D is only 0.87x lens magnification ratio. That's 0.05x 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.

Only 400.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Canon EOS 550D is a digital camera that takes 400.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas 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.

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Older by over two years
The Canon EOS 550D is three years older than the Pentax K-5 IIs.
5 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a megapixel of 16.3MP, but the Canon EOS 550D is an 18.7MP digital camera (2.4MP 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 550D (1s).
20% lower motion JPEG frame rate Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a motion JPEG frame rate of 25fps, however the Canon EOS 550D is a 30fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (5fps higher).
13% lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a display resolution (numeric) of 921,000 pixels, however the Canon EOS 550D is a 1,040,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (119,000 pixels higher).
23% heavier Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs is a 680g digital camera. That's 150g heavier than the Canon EOS 550D (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.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel
18.7MP
BEST
16.3MP
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 5184 x 3456
 4928 x 3264
 3936 x 2624
 3072 x 2048
 1728 x 1152
BEST
 5184 x 3456
 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 Formats Supported
 RAW
 EXIF
BEST
 RAW
 EXIF
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
22.3 x 14.9 23.7 x 15.7
Total Megapixels
18.7MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Aspect Ratios
 3:2
BEST
 3:2

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black
Material
 Stainless steel
 Steel
 Stainless steel
 Steel

Lens System

Optical Zoom
5.6x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
5.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
3.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
88mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
29mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
18 - 55 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
11/9 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
6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
58mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 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
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
0.25m Unknown - Click to provide data
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
0.05 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
1 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Sensitivity
 64
 80
 100
 400
 640
 800
 6400
 12800
 200
 51200
 64
 80
 100
 400
 640
 800
 6400
 12800
 200
 51200
ISO Sensitivity (max)
12,800 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
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Second curtain synchro
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Second curtain synchro
 Slow synchronization
Flash Guide Number
13m Unknown - Click to provide data
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 Recharging Time
3s Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
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

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps
BEST
25fps
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 AVI
 MOV
 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
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
 PCM
BEST
 PCM
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

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

Viewfinder

Magnification
0.87x 0.92x
BEST
Viewfinder Type
 electrical
BEST
 electrical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
AV Output
 AV output
Unknown - Click to provide data
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
USB Connector Type
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB B
Connection to PC
 Connection to PC
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
I/O Ports
1x video out PAL/ NTSC,1x HDMI mini,1x 3.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Connector Type
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
BEST
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Camera

3D
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Manual
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Manual
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Neutral
 Neutral
Self-Timer Delay
2 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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Dioptre correction
Image Editing
 Rotating
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 RAW
 DCF
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 RAW
 DCF
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Start-Up Time
0.1ms Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Processor
DIGIC 4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
Languages Support
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 EST
 BUL
 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
 EST
 BUL
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 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
530g
BEST
680g
Height
97.3mm 97mm
Depth
62mm 72.5mm
Width
128.8mm 131mm
Weight (including Battery)
530g Unknown - Click to provide data

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-E8 D-LI90
Battery Life (max)
1.7h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
400 shots 740 shots
BEST
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 - 80 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

System Requirements

Mac Operating Systems Supported
 Mac operating systems supported
 Mac operating systems supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
 Windows operating systems supported
 Windows operating systems supported
Mac Compatibility
 Mac compatibility
 Mac compatibility

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser,Image Processing,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
Cables Included
 USB
 AV
 AC
 USB
 AV
 AC
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
 Battery charger included
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
 Hand strap

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Video Capability
 Video capability
 Video capability
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
Metering
TTL Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
 USB 2.0 ports quantity
 USB 2.0 ports quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
 HDMI ports quantity
 HDMI ports quantity
Date Imprinting
 Date imprinting
Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight
0.5kg Unknown - Click to provide data
Interface
USB 2.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Face Detection
 Face detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Operating Systems
Win XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista / 7,Mac OS X v10.4 - 10.6 Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7 & OS X 10.3.9 +
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
29 - 88 Unknown - Click to provide data
Aperture Range (F-F)
3.5 - 5.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
On/off Switch
 On/off switch
Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Sensor Resolution
18,000,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
30 - 1/4000 1/8000 - 30
Minimum System Requirements
USB Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens System
EF/EF-S Unknown - Click to provide data
Aperture Priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital SLR
 Digital SLR
 Digital SLR
Manual Exposure
 Manual exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
Manual Focus
 Manual focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Exposure
 Auto exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
Optical Viewfinder
 Optical viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Priority AE
 Shutter priority AE
Unknown - Click to provide data
Electrical Viewfinder
 Electrical viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data
Rotating
 Rotating
Unknown - Click to provide data
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