Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to provide a detailed evaluation and comparison of two different camera models that fall into the same category - Semi-Pro DSLR. Although these cameras are from the same category, they were introduced by different brands - Pentax and Canon. Although Pentax K-1 and Canon EOS 7D Mark II are both equipped with the same CMOS sensor, they boast of different resolution. Thus, Pentax K-1 has a sensor with a resolution of 36.0 MP, while Canon EOS 7D Mark II has a different resolution of 20.0 MP.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Pentax K-1 and Canon EOS 7D Mark II and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Pentax K-1 Key Features:
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Key Features:
Pentax K-1 was substituted by Pentax K-1 II.
|Wireless Connectivity||Built-In vs No||Better connectivity|
|Sensor Resolution||36.0 MP vs 20.0 MP||44.4% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||861.6 mm2 vs 336 mm2||61% larger pixel area|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Screen Size||3.2″ vs 3″||0.2" larger screen|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Fixed Type||Flexible shooting positions|
|Battery Life||760 shots vs 670 shots||90 more frames with a single charge|
|Dxo Color Depth||25.4 vs 22.4||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||14.6 vs 11.8||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||3280 vs 1082||Better High ISO performance|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.7 vs 0.63||0.07 better magnification|
|Continuous Shooting||10 fps vs 4.4 fps||5.6 fps faster|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||12 vs No||12 better flash range|
|Number Of Focus Points||65 vs 33||32 more focus points|
|Number Of Cross Focus Points||65 vs 25||40 more cross focus points|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots vs 1,037k dots||0.3% higher resolution screen|
|Weight||910 g vs 1010 g||100 g lighter|
|Screen Size||3.2″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,037k dots | 1,040k dots||High resolution screen|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism) | Optical (pentaprism)||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Microphone Port||Yes | Yes||High quality audio recording option|
|Headphone Port||Yes | Yes||Better video control|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|Storage Slots||2 slots | 2 slots||Extra Storage Slots|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes | Yes||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Battery Life||760 shots | 670 shots||Big number of frames with a single charge|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Pentax K-1 and Canon EOS 7D Mark II from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Canon EOS 7D Mark II is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 100g less than the Pentax K-1. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Pentax K-1 and Canon EOS 7D Mark II any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Pentax K-1 features a 36.0 MP Full frame sized CMOS sensor . Canon EOS 7D Mark II, in its turn, comes with a 20.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Pentax K-1 and Canon EOS 7D Mark II by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Pentax K-1 has a sensor area 0.4x bigger compared to Canon EOS 7D Mark II. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Pentax K-1 and Canon EOS 7D Mark II in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Pentax K-1||Canon EOS 7D Mark II|
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Pentax K-1 or Canon EOS 7D Mark II, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Pentax K-1 and Canon EOS 7D Mark II here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Pentax K-1 deserves a higher Total Score than the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Pentax K-1||Canon EOS 7D Mark II|
|Model||K-1||EOS 7D Mark II|
|Announced||Feb 17, 2016||Sep 15, 2014|
|Body Type||Mid-size SLR||Mid-size SLR|
|Sensor Size||Full frame||APS-C|
|Sensor Dimensions||35.9 x 24 mm||22.4 x 15 mm|
|Sensor Area||861.60 mm2||336.00 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||36.0 MP||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||7360 x 4912||5472 x 3648|
|Max Native ISO||204,800||16,000|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||51,200|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Pentax KAF2||Canon EF/EF-S|
|Number of Lenses||144||304|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1x||1.6x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||33||65|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||25||65|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,037k dots||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder||Optical (pentaprism)||Optical (pentaprism)|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.4 fps||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto Flash Discharge, Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Trailing Curtain Sync, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||96||70|
|DxO Color Depth||25.4||22.4|
|DxO Dynamic Range||14.6||11.8|
|DxO Low Light ISO||3280||1082|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)||1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50. 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (29.97, 25 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||MPEG-4|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 3.0|
|Weight||1010 g||910 g|
|Physical Dimensions||137 x 110 x 86 mm||149 x 112 x 78 mm|
|Battery Life||760 shots||670 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)||CompactFlash + SD/SDHC/SDXC|