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-S1 and Canon EOS 6D Mark II are both equipped with the same CMOS sensor, they boast of different resolution. Thus, Pentax K-S1 has a sensor with a resolution of 20.0 MP, while Canon EOS 6D Mark II has a different resolution of 26.0 MP.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Pentax K-S1 and Canon EOS 6D Mark II and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Pentax K-S1 Key Features:
Canon EOS 6D Mark II Key Features:
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||10 vs No||10 better flash range|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/6000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|Weight||558 g vs 765 g||207 g lighter|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||13 vs 11.9||Better dynamic range|
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Gps||Built-in vs Optional||Has GPS|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Sensor Resolution||26.0 MP vs 20.0 MP||23.1% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||861.6 mm2 vs 366.6 mm2||57.5% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||6.5 fps vs 5.4 fps||1.1 fps faster|
|Number Of Focus Points||45 vs 11||34 more focus points|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Fixed Type||Flexible shooting positions|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots vs 921k dots||11.4% higher resolution screen|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Battery Life||1200 shots vs 410 shots||790 more frames with a single charge|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Dxo Color Depth||24.4 vs 23.5||Better color depth|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||2862 vs 1061||Better High ISO performance|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.71 vs 0.64||0.07 better magnification|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|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|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Continuous Shooting||5.4 fps | 6.5 fps||Low continuous shooting|
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-S1 and Canon EOS 6D 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, Pentax K-S1 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 207g less than the Canon EOS 6D Mark II. 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-S1 and Canon EOS 6D 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-S1 features a 20.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor and boasts of a Prime MII processor . Canon EOS 6D Mark II, in its turn, comes with a 26.0 MP Full frame sized CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Pentax K-S1 and Canon EOS 6D Mark II by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Canon EOS 6D Mark II is equipped with a sensor that is 0.4x larger than the one featured in Pentax K-S1. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
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-S1 and Canon EOS 6D 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-S1||Canon EOS 6D Mark II|
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
No Significant Advantages
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-S1 or Canon EOS 6D 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-S1 and Canon EOS 6D 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, Canon EOS 6D Mark II deserves a higher Total Score than the Pentax K-S1. 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-S1||Canon EOS 6D Mark II|
|Model||K-S1||EOS 6D Mark II|
|Announced||Aug 27, 2014||Jun 29, 2017|
|Body Type||Mid-size SLR||Mid-size SLR|
|Sensor Size||APS-C||Full frame|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.5 x 15.6 mm||35.9 x 24 mm|
|Sensor Area||366.60 mm2||861.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP||26.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5472 x 3648||6240 x 4160|
|Max Native ISO||51,200||40,000|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||102,400|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Pentax KAF2||Canon EF|
|Number of Lenses||144||256|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x||1x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||11||45|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||45|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||921k 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||1/6000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.4 fps||6.5 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, auto + redeye, on + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual||no built-in flash|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||78||85|
|DxO Color Depth||23.5||24.4|
|DxO Dynamic Range||13.0||11.9|
|DxO Low Light ISO||1061||2862|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50 fps)||1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||H.264||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||558 g||765 g|
|Physical Dimensions||121 x 93 x 70 mm||144 x 111 x 75 mm|
|Battery Life||410 shots||1200 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)|