Canon M5 vs Pentax 3-K II: Two cameras. Two different body types. This article compares Canon’s Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS M5, with the Pentax Semi-Pro DSLR, the Pentax 3-K II. Both cameras feature a 24.0MP APS-C sensor. To start, here’s a brief overview of the main features of both cameras.
Canon M5 vs Pentax 3-K II Specs
Pentax K-3 II
|Image Resolution||6000 x 4000||6016 x 4000|
|Body Image Stabilization||Yes (Movie only)||Yes|
|Lens Mount||Canon EF-M||Pentax K|
|ISO||100 – 25,600||100 – 51,200|
|AF Points||49 Hybrid||27|
|Cross-type AF Points||Dual Pixel AF||25|
|LCD||3.2″ – Articulating||3.2″ – Fixed|
|LCD Resolution||1,620,000 dots||1,036,800 dots|
|Top LCD Display||No||Yes|
|Viewfinder Type||EVF (2.36M)||Optical|
|Video Resolution||1920×1080 (60/50/30/25/24p||1920×1080 (60i/50i/30/25/24p)|
|1280×720 (60/50p)||1280×720 (60/50p)|
|Memory Card Type||SD||SD + SD|
|Dual Card Slots||No||Yes|
|SD UHS Support||UHS-I||UHS-I|
|Fastest Shutter Speed||1/4000||1/8000|
|Slowest Shutter Speed||30″||30″|
|JPEG Buffer Size||27||60|
|RAW Buffer Size||18||22|
|Max Flash Sync Speed||1/200||1/180|
|USB Type||USB 2.0||USB 3.0|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||295 shots||720 shots|
|Battery Included||Yes (LP-E17)||Yes (D-LI90)|
|Weight||15.0 oz (427g)||27.07 oz (785g)|
|Size||4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4″||5.2 x 4.0 x 3.1″|
Pentax 3-K II vs Canon M5 Common Features
|External Flash Shoe||Yes vs Yes||Better for flash photography|
|Viewfinder||Yes (Electronic) vs Yes (Optical)||Better framing and control|
|RAW Support||Yes vs Yes||Better image quality|
|Face Detection Focus||Yes vs Yes||Useful for portraits|
|Max Resolution||24 MP vs 24 MP||Bigger prints and more details|
|LCD Screen Size||3.2″ vs 3.2″||Large display|
|Continuous Shooting||9.0fps vs 8.3fps||Fast shooting speeds|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs Yes||High-quality audio recording option|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs Yes||Creative shooting|
|AE Bracketing||Yes vs Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
Canon M5 vs Pentax 3-K II Size Comparison
On the size chart, the Canon M5 is the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 15mm narrower, 11mm shorter and 16mm thinner than the Pentax K-3 II. Also, with regard to weight, the Canon M5 is noticeably lighter (373g ) than the Pentax K-3 II. A key factor to consider if you plan to go on long journeys/photo sessions with your camera.
Moreover, both cameras have an APS-C sensor. Hence, the lenses they use are practically the same. So, when factoring in the weight, this is not an issue.
Canon M5 vs Pentax 3-K II Sensor Comparison
Both the Canon M5 and Pentax 3-K II have APS-C sized 24.0 MP resolution sensors so sensor size and resolution are the same between the two cameras.
However, one key difference is that the Nikon D5500’s sensor lacks anti-alias (Low-Pass) filter. This increases the sharpness and level of detail however it also increases the chance of a ripple effect in certain pictures.
As both the Nikon D5500 and Canon M5 have the same sensor sizes, they provide a good level of control over the depth of field when used with same focal length and aperture. However, the Pentax K-3 II has a 1.1x larger sensor area than the Canon M5. Larger sensors give you more control over the depth of field and blurry background compared to the smaller sensor when shot in same focal length and aperture.
Canon M5 Advantages Over Pentax 3-K II
|Wireless Connection||Built-In vs Optional||Better connectivity|
|Articulating Screen||Yes vs No||Flexible shooting positions|
|Built-in Flash||Yes vs No||Useful in low-light|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Number of Focus Points||49 vs 27||22 more focus points|
|LCD Screen Resolution||1.620k dots vs 1.037k dots||56% higher resolution screen|
|Continuous Shooting||9.0fps vs 8.3fps||0.7 fps faster|
|Weight||427 g vs 800 g||373 g lighter|
|Selfie Friendly LCD||Yes vs No||Rotate LCD for taking Selfies|
|NFC Connection||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Smartphone_remote control||Yes vs No||Remote control your camera with a smartphone|
Reasons why you should choose the Canon EOS M5 over the Pentax 3-K II:
- AF Points – 49 vs 27.
- LCD – It’s articulated.
- LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
- Touchscreen Support
- Built-in Flash
- Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/200 vs 1/180.
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Built-in NFC
- Bluetooth Support
- Weight – The Canon M5 weighs 358g less.
- Size – The Canon M5 is noticeably smaller.
Video: Canon M5 Hands-on Review
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Pentax 3-K II Advantages Over Canon M5
|Built-in Image Stabilization||Sensor-shift vs None||All the lenses are stabilized|
|GPS||BuiltIn vs None||Track your location|
|Max ISO||51.200 vs 25.600||100% higher Max ISO|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000s vs 1/4000s||Faster shutter speed|
|Battery Life||720 shots vs 295 shots||425 more frames with a single charge|
|Headphone Port||Yes vs No||Better video control|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Sensor Pixel Area||15.24µm2 vs 13.84µm2||10% larger pixel area|
|Price||$846 vs $929||$83 cheaper|
|Top LCD||Yes vs No||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|AE Bracketing Range||±5 EV vs ±3 EV||Wide Bracketing range is useful for HDR|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Pixel Shift High-Resolution Mode||Yes vs No||Increased resolution with pixel shift|
|Anti-Alias Filter Simulator||Yes vs No||Turn on Anti-Alias filter effect to minimise Moire|
|Astrotracer Mode||Yes vs No||Great for Astrophotography|
|Storage Slot||2 vs 1||Extra storage slot|
Reasons you might want to choose the Pentax 3-K II instead of the Canon EOS M5:
- AA Filter – You can turn it on and off.
- Body Image Stabilization – The Pentax K-3 II has built-in body stabilization for photos and videos, which is an excellent feature for traveling and shooting in low light.
- ISO – 51,200 vs 25,600. Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
- Continuous Mode – 8 vs 7. It’s an advantage, but not something you will really notice that often.
- Top LCD Display – When shooting in semi-auto/manual modes, you can quickly preview all of your settings.
- Headphone Jack – Useful for previewing your audio quality straight out the camera.
- Dual Card Slots – More room for extra photos, or simply for backup.
- JPEG Buffer Size – 60 vs 27. Useful for long bursts.
- RAW Buffer Size – 22 vs 18.
- Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/8000 vs 1/4000.
- Built-in GPS
- USB 3.0 – Faster file transferring out the camera.
- Environmentally Sealed – The Pentax K-3 II is better suited for shooting outdoors in difficult terrain and bad weather conditions.
- Battery Life – 720 shots vs 295 shots.
Video: Pentax 3-K II Hands-on Review
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