Canon M5 vs Pentax KP: A Detailed Comparison

Canon M5 vs Pentax KP: 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 KP. 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 KP Specs

Canon M5 vs Pentax KP

Canon M5 vs Pentax KP


Canon M5

Pentax KP

Sensor FormatAPS-CAPS-C
Crop Factor1.6x1.5x
AA FilterYesOn/Off
Image Resolution6000 x 40006016 x 4000
Body Image StabilizationYes (Movie only)Yes
Lens MountCanon EF-MPentax K
ISO100 - 25,600100 - 819,200
Expanded ISONoneNone
AF Points49 Hybrid27
Cross-type AF PointsDual Pixel AF25
Continuous Mode7fps7fps
LCD3.2" - Articulating3.0" - Articulating
LCD Resolution1,620,000 dots921,600 dots
Focus PeakingYesYes
Top LCD DisplayNoNo
Viewfinder TypeEVF (2.36M)Optical
Viewfinder Coverage100%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.95x
Video Resolution1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p1920x1080 (60i/50i/30/25/24p)
1280x720 (60/50p)1280x720 (60/50p)
Microphone JackYesYes
Headphone JackNoNo
Memory Card TypeSDSD
Dual Card SlotsNoNo
Fastest Shutter Speed1/40001/24000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"30"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer Size2728
RAW Buffer Size188
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesYes
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2001/180
Startup Time1.2s1.0s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built-in NFCYesNo
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedNoYes
Battery Life (CIPA)295 shots390 shots
Battery IncludedYes (LP-E17)Yes (D-LI109)
Weight15.0 oz (427g)24.7 oz (699g)
Size4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4"5.2 x 4.0 x 3.0"
Release Date20162017

Pentax KP vs Canon M5 Common Features

Wireless ConnectionYes vs Yes
Articulating ScreenYes vs Yes
Built-in FlashYes vs Yes
External Flash ShoeYes vs Yes
ViewfinderYes (Electronic) vs Yes (Optical)
RAW SupportYes vs Yes
Face Detection FocusYes vs Yes
Max Resolution24 MP vs 24 MP
Continuous Shooting9.0fps vs 7.0fps
Microphone PortYes vs Yes
Timelapse RecordingYes vs Yes
AE BracketingYes vs Yes
Smartphone Remote ControlYes vs Yes

Canon M5 vs Pentax KP Size Comparison

The Canon M5 is the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 16mm narrower, 12mm shorter and 15mm thinner than Pentax KP. Also, the Canon M5 is much lighter (276g ) than the Pentax KP. Carrying the M5 around is easier.

Canon M5 vs Pentax KP

Canon M5 vs Pentax KP

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 KP Sensor Comparison

Both the Canon M5 and Pentax have APS-C sized 24.0 MP resolution sensors so sensor size and resolution are the same between the two cameras.

Canon M5 vs Pentax KP Sensor Comparison

Canon M5 vs Pentax KP Sensor Comparison

As both the Pentax KP 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 KP has a 1.1x larger sensor area than 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 KP

Touch ScreenYes vs No
Number of Focus Points49 vs 27
LCD Screen Size3.2" vs 3″
LCD Screen Resolution1.620k dots vs 921k dots
Continuous Shooting9.0fps vs 7.0fps
Weight427 g vs 703 g
Price$929 vs $1,000
NFC ConnectionYes vs No
BluetoothYes vs No

Key reasons that might sway you to choose the Canon M5 over the Pentax KP:

  • AF Points – 49 vs 27.
  • LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
  • Touchscreen Support
  • RAW Buffer Size – 18 vs 8.
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/200 vs 1/180.
  • Built-in NFC
  • Bluetooth Support
  • Weight – The Canon M5 weighs 272g less.
  • Size – The Canon M5 is noticeably smaller.

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Pentax KP Advantages Over Canon M5

Built-in Image StabilizationSensor-shift vs None
Max ISO819.200 vs 25.600
Max Shutter Speed1/6000s vs 1/4000s
Battery Life390 shots vs 295 shots
Environmental SealingYes vs No
Flash Coverage6.0m vs 5.0m
Sensor Pixel Area15.24µmvs 13.84µm2
Pixel Shift High-Resolution ModeYes vs No
Anti-Alias Filter SimulatorYes vs No
Support for UHS Memory CardsUHS-I vs none

You may opt to choose the Pentax KP because:

  • AA Filter – You can turn it on and off.
  • Body Image Stabilization – The Pentax KP has built-in body stabilization for photos and videos, which is an excellent feature for traveling and shooting in low light.
  • ISO – 819,200 vs 25,600. Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/24000 vs 1/4000.
  • Environmentally Sealed – The Pentax KP is suited for shooting outdoors in difficult terrain and bad weather conditions.

Video: Pentax KP Hands-on Review

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