Face-Off: K-5 IIs vs EOS 70D

Pentax K-5 IIs
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Pentax K-5 IIs
Overview - Full review
Canon EOS 70D
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Overall Scene
Pentax K-5 IIs
Canon EOS 70D
Score
4/5
5/5
Handling
5/5 4/5
Speed
5/5 5/5
Image Quality
5/5 5/5
Video
3/5 5/5
User Score
5/5 (1)
5/5 (4)
Specifications
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 16 Mpx, APS-C (x1,5) , 4.3 Mpx/cm
Lens NAx 18-55 mm f/3.5 -5.6
Stabilisation Mechanical
Viewfinder Reflex
Screen 7.6 cm, not TN, 921600 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 12800 ISO ext. 61 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 25 fps , Mono
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV Remote control HDMI Microphone Flash hot-shoe Power
Power source D-LI90 (14 Wh)
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 97 x 132 x 76 mm / 730 g
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 20.2 Mpx, APS-C (x1,6) , 6.19 Mpx/cm
Lens 7.5x 18-135 mm f/3.5 -5.6
Stabilisation Optical
Viewfinder Reflex
Screen 7.7 cm, not TN, 1040000 dots, 3:2, Monopoint
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 12800 ISO ext. 77.5 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NC
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV Remote control HDMI Microphone Flash hot-shoe Wi-Fi
Power source Li-Ion LP-E6
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 104.3 x 139 x 78.5 mm / 755 g
Conclusion
The K-5 IIs is a high-quality expert SLR. It fell short of a five-star rating due solely to the outdated video function. In still photos, the image quality is remarkable on certain textures. Just don't be fooled: the moiré issue is no trivial thing. Make sure you weigh the pros and cons between the II and IIs before buying!
The EOS 70D is a great update of Canon's enthusiast-level consumer DSLR. It's a user-friendly and pleasant-to-use camera that sets a new standard for DSLR autofocus thanks to its innovative Dual Pixel AF technology. Video buffs and fans of Live View will love it. Picture quality is up to the firm's usual standards, with excellent colour rendering even at high sensitivity settings.
Pros

+

Build and weather resistance

+

User-friendly: intuitive interface, advanced customisation features...

+

More compact than any other camera of its kind

+

Mechanical image stabiliser

+

Quality of textures and small details

+

Smooth, responsive autofocus in Live View and video modes

+

Excellent build quality

+

User-friendly design and controls

+

Very responsive when working in good light conditions

+

Good screen with touch-controls and swivel functionality

+

Colour noise is controlled very well

+

Battery life (1,000 photos + 15 minutes of video on one charge)

+

First-rate video quality

+

Onboard Wi-Fi for photo sharing and remote control via smartphone

Cons

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Focusing still slow in Live View

-

Mediocre sound, out-of-date video function

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Too small for some

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Kit lens a bit too skimpy to make full use of the increased resolution

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Moiré and artefacts on finely traced, repetitive patterns

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No second SD card slot

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Weatherproofing isn't as advanced as with some competitors' models

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Still a few design/handling flaws

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Heavyweight video bitrate—SD card with at least class 10 speeds required