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Canon 550D vs Pentax K-500

Portability
70
Imaging
58
Features
63
Overall
60
Canon EOS 550D front
 
Pentax K-500 front
Portability
64
Imaging
58
Features
70
Overall
62

Canon 550D vs Pentax K-500 Key Specs

Canon 550D
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Expand to 12800)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 530g - 129 x 98 x 62mm
  • Announced April 2010
  • Other Name is EOS Rebel T2i / EOS Kiss X4
  • Replaced the Canon 500D
  • Successor is Canon 600D
Pentax K-500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 646g - 130 x 97 x 71mm
  • Introduced November 2013
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Canon 550D vs Pentax K-500 Overview

Let's look a bit more in depth at the Canon 550D versus Pentax K-500, both Entry-Level DSLR cameras by brands Canon and Pentax. The image resolution of the 550D (18MP) and the K-500 (16MP) is pretty close and both cameras offer the same sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The 550D was introduced 4 years before the K-500 which is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras have the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before delving into a more detailed comparison, here is a quick summation of how the 550D grades against the K-500 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon 550D over the Pentax K-500

 550D K-500 
Screen resolution1040k921kClearer screen (+119k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax K-500 over the Canon 550D

 K-500 550D 
IntroducedNovember 2013April 2010More modern by 44 months

Common features in the Canon 550D and Pentax K-500

 550D K-500 
Manually focus More precise focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen dimensions
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Canon 550D vs Pentax K-500 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to carry around your camera regularly, you will need to consider its weight and size. The Canon 550D features outside dimensions of 129mm x 98mm x 62mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 2.4") along with a weight of 530 grams (1.17 lbs) and the Pentax K-500 has specifications of 130mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 646 grams (1.42 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you select at that time. Here is a front view scale comparison of the 550D compared to the K-500.

Canon 550D vs Pentax K-500 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the 550D and K-500 is 70 and 64 respectively.

Canon 550D vs Pentax K-500 top view buttons comparison

Canon 550D vs Pentax K-500 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is hard to imagine the contrast in sensor sizes merely by researching a spec sheet. The picture below may give you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the 550D and K-500.

As you can see, both cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit different resolution. You should expect the Canon 550D to render greater detail using its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The more aged 550D will be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Canon 550D vs Pentax K-500 sensor size comparison

Canon 550D vs Pentax K-500 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 550D vs Pentax K-500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon 550D as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax K-500 as a Portrait photography camera
74
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (18MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
74
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Canon 550D Street photography details
Pentax K-500 Street photography details
60
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
68
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
above average high ISO (51,600)
screen does not articulate
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Sports Comparison

Canon 550D Sports photography advice
Pentax K-500 Sports photography advice
54
decent sensor resolution (18MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
not so great battery life (470 per charge)
72
great max shutter speed (1/6,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features tracking focus
great battery power (710 shots)
comes with phase detect autofocus
slow fps (6.0 fps)
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Travel Comparison

Canon 550D as a Travel photography camera
Pentax K-500 as a Travel photography camera
55
decent sensor resolution (18MP)
has built in flash
does not have Time Lapse mode
not so great battery life (470 per charge)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
67
great battery power (710 CIPA)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
flash built-in
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 550D Landscape photography info
Pentax K-500 Landscape photography info
63
manual focus
change lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
decent sensor resolution (18 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
not so great battery life (470 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse mode
79
has manual focus
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
above average high ISO (51,600)
exports RAW formats
great battery power (710 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon 550D
Vlogging with Pentax K-500
31
provides face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes mic port
does not feature selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
30
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detect autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
missing mic socket
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Canon 550D vs Pentax K-500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 550D and Pentax K-500
 Canon EOS 550DPentax K-500
General Information
Make Canon Pentax
Model type Canon EOS 550D Pentax K-500
Alternative name EOS Rebel T2i / EOS Kiss X4 -
Class Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2010-04-01 2013-11-27
Physical type Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Digic 4 PRIME M
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 22.3 x 14.9mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 332.3mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Maximum resolution 5184 x 3456 4928 x 3264
Maximum native ISO 6400 51600
Maximum boosted ISO 12800 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 9 11
Cross type focus points - 9
Lens
Lens support Canon EF/EF-S Pentax KAF2
Available lenses 326 151
Crop factor 1.6 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 1,040k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology TFT color liquid-crystal LCD TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.55x 0.61x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/6000s
Continuous shooting rate 4.0 frames per second 6.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 13.00 m 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync+Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/200s 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 530 grams (1.17 lb) 646 grams (1.42 lb)
Physical dimensions 129 x 98 x 62mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 2.4") 130 x 97 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 66 79
DXO Color Depth rating 22.0 23.7
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.6 13.1
DXO Low light rating 807 1087
Other
Battery life 470 photographs 710 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack AA
Battery ID LP-E8 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 sec or 10 sec) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Pricing at launch $599 $600