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Canon 7D MII vs Pentax K-3

Portability
55
Imaging
63
Features
80
Overall
69
Canon EOS 7D Mark II front
 
Pentax K-3 front
Portability
59
Imaging
65
Features
85
Overall
73

Canon 7D MII vs Pentax K-3 Key Specs

Canon 7D MII
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 16000 (Raise to 51200)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 910g - 149 x 112 x 78mm
  • Released September 2014
  • Old Model is Canon 7D
Pentax K-3
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 800g - 131 x 100 x 77mm
  • Introduced April 2014
  • Successor is Pentax K-3 II
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Canon 7D MII vs Pentax K-3 Overview

Lets look more closely at the Canon 7D MII versus Pentax K-3, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras by rivals Canon and Pentax. The image resolution of the 7D MII (20MP) and the K-3 (24MP) is pretty well matched and both cameras posses the identical sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The 7D MII was released 6 months later than the K-3 so they are both of a similar generation. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Mid-size SLR).

Before going straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a brief synopsis of how the 7D MII grades vs the K-3 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon 7D MII over the Pentax K-3

 7D MII K-3 
Screen resolution1040k1037kCrisper screen (+3k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax K-3 over the Canon 7D MII

 K-3 7D MII 
Screen size3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")

Common features in the Canon 7D MII and Pentax K-3

 7D MII K-3 
IntroducedSeptember 2014April 2014Similar generation
Focus manually Dial precise focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Canon 7D MII vs Pentax K-3 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to lug around your camera often, you will need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Canon 7D MII comes with outside measurements of 149mm x 112mm x 78mm (5.9" x 4.4" x 3.1") having a weight of 910 grams (2.01 lbs) whilst the Pentax K-3 has measurements of 131mm x 100mm x 77mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0") and a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs).

Compare the Canon 7D MII versus Pentax K-3 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Underneath is a front view measurements comparison of the 7D MII against the K-3.

Canon 7D MII vs Pentax K-3 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the 7D MII and K-3 is 55 and 59 respectively.

Canon 7D MII vs Pentax K-3 top view buttons comparison

Canon 7D MII vs Pentax K-3 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very difficult to visualize the contrast between sensor measurements simply by looking at specifications. The photograph here should provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the 7D MII and K-3.

Plainly, both cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different megapixels. You should expect the Pentax K-3 to give you extra detail as a result of its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will help you crop shots a good deal more aggressively.

Canon 7D MII vs Pentax K-3 sensor size comparison

Canon 7D MII vs Pentax K-3 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 7D MII vs Pentax K-3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon 7D MII Portrait photography details
Pentax K-3 Portrait photography details
77
you can focus manually
good resolution (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
79
you can focus manually
good megapixels (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
features face detection focus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon 7D MII as a Street photography camera
Pentax K-3 as a Street photography camera
58
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
weather proof
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
69
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
good high ISO (51,200)
screen is fixed
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Sports Comparison

Canon 7D MII Sports photography information
Pentax K-3 Sports photography information
69
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
provides tracking focus
weather proof
comes with phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
bad battery life (670 per charge)
76
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
features tracking autofocus
environment proofing
has phase detect auto focus
low battery life (560 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Canon 7D MII Travel photography details
Pentax K-3 Travel photography details
58
weather proof
good resolution (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
bad battery life (670 CIPA)
does not offer selfie friendly display
60
environment proofing
good megapixels (24MP)
has built in flash
low battery life (560 per charge)
does not feature selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon 7D MII
Landscape photography with Pentax K-3
70
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
good resolution (20MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
weather proof
2 card slots
does not have image stabilization
bad battery life (670 per charge)
77
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen is a good size (3.2 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
no anti aliasing filter
good high ISO (51,200)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
has dual storage slots
low battery life (560 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 7D MII as a Vlogging camera
Pentax K-3 as a Vlogging camera
29
provides face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have mic support
does not offer selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
34
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detection focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has external microphone jack
does not feature selfie friendly display
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Canon 7D MII vs Pentax K-3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 7D MII and Pentax K-3
 Canon EOS 7D Mark IIPentax K-3
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Pentax
Model Canon EOS 7D Mark II Pentax K-3
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Released 2014-09-15 2014-04-10
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by DIGIC 6 (dual) Prime III
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 22.4 x 15mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 336.0mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 24 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Peak resolution 5472 x 3648 6016 x 4000
Highest native ISO 16000 51200
Highest enhanced ISO 51200 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 65 27
Cross focus points 65 25
Lens
Lens mounting type Canon EF/EF-S Pentax KAF2
Number of lenses 326 151
Focal length multiplier 1.6 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 3.2 inches
Display resolution 1,040k dot 1,037k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech - TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.63x 0.64x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames per second 8.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 12.00 m 13.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings - Auto, on, off, red-eye, slow sync, slow sync + red-eye, trailing curtain sync, high speed, wireless, manual
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/250 secs 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50. 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (29.97, 25 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn Optional
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 910 gr (2.01 lb) 800 gr (1.76 lb)
Physical dimensions 149 x 112 x 78mm (5.9" x 4.4" x 3.1") 131 x 100 x 77mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 70 80
DXO Color Depth score 22.4 23.7
DXO Dynamic range score 11.8 13.4
DXO Low light score 1082 1216
Other
Battery life 670 photos 560 photos
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LP-E6N D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse recording
Storage media CompactFlash + SD/SDHC/SDXC Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Dual Dual
Retail price $1,086 $639