Canon SL2 vs Pentax K-500

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 front
Pentax K-500 front

Canon SL2 vs Pentax K-500 Key Specs

Canon SL2
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Raise to 51200)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 453g - 122 x 93 x 70mm
  • Revealed June 2017
  • Alternative Name is EOS 200D / Kiss X9
  • Old Model is Canon 100D
  • Updated by Canon SL3
Pentax K-500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 51600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 646g - 130 x 97 x 71mm
  • Launched November 2013
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Canon SL2 vs Pentax K-500 Overview

Lets look much closer at the Canon SL2 versus Pentax K-500, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras by rivals Canon and Pentax. There is a sizeable difference between the resolutions of the SL2 (24MP) and K-500 (16MP) but they come with the exact same sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The SL2 was revealed 3 years after the K-500 which is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact SLR).

Before we go straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a brief summation of how the SL2 scores against the K-500 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon SL2 over the Pentax K-500

 SL2 K-500 
LaunchedJune 2017November 2013Newer by 44 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution1040k921kCrisper display (+119k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-500 over the Canon SL2

 K-500 SL2 

Common features in the Canon SL2 and Pentax K-500

 SL2 K-500 
Focus manually Very precise focus
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurement

Canon SL2 vs Pentax K-500 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to travel with your camera frequently, you will want to consider its weight and measurements. The Canon SL2 comes with exterior measurements of 122mm x 93mm x 70mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8") having a weight of 453 grams (1.00 lbs) while the Pentax K-500 has proportions of 130mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 646 grams (1.42 lbs).

Check the Canon SL2 versus Pentax K-500 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you select during that time. Below is the front view measurements comparison of the SL2 and the K-500.

Canon SL2 vs Pentax K-500 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the SL2 and K-500 is 71 and 64 respectively.

Canon SL2 vs Pentax K-500 top view buttons comparison

Canon SL2 vs Pentax K-500 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it can be difficult to picture the difference between sensor dimensions just by reading through specs. The pic underneath will give you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the SL2 and K-500.

All in all, each of the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but different MP. You should expect to see the Canon SL2 to give you greater detail because of its extra 8MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop photos much more aggressively. The more modern SL2 should have an advantage when it comes to sensor technology.

Canon SL2 vs Pentax K-500 sensor size comparison

Canon SL2 vs Pentax K-500 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SL2 vs Pentax K-500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SL2 Portrait photography details
Pentax K-500 Portrait photography details
manual focus
resolution is good (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports face detect focus
supports RAW files
focusing manually
MP count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detect autofocus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon SL2 Street photography details
Pentax K-500 Street photography details
screen articulates
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
provides touch to focus
great ISO range (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
good ISO range (51,600)
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon SL2
Sports photography with Pentax K-500
resolution is good (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports tracking focus
better than average battery pack (650 CIPA)
comes with phase detect auto focus
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
high shutter speed (1/6,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports tracking focus
good battery power (710 shots)
supports phase detect autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
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Travel Comparison

Canon SL2 Travel photography features
Pentax K-500 Travel photography features
better than average battery pack (650 shots)
has bluetooth
provides touch to focus
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
good battery power (710 shots)
MP count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SL2 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax K-500 as a Landscape photography camera
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
screen is a good size (3")
resolution is good (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
great ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW files
better than average battery pack (650 CIPA)
lack of image stabilization
focusing manually
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
decent sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
good ISO range (51,600)
exports RAW files
good battery power (710 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SL2 Vlogging advice
Pentax K-500 Vlogging advice
selfie friendly display
screen is touchscreen
supports face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have microphone support
lack of image stabilization
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have microphone jack
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Canon SL2 vs Pentax K-500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SL2 and Pentax K-500
 Canon EOS Rebel SL2Pentax K-500
General Information
Brand Name Canon Pentax
Model Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Pentax K-500
Also called as EOS 200D / Kiss X9 -
Type Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Revealed 2017-06-29 2013-11-27
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor DIGIC 7 PRIME M
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 22.3 x 14.9mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 332.3mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Maximum resolution 6000 x 4000 4928 x 3264
Maximum native ISO 25600 51600
Maximum boosted ISO 51200 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 11
Cross focus points 1 9
Lens mounting type Canon EF/EF-S Pentax KAF2
Available lenses 326 151
Focal length multiplier 1.6 1.5
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 1,040 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Screen tech - TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.54x 0.61x
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/6000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 5.0 frames per sec 6.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 9.80 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync+Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/200 seconds 1/180 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 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 file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 453g (1.00 lbs) 646g (1.42 lbs)
Dimensions 122 x 93 x 70mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8") 130 x 97 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 79 79
DXO Color Depth score 23.6 23.7
DXO Dynamic range score 13.4 13.1
DXO Low light score 1041 1087
Battery life 650 images 710 images
Type of battery Battery Pack AA
Battery model LP-E17 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Launch pricing $699 $600