Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-500

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 front
Pentax K-500 front

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-500 Key Specs

Canon SL3
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Push to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 449g - 122 x 93 x 70mm
  • Launched April 2019
  • Additionally referred to as EOS 250D / EOS Kiss X10
  • Old Model is Canon SL2
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
  • Revealed November 2013
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Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-500 Overview

Following is a extensive review of the Canon SL3 versus Pentax K-500, both Entry-Level DSLR cameras by rivals Canon and Pentax. There exists a crucial gap among the sensor resolutions of the SL3 (24MP) and K-500 (16MP) but both cameras boast the identical sensor size (APS-C).

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The SL3 was released 5 years after the K-500 which is a fairly serious gap as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras feature the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before getting into a step-by-step comparison, here is a concise highlight of how the SL3 scores versus the K-500 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon SL3 over the Pentax K-500

 SL3 K-500 
RevealedApril 2019November 2013More modern by 66 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution1040k921kSharper display (+119k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-500 over the Canon SL3

 K-500 SL3 

Common features in the Canon SL3 and Pentax K-500

 SL3 K-500 
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Display size3"3"Same display size

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-500 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to carry around your camera, you will want to take into account its weight and volume. The Canon SL3 has external dimensions of 122mm x 93mm x 70mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8") with a weight of 449 grams (0.99 lbs) and the Pentax K-500 has sizing of 130mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") with a weight of 646 grams (1.42 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are working with at that moment. Below is a front view dimensions comparison of the SL3 compared to the K-500.

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-500 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the SL3 and K-500 is 71 and 64 respectively.

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-500 top view buttons comparison

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-500 Sensor Comparison

Typically, its difficult to imagine the contrast in sensor sizes simply by seeing specifications. The image here might offer you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the SL3 and K-500.

Plainly, both of the cameras feature the identical sensor size but different MP. You should expect to see the Canon SL3 to provide extra detail as a result of its extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop photos way more aggressively. The more recent SL3 should have a benefit in sensor tech.

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-500 sensor size comparison

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-500 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SL3 Portrait photography information
Pentax K-500 Portrait photography information
you can focus manually
good megapixels (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
has manual focus
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon SL3 Street photography factors
Pentax K-500 Street photography factors
screen can move to multiple angles
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
has touch focus
above average high ISO (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
great ISO range (51,600)
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Canon SL3 Sports photography info
Pentax K-500 Sports photography info
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking autofocus
great battery power (1,070 CIPA)
has phase detect autofocus
max fps very slow (5.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
great max shutter speed (1/6,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
good battery life (710 per charge)
has phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon SL3
Travel photography with Pentax K-500
great battery power (1,070 CIPA)
connects via bluetooth
has touch focus
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
good battery life (710 shots)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
does not have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SL3 Landscape photography advice
Pentax K-500 Landscape photography advice
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
above average high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
great battery power (1,070 per charge)
lack of image stabilization
has manual focus
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
great ISO range (51,600)
delivers RAW files
good battery life (710 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SL3 Vlogging information
Pentax K-500 Vlogging information
selfie friendly screen
built-in touchscreen
offers face detection autofocus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
has external mic socket
lack of image stabilization
image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
missing external microphone support
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Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SL3 and Pentax K-500
 Canon EOS Rebel SL3Pentax K-500
General Information
Brand Name Canon Pentax
Model Canon EOS Rebel SL3 Pentax K-500
Otherwise known as EOS 250D / EOS Kiss X10 -
Category Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Launched 2019-04-10 2013-11-27
Physical type Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by DIGIC 8 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 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
Highest Possible resolution 6000 x 4000 4928 x 3264
Maximum native ISO 25600 51600
Maximum enhanced ISO 51200 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 11
Cross focus points 1 9
Lens mounting type Canon EF/EF-S Pentax KAF2
Number of lenses 326 151
Focal length multiplier 1.6 1.5
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 1,040 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Screen tech - TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.54x 0.61x
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/6000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 5.0 frames per second 6.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync+Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
External flash
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/180 secs
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 120 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 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 449 gr (0.99 lbs) 646 gr (1.42 lbs)
Physical 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 Overall score not tested 79
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.7
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.1
DXO Low light score not tested 1087
Battery life 1070 photographs 710 photographs
Style 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 shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Launch cost $599 $600