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Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-70

Portability
71
Imaging
69
Features
84
Overall
75
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 front
 
Pentax K-70 front
Portability
62
Imaging
67
Features
81
Overall
72

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-70 Key Specs

Canon SL3
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Bump to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 449g - 122 x 93 x 70mm
  • Announced April 2019
  • Additionally referred to as EOS 250D / EOS Kiss X10
  • Replaced the Canon SL2
Pentax K-70
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 102400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 688g - 126 x 93 x 74mm
  • Revealed June 2016
  • Renewed by Pentax KF
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Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-70 Overview

Let's look more in depth at the Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-70, both Entry-Level DSLR cameras by competitors Canon and Pentax. The resolution of the SL3 (24MP) and the K-70 (24MP) is pretty comparable and both cameras posses the identical sensor dimensions (APS-C).

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The SL3 was revealed 2 years after the K-70 which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before we go right into a in depth comparison, here is a quick view of how the SL3 grades versus the K-70 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon SL3 over the Pentax K-70

 SL3 K-70 
RevealedApril 2019June 2016More modern by 35 months
Screen resolution1040k921kCrisper screen (+119k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-70 over the Canon SL3

 K-70 SL3 

Common features in the Canon SL3 and Pentax K-70

 SL3 K-70 
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen sizing
Selfie screen Both good for selfies

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-70 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry around your camera regularly, you'll have to consider its weight and proportions. The Canon SL3 comes with external dimensions of 122mm x 93mm x 70mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 449 grams (0.99 lbs) whilst the Pentax K-70 has measurements of 126mm x 93mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9") and a weight of 688 grams (1.52 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have at that moment. Following is a front view sizing comparison of the SL3 and the K-70.

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-70 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the SL3 and K-70 is 71 and 62 respectively.

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-70 top view buttons comparison

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-70 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very difficult to visualise the contrast in sensor sizes simply by checking out technical specs. The image underneath should offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the SL3 and K-70.

As you can tell, the two cameras come with the identical sensor size and the same resolution therefore you can expect comparable quality of photos although you would want to factor the age of the cameras into account. The more modern SL3 is going to have an advantage in sensor innovation.

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-70 sensor size comparison

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-70 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SL3 Portrait photography advice
Pentax K-70 Portrait photography advice
81
has manual focus
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has face detection focus
saves RAW files
80
manual focus
decent MP (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports face detect focusing
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon SL3 as a Street photography camera
Pentax K-70 as a Street photography camera
75
screen articulates
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
offers focus via touch
good high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization
71
screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
weather proofing
above average high ISO (102,400)
heavier than competitors in class (688 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon SL3
Sports photography with Pentax K-70
70
resolution is good (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has tracking autofocus
great battery (1,070 CIPA)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
72
max shutter speed is good (1/6,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports tracking focus
weather proofing
has phase detect AF
low fps (6.0 fps)
terrible battery pack (410 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Canon SL3 Travel photography factors
Pentax K-70 Travel photography factors
82
great battery (1,070 shots)
has bluetooth
offers focus via touch
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
64
weather proofing
decent MP (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
terrible battery pack (410 CIPA)
heavier than competitors in class (688g)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon SL3
Landscape photography with Pentax K-70
79
has manual focus
switch lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
good sized screen (3 inches)
resolution is good (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
great battery (1,070 shots)
no image stabilization
78
manual focus
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
does not have anti-alias filter
above average high ISO (102,400)
supports RAW files
weather proofing
terrible battery pack (410 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SL3 Vlogging details
Pentax K-70 Vlogging details
75
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
has face detection focus
high video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
includes external mic jack
no image stabilization
71
screen is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has mic socket
heavier than competitors in class (688 grams)
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Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SL3 and Pentax K-70
 Canon EOS Rebel SL3Pentax K-70
General Information
Brand Name Canon Pentax
Model Canon EOS Rebel SL3 Pentax K-70
Also called as EOS 250D / EOS Kiss X10 -
Type Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2019-04-10 2016-06-08
Physical type Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DIGIC 8 PRIME MII
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 22.3 x 14.9mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 332.3mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 24 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Peak resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 25600 102400
Highest enhanced ISO 51200 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 9 11
Cross focus points 1 9
Lens
Lens mounting type Canon EF/EF-S Pentax KAF2
Total lenses 326 151
Crop factor 1.6 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 1,040k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.54x 0.63x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/6000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 5.0 frames per second 6.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes - Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 449 gr (0.99 lb) 688 gr (1.52 lb)
Physical dimensions 122 x 93 x 70mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8") 126 x 93 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 1070 photographs 410 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LP-E17 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 12 secs, continuous)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Card slots One One
Pricing at release $599 $649