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Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-S2

Portability
71
Imaging
69
Features
84
Overall
75
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 front
 
Pentax K-S2 front
Portability
64
Imaging
64
Features
82
Overall
71

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-S2 Key Specs

Canon SL3
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Boost to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 449g - 122 x 93 x 70mm
  • Announced April 2019
  • Other Name is EOS 250D / EOS Kiss X10
  • Superseded the Canon SL2
Pentax K-S2
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 678g - 123 x 91 x 73mm
  • Revealed February 2015
  • Earlier Model is Pentax K-S1
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Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-S2 Overview

On this page, we are matching up the Canon SL3 versus Pentax K-S2, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras by competitors Canon and Pentax. The image resolution of the SL3 (24MP) and the K-S2 (20MP) is fairly well matched and both cameras have the same sensor dimensions (APS-C).

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The SL3 was announced 4 years later than the K-S2 and that is quite a serious gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before we go straight to a in depth comparison, here is a short overview of how the SL3 matches up vs the K-S2 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon SL3 over the Pentax K-S2

 SL3 K-S2 
RevealedApril 2019February 2015More recent by 51 months
Display resolution1040k921kSharper display (+119k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-S2 over the Canon SL3

 K-S2 SL3 

Common features in the Canon SL3 and Pentax K-S2

 SL3 K-S2 
Focus manually Dial accurate focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display sizing
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-S2 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to lug around your camera often, you'll have to think about its weight and proportions. The Canon SL3 comes with physical measurements of 122mm x 93mm x 70mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8") and a weight of 449 grams (0.99 lbs) while the Pentax K-S2 has measurements of 123mm x 91mm x 73mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 2.9") having a weight of 678 grams (1.49 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Here is a front view sizing comparison of the SL3 against the K-S2.

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-S2 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the SL3 and K-S2 is 71 and 64 respectively.

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-S2 top view buttons comparison

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-S2 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very hard to visualise the gap between sensor measurements simply by checking technical specs. The photograph below will help provide you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the SL3 and K-S2.

As you can tell, the 2 cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but not the same MP. You should anticipate the Canon SL3 to give you greater detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop images more aggressively. The more recent SL3 will have an advantage in sensor innovation.

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-S2 sensor size comparison

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-S2 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-S2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SL3 Portrait photography highlights
Pentax K-S2 Portrait photography highlights
81
you can focus manually
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
has face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
78
focusing manually
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detection focus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Canon SL3 as a Street photography camera
Pentax K-S2 as a Street photography camera
75
screen can move to multiple angles
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
features focus by touch
good ISO range (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
72
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
environment proof
good high ISO (51,200)
more heavy than competitors (678g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon SL3 Sports photography highlights
Pentax K-S2 Sports photography highlights
70
good megapixels (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
has tracking focus
good battery pack (1,070 per charge)
supports phase detect autofocus
slow frames per second (5.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
70
great max shutter speed (1/6,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (20MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
provides tracking autofocus
environment proof
comes with phase detect auto focus
max fps very slow (5.4 fps)
not so great battery (410 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Canon SL3 Travel photography information
Pentax K-S2 Travel photography information
82
good battery pack (1,070 per charge)
has bluetooth
features focus by touch
good megapixels (24MP)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
65
environment proof
good megapixels (20MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
not so great battery (410 CIPA)
more heavy than competitors (678g)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon SL3
Landscape photography with Pentax K-S2
79
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
good battery pack (1,070 per charge)
lack of image stabilization
77
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
good high ISO (51,200)
saves RAW formats
environment proof
not so great battery (410 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SL3 Vlogging information
Pentax K-S2 Vlogging information
75
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen capability
has face detect autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
comes with mic jack
lack of image stabilization
71
selfie friendly display
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have external microphone jack
more heavy than competitors (678 grams)
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Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-S2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SL3 and Pentax K-S2
 Canon EOS Rebel SL3Pentax K-S2
General Information
Company Canon Pentax
Model type Canon EOS Rebel SL3 Pentax K-S2
Alternative name EOS 250D / EOS Kiss X10 -
Category Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2019-04-10 2015-02-10
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by DIGIC 8 PRIME MII
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 22.3 x 14.9mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 332.3mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Full resolution 6000 x 4000 5472 x 3648
Max native ISO 25600 51200
Max boosted ISO 51200 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 9 11
Cross type focus points 1 -
Lens
Lens support Canon EF/EF-S Pentax KAF2
Number of lenses 326 151
Focal length multiplier 1.6 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 1,040k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.54x 0.64x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/6000s
Continuous shooting speed 5.0fps 5.4fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes - Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash on + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
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
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 449 gr (0.99 lbs) 678 gr (1.49 lbs)
Physical dimensions 122 x 93 x 70mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8") 123 x 91 x 73mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 1070 pictures 410 pictures
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LP-E17 D-LI109
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 12 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $599 $581