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Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-x

Portability
71
Imaging
69
Features
84
Overall
75
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 front
 
Pentax K-x front
Portability
69
Imaging
52
Features
47
Overall
50

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-x Key Specs

Canon SL3
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Boost to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 449g - 122 x 93 x 70mm
  • Released April 2019
  • Additionally Known as EOS 250D / EOS Kiss X10
  • Superseded the Canon SL2
Pentax K-x
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Boost to 12800)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 580g - 123 x 92 x 68mm
  • Launched December 2009
Photography Glossary

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-x Overview

Lets look more closely at the Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-x, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras by manufacturers Canon and Pentax. There is a noticeable difference between the resolutions of the SL3 (24MP) and K-x (12MP) but both cameras provide the same sensor dimensions (APS-C).

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The SL3 was revealed 9 years later than the K-x and that is quite a sizable difference as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras have the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before getting right into a complete comparison, here is a short synopsis of how the SL3 scores versus the K-x for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon SL3 over the Pentax K-x

 SL3 K-x 
LaunchedApril 2019December 2009More recent by 114 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1040k230kCrisper screen (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-x over the Canon SL3

 K-x SL3 

Common features in the Canon SL3 and Pentax K-x

 SL3 K-x 
Manually focus Very exact focus

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-x Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to lug around your camera frequently, you have to factor its weight and volume. The Canon SL3 has got outer 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) and the Pentax K-x has sizing of 123mm x 92mm x 68mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 2.7") along with a weight of 580 grams (1.28 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are working with at the time. The following is a front view overall size comparison of the SL3 versus the K-x.

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-x size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the SL3 and K-x is 71 and 69 respectively.

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-x top view buttons comparison

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-x Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very tough to visualise the difference between sensor measurements purely by going over specs. The graphic below may provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the SL3 and K-x.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same megapixels. You can expect the Canon SL3 to offer you greater detail because of its extra 12 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also let you crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The younger SL3 will have an edge when it comes to sensor innovation.

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-x sensor size comparison

Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-x Screen and ViewFinder

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

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon SL3
Portrait photography with Pentax K-x
81
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
63
has manual focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Canon SL3 Street photography details
Pentax K-x Street photography details
75
screen articulates fully
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
has focus by touch
good high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
67
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
fixed screen
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Sports Comparison

Canon SL3 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax K-x as a Sports photography camera
70
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
great battery pack (1,070 per charge)
has phase detect AF
low fps (5.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
61
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
better than average battery (1,900 shots)
has phase detect autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon SL3
Travel photography with Pentax K-x
82
great battery pack (1,070 CIPA)
has bluetooth
has focus by touch
megapixel count decent (24MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
54
better than average battery (1,900 shots)
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SL3 Landscape photography info
Pentax K-x Landscape photography info
79
focusing manually
change lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
great battery pack (1,070 per charge)
does not have image stabilization
61
has manual focus
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
better than average battery (1,900 per charge)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SL3 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax K-x as a Vlogging camera
75
selfie friendly display
built-in touchscreen
offers face detect focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
has mic jack
does not have image stabilization
27
image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detection autofocus
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external mic support
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Canon SL3 vs Pentax K-x Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SL3 and Pentax K-x
 Canon EOS Rebel SL3Pentax K-x
General Information
Make Canon Pentax
Model type Canon EOS Rebel SL3 Pentax K-x
Also Known as EOS 250D / EOS Kiss X10 -
Category Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Released 2019-04-10 2009-12-23
Physical type Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Chip DIGIC 8 Prime
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 22.3 x 14.9mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor area 332.3mm² 372.9mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Highest resolution 6000 x 4000 4288 x 2848
Highest native ISO 25600 6400
Highest boosted ISO 51200 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 9 11
Cross type focus points 1 -
Lens
Lens support Canon EF/EF-S Pentax KAF2
Amount of lenses 326 151
Focal length multiplier 1.6 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of screen 1,040 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology - TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95% 96%
Viewfinder magnification 0.54x 0.57x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/6000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 5.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - 16.00 m
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear curtain, Wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 416 (24 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 449 gr (0.99 lb) 580 gr (1.28 lb)
Physical dimensions 122 x 93 x 70mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8") 123 x 92 x 68mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 2.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 72
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.8
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.5
DXO Low light rating not tested 811
Other
Battery life 1070 photos 1900 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LP-E17 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible) SD/SDHC card
Card slots One One
Launch pricing $599 $600