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Canon T8i vs Pentax K-500

Portability
67
Imaging
70
Features
88
Overall
77
Canon EOS Rebel T8i front
 
Pentax K-500 front
Portability
64
Imaging
58
Features
70
Overall
62

Canon T8i vs Pentax K-500 Key Specs

Canon T8i
(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
  • 515g - 131 x 103 x 76mm
  • Released February 2020
  • Alternate Name is EOS 850D / EOS Kiss X10i Specs
  • Old Model is Canon T7i
Pentax K-500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 646g - 130 x 97 x 71mm
  • Revealed November 2013
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Canon T8i vs Pentax K-500 Overview

Here, we will be evaluating the Canon T8i and Pentax K-500, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras by companies Canon and Pentax. There is a substantial difference between the resolutions of the T8i (24MP) and K-500 (16MP) but both cameras have the identical sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The T8i was revealed 6 years later than the K-500 and that is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras feature the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before delving into a detailed comparison, here is a brief summary of how the T8i grades versus the K-500 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon T8i over the Pentax K-500

 T8i K-500 
RevealedFebruary 2020November 2013Fresher by 76 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1040k921kSharper screen (+119k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-500 over the Canon T8i

 K-500 T8i 

Common features in the Canon T8i and Pentax K-500

 T8i K-500 
Focus manually More exact focus
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurement

Canon T8i vs Pentax K-500 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to carry your camera frequently, you have to think about its weight and measurements. The Canon T8i comes with outer measurements of 131mm x 103mm x 76mm (5.2" x 4.1" x 3.0") having a weight of 515 grams (1.14 lbs) whilst 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).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are working with during that time. Following is a front view size comparison of the T8i vs the K-500.

Canon T8i vs Pentax K-500 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the T8i and K-500 is 67 and 64 respectively.

Canon T8i vs Pentax K-500 top view buttons comparison

Canon T8i vs Pentax K-500 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its hard to envision the difference between sensor sizing only by going over a spec sheet. The photograph underneath will give you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the T8i and K-500.

As you can see, both the cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit not the same megapixels. You can count on the Canon T8i to offer you more detail because of its extra 8MP. Higher resolution can also help you crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The more modern T8i will have an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Canon T8i vs Pentax K-500 sensor size comparison

Canon T8i vs Pentax K-500 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon T8i vs Pentax K-500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon T8i Portrait photography features
Pentax K-500 Portrait photography features
82
has manual focus
resolution is good (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes face detection focusing
supports RAW files
74
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports face detect focus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon T8i as a Street photography camera
Pentax K-500 as a Street photography camera
73
fully articulated screen
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
offers touch focus
very good high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
68
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
above average ISO range (51,600)
fixed screen
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon T8i
Sports photography with Pentax K-500
76
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
great battery pack (800 per charge)
sensor has phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
72
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports tracking focus
great battery life (710 CIPA)
supports phase detect auto focus
slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon T8i
Travel photography with Pentax K-500
80
great battery pack (800 per charge)
supports bluetooth
offers touch focus
resolution is good (24MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
67
great battery life (710 CIPA)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
has built in flash
does not offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Canon T8i Landscape photography features
Pentax K-500 Landscape photography features
79
has manual focus
switch lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
resolution is good (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
very good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
great battery pack (800 shots)
does not have image stabilization
79
focusing manually
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
above average ISO range (51,600)
delivers RAW files
great battery life (710 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon T8i
Vlogging with Pentax K-500
74
selfie friendly display
has touchscreen
includes face detection focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
includes external microphone port
does not have image stabilization
30
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
does not have mic socket
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Canon T8i vs Pentax K-500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon T8i and Pentax K-500
 Canon EOS Rebel T8iPentax K-500
General Information
Company Canon Pentax
Model Canon EOS Rebel T8i Pentax K-500
Also Known as EOS 850D / EOS Kiss X10i Specs -
Class Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Released 2020-02-12 2013-11-27
Physical type Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DIGIC 8 PRIME M
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 22.3 x 14.9mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 332.3mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Max resolution 6000 x 4000 4928 x 3264
Max native ISO 25600 51600
Max enhanced ISO 51200 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 45 11
Cross focus points - 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 Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 1,040k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology - TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.51x 0.61x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/6000s
Continuous shutter rate 7.5 frames per sec 6.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.00 m (with Auto ISO) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync+Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/180s
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, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 30 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)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional Optional
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 515 grams (1.14 lb) 646 grams (1.42 lb)
Physical dimensions 131 x 103 x 76mm (5.2" x 4.1" x 3.0") 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
Other
Battery life 800 images 710 images
Battery type Battery Pack AA
Battery model - 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at release $750 $600