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Canon T6 vs Pentax K-500

Portability
68
Imaging
62
Features
62
Overall
62
Canon EOS T6 front
 
Pentax K-500 front
Portability
64
Imaging
58
Features
70
Overall
62

Canon T6 vs Pentax K-500 Key Specs

Canon T6
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Bump to 12800)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 485g - 129 x 101 x 78mm
  • Revealed March 2016
  • Alternate Name is EOS Rebel 1300D
  • Old Model is Canon 1200D
Pentax K-500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 51600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 646g - 130 x 97 x 71mm
  • Introduced November 2013
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Canon T6 vs Pentax K-500 Overview

Its time to look a little more in depth at the Canon T6 versus Pentax K-500, both Entry-Level DSLR cameras by brands Canon and Pentax. The image resolution of the T6 (18MP) and the K-500 (16MP) is fairly comparable and both cameras provide the identical sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The T6 was launched 2 years after the K-500 which is a fairly large difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before getting into a more detailed comparison, here is a concise summation of how the T6 matches up vs the K-500 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon T6 over the Pentax K-500

 T6 K-500 
IntroducedMarch 2016November 2013More modern by 28 months

Reasons to pick Pentax K-500 over the Canon T6

 K-500 T6 
Display resolution921k920kClearer display (+1k dot)

Common features in the Canon T6 and Pentax K-500

 T6 K-500 
Manually focus Very accurate focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display dimensions
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch display Neither comes with Touch display

Canon T6 vs Pentax K-500 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to carry around your camera regularly, you are going to need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Canon T6 comes with physical dimensions of 129mm x 101mm x 78mm (5.1" x 4.0" x 3.1") having a weight of 485 grams (1.07 lbs) while the Pentax K-500 has measurements 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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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have at that moment. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the T6 versus the K-500.

Canon T6 vs Pentax K-500 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the T6 and K-500 is 68 and 64 respectively.

Canon T6 vs Pentax K-500 top view buttons comparison

Canon T6 vs Pentax K-500 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be tough to see the difference in sensor sizes simply by seeing technical specs. The picture here will help give you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the T6 and K-500.

As you have seen, the two cameras feature the identical sensor size but not the same MP. You can anticipate the Canon T6 to produce greater detail utilizing its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop pics way more aggressively. The more modern T6 will have an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon T6 vs Pentax K-500 sensor size comparison

Canon T6 vs Pentax K-500 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon T6 vs Pentax K-500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon T6 Portrait photography information
Pentax K-500 Portrait photography information
77
manual focus
megapixel count good (18MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports face detect focus
saves RAW files
74
you can focus manually
MP count good (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detect autofocus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon T6 as a Street photography camera
Pentax K-500 as a Street photography camera
60
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
68
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
very good ISO range (51,600)
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Canon T6 Sports photography advice
Pentax K-500 Sports photography advice
59
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports tracking focus
supports phase detect auto focus
low frames per second (3.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
bad battery (500 per charge)
72
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports tracking focus
better than average battery pack (710 shots)
has phase detect autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
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Travel Comparison

Canon T6 Travel photography information
Pentax K-500 Travel photography information
55
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse function
bad battery (500 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
67
better than average battery pack (710 shots)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
does not have selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Canon T6 Landscape photography advice
Pentax K-500 Landscape photography advice
64
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
nice screen size (3")
megapixel count good (18MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
bad battery (500 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse function
79
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
very good ISO range (51,600)
supports RAW files
better than average battery pack (710 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon T6 Vlogging info
Pentax K-500 Vlogging info
27
supports face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
does not have mic port
30
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not have selfie friendly display
missing mic port
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Canon T6 vs Pentax K-500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon T6 and Pentax K-500
 Canon EOS T6Pentax K-500
General Information
Make Canon Pentax
Model Canon EOS T6 Pentax K-500
Also called as EOS Rebel 1300D -
Type Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Revealed 2016-03-10 2013-11-27
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Digic 4+ 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 surface area 332.3mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 18MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 5184 x 3456 4928 x 3264
Maximum native ISO 6400 51600
Maximum enhanced ISO 12800 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 9 11
Cross focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mounting type Canon EF/EF-S Pentax KAF2
Available lenses 326 151
Focal length multiplier 1.6 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 920k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology - TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.5x 0.61x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/6000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 3.0 frames/s 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 9.20 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync+Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash sync 1/200 secs 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30p) 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 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 485g (1.07 pounds) 646g (1.42 pounds)
Physical dimensions 129 x 101 x 78mm (5.1" x 4.0" x 3.1") 130 x 97 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 66 79
DXO Color Depth score 22.0 23.7
DXO Dynamic range score 11.7 13.1
DXO Low light score 781 1087
Other
Battery life 500 pictures 710 pictures
Battery form Battery Pack AA
Battery model LP-E10 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at release $549 $600