Pentax K-1 vs Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Professional DSLR cameras.

K-1 vs EOS 1D X Mark II - Side by side

Learn more about compared cameras specifications below.

Pentax K-1 vs Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Specs

K-1

  • Introduced in February 2016
  • Professional DSLR
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 36 megapixel
  • 4 frames/second
  • 100 - 204800 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta prism)
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount KAF2
  • WiFi built-in
  • 136.5 x 110 x 85.5mm³ (5.4" x 4.3" x 3.4")
  • 1010g (32.6 oz.)

All specs: Main page for K-1

EOS 1D X Mark II

  • Introduced in February 2016
  • Professional DSLR
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 20 megapixel
  • 14 frames/second
  • 100 - 51200 ISO
  • 4096 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta prism)
  • 81.00mm (3.2") Monitor
  • Lens mount EF
  • No WiFi
  • 158 x 167.6 x 82.6mm³ (6.2" x 6.6" x 3.3")
  • 1340g (43.2 oz.)

All specs: Main page for EOS 1D X Mark II

K-1 vs EOS 1D X Mark II Sensors

On the pictures below the sensor areas of cameras are highlighted.

This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: K-1 an EOS 1D X Mark II sensor comparison

K-1 vs EOS 1D X Mark II: Viewfinder

K-1 has an optical viewfinder with penta prism. It has magnification of 0.70x and covers 100% of view field.

The EOS 1D X Mark II features an optical viewfinder with a penta prism that also covers 100% of the field of view, its magnification is c. 0.76x.

Viewfinder magnifications of compared cameras. The black area shows a magnification of 1x, relative to native size; in red is a magnification of 0.85x.

K-1 (0.70x)

EOS 1D X Mark II (0.76x)

Simulated viewfinder of the K-1Simulated viewfinder of the EOS 1D X Mark II

Better choice: Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

Pentax K-1 VS Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Other Specs Comparison

Why is Pentax K-1 a better choice

K-1

EOS 1D X Mark II

Wider resolution (5, megapixel)36.4020.20
Better sensibility (4)100 - 204800 ISO100 - 51200 ISO
Image stabilizer (3)
Articulated monitor (2)
Weighs less (2)1010g
(32.6 oz.)
1340g
(43.2 oz.)
More portable (2)1284cm³
(81 cu.in.)
2187cm³
(138 cu.in.)
WiFi (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the K-1 are the higher resolution, the larger sensitivity and the optical image stabilizer. A nice touch is the articulated display, the lower weight than the EOS 1D X Mark II and the more compact size. Finally, there's the the built-in wifi that permits remote shooting and image transfer without the need for a cable connection.

The K-1 scores 20 points.

Otherwise why to choose Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

K-1

EOS 1D X Mark II

Higher speed (4, frames/second)414
Auto Focus points (4)3361
Larger lens selection (3)40200
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.041.62
Touch screen (2)
Better Video (2)1920 x 10804096 x 2160
Longer battery life (3, photos)7501210
USB 3.0 (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the EOS 1D X Mark II are that the camera is faster, the faster and more accurate auto focus and the larger selection of lenses. We also like that the display has a higher resolution, the rather comfortable touch screen and the superior video recording. A recommendation of the EOS 1D X Mark II is made easy by that the battery has more stamina and the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video.

Yields 22 points for the EOS 1D X Mark II.

Common Specs for both cameras compared

K-1

EOS 1D X Mark II

Sensor formatFull frameFull frame
Sensor cleaning
External microphone
GPS
Environmental sealing
Pentax K-1 VS Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Dimensions

Look at front view of the K-1 and EOS 1D X Mark II

K-1 und EOS 1D X Mark II, front viewK-1 und EOS 1D X Mark II, front view

Top view of cameras

K-1 und EOS 1D X Mark II, view from aboveK-1 und EOS 1D X Mark II, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Pentax K-1

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

20
22

We advise to choose the newest model: Pentax K-1.

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