Pentax K-1 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Professional DSLR cameras.

K-1 vs EOS 5D Mark III - Side by side

Learn more about compared cameras specifications below.

Pentax K-1 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III 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 5D Mark III

  • Introduced in March 2012
  • Professional DSLR
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 22 megapixel
  • 6 frames/second
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta prism)
  • 81.00mm (3.2") Monitor
  • Lens mount EF
  • No WiFi
  • 152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm³ (6.0" x 4.6" x 3.0")
  • 950g (30.6 oz.)

All specs: Main page for EOS 5D Mark III

K-1 vs EOS 5D Mark III 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 5D Mark III sensor comparison

K-1 vs EOS 5D Mark III: Viewfinder

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

The EOS 5D Mark III features an optical viewfinder with a penta prism that also covers 100% of the field of view, its magnification is c. 0.71x.

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 5D Mark III (0.71x)

Simulated viewfinder of the K-1Simulated viewfinder of the EOS 5D Mark III

Better choice: Tie - the difference is hardly noticable

Pentax K-1 VS Canon EOS 5D Mark III Other Specs Comparison

Why is Pentax K-1 a better choice

K-1

EOS 5D Mark III

Wider resolution (5, megapixel)36.4022.30
Better sensibility (4)100 - 204800 ISO100 - 25600 ISO
Image stabilizer (3)
Articulated monitor (2)
WiFi (2)
GPS (2)
Environmental sealing (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 built-in wifi that permits remote shooting and image transfer without the need for a cable connection and the built-in GPS.

The K-1 scores 18 points.

Otherwise why to choose Canon EOS 5D Mark III

K-1

EOS 5D Mark III

Higher speed (4, frames/second)46
Auto Focus points (4)3361
Larger lens selection (3)40200
Longer battery life (3, photos)750950

Conclusion: Advantages of the EOS 5D Mark III are that the camera is faster, the faster and more accurate auto focus and the larger selection of lenses. We also like that the battery has more stamina.

Yields 14 points for the EOS 5D Mark III.

Common Specs for both cameras compared

K-1

EOS 5D Mark III

Sensor formatFull frameFull frame
Sensor cleaning
Sensor resolution (MP)1.041.04
Video resolution1920 x 10801920 x 1080
External microphone
Similar weight1010g950g
Similar size1284cm³1352cm³
Pentax K-1 VS Canon EOS 5D Mark III Dimensions

Look at front view of the K-1 and EOS 5D Mark III

K-1 und EOS 5D Mark III, front viewK-1 und EOS 5D Mark III, front view

Top view of cameras

K-1 und EOS 5D Mark III, view from aboveK-1 und EOS 5D Mark III, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Pentax K-1

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

18
14

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

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