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Canon 5D IV vs Pentax K-1 – Comparison

The Canon 5D IV is a great FF DSLR, but let’s see how it compares to the much less expensive Pentax K-1. Both have a full frame sensor with plenty of megapixels.

Our comparison table below covers all the important specifications of each camera. Below that, we specifically talk about the new improvements and which model is better suited for your needs.

Canon 5D IVPentax K-1
Megapixels30.436.4
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Sensor FormatFull FrameFull Frame
Crop FactorNoneNone
AA FilterYesOn/Off
Image Resolution6720 x 44807360 x 4912
Body Image StabilizationNoYes
Lens MountCanon EFPentax K
ISO100 - 32,000100 - 204,800
Expanded ISO102,400None
AF Points6133
Cross-type AF Points4125
Continuous Mode7fps4.5fps
LCD3.2" - Fixed3.2" - Articulating
LCD Resolution1,620,000 dots1,036,800 dots
TouchscreenYesNo
Focus PeakingNoYes
Top LCD DisplayYesYes
Viewfinder TypeOpticalOptical
Viewfinder Coverage100%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.71x0.70x
Video Resolution4096x2160 (30/25/24p)1920x1080 (60i/50i/30/25/24p)
 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p1280x720 (60/50p)
Microphone JackYesYes
Headphone JackYesYes
Memory Card TypeCF + SDSD + SD
Dual Card SlotsYesYes
SD UHS SupportUHS-I & UDMA7UHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed1/80001/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"30"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer SizeUnlimited74
RAW Buffer Size1917
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashNoNo
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2001/200
Startup Time0.5s1.2s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSYesYes
Built- in NFCYesNo
BluetoothNoNo
USB TypeUSB 3.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedYesYes
Battery Life (CIPA)900 shots760 shots
Battery IncludedYes (LP-E6N)Yes (D-LI90)
Weight31.4 oz (890g)35.8 oz (1,015g)
Size5.9 x 4.6 x 3.0"5.4 x 4.3 x 3.4"
PriceAmazonAmazon
Release Date20162016

Canon 5D Mark IV Advantages:

  • Auto Focus – The 5D IV is quite better here, with almost 30 more AF points, and 16 more cross-type ones.
  • 7 vs 4.5fps – Noticeably faster for sports and wildlife
  • LCD Resolution – The 3.2″ screen sports a higher resolution
  • Touchscreen – The 5D IV supports touchscreen so you can navigate through the menus or select the focus point directly on the screen itself
  • Dual Pixel AF – Canon’s DPAF technology results in faster and more accurate video focusing, especially for moving subjects
  • 4K Video – Available in 30/25/24p
  • Buffer – Unlimited JPEG buffer versus 74, 19 vs 17 RAW
  • Startup Time – The 5D IV turns on 0.7s faster (1.2 vs 0.5s)
  • NFC Connection
  • USB 3.0 vs 2.0 – Faster file transferring directly from the camera
  • Battery Life – 140 shots longer battery life
  • Weight – The 5D IV is a little bit over 100g lighter

Where does the Canon 5D IV win by a big margin? Definitely the AF system. With more points, especially cross-type, the camera can be more accurate in difficult conditions. The K-1 will do good, but the 5D IV can do it a little bit better.

For video, Canon wins hands down. 4K video, DPAF, touchscreen, no other DSLR currently comes close to Canon’s video performance.

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Pentax K-1 Advantages:

  • Sensor – 6 more megapixels
  • AA Filter – The K-1 allows you to turn on/off the effect of an AA filter
  • Body Stabilization – You get built-in 5-axis image stabilization that works with every lens you mount
  • Higher ISO – 1 stop higher maximum ISO
  • LCD Screen – It’s fully articulated compared to the fixed one, so it’s better for shooting in awkward positions
  • Focus Peaking – The K-1 can highlight what’s in focus! Excellent when focusing manually
  • Less Expensive – The K-1’s body costs around $1700 less

For the money, the Pentax K-1 is an excellent all-around FF DSLR. First, the 36MP sensor provides plenty of resolution and having an option of turning off the AA filter is absolutely fantastic. The built-in stabilization is another Pentax’s strong suit and it’ll be handy for traveling or when shooting in low light. If you like Pentax’s lenses or just want an affordable, good performing DLSR, the K-1 rocks.

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