Canon T5 and Pentax K 50 are two digital SLR cameras standing in a similar price range. Both cameras are quite popular on the market, mainly due to them being in the lower part of the price curve. As budget DSLR cameras, Canon T5 already offers nice specs and features. Both models are also compatible with a wide range of lenses. So, should you take Canon T5 or Pentax K 50? Find the answer below.
Design and Features
In terms of design, both models have been designed in pretty much the typical way of a DSLR camera. Both Canon T5 and Pentax K 50 are still using button and dial controls. Neither supports touchscreen but this is not an issue at all, considering that the button and dial controls are much quicker and more straightforward to use. We must praise both models for providing great handling with textured surfaces that ensure that those cameras are not going to slip off from your hands. Canon T5 is slightly more compact and more lightweight, whereas Pentax K 50’s additional curves and solid design enhance the handling slightly more. Each of the two models comes with an internal flash, a hot shoe, and an eye-level viewfinder. However, Canon T5 still uses a pentamirror viewfinder whereas Pentax K 50 comes with a pentaprism viewfinder, delivering much better image fidelity. On the other hand, Canon T5 possesses an HDMI output, which can be useful for monitoring videos using an external display. (See also: Canon SL1 vs. T5i)
Even though Canon T5 comes with a higher optical resolution of 18 MP (Pentax K 50’s optical resolution is ‘only’ 16 MP), we must say that we are more impressed by the performance of Pentax K 50. To begin with, Canon T5 only has one cross-type AF point, while Pentax K 50 has nine. Furthermore, Pentax K 50 has the focus peaking feature, allowing you to tell precisely what is in the focus of the camera. Pentax K 50 also has significantly higher maximum ISO at 51200 and faster maximum shutter speed at 1/6000 seconds. These features will allow you to be more flexible to adapt to different lighting conditions. Pentax K 50 also has a higher continuous shooting speed than Canon T5, also with a larger buffer capacity. But perhaps one of the most useful features is certainly the in-camera image stabilization, which is very effective for eliminating blurs.
Canon T5 vs. Pentax K 50
Between these two DSLR cameras, you should go with Pentax K 50. It has much better features and performance.