Canon 1DX mark II vs. Pentax K-1


We are going to discuss another major comparison of two incredible DSLR cameras, Canon 1DX mark II and the other is Pentax K-1. Focusing on the primary needs of the professional photographers, the two cameras have been implemented with the excellent specifications. As you are seeing from the table that the Pentax k-1 has ingenious 36 mp of resolution for those photographers whose elegant image quality is the prime consideration. On the other hand 1DX mark II features inventive AF system to make the tracking and focusing the desire subject much simpler than before. Let us enter into a long talk about their specifications…

Features/ Models Canon 1DX Mark II Pentax-K1
Megapixel 20.2 MP 36MP
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm) Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Low pass filter Yes No
Image processor Dual DIGIC6 processor Prime IV
Image Stabilization No 5-Axis sensor shift
AF system Hybrid Hybrid
AF points 61-point AF system, expanded range, 41-point cross-type 33 AF points
ISO 100-51200 (expands to 50-409600) 100-25600 (expands to 50-102400)
Shutter Min/ mix 30 – 1/8000 30 – 1/8000
Continuous shooting speed 16 fps 4.4 fps
Video @ 60 fps 4K @ 60fps Full HD 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Display LCD monitor 3.2 inches, 1.62 million dots. Touch panel 3.0″ 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
Viewfinder Optical Optical (Pentaprism)
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless WiFi + NFC WiFi + NFC
Environmentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery life  1210 shots 760 shots
Dimensions 150 x 167.6 x 82.6mm 127 x 96 x 60 mm
Weight 1340g 625 g

Megapixels- Pentax K-1employs 36.4 effective megapixels to provide the photographers High-resolution, fine-gradation images on the other hand 1DX mark II offers only 20.2 megapixels. By the way, two of this camera is maintaining the same sensor sizes, Full frame (36 x 24 mm) but K-1 features an AA (anti-aliasing) filterless design that makes the image resolution much more effective in every respect.

Image stabilization- Pitch and yaw, horizontal and vertical shift and roll are the reason where generally camera shakes issues arise from and compensate to these all unwanted camera shakes problems, Pentax has planted a creative 5-axis image stabilization inside K-1. And due to this 5-axis Image stabilization, Pentax K-1 increases the photographers’ capability of taking panning shots and also increases the possibility of getting the best quality of the images. On the other hand 1DX mark II doesn’t incorporate this 5-axis image stabilization technology.

Auto focus- Canon 1DX mark II features a new 61-point High Density Reticular AF II system with 41 cross-type points AF area. This innovative AF system will have a great work in expanding upto 8.6% coverage in the centre (in top and bottom) and approximately 24% at the top and bottom of the Periphery. So the subject that looks challenging to track will be easier done with this AF technology of 1DX mark II. Moreover, EOS-1DX Mark II’s equipped with AI Servo AF III+ to provide you the precise subject tracking. On the other hand, if you look at the AF system, you can see that Pentax K-1 does also have Hybrid AF system but with limited 33 autofocus points, which may not so good at the demanding shooting situations.

ISO- Fast-changing lighting situations can’t affect more to the photography session of the photographers because with the 1DX Mark II. With a standard range of ISO 100–51200, the EOS-1DX Mark II is just brilliant to provide your desire result and in premium you would have noiseless images. Users can also take the advantage of expandable ISO range upto 409600 with 1DX Mark II. On the other side, Pentax K-1 has expandable ISO range of only 102400.

Continuous shooting speed- The 1DX Mark II camera’s performance is outstanding in fastest shooting at speeds of up to 14 fps for full-resolution RAW or JPEG, and up to 16 fps in Live View. On the other hand Pentax K-1 has only 4.4 fps of shooting speed, means very lesser than 1DX Mark II.

Video- 1DX Mark II can capture 4K (Motion JPEG) video at up to 60 fps, recording smoothly to CF cards. This camera is a good choosing for filmmaking. Even the camera can record Full HD video at 120 fps. On the other hand Pentax K-1 will offer you to record videos of full HD only.

Display- A large 3.2″ 1.62m-dot Clear View II LCD monitor is integrated on the rear side of 1DX and also features an anti-reflective design for bright, vivid image playback and live view shooting, and a touchscreen interface can be used for intuitive touch-to-focus control.

Battery- Maximum 1210 shots are possible with 1DX Mark II whereas Pentax K-1 offers to shots of only 760 different subjects.

verdict- In most aspects, Canon 1DX Mark II is better than Pentax K-1,  Whether AF system, ISO or shooting speed everything is refined and nice. So we will recommend you  Canon 1DX Mark II camera.

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