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The Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera features a 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor with built in stabilisation. This in camera stabilising means that any lens mounted on the K-5 gets the benefit of image stabilising for blur free images. The CMOS sensor offers a sensitivity range from ISO 80 up to an impressive 51200, allowing for great shots to be captured even under dim lighting conditions. Along with a frame rate of up to 7fps, the K-5 also records full HD video which is easily composed using the large 3 inch 921,000 dot LCD monitor, which also offers Live View for still shooting. With 77 independent seals providing excellent dust and weather-proofing, the Pentax K-5 Digital SLR is a camera for all conditions. More
February 2011 - I have a special place in my heart for Pentax. It’s what started my journey into the world of photography. I jumped on board when WEX asked me to test the new Pentax K5, hoping to bring back some early photography memories and try out a new DSLR. Read our full Pentax K-5 Review...
High-resolution, low-noise, true-to-life image reproduction
Pentax K-5 incorporates a new generation CMOS sensor, combined with the reliable PRIME II Imaging Engine, which produce high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images.
The K-5 also offers a wide sensitivity range, from ISO 100 to 12800, which can be expanded to ISO 80~51200. As the Analogue/Digital conversion is done within the sensor, the K-5 features impressive noise management.
Responsive, high-precision autofocus system
The K-5 embeds the same new-generation SAFOX IX+ autofocus system as Pentax 645D Medium Format camera, which features 11 sensor points (with 9 cross-type sensors in the middle) to assure pinpoint and fast focus.
K-5's new-generation sensor combined with high performance autofocus algorithms ensure accurate and quick contrast AF operation during Live View shooting. With the addition of a Golden Section display, the K-5 offers a choice of three different grid patterns to aid image composition.
Continuous shooting at 7 images per second
The K-5’s high-speed continuous shooting mode records up to 22 images (in JPEG recording format) in a single sequence at a maximum speed of 7 images per second, allowing you to take sharp pictures of active, fast-moving subjects.
Recording of Full HD-proportion movies
The K-5 captures beautiful, true-to-life movie clips in 16:9 Full HD proportions at a frame rate of 25 frames per second. This extends many of the benefits of high-quality SLR photography to the world of movie shooting. For instance, reduce the depth of field to make a subject stand out, or use different interchangeable lenses to create distinctive visual effects. The K-5 also allows you to add specific visual effects during shooting.
Compact, solid, functional camera body
The K-5 is exceptionally solid and durable, with a body of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy, and a chassis of highly-rigid stainless steel. Thanks to the inclusion of 77 special seals, it also boasts a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant (-10°C) construction, assuring reliable operation even in harsh environments.
Bright, clear viewfinder with 100% coverage
The K-5 features a pentaprism finder with a 100% field of view which provides great visibility in outdoor shooting and improves the accuracy of focusing and image composition. It also comes with the renowned Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen to assist you with manual-focus operation.
Shake Reduction mechanism with user-assisting options
The K-5 features the Pentax-Shake Reduction, which effectively compensates the effect of camera shake by up to 4 shutter steps to produce sharp, blur-free images. This innovative mechanism works with all Pentax lenses — even those designed for analogue cameras. The K-5 also features an auto level compensation function to assure effortless adjustment of horizontal alignment, and a composition adjustment function to automatically compensate for the camera’s inclination during handheld shooting — vertically, horizontally, and in the direction of rotation.
Large 3.0-inch wide-view colour LCD monitor
The K-5 features a large, high-resolution colour LCD monitor with 921,000 dots. Its wide-view design assures a clear view of the monitor image from 170 degrees horizontally and vertically.
Innovative image-processing functions to produce distinctive photographic expressions
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Rural Cumbria
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
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The camera is tremenous (45 years experience) [...]
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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All the menu options?
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Still getting used to customising the camera and finding how the systems etc. function. Seems to be an exceptionally well specified camera- how can manufacturers keep adding more functions to what is only a balance between shutter speed and aperture?That aside I can see only advancing my photography with this camera and can't imagine I will ever need another one.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Fantastic quality small body DSLR
I bought the fantastic Pentax K5 to go with a small set of the equally fantastic (and amazingly small and light) Pentax Limited primes. Together they make a very portable, high quality, walk about camera system. Image quality is sensational. Wonderful colours and great high ISO performance. Other things I love about the K5 include the 100% viewfinder, automatic level indicator, in-camera stabilisation (shake reduction), excellent HD video (also stabilised) and superb handling. All the key controls fall exactly to hand and there is a lot of customisation, so you can assign different functions (like ISO) to the main dials in different modes. There really is very little to criticise and I am loving this camera. I can't stress enough how portable it is with the Limited lenses and how much I like this combination. Highly recommended.
- PS - exposure
PS - to round off my comments about the K5 exposure; the problem is due to light getting in through the viewfinder. The advice with all SLR's, film and digital, was always to cover the viewfinder if you didn't have your eye against it. I wear glasses, and it seems this thing is very sensitive to the gap round the eyepiece. The beautiful deep velvet lined lens cap from the 21mm Limited Edition lens is ideal for hanging over the viewfinder when working on a tripod. If you are using a "big stopper" neutral density filter, either use live view, or hang the lens cap over the viewfinder, and the exposure is spot on !
(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
I like it
About Me Professional
How do I explain this; I have been searching for this for years. This makes me want to take photographs.I have a Canon 60D I use for work. That always nails the exposure, and nails the focus; I have all the lenses and flash cables; blah blah blah. But I hold this, and I want to go and find something to photograph.My computer insists this is a Nikon D7000 inside a Pentax body. But I couldn't fall in love with the Nikon. It felt like it had been designed to "market electronics" and I sold the Nikon D7000 after 2 weeks.But I love this. How can this feel so different; I want to use it. It's more like holding a miniature medium format camera?I bought this for the sensor, slapped a second hand, manual focus, 50mm f1.4 lens on it, and I am having fun. It is beautifully made; it's a "proper" - how I remember them - camera. Designed by photographers, not a committee trying to meet a "project" chart.If I were being utterly rational; I'd say "the exposures are a bit variable" or "its too keen to pop up menus whilst I was doing something else." But I am looking at it on my desk, fiddling with the little leather bits that stop the strap eyelets from scratching the body; and I think; "I want to go and photograph something"
(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Pentax K5 superb DSLR
After a long research I decided on Pentax K5. Do not regret it the slightest. Everything about this camera just screams "class". Easy to use, perfect IQ, weather proof etc. I love it!!!
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Pentax K5 Body
I have read some reviews on foraums ref the shutter going wild, but can hand on heart after 3,0000 shots (Aviation photos) say I have not had a problem. The sensor is fantastic far superior to my K20D. I believe it is the same as the Nikon D7000, I bought body only as I have lenses already. Pentax have a great camera here in fact ONE of their best yet. Highly recommend'
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent camera and system
I replaced my Olympus E-3 and beautiful lenses with this camera system and I have not been disappointed. I needed something light and able to fit in my smaller bags but to be weather-sealed and capable. The K-5 has been great, and I keep finding more capabilities in the thing, such as the intervalometer . . .
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Solid but light
from Anglesey, Wales
Having owned nikon and mamiya film cameras for years I thought the time had come to buy an all purpose digital , having looked around I decided on pentax mainly because the compatible lens range and build, I still intended to use film for most of my work, three pentax DSLRs later specially with the K5 my film kit is redundant. The K5 at 16mp is an improvement on the K7, it is near silent in operation, light but sturdy and in wet Wales the water resistant is an added bonus when taking coast or snow scenes, I had intended upgrade to pro kit either Nikon or Canon but having used the K5 with the latest Pentax 100 macro, the shots are as good as my 6x7 Mamiya to the eye so I'm sticking with Pentax, I'm just wondering if I can afford the new 6x45
(23 of 24 customers found this review helpful)
Professional features in a compact SLR
The first two things that you notice when using this camera are (i) how amazingly compact it is for a camera with so many professional features, and (ii) how quiet the shutter is – it has the quietest shutter of any SLR I've used (film or digital). Its magnesium alloy body gives it a reassuringly solid feeling in the hand and its dimensions are perfect for me, though some may benefit from the extra bulk provided by the battery grip. The ergonomics are fantastic, and the controls for the key shooting parameters seem perfectly placed.Pentax have built on the strengths of the K7 and addressed areas of criticism, namely high ISO performance and autofocus speed. I'm used to regularly working at 1600 ISO, but my early tests indicate that I'll be able to get excellent output at up to 6400 (and it's nice to know that I can go up to 51,200 should I ever need to!) I rarely use continuous shooting mode but, again, it's nice to know that I can shoot at seven f.p.s. if needed (for up to twenty 14-bit RAW files with firmware update 1.01). The autofocus feels very snappy, even when using older screw-driven lenses.The level of customisation the K5 offers is huge, so all users should be able to tailor the camera to suit their specific requirements. Auto ISO is very customisable, allowing different levels of noise reduction at every ISO setting. I have customised the RAW/Flex button to bring up the electronic spirit level, which is really useful when using the camera on a tripod. As with previous high end Pentax DSLRs you can switch between Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority whilst in Program mode simply by turning the front or rear control dial.The K5 is fully weather sealed (as are several recent Pentax lenses) – I'm generally pretty careful when shooting in wet conditions, but it's comforting to know that the camera will withstand a shower. The compact dimensions and rugged build make this an ideal travel or street camera, particularly when paired with one of Pentax's excellent Limited primes.The image quality is excellent at ISOs up to 6400 and the dynamic range is about as good as I've seen on an APS-C DSLR. The detail that can be recovered from the shadows without introducing noise is very impressive, allowing the possibility of underexposing by two or three stops in order to achieve a suitable shutter speed if the situation demands it. (This is the digital equivalent of "pushing" film, and is something that with most cameras would introduce unacceptable levels of noise. However, with the K5 I would have no hesitation in shooting a couple of stops under and then pushing the exposure in post processing.)I nearly always shoot in RAW but often find myself using the RAW to JPEG development function in order to output files for printing while on the go, or in order to try out B&W or cross-processed versions of an image.I am really impressed with this camera, and am finding it pretty difficult to think of areas for criticism. Some users have mentioned the SD card slot being a little fiddly, but as long as you're not wearing gloves I don't think it'll be too much of a problem.Overall this is a very capable camera offering about the best image quality and build quality currently available on an APS-C camera.
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Included Accessories: AV cable, USB cable, Li-ion battery D-LI90, Battery charger D-BC90, AC cable, Strap, Eye cup FR and hot shoe cover (already mounted), Finder cap for ME, Body mount cover, Sync socket 2P cap, Bottom of body,s cap, Software
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