Pentax K-5 II Review Summary
Pentax K-5 II Assessment
The Pentax K-5 II follows its predecessor by two years with an almost identical specification which hides the most sensitive autofocus system yet. The new SAFOX X AF system is sensitive down to -3 EV which is beyond any available digital camera. The simultaneously-launched K-5 IIs
Pentax K-5 IIs which lacks an anti-alias filter is the only DSLR to top the image quality of the original K-5
Pentax K-5. The K-5 II lands right between them.
This review of the Pentax K-5 II shows that Pentax to deliver a new flagship DSLR which exceeds the K-5. Everything that is exceptional about the K-5 remains true about the K-5 II.
The new autofocus system is indeed more sensitive and slightly faster. While this performance is good, it leaves the K-5 II behind in terms of autofocus speed compared to the top-of-the line DSLR and mirrorless cameras from other brands.
The Pentax K-5 II remains the most feature-rich DSLR on the market and has plenty of very useful features which only exist among Pentax DSLRs.
In terms of performance, there is nearly nothing to fault the Pentax K-5. It shows extremely low image-noise with good retention of details, great dynamic range, natural colors with good white-balance, good metering and has a reliable AF system. Speed could be improved but is not a major issue. The closest competitor to the K-5 II are its own siblings.
The K-5 IIs goes for around one hundred more and delivers class-leading sharpness when paired with high-quality lenses. Most importantly, the excellent K-5 is now almost $400 USD less and still delivers top-notch performance. The difference in price can easily make up for a better lens.
|Excellent control over image noise||Noticeable image review delay|
|Very good image sharpness||Slow in-camera corrections|
|Superb dynamic-range||Pitch not shown in OVF|
|Natural image colors||Poor Live-View|
|Generally fast and responsive||OVF and Live-View metering differ slightly|
|Good focusing accuracy||LCD too left|
|Effective stabilization for all lenses||Status screen does not turn off automatically|
|Unique Automatic Horizon Correction||Camera strap gets in way of mode-dial|
|Unique Composition Adjustment|
|Innovative exposure control|
|Extremely flexible image parameters|
|Digital white balance preview|
|Post-shot RAW recovery|
|In-camera RAW conversion|
|Top-of-class weather resistance|
|Great LCD visibility|
Pentax K-5 II Facts
|16 Megapixels DSLR||ISO 80-51200|
|Pentax K Mount|
Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|3-Axis Built-in Stabilization, 3-Stop Improvement||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Auto Horizon Correction|
2 Axis Digital Level
|Weatherproof down to -10C||Hot-Shoe & Sync-Port|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Stereo audio input|
|7 FPS Drive, 40 Images||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|1920x1080 @ 25 FPS Video Recording||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
|3" LCD 920K Pixels|
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