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Pentax K-5 Summary

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Automatic Level: Corrects for some degree of tilt to keep the horizon level.Automatic Level: Corrects for some degree of tilt to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Pentax K-5 Assessment

Pentax K-5

The Pentax K-5 is an upgraded K-7 which slips past it as the most feature-rich digital SLR made to date, adding a second axis to the digital-level and featuring a more advanced image sensor. Its 16 megapixels sensor provides an ISO sensitivity range of 80 to 51200, 7 FPS continuous shooting and 1080p HD video. The unique automatic horizon-correction is now shared between the K-5 and K-7 as well as plenty of features which help photographers take better pictures: 100% coverage viewfinder, built-in digital-level, white-balance preview and more. The K-5 also features built-in image stabilization in a freeze-proof weather-sealed body, giving it class-leading environmental protection.

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, good color accuracy, good metering and a reliable autofocus system. Automatic white-balance could surely be better and certain aspects of speed could be improved but neither is a major issue. The closest competitor to the K-5 is actually the Pentax K-7
Pentax K-7
. Given that it costs at least 30% less and the only major change is high-ISO performance, the K-7 is an excellent value. The next closest is the soon-to-be-available Olympus E-5
Olympus E-5
, which is a Four-Thirds DSLR with built-in stabilization and 100% coverage viewfinder in a weather-sealed body.

Trading built-in stabilization for lens-stabilization, two more cameras can be considered against the K-5: the Canon EOS 7D
Canon EOS 7D
and the Nikon D300S
Nikon D300S
. Neither of these has the ISO range or horizon correction of the K-5 but they feature sophisticated focus-systems that are very useful for tracking moving subjects. A level down from the K-5 is the Nikon D7000
Nikon D7000
which features a similar 16 megapixels sensor, a 100% coverage viewfinder, full 1080p HD video recording but not built-in stabilization or a weather-sealed body. Still, those not worried about the elements can take a look, potentially saving several hundred dollars.

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PROS CONS
Excellent control over image noise Automatic white-balance not so reliable
Great retention of details Noticeable image review delay
Superb dynamic-range Useless ISO 51200
Accurate image colors, with correct white-balance set Live-view not exposure-priority and useless histogram
Very good metering in Live-View Difference between viewfinder and Live-View metering
Very good focusing accuracy Occasional over-exposure using viewfinder
Generally fast and responsive Slow in-camera corrections
Effective stabilization for all lenses Reduced buffer-depth at high ISO
Automatic horizon correction greatly helps LCD flush with left side
Innovative exposure modes & program line Status screen does not turn off automatically
Extremely flexible image parameters Pitch not visible in viewfinder
Customizable Auto ISO and NR RAW button too sensitive
Digital white balance preview Camera strap gets in way of mode-dial
Post-shot RAW recovery
In-camera RAW conversion
Top-of-class weather resistance
Wealth of easily accessible controls
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

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Sister Models
Pentax K-7
Pentax K-7
- 15 Megapixels, ISO 100-6400, 5.2 FPS, 1-axis Digital-Level
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Pentax K-5 Highlights


SLR digital camera

Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm

APS-C Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

16 Megapixels DSLRISO 80-51200
Pentax K Mount
1.5X FLM
Shutter 1/8000-30s
3-Axis Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
100% Coverage
Large Viewfinder
Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
Auto Horizon Correction
2 Axis Digital Level
Spot-Metering
Weatherproof down to -10CHot-Shoe & Sync-Port
Built-in Dust ReductionStereo audio input
7 FPS Drive, 40 ImagesLithium-Ion Battery
1920x1080 @ 25 FPS Video RecordingSecure Digital Extended Capacity
3" LCD 920K Pixels
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