Pentax K-5 II Sharpness Settings
The Pentax K-5 II has 27 sharpness settings. One chooses the setting is by selecting one of nine steps along a particular scale. There are three scales: Sharpness, Fine Sharpness and Extra Fine Sharpness, each of these affecting how pixels are generated from sensor data. As usual, these settings do not apply to PEF or DNG files. To choose the best one, it is best to look at a sample scene.
Differences between adjacent steps of the same scale are subtle but the difference from one end to the other of a scale is very obvious. Differences between scales show up around fine details and along sharp edges. The Sharpness scale applies the strongest sharpening and therefore shows the most artifacts near its maximum. The Fine Sharpness scale emphasizes finer details, leading to less artifacts but to images that are overall less sharp. The Extra Fine Sharpness scale sharpness extremely fine details which unfortunately includes noise, so it is best avoided at high sensitivities.
The Interactive images below illustrate how each scale renders details. Images are 100% crops from pictures of a porcupine hugging a calculator, to see sharpening effects on both sharp edges and fine details. No real porcupines were harmed in the production of these images. Click on the labels below to show the crop for a specific scale and level.
Pentax K-5 II Facts
Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|16 Megapixels DSLR||ISO 80-51200|
|Pentax K Mount|
|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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