Pentax K-5 IIs Summary
Pentax K-5 IIs Assessment
The Pentax K-5 IIs follows its predecessor by two years with an almost identical specification which hides two critical changes: The removal of the anti-alias filter and the most sensitive autofocus system yet. Yet, until the K-5 IIs arrived, the K-5 was still the image quality champion among APS-C DSLRs.
This review of the Pentax K-5 IIs 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 IIs. Retention of details and image noise have improved visibly.
The new autofocus system is indeed more sensitive and slightly faster. While this performance is good, it leaves the K-5 IIs behind in terms of autofocus speed compared to the top-of-the line DSLR and mirrorless cameras from other brands.
The Pentax K-5 IIs 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 IIs are its own siblings. The K-5 II goes for around one hundred less and should only lag behind in terms of sharpness. Most importantly, the excellent K-5 is now almost $500 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|
|Class-leading retention of details||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 IIs Highlights
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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