The Pentax K-5 is the successor to the K-7 enthusiast camera. Although it may look almost identical on the outside, the K-5 adds a 16.3 MP image sensor to the DSLR body, full 1080p HD video recording, a higher resolution 3-inch LCD screen and updated software for easier, more accurate photography.
16.3 MP Image Sensor and Improved Software for Better PhotographyThe biggest improvement for the K-5 is a new 16.3 MP CMOS sensor capable of a whopping ISO 51200 in expanded mode. That's enough resolution to print an 11x16" photo at 300 ppi. The sensor reduces time between shots with a continuous shooting mode at speeds up to 7 FPS for up to 40 frames. The K-5 also gets the new SAFOX IX+ AF system, which features color-detection, better auto focus point detection and improved speed, making it quicker and easier to set up a photo.
Flexibility, Lightness and Durability with a DSLR BodyAlthough the internals have been significantly upgraded, the K-5 retains the magnesium alloy and stainless steel body as its predecessor, the K-7. Total weight is just 670 grams, close to the weight of some professional DSLR cameras. The camera includes shake reduction courtesy of a triple-axis sensor, compensating for horizontal, vertical and rotational movement. Although compatible with a wide range of lenses, a new cross-processing mode allows color tweaking without having to change filters.
Doubles as a Camcorder with 1080p HD Video Recording SupportThe K-5 can also be used as a digital camcorder, supporting 1080p HD video at speeds up to 25 frames per second. This bump in resolution comes with custom image modes to provide the right resolution and speed for your needs without having to convert to different format after recording. The camera has an internal mono microphone and support for external stereo mics. An HDMI output is included for playback.
See What You Shoot With a 3-inch LCD and Optical ViewfinderAlong with the same body, the K-5 retains its predecessor's massive 3-inch LCD screen. However, this too has seen an improvement with resolution increasing to 921k pixels. Buttons are positioned to the right of the screen for easy access when using the hand grip, and common settings like flash and shooting mode are accessible without using the on-screen menu. Worried about shooting in bright conditions? The K-5 still has an optical viewfinder. It has 100 percent coverage and supports up to 92 percent magnification.
The K-5 has the same tough lightweight DSLR body of the K-7, but it also has a long list of improvements. A new 16.3 MP sensor can produce high quality 11x16' prints, and it can also shoot HD video. Faster software with better auto focus and stability sensors make taking photos faster and easier. Add in custom image modes and an improved LCD viewfinder, and the K-5 provides easy, high quality picture and video production.
Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 5.2 x 3.8 x 2.9 in.
16.3 megapixel CMOS sensorHigh resolution 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor with integrated AD conversion circuitry captures outstanding image detail with pixels to spare.
80-51200 ISOHigh sensitivity 80-51200 ISO range with improved noise performance throughout, including ISO-specific noise reduction.
7 FPSSpeedy 7 FPS framerate captures fast action shots in demanding situations.
11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus systemHighly responsive and accurate 11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system features a dedicated AF assist lamp and light wavelength sensor for improved focus speed and reliability.
1080p HD videoCapture widescreen HD video with stunning detail at full 1080p resolution and 25 FPS, including sound via a built-in or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack.
3 inch LCDLarge 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution for responsive Live View and detailed image/video review.
Fully Weather SealedFully weather sealed and coldproof design resists water, fog, snow, sand, dust, and more, for top performance in extreme field conditions as well as in the studio.
Rugged designDurable magnesium alloy covers surround a rugged stainless steel chassis.
77 segment metering systemHighly accurate 77 segment metering system for perfectly exposed images even in difficult lighting.
100% Field of viewHigh quality glass pentaprism viewfinder features 100% field of view and 0.92X magnification, for perfect framing accuracy.
Shake ReductionPENTAX body-based Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization system is compatible with every PENTAX lens ever made.
1/8000 Shutter SpeedA maximum 1/8000 second shutter speed freezes even the fastest action without subject movement blur.
HDMI portAn HDMI port outputs high definition images and video (and sound) to HDTVs.
PENTAX PEF and Adobe DNG filesNative support for both PENTAX PEF and Adobe DNG 14 bit RAW files, includes the ability to retrieve RAW data from JPG files if still present in buffer memory.
HDRImproved in-camera HDR image capture features more blending options and better pixel registration for easier operation without a tripod.
In-camera image processing and filtersA wide range of in-camera image processing and special effects filters encourages the photographer's artistic expression.
Customizable RAW/Fx buttonCustomizable RAW/Fx button allows for easy access to common shooting settings.
Built-in electronic levelBuilt-in electronic level now features a tilt scale display in Live View.
SDXC memory card compatibility (via firmware update)
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Sucessor to the K1000
from Houston, TX
About Me Photo Enthusiast
Comments about Pentax K-5 Weatherproof Digital SLR Digital Camera Body w/ 1080p HD Video:
Not the latest but rock solid with lots of lens choices. Feels good in the hand and cannot be beaten at current discounted prices
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Excellent camera at very good price
from Cinci, OH
Use it for outdoor, landscapes, indoors and travel.Very good camera with lot of features for the price
give PENTAX a serious look ...
from western New York
This is my 3rd Pentax DSLR. I keep upgrading bodies.Solid, durable, easy to use, great images ...Able to use all legacy Pentax K mount lenses and even screw-mount if you buy an adapter for $30.Pentax is like the best kept secret. Problem is they're not found in the discount electronic or department stores, so not many people are aware of the brand.
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Nice upgrade to the Pentax K7. I've owned the K7 for years and loved it.. The K5 improves on the IQ enough to warrant this upgrade. You will NOT be disappointed.
Well built, excellent performance
from Albany, NY
Excellent performance, great controls.100
The Pentax K-5 is a great camera
from Dallas, TX
About Me Pro Photographer
The Pentax K-5 is a great camera. Image quality is amazing. Full featured and uses all Pentax K mount lens all the way back to the 70s.
Excellent quality, weather proof.
from Burlington, Ontario Canada
Excellent quality, need to purchase quality lenses for best results, weather proof, works excellent in cold weather.
Very good camera
from chicago USA
Very good camera..I moved from sony to pentax and very much satisfied. I was thinking to buy D7000, However this camera has many good features like image stabilization, high ISO, image quality
Pentax has very good colors
much better than K10d. Pentax has very good colors.
I love my camera
About Me Photography Student
It's great to have it weatherproofed-a unique feature. The clarity is awesome!