Pentax K-5 II

Announced Sep 10, 2012 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
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Announced Sep 10, 2012
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The 16MP Pentax K-5 II DSLR is the company's 2012 flagship camera. It is built around a weather-sealed magnesium alloy and is bundled with the SAFOX X, autofocus sensor. This is designed to work in lower light than any of its rivals (down to -3EV) it will also provide greater accuracy when working with F2.8 and fast lenses. The SAFOX X also features more sophisticated focus tracking, to keep focus when the subject moves off the original focus point.

Though they don't represent hugely significant upgrades to the original K-5, the Pentax K-5 II and its close relative the K-5 IIS still hold their own in the current SLR market, with excellent image quality from a proven 16MP CMOS sensor, solid build, and a well thought-out interface. We like the tight, simple design of the K-5 II, one that offers quick access to a rich feature-set.

Quick specs
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 4928 x 3264
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100 to 12800, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps (80 to 51200 Extended)
Lens mount Pentax KAF2
Focal length mult. 1.5×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Format Motion JPEG
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 760 g (1.68 lb / 26.81 oz)
Dimensions 131 x 97 x 73 mm (5.16 x 3.82 x 2.87)
GPS Optional

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Our review

A good, solid, weather-sealed camera with a tried-and-true sensor, the Pentax K-5 II remains a solid digital SLR that's easy to recommend. With a decided bent toward enthusiast users, the Pentax K-5 II pairs well with the company's line of Limited lenses, and is good to have along with a weather-resistant lens on a rainy day.

Good for: Enthusiast and pro photographers, particularly those with leanings toward outdoor photography.

Not so good for: Consumer users who are likely to want better access to, and higher performance from live view and movie modes.

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