Pentax K-5 II
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.
|Body type||Mid-size SLR|
|Max resolution||4928 x 3264|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)|
|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×|
|Min shutter speed||30 sec|
|Max shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|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″)|
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.
00:30 (11 Jun, 2013)
00:22 (3 Jun, 2013)