Pentax K-5 IIs

Announced Sep 10, 2012 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
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Bearing all that the K-5 II does, minus an optical low-pass filter, the K-5 IIS is a specialized camera made for those who want a little more detail and know how to handle the resulting artifacts. Its weatherproof design and small, tight build make it ideal for landscape photographers, as well as anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors.

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Gold Award
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Good for

Enthusiast and landscape photographers, those interested in trying photography without a low-pass filter.

Not so good for

General-purpose photographers who are likely to encounter moiré-inducing subjects like fabric, buildings, and other man-made objects.

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Other reviews
Pentax K-5 Review
By: Mike Tomkins, Imaging Resource (Apr 12, 2011)

With the introduction of its previous K-7 model, Pentax aimed to position itself as a leader in the rugged camera category, offering a camera that was well-sealed against the elements, but without the price tag and tank-like proportions of the typical professional SLR. Just a year later, though, Pentax found itself with burgeoning competition in the segment, with Nikon in particular clearly...

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Pentax K-5 review
By: Mike Lowe, What Digital Camera (Jan 24, 2011)

At first glance the K-5 may seem a lot like the K-7. While, in some respects, this is true, it's actually a camera that delivers quite a lot more. Image quality is stunning through a large portion of the ISO range and some of the unique features such as Auto Level Compensation really do add extra value. The fully weather sealed body and WR lenses make for robust use and the 7fps bust mode is...

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