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Set-up Menu

Custom Image sub-menu

Like on the K-5 the K-5 II's Custom Image menu is reached via its own, dedicated button and allows control over the image parameters. Flicking the on/off/preview switch button takes an image to preview the settings. Rolling the rear dial switches between standard and fine sharpening while turning the front dial shows or hides the highlight and shadow contrast settings.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Custom Image  • Bright
 • Natural
 • Portrait
 • Landscape
 • Vibrant
 • Muted
 • Bleach Bypass
 • Reversal Film
 • Monochrome
Selects from one of the preset custom images styles. The default varies depending on the language chosen and will be either 'Bright' or 'Natural.'
Saturation/
Filter effect
 • 9 steps (Color modes)
 • Filter effect (Monochrome)
None
Green
Yellow
Orange
Red
Magenta
Blue
Cyan
Infrared Filter
Adjusts saturation in color modes.

In monochrome mode, the camera varies the amount of information taken from the sensor's Red, Green and Blue channels in order to mimics the effect of placing different colored filters in front of the lens.
Hue/Toning  • 9 steps
In color modes, 'Hue' shifts the hue in color modes. Toning 'warms' or 'cools' the tint applied to mono images
High/Low Key Adj.  • 9 steps
Contrast  • 9 steps All modes
Contrast Highlight Adj.  • 9 steps  
Contrast Shadow Adj.  • 9 steps  
Sharpness/Fine/Extra  • 9 steps Rear dial switches to fine sharpening mode for representing fine detail.

Image Adjust menu

The image adjustment menu can be accessed from playback mode by pressing the down arrow. It contains a range of image modification and processing options.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Image Rotation  • No Change
 • 90° Clockwise
 • 90° Anti-clockwise
 • 180°
 
Digital Filter See below  
Resize  •JPEG Rec. Pixels
10 MP
6 MP
2 MP
0.3 MP
 • JPEG Quality Level



 
Cropping  • Aspect ratio
Aspect ratio
3:2
1:1
16:9
4:3
Image Rotation
0–360°
Creates a cropped version of the original image. Choice of image size, aspect ratio, orientation and rotation.
Slideshow  • Starts slideshow  
White balance

 • Select image
Save as Manual 1
Save as Manual 2
Save as Manual 3

Take White Balance reading from previously shot image and save to three memory positions
RAW Development • Developing a Single Image
• Developing Multiple Images
 
File Format
File Format
JPEG
TIFF
Recorded Pixels
16 MP
10 MP
6 MP
2 MP
Quality Level




 • Custom Image
Custom Image Menu
 • White Balance
White Balance Menu
 • Sensitivity
+/- 2
 • High-ISO noise reduction
4 steps
 • Shadow Correction
4 steps
 • Distortion Correction
Off/On
 • Lat-Chromatic-Ab Adj Correction
Off/On
 • Color space
sRGB
Adobe RGB
Allows the post-shot re-processing of images recorded in the RAW format.

The Custom Image and White Balance options give access to the Custom Image and White Balance screens with the same options as they appear in the camera's recording mode.

Selecting Custom White Balance from within the White Balance screen allows a neutral area of the image to be selected and used to define a custom WB.
Index  • Layout (Six choices)
 • Images
12
24
36
 • Background
White
Black
 • Selection
All
Select individually
Select images
Select folder
Select a folder
Creates an index print image (contact sheet). Allows you to select images and layout.
Movie editing  • Set dividing points (up to 4)
 • Delete unwanted segments
 • Save as
 
Protect  • Single image
 • All images
 
DPOF  • Single image
 • All images
 

Digital Filter menu

In the digital filter menu, which can be accessed from within the Image Adjust menu, you can find most of the camera's JPEG processing tools and effects.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Toy camera  • Shading level 3 steps
 • Blurring 3 steps
 • Tone Break R/G/B
 
Retro  • Toning 7 steps (Cyan/Sepia)
 • Add frame - 4 steps
 
High contrast • 5 steps  
Sketch filter • Contrast 3 steps
• Scratch effect
On
Off
 
Watercolor  • Intensity 3 steps
 • Saturation 3 steps
 
Pastel  • 3 steps  
Posterization  • 5 steps  
Miniature  • In-focus Plane
 • In-focus Width
 • In-focus Plane Angle
 • Blur
Gives a mock-tilt/shift effect
Base parameter adjust  • Brightness 17 steps
 • Saturation 7 steps
 • Hue 7 steps
 • Contrast 7 steps
 • Sharpness 7 steps
 
Monochrome  • Filter effect
Black and White
Red
Green
Blue
Infra Red
 • Toning
7 steps (Cyan/Sepia)
 
Color  • Color
Red
Magenta
Blue
Cyan
Green
Yellow
 • Color density
3 steps
 
Extract color

 • Color 1
Red
Magenta
Blue
Cyan
Green
Yellow
 • Color Freq. Range
5 steps

• Color 2
Red
Magenta
Blue
Cyan
Green
Yellow
 • Color Freq. Range
5 steps

Supports two extractable colors
Soft Focus  • Soft Focus
3 steps
 • Shadow Blur
Off/On
 
Star Burst

• Shape
5 shapes
 • Effect density
3 steps
 • Size
3 steps
 • Angle
4 steps

Shapes include traditional + star, five-pointed star, asterisk, heart, music note
Fish-eye  • 3 steps  
Slim  • 17 steps  
HDR  • 3 steps
Pseudo High Dynamic Range effect
Custom Filter  • High Contrast
5 steps
 • Soft Focus
3 steps
 • Tone Break
Off
Red
Green
Blue
Yellow
 • Shading type
6 types
 • Shading Level
7 Steps
 • Distortion Type
3 types
 • Distortion Level
4 steps
 • Invert Color
Off/On
 
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Comments

Total comments: 20
zos xavius

Even now this camera is amazing. I have a K-3 too and the K-5 IIs still gets regular use. It has been the most faithful and reliable Pentax I've had over the years. It's IQ has never let me down and is better than even the K-3 in certain ways. 16mp and decent lenses have given me beautiful poster sized prints. It's no D800, but its a lot smaller and lighter than one too. Paired with some small limiteds it is really hard to go wrong unless you need absolute speed or shoot sports. The files from the IIs have a crispness that the K-5/K-30/K-50 all lack. Removing the AA filter really makes a difference in a big way and has forced me to upgrade my kit to take advantage of it. Not that moving on to better lenses is ever a bad thing..... :)

There are tons of amazing and fun vintage lenses you can get for pentax for peanuts too. Yeah you can adapt them to other systems, but being able to just slap a lens on a mount and not worry about aperture or AF if the lens has it is nice.

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Chood

Why is "Pentax K-5" listed under "Semi-professional" whereas "Pentax K-5 II and Pentax K-5 IIs" listed "Mid Level"?

I'm planning to buy Pentax K-5.

Thanks.

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cgarrard

No mention that I saw on the review that the LCD screen has a GLASS outer layer preventing scratches and the use of those annoying LCD screen covers. The glass screen is an upgrade along with it being gapless (better anti-reflection and no more dust etc. between the screen and protective layer like the K5 exhibited).

The K5II/s are at killer prices now and are 10 times the camera a Rebel or comparatively priced mirrorless camera are. What's not to love about this one?

5 upvotes
Tactical Falcon

I couldn't agree more. I looked at the Nikon, and Canon etc. The K-5II is such a terrific camera bargain.

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davids8560

Does the K-3 have a LCD with a glass outer layer too? Thx.

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SgtUSMC

I Have Both The K3 & The K5IIs i did not Like The K3 so i gave it to my Wife and took the K5IIs back ...they are both great cameras but i am use to the K5IIs setup
the K3 is all new inside.....

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mgunt

I see a lot of people asking if the K5 II is a good camera. After becoming too frustrated with point and shoot cameras I took the plunge and bought the K5 II. My wife and I LOVED it. It is true that the camera does not change focus during video capture, but that wasn't important to us. Heck, our little Cannon point and shoot took better video - but that may have just been our ambivalence. It was great at everything we wanted - immediate response, color and sharpness, low light capabilities, burst shooting, etc.. I say "was" because it is no longer with us. It may be water resistant, but it certainly is NOT waterproof - oops! When I can afford to, I will probably buy another.

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waxwaine

There is no DSLR wATER resistant, as you painfully learned. For K-5II users , this is wEATHER resistant, to dust, light rain and snow. Hope you can get a new one soon.

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XT

Could anyone tell me why this is not a good camera for video? I love everything about it, but I would like to make videos too. I am hesitating between this one and the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

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Leandros S

If your requirement is "would like to make videos too", it may be good enough. You should ask yourself whether you're going to need to re-focus after starting your video. If the answer is yes, you should look at Panasonic and Canon. If you're shooting wildlife, inside churches, or other kinds of stage performances, this may not be a factor. In terms of quality, audio and video are excellent in the K-5 II and IIs.

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Lucas1981r

Ok - K-5II have better AF and... and... but why only 80%/ s-81%? If old version K-5 have 83%?
and Nikon D7100 have 85% - but everybody knows - who used this dslr's that Pentax is better...??

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Derma pro

I heard and read alot about this pentax. and I believe it is a very good camera. what I know is that pentax k-5II is better regarding the details of the photo. and D7100 is better regarding the colors and the auto white balance. do you think the pentax is better is other situations?

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Hansel300

DigitalRevtv on Youtube showed the K-5iis trouncing the D7100. I think the colors are better than the D7100 (Imaging resources comparometer). Stabilization in K-5 auto levels, perspective control + tilt shift capable, astrotracking + wides and primes are stabilized. D7100 only has a digital zoom & extra auto focus points (which are superfluous except for sport). Ask yourself how often do you switch from the center AF point? K-3 has got even more AF points- big deal ! I thought the image quality of the D7100 was a backward step from the D7000, high ISO was better too.

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KZMike

The S has everything I need [Time Lapse too], EXCEPT a LCD that moves/articulates. . . ughhh!!!!

0 upvotes
Kfrog

The auto focus in low light is better and the redesign of the rear LCD has been change for better viewing in bright light. Not much else as far as I know. I purchased the K-5II because I often take photos in low light situations and can use all the help I can get!

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dousanmiaography

Seriously, what is the difference between K-5 and K-5II? Every single specification are the same.

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Rutterbutter

The removal of an anti-aliasing filter. this allows for sharper images in the II but sacrifices the tendency to produce moire.

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Old Baldy

errrr. from the review "Pentax took a great camera and upgraded it with a faster autofocus system, an improved LCD, and largely left the rest alone - save for the effective removal of the low-pass filter in the K-5 IIS"

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JeffAHayes

It has faster autofocusing, dousan. It has added AF sensitivity, as well, enabling it to autofocus down as low as -3 EV (making it one of only 2 cameras, APS-C OR FF, amateur, enthusiast OR PRO, with such sensitive low-light AF prior to Pentax's release of the K-3, which has the same low-light AF capability). Many Pentax shooters who've had all three cameras say it's the sharpest of the bunch, as far as pics go -- especially at higher ISOs. And, of course, the K-5 IIs also has NO anti-aliasing filter, which DEFINITELY makes for sharper pictures, but could ALSO mean you end up with MOIRE in some pictures (which Photoshop MAY be able to remove, so it's probably not the end of the world in most cases, anyway).

So IF you have a K-5 IIs, it has NO AA filter, which means ALL your shots will be a bit sharper and for most that won't present a moire issue.

Those are the major improvements of which I'm aware. I'm still deciding if I want one as a new second camera now that I have the K-3.
Jeff

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PhotoRoy5

Can you see the moire in the view finder? I looking for the K-5 IIs as I already have a K-5 II. I need a second bosy so I don't have to change lenses

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Total comments: 20