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For the K-5 II Pentax has slightly tweaked the menu system from the K7. Some options have moved from the record menu into the custom menu and vice versa but the basic structure and design remains pretty much unchanged (although you'll have to get used to it if you're upgrading from the K-7). There are 4 tabs: Record, Playback, Set-up and Custom Setting. Each tab (when selected) is further separated into numbered sub-tabs. The front control wheel allows you to navigate through major tabs, while the rear control wheel rotates through numbered tabs. For selections within each tab you use the rear multi controller.

The K-5 is packed with features and therefore the menus can at first sight appear a little intimidating. However, considering the number of options and parameters to choose from the K-5 menu structure is pretty straightforward and easy to work with once you've been shooting with the camera for a couple of days or so.

The camera's menus are split into four sections; Record, Playback, Setup and Custom Functions. Each of which is has its own a 'tab' at the top of the page.

Like previous Pentax SLRs the menu is separated into multiple numbered pages within each tab. We found this made it quite easy to remember where we were and where options lived.

Record Menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
File Format  • JPEG
 • RAW
 • RAW + JPEG
 
JPEG Recorded Pixels  • 16M
 • 10M
 • 6M
 • 2M
 - 4928 x 3264 pixels
 - 3936 x 2624 pixels
 - 3072 x 2048 pixels
 - 1728 x 1152 pixels
JPEG Quality  •
 •
 •
 •
 
Auto AF Point Setting

 • Auto AF Point Setting
Auto 11
Auto 5
 •Expanded Area AF
Off
On


 
Lens correction  • Distortion correction
Off
On

 • Lat-Chromatic-Ad Adj.
Off
On
 
Cross Processing  • Cross Processing
Off
Random
Preset 1-3
My 1-3
 • Save Settings
Only available in JPEG format
Extended Bracketing  • Off
 • White Balance
 • Saturation
 • Hue
 • High/Low Key Adj.
 • Contrast
 • Sharpness
Allows various image parameters to be bracketed in various steps (depending on the parameter being adjusted)
Digital Filter  • Off
 • Toy Camera
 • Retro
 • High Contrast
 • Extract Color
 • Soft
 • Starburst
 • Fish-eye
 • Custom Filter
Most filters offer adjustment of intensity and/or color and tones.
HDR Capture  • HDR Capture
Off
Auto
Standard
Strong 1
Strong 2
Strong 3
 • Auto Align
On
Off
Allows a three-frame High-Dynamic-Range image to be captures and combined. This function is only available when the camera is set to JPEG shooting.
Multi-exposure  • Start Multi-exposure
 • Number of shots
Off
2 - 9 times
 • Auto EV Adjust
Off
On
Combines up to 9 separate exposures to create a single image. Auto EV adjust corrects the exposure back to the brightness of a single exposure.
Interval shooting  • Off/On 
 • Interval hh/mm/ss
 • Number of shots 2-99
 • Start trigger
Now
Set Time
hh/mm
Allows up to 99 shots to be fired at pre-chosen intervals starting either when you press the shutter button or at a pre-determined time.
Composition Adjustment  • Start adjustment
 • Recall previous position
Off
On
Use four-way controller to adjust the composition
D-Range Setting  • Highlight correction
Off
On

 • Shadow correction
Off/Low/Med/High
 
ISO Auto Setting  • Adjust ISO min and max
 • Auto ISO parameters
Slow
Standard
Fast
 
High-ISO NR  • Auto
 • Off
 • Low
 • Medium
 • High
 • Custom
 
Slow Shutter Speed NR  • Auto
 • On
 • Off
 
Program Line  • Auto
 • Normal
 • Action
 • Maximize Depth-of-Field
 • Minimize Depth-of-Field
 • MTF
 
Color Space  • sRGB
 • Adobe RGB
RAW File Format  • PEF
 • DNG
 
Movie  • Recorded Pixels
Full HD/25fps
HD/30fps
HD/25fps
VGA/30fps
VGA/25fps
 • Quality level



 • Sound
Yes/No
 • Cross Processing
Off
Preset 1-3
Random
Favorite 1-3
 • Digital Filter
Off
Toy Camera
Retro
High Contrast
Extract Color
Color
 • Movie Aperture Control
Fixed/Auto
 • Shake Reduction
Yes/No
Full HD = 1920x1080
HD = 1280x720
VGA = 640x480
Live View  • Autofocus Mode
Phase Detect
Contrast Detect
Phase difference AF
 • Show Grid
Off
Type 1
Type 2
Type 3
 • Info Overlay
Yes/No

 • Histogram
Yes/No

 • Bright/Dark Area
Yes/No
 
Electronic Level Disp. • Yes/No  
Automatic Horizon Correction  • On
 • Off
 
Shake reduction  • On
 • Off
 
Input Focal Length Choose a focal length between 8 and 800mm. Default setting is 35mm. If you use an old lens that that does not report its focal lens to the camera you can set it here. This information is used to optimize the performance of the Shake Reduction.
GPS

 • Electronic Compass
 • Simple Navigation
 • Astrotracer (bulb)
 • Calibration
 • Positioning interval
1 min.
3 min.
5 min.
10 min.

 • Auto Time Synch
On
Off

 
Instant Review  • Display Time
1 sec
3 sec
5 sec
Off
 • Histogram
Yes/No
 • Bright/Dark Area
Yes/No
 • Enlarge Instant Review
Yes/No
 
Digital Preview  • Histogram
Yes/No
 • Bright/Dark Area
Yes/No
 • Enlarge Instant Review
Yes/No
 
E-Dial Programming Move mouse here to see screen Defines the function of the front and rear dials in the different shooting modes
Button Customization  • RAW/FX Button
One Push Raw
Exposure Bracketing
Digital Preview
Electronic Level
Composition Adjust
 • AF Button
Enable AF
Cancel AF
 • Preview Dial
Optical Preview
Digital Preview
 • Shutter Button Half Press
Enable AF
Off
Off (Live View Only)
 
Memory  • Flash Mode
 • Drive Mode
 • White Balance
 • Custom Image
 • Sensitivity
 • EV compensation
 • Flash Exposure Compensation
 • Cross Processing
 • Extended Bracketing
 • HDR Capture
 • Digital Filter
 • Playback Display
 • File No.
Lets you select which settings to save when the camera is turned off.
USER  • Save Settings
User 1-5
Rename User Mode
User 1-5
 • Check Saved Settings
User 1-5
 • Reset User Mode
User 1-5

Saves current camera settings for instant recall via the USER position on the mode dial.

Playback Menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
Slide show  • Start
 • Interval
3 sec
5 sec
10 sec
30 sec
 • Screen Effect
Fade
Wipe
Stripe
Off
 • Repeat Playback
Off
On
 
Quick Zoom  • Off
 • x2
 • x4
 • x8
 • x16
 • x32
Defines the initial magnification level jumped-to when playback mode is zoomed-in and whether bright and dark areas are highlighted.
Bright/Dark area  • Off
 • On
 
Auto Image Rotation  • Off
 • On
 
Delete All  • Delete All
 • Cancel
 
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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...??

3 upvotes
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.

2 upvotes
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