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Date Adjust  • Format
Date format
Time format
 • Date
 • Time
World Time  • Set
 • Set destination time
 • Set hometown time
Selects home and a visited destination time zone from a selection of 51 cities.
Text Size  • Standard
 • Large
Beep  • Volume
 • On
Remote Control
Mirror Up
One Push File Format
Press OK for 1 sec
Defines when the camera's beep noise occurs
Guide Display  • Off
 • 3 sec
 • 10 sec
 • 30 sec
Controls the display of shooting mode and settings when the mode dial is turned
Status Screen  • Enable

 • Auto Screen Rotation

 • Display Color
Brightness Level -7 to +7  
LCD Color Tuning  • Blue to Amber (15 steps)
 • Magenta to Green (15 Steps)
Video Output  • NTSC
 • PAL
HDMI Output  • Auto
 • 1080i
 • 720p
 • 480p
USB Connection  • MSC
 • PTP
Folder Name  • Date
Create New Folder  • Create new folder
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File Name  • Change
 • Reset
Copyright information  • Embed Copyright Data
 • Photographer
 • Copyright Holder
Auto Power Off  • 1 min
 • 3 min
 • 5 min
 • 10 min
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 • Off
Select Battery  • Select battery
Auto Select
Body First
Grip First
Reset  • Reset
 • Cancel
Return to default settings
Pixel Mapping  • Ok
 • Cancel
Dust Alert   Helps create an image that reveals dust locations (follow instructions in the manual)
Dust Removal  • Dust Removal
 • Start-up action
Manually perform the dust removal process or engage it to occur at start-up
Sensor cleaning  • Mirror Up
 • Cancel
Locks the mirror in the up position to allow manual sensor cleaning
Format  • Format
 • Cancel
Format the SD card

Custom Function menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
1. EV Steps 1: 1/2 EV
2: 1/3 EV
2. Sensitivity Steps 1: 1 EV Steps
2: As EV Steps
3. Expanded Sensitivity 1: Off
2: On
Allows the use of ISO 80 to 51200
4. Meter Operating Time 1: 10 sec
2: 3 sec
3: 30 sec
Exposure metering timer on time
5. AE-L with AF locked 1: Off
2: On
AF-AE Lock on
6. Link AE to AF point 1: Off
2: On
When set to On the camera links AE to the AF point
7. Auto EV Compensation 1: Off
2: On
8. Auto Bracketing Order 1: 0 - +
2: - 0 +
3: + 0 -
4: 0 + -
9. One-Push Bracketing 1: Off
2: On
When 'on,' a single shutter press takes all bracketed shots
10. WB Adjustable Range 1: Auto Adjustment
2: Fixed
11. WB when using Flash 1: Auto White Balance
2: Unchanged
3: Flash
12. AWB in Tungsten Light 1: Subtle correction
2: Strong correction
13. Color temp. steps 1: Kelvin
2: Mired
Adjust color temperature by temperature or Mired (filter) steps. (K value always shown)
14. Superimpose AF area 1: On
2: Off
Show AF points in VF
15. AF.S Setting 1: Focus-priority
2: Release priority
16. AF.C Setting 1: Focus-priority
2: FPS-priority
17. AF Assist Light 1: On
2: Off
18. AF with remote control 1: Off
2: On
Enable or disable AF during remote trigger
19. Remote control in bulb 1: Mode 1
2: Mode 2
20. Shutter release while charging flash 1: Off
2: On
Is the shutter locked while waiting for the flash to charge?
21. Flash in Wireless Mode 1: On
2: Off
Defines whether the built-in flash adds to the flash output in wireless mode
22. LCD panel Illumination 1: High
2: Low
3: Off
23. Saving Rotation Info  1: On
 2: Off
Is orientation data written in JPEG metadata?
24. Save Menu Location Reset Menu Location
Save Menu Location
25. Catch-in focus  1: On
 2: Off
Shutter releases when subject passes pre-set focus distance (AF.S mode/lenses with MF modes only)
26. AF Fine Adjustment  1: Off
 2: On
Apply All
-10 to +10
Apply One
-10 to +10
Applies a correction to the default AF. The same correction can either be applied to all lenses or on a lens-by-lens basis to up to 20 lenses.
27. Using aperture ring  1: Prohibited
 2: Permitted
Reset Custom Function  • Reset
 • Cancel
Reset all custom functions to 1 (default)
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Total comments: 22
ranferi rodriguez

I love my K5IIs.

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.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting

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.


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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?

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

Comment edited 47 seconds after posting

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.....


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.


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.


a little late, I know, but just out of curiosity, what did you do ? Fall into water or just heavy rain or...?


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.

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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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...??

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?


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.


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


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!


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


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

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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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.

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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

Total comments: 22