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Body Elements

On the top right of the K-5's rear is the rear control dial, and just to its right the AE-L button. Beneath the rear control dial is a green button which serves two purposes - to instantly set aperture and shutter speed for the correct metered exposure in manual mode, or to return to regular program mode from Hyper-Program mode (see the operation and controls section of this test for more information).
Just beneath the green button is the K-5's AF pattern selection switch. We really like physical switches for AF, and fortunately the K-5's AF switch is stiff enough not to be jogged accidentally. Here, you can select from automatic AF point selection, manual AF point selection, and fixed centre AF point.

The 'AF' button in its centre can be used to initiate autofocusing, as an alternative to half-pressing the shutter.
Beneath the AF switch is a cluster of buttons which provide access to key shooting parameters - self-timer, white balance, flash and color/contrast/sharpening settings.

'LV' stands for live view. Sadly, there is no shortcut from live view shooting to video shooting - you have to rotate the exposure mode dial.
Another AF mode switch, this one for continuous, single-servo (AF-S) or manual mode, is positioned on the lower left-hand side of the K-5's lens mount.
The RAW / Fx (which stands for 'Flex') button sits above the AF switch, and can be assigned to one of five possible functions - one push file format, exposure bracketing, digital preview, electronic level, or composition adjust.

Composition adjust uses the X-Y axis movement of the sensor (used for shake reduction) to allow very precise fine-tuning of framing.
Above the RAW/Fx button is the flash button, which activates the inbuilt pop-up flash unit, and beneath it the PC flash sync socket, concealed by a screw-in cap.
A single SD card bay is concealed underneath a slide-to-lock door on the right-hand side of the K-5, within the grip.
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Brilliant camera with stunning noise control, this is my own test of every ISO level:


When compared in RAW with the k-5II and the k-5IIs, the k-5 is clearly back-focusing. Compare the three cameras and center on the queen of hearts and look at the wall behind it. And also compare the left top checker test pattern in the test scene.

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What I find so disingenuous (and irritating) about these otherwise wonderful reviews is dpr's clear bias toward Canon and Nikon. The exact same specs can be found on a Pentax, but what we'll get is a measured, sometimes even tepid nod, while with the Canon/Nikon, there will be an enthusiastic thumbs up for the same feature. The Pentax line (as the most obvious example) is held to a different standard, it seems.

Take the Pentax K5 review, for example, which is called a "serious amateur's" camera and yet is compared to its "direct competition," the Canon 7D and Nikon D300s, cameras that are for "keen enthusiasts, professionals and aspiring-professionals..." and "semi-pros" respectively. Apparently Pentax "serious amateurs" are equal to Canon and Nikon "pros and semi-pros." We always knew that, of course, but still... try to be a little more objective in your reviews and a little less biased, one way or the other.


S0 true, and so aggrevating.. Always has been, though!!

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Dear sir,

How is it possible that the Pentax K 5 has a higher resolution than the Pentax K5 II/IIS?

Brant van der Goot

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