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Menus

For the K-5 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 11
 • Auto 5
 
Lens correction  • Distortion correction
Off
On

 • Lat-Chromatic-Ad Adj.
Off
On
 
Cross Processing  • Cross Processing
Off
Preset 1-3
Random
Favorite 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
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  
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.
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: 4
ANTMANT

Brilliant camera with stunning noise control, this is my own test of every ISO level: https://www.flickr.com/photos/antmant/13507776774/

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oldnoob

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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eclat

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.

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Reeuwijk

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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