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Option Values / Actions Notes
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Date Adjust  • Format
Date format
mm/dd/yy
dd/mm/yy
yy/mm/dd
Time format
12h
24h
 • Date
 • Time
 
World Time  • Set
Hometown
Destination
 • 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
In-Focus
AE-L
Self-Timer
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
Yes/No

 • Auto Screen Rotation
Yes/No

 • 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
 • PENTX
 
Create New Folder  • Create new folder
 • Cancel
 
File Name  • Change
 • Reset
 
Copyright information  • Embed Copyright Data
Off
On
 • Photographer
Input
 • Copyright Holder
Input
 
Auto Power Off  • 1 min
 • 3 min
 • 5 min
 • 10 min
 • 30 min
 • Off
 
Select Battery  • Select battery
Auto Select
Body First
Grip First
 
Reset  • Reset
 • Cancel
Return to default settings
Pixel Mapping  • Ok
 • Cancel
 
Dust Alert    
Dust Removal  • Dust Removal
 • Start-up action
Off
On
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: On
2: Off
 
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. 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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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/

0 upvotes
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.

10 upvotes
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

2 upvotes
Total comments: 4