Pentax K-5 IIs
The 16MP Pentax K-5 IIs DSLR is built around a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body and is bundled with the SAFOX X, autofocus sensor. This 's' version of the company's 2012 flagship model which costs $100 more, comes without an anti-aliasing filter, to offer higher resolution at the risk of more prominent moiré interference patterns.
Though they don't represent hugely significant upgrades to the original K-5, the Pentax K-5 II and its close relative the K-5 IIS still hold their own in the current SLR market, with excellent image quality from a proven 16MP CMOS sensor, solid build, and a well thought-out interface. We like the tight, simple design of the K-5 II, one that offers quick access to a rich feature-set.
|Body type||Mid-size SLR|
|Max resolution||4928 x 3264|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100 to 12800, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps (80 to 51200 Extended)|
|Lens mount||Pentax KAF2|
|Focal length mult.||1.5×|
|Max shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||760 g (1.68 lb / 26.81 oz)|
|Dimensions||131 x 97 x 73 mm (5.16 x 3.82 x 2.87″)|
Bearing all that the K-5 II does, minus an optical low-pass filter, the K-5 IIS is a specialized camera made for those who want a little more detail and know how to handle the resulting artifacts. Its weatherproof design and small, tight build make it ideal for landscape photographers, as well as anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors.
Good for: Enthusiast and landscape photographers, those interested in trying photography without a low-pass filter.
Not so good for: General-purpose photographers who are likely to encounter moiré-inducing subjects like fabric, buildings, and other man-made objects.