Pentax K-5 In-depth Review
Pentax K-5 specifications
|Street price|| $1600 body only, $1750 with 18-55mm kit lens
£1200 with 18-55mm kit lens, £1300 with 18-55mm and 50-200mm, £1700 with 18-135mm
|Body build|| Magnesium/steel alloy with stainless steel sub-structure
Dust and weather resistant seals throughout
|Sensor*|| 16.3 million effective pixels*
total pixels TBC
23.4 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Primary Color Filter
3:2 aspect ratio
4-channel data read-out
|Shake Reduction|| Sensor-shift system
Max 4 Stops
|Dust removal|| Supersonic vibration
Dust removal by shaking low pass filter
Dust alert mode to help locate dust
|Image processor|| PRIME II|
|Image sizes (Still)*||• 4928 x 3264 (16.3 MP)*
• 3936 x 2592 (10.0 MP)
• 3072 x 2048 (6.0 MP)
• 1728 x 1152 (2.2 MP)
|Image formats (Still)|| JPEG (EXIF 2.21) - Premium/ Best/Better/Good
RAW (PEF or DNG) + JPEG
|Image sizes (Movie)*||• 1920 x 1080p (16:9 25fps)*
• 1280 x 720p (30/25fps)
• 640 x 480 (30/25fps)
|Image format (Movie)||• Motion JPEG (AVI)|
|Lens mount|| Pentax KAF2 bayonet mount
Pentax KAF3, KAF2, KAF or KA mount lenses
Pentax K mount lenses with restrictions
|Focusing*|| 11-point TTL Phase Difference detection sensor (SAFOX IX+)*
Center 9-points are sensitive to both horiz and vert. detail
AF working range: -1 to 18 EV (at ISO 100, F1.4 lens)
|Focus modes|| AF Single (AF-S) (with focus lock)
AF Continuous (AF-C)
AF Auto (AF-A)
|AF point selection||• Select
• Auto Area AF
|AF assist*||Built-in AF illuminator lamp|
|Metering|| TTL Open Aperture
77- segment sensor (coupled with lens and AF information)
Metering range: EV 0 - 22 EV (ISO 100, 50 mm F1.4)
|Metering modes|| Multi-segment
|AE lock|| Button
Locked for twice the meter operating time or as long as the shutter half-pressed
|AE bracketing||• 3 or 5 frames, +/- 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 (1/5 EV steps)
• 3 or 5 frames, +/- 0.3, 0.7, 1.0, 1.3, 1.7, 2.0 (1/3 EV steps)
|Other bracketing|| White balance
High/Low Key Adjustment
|Exposure compen.|| +/- 5.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps
+/- 5.0 EV in 1/2 EV steps
|| Auto (user defined range)
ISO 100 - 12800* in 1, 0.5 or 0.3EV steps
Up to ISO 51,200* as a custom function
Bulb Mode: Up to 1600
|Shutter|| Vertical-run focal-plane shutter
30 - 1/8000 sec
1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Flash X-Sync: 1/180 sec
|Aperture values|| 1/3 or 1/2 EV increments
Actual aperture range depends on lens used
Ability to use lens aperture ring
|Preview function|| Live view with magnify option
Depth-of-field Optical (lens stopped down)
Digital (shot taken without saving, previewed on LCD)
|White balance|| Auto
Fluorescent (Daylight Color, Daylight White, Pure White, Warm White)
Color temperature (3 memories) - Kelvin or Mired
|WB shift|| Blue (-7) To Amber (+7)
Magenta (-7) to Green (+7)
|Color space|| sRGB
|Custom image settings*||• Bright
• Bleach bypass
• Reversal film
|Adjustment for Saturation, Hue, High/Low Key Adjustment, Contrast, Sharpness.
Optional switch to Fine Sharpness and separate Highlight and Shadow contrast adjustment.
||Adjustment for Filter type, Toning, Contrast and Sharpness|
|Viewfinder|| Eye-level pentaprism
100% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.92x (with 50 mm F1.4 lens at infinity,-1m-1)
Dioptre adjustment: -2.5 to +1.5 dioptre
Natural Bright Matte II focusing screen
|Viewfinder info|| AF points
Focus confirmation dot
Remaining shots/ISO sensitivity (custom function)
Metering / EV bar
|Flash|| Manual release pop-up
P-TTL with serial control
Guide number approx 13 (ISO 100)
FOV coverage up to 28 mm
Flash sync speed: 1/180 sec
Flash compensation -2.0 to +1.0 EV in 1/2 EV increments
ISO range: ISO 100 to 12800
Modes: Auto,manual (on/off), red eye reduction, slow-speed sync, rear curtain sync, high speed sync and wireless sync with PENTAX dedicated external flash
|External flash|| Hot shoe with X-contact
Designed for Pentax dedicated flashes
|Shooting modes|| Auto (Green mode)
Program AE (P)
Sensitivity priority (Sv)
Shutter priority (Tv)
Aperture priority (Av)
Shutter & Aperture priority (TAv)
Metered Manual (M)
Flash X-Sync (X)
|Drive modes*|| Single
Continuous Hi: 7 fps, up to 40 Best JPEG frames, 15 images RAW*
Continuous Lo: 3.3 fps, JPEG until card is full, 17 images RAW*
Self-timer: 2 or 12 sec
Remote control: immediate, 3 sec delay
Remote Continuous Shooting
Exposure Bracketing + Self-Timer
Mirror Lock-Up + Remote Control
|LCD monitor|| 3.0 " TFT LCD
Brightness level adjustment
Color adjustable, 15 steps G-M, 15 steps A-B
|Live view|| TTL using imaging sensor
2x,4x,6x in AF mode or 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x, 10x in MF mode
|Instant review|| Off, 1 sec, 3 sec, 5 sec
|Other features|| Multiple exposure (2 to 9 images, with Auto EV adjust)
Status LCD illumination
DRE (dynamic range enlargement)*
Automatic distortion/chromatic aberration correction*
Automatic leveling, Composition adjustment (vertical and horizontal range:±1.5mm)
RAW/Flex button (One push RAW+, Exposure bracketing, Digital preview, Composition adjustment, Electronic level display)*
|Playback rotation|| On
|Playback features|| Single image, no overlay
Single image, basic overlay
Single image with histogram (brightness or RGB)
Single image with detailed shooting info and histogram
4 / 9 / 16 image index
Image magnification up to 32x
Optional blinking low-/ high-lights
2 image compare mode
|Playback retouching|| RAW to JPEG (with parameters)
Filters: B&W, Sepia, Color, Soft, HDR. Slim, Brightness, Toy Camera*, Retro*, High contrast*, Extract color*, Soft*, Starburst*, Fish-eye*, Custom*
|Custom functions*||40 functions*|
|Menu languages|| English
|Battery grip||Optional D-BG4|
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
|Storage||• Secure Digital (SD) / Secure Digital HC (SDHC)|
|Power|| Lithium-Ion D-LI90 rechargeable battery (supplied & charger)
Optional AC adapter
|Dimensions||131 x 97 x 73 mm (5.1 x 3.8 x 2.9 in)|
|Weight||• No battery: 670 g (1.4 lb)
• With battery: 750 g (1.6 lb)
* denotes a change in specification over the Pentax K-7
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