Pentax K-5 II

Released November, 2012
  • 16.1 MP
  • APS-C 23.7 x 15.7 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
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by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Pentax K-5 II

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

K-5 II
9.7
EOS 70D
8.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

K-5 II
7.4
EOS 70D
9.8
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

K-5 II
8.3
EOS 70D
9.3
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

K-5 II
9.2
EOS 70D
9.5
Reviews from 1001noisycameras.com, dpreview.com, techradar.com, photographyblog.com and 1 more

9

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

K-5 II
9.0
EOS 70D
9.3

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Pentax K-5 II

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

K-5 II
1,235 ISO
Pentax K-7
536 ISO
EOS 70D
926 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

K-5 II
2,200 LPH
D7100
3,000 LPH
Pentax K-01
3,000 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

K-5 II
225 ms
Pentax K-01
803 ms
EOS 70D
75 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

K-5 II
91 ms
SLT A77 II
51 ms
D7100
54 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

K-5 II
600 ms
Pentax K-01
2,400 ms
D7100
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

K-5 II
7 fps
SLT A77 II
12 fps
D5300
5 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Pentax K-5 II


8.0
Regardless of whether you pick the K-5 II or K-5 IIS, we think you're likely to enjoy the camera and the images you make with it.

9.0
The combination of 100% viewfinder coverage and the large, high-res LCD screen make the K-5 II a joy to use in terms of image composition, and the fast 7fps continuous shooting rate and snappier AF system, especially in low light, make it quicker to use.

7.0
Apart from the usual automatic, program and manual modes, Pentax also gives you a combined shutter and aperture priority mode, where the camera only adjusts the sensitivity to maintain correct exposure.

Overall

8.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

Note that you can change the program-line from a 'standard' one to hi-speed (favors higher shutter speeds), depth-of-field (favors smaller apertures) or MTF (selects the optimum aperture for the lens used).
by DPReview (Jun, 2013)
If light and small is all you need, a selection of small prime lenses don't take up much space.
by DPReview (Jun, 2013)
The chart is shot at a full range of apertures and the sharpest image selected.
by DPReview (Jun, 2013)

Sensor

Here we look at the RAW files processed through Adobe Camera Raw (in this case version 7.4).
by DPReview (Jun, 2013)
The top of the Pentax K-5 II is simple, with a locking mode dial, metering selection dial, hot shoe, a status display, EV adjustment button, ISO button and power switch surrounding the shutter button.
by DPReview (Jun, 2013)
The Pentax K-5 II has 4 different JPEG file quality settings available, with Premium being the highest quality option, and it also supports RAW (Pentax's PEF format and Adobe DNG).
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)

Focus

It produces high image quality (although its resolution scores are a little low), boasts strong autofocus performance, high build quality and is easy to use.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
Then I set the K-5 IIS's pop-up flash to remote-control the AF540FGZ without the pop-up actually contributing to the exposure.
by DPReview (Jun, 2013)
One of the improvements expected with the new AF system was better autofocus tracking.
by DPReview (Jun, 2013)

Image quality

Colour depth and dynamic range are still superb, especially when the Dynamic Range Enlargement feature is enabled.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
It's a very cool trick, one that essentially undoes the usual star traces normally seen in night exposures.
by DPReview (Jun, 2013)
One of the strong points of the Pentax K-5 II is its sensor, which performs very well in low light.
by DPReview (Jun, 2013)

Autofocus

Internally, the K-5 II gets only a few updates, including a new air-gapless LCD and an improved autofocus system; the latter of which Pentax claims to offer a noticeable improvement in AF speed overall, and greater sensitivity in low light.
by DPReview (Jun, 2013)
With it set to 'SEL', you can easily change the active AF point with the camera to your eye, simply by using the 4-way controller.
by DPReview (Jun, 2013)
It's a great feature, but with the switch set to SEL, the five nav buttons become dedicated to moving the autofocus point, locking you out of Drive mode, White Balance, Color mode, or Flash mode menus.
by DPReview (Jun, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 16.1 MP
Resolution 4928 x 3264
Size APS-C
Area 23.7 x 15.7 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 23.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 80 ISO to 51,200 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Tested vertical resolution 2,200 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,200 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 11
Cross type focus points 9
Supports continuous Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 131 x 97 x 72.5 mm
Thickness 72.5 mm
Weight 760 g
Is weather sealed Yes

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi None
Image stabilization Sensor shift

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 25 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.92x
Viewfinder size 0.61x

performance

Max continuous shooting 7 fps
Battery life 980 photos
Continuous shooting
  1. 7 fps, JPEG, 30 shots
  2. 7 fps, RAW, 20 shots
Focus lag 225 ms
Shutter lag 91 ms
Startup delay 600 ms
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