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
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

K-5 II
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

K-5 II
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

K-5 II
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Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

K-5 II

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
K-3 II
1,106 ISO
Pentax K-50
1,120 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

K-5 II
2,200 LPH
Pentax K-30
3,000 LPH
2,800 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

K-5 II
225 ms
Pentax K-5
104 ms
Pentax K-3
138 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

K-5 II
91 ms
80 ms
Pentax K-30
98 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

K-5 II
600 ms
Pentax K-30
1,100 ms
Pentax K-3
900 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

K-5 II
7 fps
5 fps
5 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

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

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.

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.

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.


8.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


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)


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)


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)


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


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
  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


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


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


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


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


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


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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