Pentax K-5 IIs

Released November, 2012
  • 16.1 MP
  • APS-C 23.7 x 15.7 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
The K-5 IIs' image quality is outstanding, producing noise-free images all the way from from ISO 80-800.
by Photography Blog (Apr, 2013)
9.5 Out of 10

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

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

K-5 IIs
Pentax K-3
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

K-5 IIs
cross type focus points and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

K-5 IIs
Pentax K-3
continuous shooting


What do the experts think?

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Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Pentax K-5 IIs

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

K-5 IIs
1,208 ISO
696 ISO
Pentax K-S1
1,061 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

K-5 IIs
2,100 LPH
3,000 LPH
Pentax K-S1
3,000 LPH

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

K-5 IIs
7 fps
Pentax K-S1
5.4 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

K-5 IIs
980 photos
Fujifilm X-E2
350 photos
Pentax K-70
410 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

K-5 IIs
23.9 bits
21.8 bits
EOS 7D Mark II
22.4 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

K-5 IIs
14.1 ev
11.4 ev
EOS 7D Mark II
11.8 ev

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

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

The K-5 IIs's LCD screen has a very high resolution of 920K dots, wide viewing angle and it's gapless design helps it to remains visible outdoors in all but the brightest of conditions, making it one of the best LCD screens that we've seen on a DSLR.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


As with the Pentax Q, I never got around to reviewing the Pentax K-5; but the latter I regret a lot more.
by c|net (Sep, 2012)
In addition to the camera, Pentax also introduced a couple of new K-mount lenses.
by c|net (Sep, 2012)
The Pentax K-5 IIs follows conventional DSLR design in having a shooting mode dial on the top-left of the camera, which allows you to select either one of the advanced mode like Aperture-priority, Shutter-Priority and Manual, or the more point-and-shoot Auto and Program modes.
by Photography Blog (Apr, 2013)


The Pentax K-5 IIs is a new semi-professional DSLR camera, based around the same body design as the older K-5 and the same 16.3 megapixel image sensor as found in the Nikon D7000 and Sony A55 cameras, but without an anti-aliasing filter for increased resolution.
by Photography Blog (Apr, 2013)
The Pentax K-5 IIs 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 (Apr, 2013)
On one hand, ditching it means more naturally sharp images - the antialiasing process softens edges to eliminate the jaggies and moiré inherent in color-filter-array-based sensors.
by c|net (Sep, 2012)

Image quality

Although the K-5 IIs can now microalign images before combining them, allowing hand-held HDR shots to be taken, for best results it's important to always use a tripod to prevent camera shake from blurring the HDR image, and it doesn't work very well for moving subjects.
by Photography Blog (Apr, 2013)
The Pentax K-5 IIs lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography.
by Photography Blog (Apr, 2013)
So if you don't mind paying a little extra, the Pentax K-5 IIs delivers better image quality than the standard model whilst remaining good value when compared to its main rivals, firmly making it one of our favourite prosumer DSLRs.
by Photography Blog (Apr, 2013)


The other important update is a new autofocus sensor which the company claims improves focus performance at f2.8 and better focus tracking, and it specs with the lowest AF exposure sensitivity I've seen, which theoretically means better ability to focus in dim light.
by c|net (Sep, 2012)
The $799.95 DA 18-270mm f3.5-5.6 ED SDM sounds like a relatively compact option for photographers who want a single, multipurpose lens; it has a minimum focus distance of 1.6 feet.
by c|net (Sep, 2012)
It also features a Natural-Bright-Matte IIsI focusing screen to improve focusing accuracy during manual-focus operation.
by Photography Blog (Apr, 2013)


The shutter release action on the Pentax K-5 IIs is much quieter than on the K7, which had a quite loud and mechanical actio, and therefore makes the K-5 IIs a lot better suited to more close-up candid photography.
by Photography Blog (Apr, 2013)
Noise starts to become apparent at ISO 1600, with a little more noise and smearing of fine detail at the higher settings of 3200 and 6400, while the fastest speeds of 12800, 25600 are suitable for smaller prints.
by Photography Blog (Apr, 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 2,100 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,100 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


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 7 fps


Includes a GPS Yes
WiFi None
Image stabilization Sensor shift
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