Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of K-5 IIs vs 1Ds Mark II

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from 1001noisycameras.com, photographyblog.com, imaging-resource.com and 1 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of K-5 IIs vs EOS 1Ds Mark II

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

K-5 IIs
1,208 ISO
EOS 1Ds Mark II
1,480 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

K-5 IIs
7 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

K-5 IIs
980 photos
EOS 1Ds Mark II
1,200 photos

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

K-5 IIs
23.9 bits
EOS 1Ds Mark II
23.3 bits

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

K-5 IIs
14.1 ev
EOS 1Ds Mark II
11.3 ev

Features Key features of the K-5 IIs  vs EOS 1Ds Mark II 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

K-5 IIs
16.1 MP
EOS 1Ds Mark II
16.6 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

K-5 IIs
51,200 ISO
EOS 1Ds Mark II
3,200 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

K-5 IIs
23.1 microns
EOS 1Ds Mark II
52.0 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

K-5 IIs  vs
EOS 1Ds Mark II 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 16.1 MP 16.6 MP
Resolution 4928 x 3264 4992 x 3328
Size APS-C Full frame
Area 23.7 x 15.7 mm 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.0x
Pixel size 23.1 microns 52.0 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 80 ISO to 51,200 ISO 50 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG

focus system

Type Phase detection Contrast detection
Focus points 11 45
Cross type focus points 9 7
Supports continuous Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 131 x 97 x 72.5 mm 156 x 158 x 80 mm
Thickness 72.5 mm 80 mm
Weight 760 g 1,500 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Includes a GPS Yes No
Image stabilization
Sensor shift

video

K-5 IIs  vs
EOS 1Ds Mark II 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 25 fps None
Shoots video in 24p No N/A
Shoots high speed video No N/A
External mic jack 3.5mm N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 2"
Resolution 921 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 0.92x 0.7x
Viewfinder size 0.61x 0.7x

performance

Max continuous shooting 7 fps 4 fps
Battery life 980 1,200
Continuous shooting
7 fps
4 fps
Pentax K-5 IIs
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