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  • 16.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor with integrated Shake Reduction
  • 1080p HD movie mode (Motion JPEG)
  • ISO from 100 to 12800; 80 to 51200 expanded
  • 14-bit digitization; improved in-camera HDR function
  • Updated 11-point TTL phase-matching autofocus (SAFOX IX+) with light wavelength sensor
  • 7 fps continuous mode
  • 3.0 inch, 921K dot LCD screen with Live View
  • SD/SDHC memory card, SDXC with firmware update
  • Magnesium alloy weather resistant body

(From company literature) The K-5 DSLR offers a true high-end prosumer design and features normally found only on the most costly of professional cameras. With exceptional reliability, user-friendly operation, and the compact, lightweight body of its predecessor, the PENTAX K-7, the new K-5 offers several important and improved features.

The pro-oriented "prosumer" features that take this latest PENTAX DSLR to the next level include:

  • High resolution 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor.

  • Fast up to 7 FPS to capture fast action shots.

  • High sensitivity 80-12800 ISO range, expandable to 51200, with improved noise performance overall.

  • Widescreen 1080p HD video at 25 FPS with sound via built-in microphone or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack.

  • Newly improved, highly responsive and accurate 11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with dedicated AF assist lamp and light wavelength sensor.

  • Focus and shutter speed priority during AF-C.

  • Native support for both PENTAX PEF and Adobe DNG 14 bit RAW files.

  • Improved in-camera HDR image capture with more blending modes and better image alignment for handheld HDR shots.

  • SDXC memory card compatibility (via firmware update).

Additional important features on the new PENTAX K-5 digital SLR include:

  • A fully weather sealed and coldproof design.

  • A large 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution.

  • Durable magnesium alloy that surrounds a rugged stainless steel chassis.

  • Highly accurate 77 segment metering system.

  • Pentaprism viewfinder with 100% field of view and 0.92X magnification.

  • PENTAX body-based Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization system that works with every PENTAX lens ever made.

  • A maximum 1/8000 second shutter speed.

  • HDMI port outputs high definition images and video (and sound).

  • A wide range of in-camera image processing and special effects filters.

  • Customizable RAW/Fx button.

  • Built-in electronic level with tilt scale display in LCD panel.

These improvements and features are a direct result of customer feedback provided to PENTAX by dedicated "prosumer" Pentaxian shooters that help refine the K-5 to deliver a wide feature set and make it a perfect all-purpose camera for field or studio use. The K-5 is an excellent choice for advanced enthusiasts looking for a compact, yet highly advanced camera without spending thousands of dollars more for a true professional system.

The PENTAX K-5 digital SLR will ship in October 2010 in two options priced as follows:

K-5 Body Kit: $1,599.95

K-5 Lens Kit w 18-55mm WR: $1,749.95

See the Pentax K5 preview at imaging-resource.com. Or post your own review below!


Keywords: Pentax SLR SD APS-C 16MP Anti-Shake


elho_cid

Registered: November 2009
Posts: 10
Pentax K-5 review by elho_cid
Review Date: 11/29/2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $1,600.00| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: great image quality, very customizable, very fast and rugger as well.
Cons: may confuse beginners, not best for video

I expected a lot from the K-5, but my expectation were exceeded. Having used K10D for several years, I was ready for higher performance camera. After trying out my friends EOS 1D and other friends D3, the old Pentax compared very poorly.
K-5 gives me performance only slightly lower than a pro camera and at almost half the weigth...
Exposure is very consistent, noise is low and I'm amazed by the unique features such as composition adjustment or possiblility to save last jpg as raw (great idea).
The camera is very silent in its operation, the quitest mirror action I ever witnessed in SLR.
The gyus who designed this camera must have been good photographers themselves. They really knew how to make the camera appeal and how to make it absolute joy to use.
Only after longer image bursts I'm sometimes waiting too long for the picture to show up, looks like the camera doesn't want to show pictures that are not yet safely written to the card. Also the flash exposure with auto ISO setting is too high with wireless flash, but that can be easily avoided.


 






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