Pentax K-5 II Features

The Pentax K-5 II can take photos in ANY kind of light, thanks to its stabilization, new autofocus and massive ISO range.

Pentax K-5 II
Release Date: October 2012
Price Without Lens: $1,170 USD
Available at:
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The follow-up to Pentax's high-end K-5 (released in Oct. 2010) is the Pentax K-5 II.

Like its predecessor, the Pentax K-5 II features a huge ISO range from a low of 80 to a high of 51200, a top speed of 7 photos per second and a Full HD movie mode.

The Pentax K-5 II also features built-in image stabilization which helps to reduce blurry photos caused by camera shake. This image stabilization works with any lens you attach to the camera.

The K-5 II is dustproof, water resistant and cold resistant: you can use it in sand, showers and sleet without having to worry about damaging the electronics inside.

The main new feature of the K-5 II is it's redesigned autofocus system that is designed to quickly lock onto subjects, even in very dim available light.

An alternative version of the camera - the K-5 IIs - will also be available for professionals. This camera eliminates a filter that can reduce image quality when used in a controlled environment like a photo studio.

Pentax K-5 II Features

Megapixels16.3
StabilizationBuilt In
Memory CardSD / SDHC / SDXC
Max. Shutter Speed1/8000
Max. Photo Capture7 per second
ISO Range80 to 51200
Movie ModesMotion JPEG
1960x1080p
1280x720
640 x 480
LCDFixed 3in (921,000 dots)
ViewfinderPentaprism (100% coverage)
Autofocus11 point
Face Detect AFYes
Sensor Dimensions23.6 x 15.8 (1.5x crop factor)
HDMI PortYes
Live ViewYes
Built-in FlashYes (Sync: 1/180)
Compatible LensesAll Pentax K Mount
BatteryD-LI90P LiIon
Dimensions5.2 x 3.8 x 2.9in
132 x 96.5 x 74mm
Weight26.1oz (740g)

Features Explained

If you're looking for a DSLR that is rugged then the Pentax K-5 II should definitely be on your list of cameras to consider.

Very few digital SLRs have significant amounts of weather-proofing which means that they can be damaged when used in extreme conditions.

You can use the K-5 II in a torrential downpour without batting an eye — you can also use it in very cold temperatures, making it a good choice for winter landscape photographers.

The huge ISO range and the built-in image stabilization are great tools for photographers who want to take pictures in available light without lugging around a tripod.

Both of these features help to prevent blurry photos due to either the motion of the camera or the motion of the subject.

  • Having a lot of ISO to work with helps when you need to increase your shutter speed in dim available light to freeze the motion of your subject.
  • The stabilization helps to prevent camera motion blur, and is most useful when you are snapping non-moving subjets using slow shutter speeds.

In addition to its core functionality, the Pentax K-5 II also includes some "bonus" features that you can leverage for specific photographic situations:

  • Electronic Level — most useful for landscape photographers who want to keep their horizon lines flat
  • Dust Removal II — shakes dust off the camera's sensor so you don't see dust flecks in your photos
  • Dynamic Range Expansion — ensures that details are preserved in high-contrast scenes in both the bright areas (highlights) and the shadows
  • RAW Data Retrieve — lets you save a RAW file (a digital negative) of your last photo even if you shot it only as a JPG
  • Dedicated RAW Button — lets you quickly switch between capturing photos as JPG files and capturing them as RAW

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