The Pentax K-5 II can take photos in ANY kind of light, thanks to its stabilization, new autofocus and massive ISO range.
|Release Date: October 2012|
|Price Without Lens: $1,170 USD|
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.
|Memory Card||SD / SDHC / SDXC|
|Max. Shutter Speed||1/8000|
|Max. Photo Capture||7 per second|
|ISO Range||80 to 51200|
|Movie Modes||Motion JPEG|
640 x 480
|LCD||Fixed 3in (921,000 dots)|
|Viewfinder||Pentaprism (100% coverage)|
|Face Detect AF||Yes|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.6 x 15.8 (1.5x crop factor)|
|Built-in Flash||Yes (Sync: 1/180)|
|Compatible Lenses||All Pentax K Mount|
|Dimensions||5.2 x 3.8 x 2.9in|
132 x 96.5 x 74mm
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.
In addition to its core functionality, the Pentax K-5 II also includes some "bonus" features that you can leverage for specific photographic situations: