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Pentax K-5 IIs
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Pentax K-5 IIs Digital Camera

SLR 16.3MP CMOS Sep 2012
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This new model is designed to be the successor to the PENTAX K-5 (launched in October 2010), which has been very well received for its compact but solid, functional body and high-quality image... More
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15 Reasons For

Pentax Has Excellent Camera Reviews

Pentax is one of the best camera brands according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Pentax also has excellent reviews for its SLR cameras.

Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The K-5 IIs supports video recording, as do most of the other SLR cameras that came out around the same time as the K-5 IIs.

Alternative cameras which support video recording currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35, or the Canon EOS 1000D.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Pentax K-5 IIs supports Full HD video, as do most of the other SLR cameras that were released around the same time as the K-5 IIs.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the SLT-A35, or the SLT-A37 both from Sony.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax K-5 IIs has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the K-5 IIs.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35, and the Canon EOS 450D - Rebel XSi is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Other cameras that support an SD|SDHC memory currently available which you might also want to look at include the Nikon D5000 which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to consider the Sony SLT-A35 (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Nikon D5200 ($379.95) (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on SLR cameras that came out more than two years ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35, or the Nikon D5000.

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Quite High Maximum ISO Speed

The maximum ISO speeds of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the K-5 IIs range from 1,600 to 210,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 18,000. At 51,200, the Pentax K-5 IIs has a fairly high maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the K-5 IIs.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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4928 X 3264 Still Image Resolution

The K-5 IIs has a higher still image resolution than most cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera has a 4928 x 3264 still image resolution, whereas most digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution. In addition, this Pentax camera have still image resolutions of 1728 x 1152 and 3072 x 2048 and 3936 x 2624. Across all SLR cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the K-5 IIs the still image resolution ranges from 480 x 480 to 6000 x 4000.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the K-5 IIs is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by digital cameras of this age and type. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this Pentax digital camera. This camera also supports a video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the K-5 IIs.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camera.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the K-5 IIs is more than most similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most commonly found light exposure mode is Auto, but this light exposure mode is not found on this digital camera. The light exposure modes Aperture priority AE, Manual and Shutter priority AE are also found on this camera.

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Supports Two ISO Speeds

The K-5 IIs has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of this age and type. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 100, but this ISO speed is not supported by this Pentax digital camera. The ISO speeds 80 and 51200 are also supported by this camera.

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TFT Display

The K-5 IIs has a TFT display which is better than most cameras of this age and spec. Most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

A TFT display is actually the best display across all SLR cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Across comparable types of digital camera the worst display is LCD.

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Quite Small Minimum ISO Speed

The smallest minimum ISO speed of SLR cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 50 and the biggest is 200. At only 80, the K-5 IIs has a fairly small minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to the K-5 IIs.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the K-5 IIs, the K-5 IIs does not have a GPS.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS that you might also want to consider including the Sony SLT-A65 ($961.96), or the Nikon D7100 ($56.99) which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

The K-5 IIs is not 3D compatible. Most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-5 IIs are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the SLT-A35, the SLT-A37, or the SLT-A65 ($961.96) all from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other SLR cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the K-5 IIs, the Pentax K-5 IIs does not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the D7100 ($56.99), or the D3200 ($295.00) both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The K-5 IIs is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras of this spec and age are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Pentax K-5 IIs does not have an image stabiliser.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The K-5 IIs has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This Pentax camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on SLR cameras that were released around the same time as the K-5 IIs. The flash modes "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the K-5 IIs is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by SLR cameras that are a similar age to the K-5 IIs. The camera file systems "Exif 2.21" and "RAW" are also supported by this Pentax digital camera.

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Quite Low JPEG Frame Rate

The K-5 IIs has one of the lower JPEG frame rates (only 25 frames per second) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago the JPEG frame rates range from 3fps to 60fps, and the average JPEG frame rate is 37fps.

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Quite Long Flash Sync-Speed

Across all the digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the K-5 IIs the flash sync-speeds range from 0.0031s to 3s, and the average flash sync-speed is 0.6s. At 1 second, the K-5 IIs has a fairly long flash sync-speed compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Pentax K-5 IIs

Released Over Four Years Ago

This SLR camera has been on the market for over four years.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the K-5 IIs has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen cameras and we think the Sony SLT-A35, and the Canon EOS 60D ($1,249.95) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this SLR camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Df ($429.95) (3.2"), the D4 (3.2"), or the D600 ($39.99) (3.2") all from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The Pentax K-5 IIs has a fairly standard weight (680 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

If you are not concerned about having a heavier weight then you might also want to consider the Pentax K-5 II ($709.95) (680g).

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16.3 megapixels, the K-5 IIs has a relatively typical megapixel count compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel count that might also be worth looking at include the D5200 ($379.95) (24.1MP), or the D3200 ($295.00) (24.2MP) both from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Auto Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Sync-Speed
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Second Display
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
HDMI Connector
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Other Features
Operating System
Camera Shutter Speed Range

Expert Reviews

13 December 2014

Unsere Kamera-Tests bieten zwar Orientierung bei der Auswahl der richtigen Kamera. Doch am Ende entscheidet der User selbst, welches Modell es für ihn sein soll. Welche Digicams derzeit besonders... Read more…

Improved autofocus over the 5, option of a model without an antialiasing filter
Sharper, more detailed images than from the K 5 II
Relatively modest price increase compared to the standard model
Widely available online and at Pentax retailers
And everything else we praised about the K 5 II
Continuous burst rate seemed lower than the claimed 7 frames per second, if you're used to a fullframe sensor, you won't find it here
Prone to moireacute, aliasing, and false color
Moir can be challenging to correct manually if it occurs
Unless you review your images very carefully in the field, you may not notice issues until it's too late to reshoot
Demands pricey, hig

User Reviews

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Reviewed 13 July 2014 by Timothy Y.
(Verified Purchase)

I chose a Pentax camera because I had a Pentax film SLR and they still use the same lens mounts which saved me a lot of money. Even if I did not already have the lenses, this camera would have... Read more…

Does well in low light situation
Takes great pictures
Small view finder is difficult to use when manual focusing. I think most DSLRs have this problem. Adding a focus prism helps, or focusing using the live-view mode

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Product Identifiers

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Barcodes 00027075220720, 00027075220737, 00027075220812, 00617401924080, 00617401924097, 00617529219136, 00617529219143, 00617529219150

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