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Pentax K-5 II Digital Camera

SLR 16.3MP CMOS Oct 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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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34 Reasons For

Excellent User Reviews

This SLR digital camera has a superb average user rating based on 24 user reviews. This means that owners think this Pentax digital camera is one of the better digital cameras of a comparable age and type.

Good Quality Lens

Five customers who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Four years ago Charliej said on Amazon “Is far superior at high sensitivities as well as having more responsive autofocus” in their review of this digital camera. Del 58 wrote on Amazon “The new autofocus system gives much better results in all lighting conditions although it can take a little practice to get used to it” in their review. Del 58 also wrote “The only other downsides I can think of are the focus select button, which is has a lot of resistance”.

Two customers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good lens. Bengan gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars and said on Amazon “I substituted the usual kit-lens for a Sigma 17-70 HSM which is grate lens” in their Pentax K-5 II review. Sweets said in their review of this digital camera “The 40mm lens is also awesome, great for portraits” .

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Good Quality Pictures

A number of customers who bought it reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Alex said in his review on Amazon “I love the pictures it makes” and rated the product 5 stars. Del 58 mentioned in their review on Amazon “Video looks great through an HD TV and still pictures are rich, full” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Mr. P. Fitz-Harris said on Amazon “It's superbly built, easy to use and takes good pictures” and rated this digital camera as very good.

Several customers said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. Del 58 rated this digital camera as very good and mentioned “The K5 II is capable of shooting video in full 1080p or 720p, with the abilty to switch frame speed betwen 25-30 fps in 720p mode” in their review of this digital camera. Del 58 also wrote “Offers a far better resolution, making it easier to read, especially in bright light”.

Two Pentax K-5 II owners thought the Pentax K-5 II was good in low light. P. Srinivasan gave it an excellent review and mentioned in their Pentax K-5 II review on Amazon “Low-light AF is superb”. Sweets mentioned on Amazon five years ago “I've taken some great indoor low light shots”.

One person thought this digital camera had a good ISO range. One person who reviewed it wrote that it had a good image sensor. Roy Mcculloch said in his review of this digital camera “Even using my old lenses, at the quality of this sensor, amazed me” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

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Easy to Use

Some Pentax K-5 II owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was easy to use. Bengan rated it 5 stars and mentioned in their review on Amazon “Wheels are perfectly located and realy intuitive to use”. Three years ago Chrisoko said in their review on Amazon “The camera has proved a joy to use”. Jimbo mentioned in their review of this digital camera “I cannot think of a better camera to use to help me on my journey” .

A few people who reviewed the Pentax K-5 II reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Charliej mentioned in their Pentax K-5 II review on Amazon “The K-5 II feels familiar and comfortable to use”. Mr Peter Wilson rated it 5 stars and he said three years ago “At the moment I feel more comfortable with a bit more control” in his review of the Pentax K-5 II.

Some Pentax K-5 II reviewers who purchased the product concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Mike mentioned three years ago “The controls are there for you to use from switches or an intelligently designed fast menu” in his review of the Pentax K-5 II.

One person reckoned that the product was easy to setup.

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Robust

Several Pentax K-5 II reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the product was well made. Four years ago Colin Mustoe rated it as excellent and he said on Amazon “Well laid out, intuitive controls and feels solid”. L. W. Newton wrote “Pentax have retained the built in level function of this camera, I find this function extremely useful when taking landscape photos” in their review of the Pentax K-5 II and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Mr Peter Wilson mentioned on Amazon “The only thing that lets it down a little is the built in flash” in his review of this digital camera.

One person who bought it considered that it was strong and durable. One person who bought the product reckoned that it was sealed. Sandyjohnston mentioned “All the features of a digital SLR, fully sealed and best of all weatherproof” and rated the product 5 stars.

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Good Product Quality

Several people who reviewed it thought it was good quality. Chrisoko mentioned in their review on Amazon “Picture quality is superb”. Del 58 mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “On the whole, picture quality is very good indeed, although I wouldn't say it was leagues ahead of the K5”. Gcw mentioned on Amazon “The reliability of the cameras makes them worth considering and the build quality is great” in their Pentax K-5 II review and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

Excellent Brand

Based on 1,235 user and expert reviews, Pentax has excellent ratings for its digital cameras. Pentax also has excellent ratings specifically within its SLR cameras range.

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Nice Design

A number of people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was ergonomic. Three years ago Chrisoko wrote “Ergonomically and technically” in their review. One person who purchased the product considered that it was a good design. Chrisoko mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-5 II three years ago “A truly magical development of photographic design”.

One Pentax K-5 II owner mentioned in their reviews that the Pentax K-5 II was good looking.

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Good Video Capture

A number of people wrote in their reviews that the Pentax K-5 II was good for video recording. L. W. Newton said “This DSLR will also take full HD movies.” and gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars. Three years ago Roy Mcculloch wrote “The videos are brilliant too”.

Good Support

Some Pentax K-5 II owners reckoned that it had good technical guidance. L. W. Newton mentioned “The K-5 MkII also comes with a very good instruction manual, which will guide you through set-up” . Three years ago Mike wrote on Amazon “Bracketing and manual compensation is simple to set up without resorting to menus” in his review of this digital camera. Sweets gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars and mentioned “It comes with a handy book manual, so will be spending the next few days going through it” in their review of the Pentax K-5 II.

Good Flash

A few Pentax K-5 II reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good flash. Mr Peter Wilson mentioned three years ago “This is probably great as an in-fill flash outdoors”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Pentax K-5 II reviewer who reviewed the product thought it had a good screen. Charliej mentioned on Amazon “The only thing stopping me from giving it 5 stars is the lack of a swivel screen” in their review.

One Pentax K-5 II reviewer who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good viewfinder. L. W. Newton mentioned on Amazon “The viewfinder is bright and clear with all the right information within it, ISO, F Stop, shutter speeds ETC” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Battery Life

Two Pentax K-5 II owners said in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Alex mentioned on Amazon “It's quick to change settingsExcellent battery life”. Mr Peter Wilson scored this digital camera 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon “Image quality is great and battery life pretty amazing” in his review of this digital camera.

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer who purchased the Pentax K-5 II considered that it was quiet. Alex mentioned “Quite silent, so it does not distract children, or scares animals” in his review of this digital camera.

One Pentax K-5 II reviewer who reviewed the Pentax K-5 II mentioned that it was noisy. P. Srinivasan scored the product very highly and said in their review of the Pentax K-5 II “High ISO is great, however shadow noise is noticable at ISO 12800+, I can pull off clean shots at 10k ISO with all that lovely aa-less image quality left”.

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Good Size

One Pentax K-5 II reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product was lightweight. Del 58 gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote in their review of the Pentax K-5 II on Amazon “Lightweight and with superb stainless steel”. One Pentax K-5 II reviewer said in their reviews that this digital camera was a good body shape. Gcw wrote “You can be confident that the camera body will work under most conditions”.

One Pentax K-5 II owner said in their reviews that it was a good weight. P. Srinivasan gave the product a rating of 5 stars and mentioned “Also feels rugged and has some weight to it” in their Pentax K-5 II review.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Unlike most of the other SLR cameras that have been around for more than two years which do not support Full HD video, the Pentax K-5 II supports Full HD video.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus OM-D E-M1[plb_2009986_price], the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price], or the Canon EOS 60D[plb_1503709_price].

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Pentax K-5 II supports video capability, as do most of the other SLR cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the K-5 II.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras which support video capability currently available including because of it's better review score, the EOS 6D[pl_1609271_price], or the EOS 60D[pl_1503709_price] both from Canon or the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other SLR cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Pentax K-5 II has a built-in flash.

Alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the EOS 6D[pl_1609271_price], or the EOS 60D[pl_1503709_price] both from Canon or the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price].

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many SLR cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this Pentax camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the EOS 60D[pl_1503709_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the EOS 6D[pl_1609271_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) both from Canon or the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on digital cameras of this spec and age.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the EOS 60D[pl_1503709_price], or the EOS 6D[pl_1609271_price] both from Canon or the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price].

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is the most frequently found camera shutter type on cameras of this age and spec.

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Quite High ISO Sensitivity (max)

With an ISO sensitivity (max) of 51,200, the Pentax K-5 II has a quite high ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the K-5 II. Across all the SLR cameras that came out around the same time as the K-5 II the ISO sensitivity (max)s range from 1,600 to 210,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 20,000.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the Pentax K-5 II is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most frequently supported image formats supported is JPG, but this image formats supported is not supported by this camera. The image formats supporteds JPEG XR and RAW are also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

The average maximum aperture number of SLR cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the K-5 II is 19, and the maximum aperture numbers range from 3.5 to 38. At 38, the Pentax K-5 II has a fairly small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the K-5 II.

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4928 X 3264 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Pentax K-5 II has a 4928 x 3264 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most SLR cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Most SLR cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). This digital camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 1728 x 1152 and 3072 x 2048 and 3936 x 2624. Across all digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the K-5 II the best still image resolution is 6000 x 4000 and the worst is 480 x 480.

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± 5EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many cameras of this age and spec.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many SLR cameras that were launched more than two years ago. 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.

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Has a Mini HDMI Connector Type

The Pentax K-5 II has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most SLR cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera has a Mini HDMI connector type, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector type found on SLR cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the Pentax K-5 II is more than most digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The most frequently found light exposure modes is Auto, but this light exposure modes is not found on this camera. The light exposure modess Aperture priority AE, Manual and Shutter priority AE are also found on this Pentax camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type.

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Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Pentax K-5 II is more than most cameras that were released more than two years ago. This digital camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on SLR cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the K-5 II. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Continuous Auto Focus" and "Multi Point Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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TFT Display

The Pentax K-5 II has a better display than most cameras of this age and type. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as 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 digital cameras of this type and age.

An LCD display is the worst display amongst similar types of camera.

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Supports Two Power Source Types

The number of power sources supported by the Pentax K-5 II is more than most cameras that were released more than two years ago. This digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by cameras that have been around for more than two years. The power source type "AC" is also supported by this camera.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

The ISO sensitivity (min)s of digital cameras of a similar age and type to the K-5 II range from 50 to 200. With an ISO sensitivity (min) of only 80, the Pentax K-5 II has one of the smaller ISO sensitivity (min)s amongst SLR cameras of this age.

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11 Reasons Against

Inferior Technical Features

One customer who purchased the Pentax K-5 II reckoned that it did not have good features. Mike said in his review of the Pentax K-5 II on Amazon “The menu tree is also familiar with a few extra features here and there”.

Not 3D

The Pentax K-5 II is not 3D. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the K-5 II are also not 3D.

If you want a camera that is 3D then you might also want to consider the Olympus OM-D E-M1[plb_2009986_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Pentax K-5 II does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other SLR cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) which you might also want to look at including the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other cameras of this spec and age, the Pentax K-5 II does not support wi-Fi.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a wi-Fi and we think the Olympus OM-D E-M1[plb_2009986_price], or the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the K-5 II are not waterproof. The Pentax K-5 II is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax K-5 II does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The Pentax K-5 II has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on SLR cameras that have been available for more than two years. The flash modess "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Pentax K-5 II is more than most SLR cameras that were released 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 cameras of this type and age. The camera file systems "Exif 2.21" and "RAW" are also supported by this Pentax digital camera.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Digital cameras of this age and type have maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 38mm and 320mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 120mm. The Pentax K-5 II has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 82.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the K-5 II.

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Quite Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The motion JPEG frame rates of digital cameras of this type and age range from 3fps to 60fps. The Pentax K-5 II has one of the lower motion JPEG frame rates (only 25 frames per second) amongst SLR cameras of this age.

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Only Supports Two ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Pentax K-5 II is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 100, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivitys 80 and 51200 are also supported by this digital camera.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Pentax K-5 II

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Pentax released the K-5 II.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Pentax K-5 II has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-5 II.

Alternative 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to look at include the EOS 60D[pl_1503709_price], or the EOS 6D[pl_1609271_price] both from Canon or the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price] which has better reviews.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 680 grams, the Pentax K-5 II has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the K-5 II.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 16.3 megapixels, the Pentax K-5 II has a relatively average megapixel compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the K-5 II.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the EOS 60D[pl_1503709_price] (18MP), or the EOS 6D[pl_1609271_price] (20.2MP) both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Lens Mount Interface
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Compensation
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Second Display
Viewfinder
Magnification
Ports & Interfaces
AV Output
DC-In Jack
USB Connector Type
Connection to PC
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Dioptre Correction
Camera File System
Live View
Brightness Adjustment
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
System Requirements
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Mac Compatibility
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Face Detection
Compatible Operating Systems
Camera Shutter Speed
Digital SLR

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…

Solid build
Ease of use
Decent sensor
Incamera Shake Reduction system
Image quality
Not that different from 5
Metering prone to overexpose
Some fiddly controls
Resolution scores unimpressive
Some softening towards corners with 18135mm kit lens

User Reviews

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Reviewed 19 November 2013 by Dan m.

I simply can't tell you how nice this camera is. As a previous unhappy owner of the Canon T3i I can tell you that from day one the K-5ll has surprised me with everything it does vastly better than... Read more…

Awesome image quality, incredible low light focusing ability, incredible low light high ISO ability, solid as a rock build quality, 8 second continuous shooting, two scroll wheels for quick and easy a
Image quality, low light focus, high ISO image quality, value, quiet shutter release, penta prism viewfinder, 7 shotssec continuous, in camera lens correction, compatible with inexpensive older lenses
Not many places to physically see the camera
Nothing
Reviewed 12 May 2015 by Alex
(Verified Purchase)

You can find long and detailed reviews, so I keep it short.
I love the pictures it makes, it's good for bigger size prints.
Once used to it, it's quick to change settings
Excellent... Read more…

Reviewed 24 December 2014 by Dr. Quentin Spender "Quentin Spender"
(Verified Purchase)

More than a cut above my last canmera, a Nikon D80. It allows me to pretend I am a professional photgrapher, even though I am just a mediocre amateur.

Reviewed 11 December 2014 by Georgeb Berry
(Verified Purchase)

Great camera and i am still getting to know it.

Reviewed 14 November 2014 by Mr. Ac Smart "jif"

The 5 stars I have given to my K5, not the K5iis. The reviews here are for the K5ii not the K5iis, which has an analysing filter removed. I would like to see a performance review of the 's'.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers K-5 II lens kit DA 18-135WR, pentaxk5iislrcamera18135mmwrblack16mp30lcdfhd
Barcodes 00027075206496, 00027075220379, 00027075220485, 00027075220591, 00027075220607, 00270752064968, 00270752204852, 00270752205910, 04549212220401

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