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Pentax K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm Digital Camera

SLR 16.3MP CMOS Oct 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Full HD Video Release Date
Eight industry awards
No AF during movie shooting
Does not have a good battery life
33 Reviews + 7 Awards
reviewed.com Editor's Choice Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended What Digital Camera Gold

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Reviews

Eight Industry Awards

Expert review sites rave about this Pentax digital camera and have given it eight awards.

Three expert review sites all said that this camera was exceptional and gave it one of their highest awards. What Digital Camera, DP Review and Onfoto.ru all gave this Pentax digital camera a "Gold" award.

This medium megapixel camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from both review sites Photoreview.com.au and Reviewed.com, both of which decided that this camera was excellent.

Two more expert review sites thought that this Pentax digital camera was good. The author at website PhotographyBlog.com conluded that they would highly recommend this Pentax camera and gave it a "Highly Recommended" award and it received a Trusted Reviews "Recommended" award.

The editor of one more expert review site wrote that this medium megapixel camera was good. This digital camera received a "Best Product" award from Kamerabild.se.

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Good Expert Reviews

Twenty experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, DP Review and Trusted Reviews have rated this camera on average 82%. This puts this medium megapixel camera in the top 12% of all the digital cameras of this spec and age when ranked by average expert review score.

Pentax Has Excellent Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 2,026 expert and user reviews (including 121 verified purchases), Pentax has excellent ratings for its cameras. Pentax also has excellent ratings specifically within its medium megapixel digital cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 97% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Ports & Interfaces

Features Connection to PC

The K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm features connection to PC, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Has an HDMI

The K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm has an HDMI, as do most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

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Support

Manual Focus Issues for Video

One owner who purchased the Pentax K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm considered that it did not have good technical guidance. T3.com said “Manual focus issues for video” but they gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.


Power

Does Not Have a Good Battery Life

One person who reviewed it considered that it did not have a good battery life. Newegg.com wrote “Short Battery Life”.


Weight & Dimensions

Weathersealed Body

Three owners who purchased the product wrote that it was a good body shape. Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned in their Pentax K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm review “In body stabilization compatible with any Pentax lens”.

Two people considered that it was compact. Pc Mag said “Compact for its class” in their review of this digital camera. Five years ago Digital Versus wrote “More compact than any other camera of its kind”. One customer thought it was good structurally.

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Heavy

With a weight of 680 grams, the K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm is very heavy compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera. Across all the cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera the weights range from 20g to 1.3kg, and the average weight is 250g.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might also want to look at the Nikon Coolpix D7000 (690g) which is also cheaper.

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Large Viewfinder

Four customers reckoned that the product had a good viewfinder. What Digital Camera said “Large viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Focusing Accuracy

Seven customers said in their reviews that the Pentax K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm had a good autofocus. Photographybay.com wrote “Good focusing accuracy”. Brisbanetimes.com.au mentioned “The ability to autofocus in dimly lit places adds to the versatility of the camera”. Layersmagazine.com said “Autofocus under extreme conditions”.

Three people who reviewed the product considered that it had a good image stabiliser. Digital Versus wrote in their review of this digital camera five years ago “Mechanical image stabiliser”. Photographybay.com mentioned “Effective stabilization for all lenses” in their review of this digital camera. Four years ago Newegg.com rated it a maximum of 5 stars and wrote “Good Image Stabilization”.

Two people considered that the product had a good lens.

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Natural Image Colors

Ten customers who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Photographybay.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Natural image colors” . Dpreview.com said “The Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIS still hold their own in the current SLR market, with excellent image quality, solid build” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Photoreview.com.au said “The only difference between them is that the K-5 IIs has no anti-aliasing filter, which, should result in sharper images”.

Six owners who purchased the product reckoned that it was good in low light. Trusted Reviews wrote “Impressive AF in low light” and scored the product 80 out of 100. Brisbanetimes.com.au mentioned “The low-light, high-ISO performance of this camera is excellent, as is auto white balance”. Brisbanetimes.com.au also wrote “This 16-megapixel camera is an upgrade of the K5, with a new sensor and improvements to the autofocus system, which now has outstanding low-light response” in their review.

Four people who bought it mentioned that it had a good picture resolution. Layersmagazine.com gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said in their review of this digital camera “Continuous shooting”. Dp Review said on DP Review eleven years ago “Maximum ISO of 51 200 at full resolution” in their review of the Pentax K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm.

Three customers considered that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Techradar wrote “Decent sensor”. Two owners agreed that the product had a good ISO range. Pc Mag gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and said on PC Mag “Good high ISO performance”.

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No AF During Movie Shooting

Ten customers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was not good for video recording. Digital Versus said in their review of the Pentax K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm five years ago “Mediocre sound, outofdate video function” . Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned “Video clip length in full HD video less than six minutes”. Dp Review wrote in their review of this digital camera eleven years ago “No 'live' aperture control during movie shooting”.

Fiddly Flash Sync Cover

Two people who bought this digital camera considered that it did not have a good flash. What Digital Camera mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Fiddly flash sync cover” although they gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Trusted Reviews wrote “Poorly designed flash sync cover”.

Poor Exposure Control

One customer reckoned that the product did not have good exposure controls.


Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm has a built-in microphone. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Quiet

Three customers said in their reviews that it was noisy. Dp Review mentioned on DP Review “Very low shadow noise in Raw files at low ISOs”. Brisbanetimes.com.au mentioned “At IS 1600, noise is not an issue” in their Pentax K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm review.

One person who purchased it concluded that it was quiet. Newegg.com wrote “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” in their review of this digital camera.

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At is 1600, Noise is Not an Issue

Three customers said in their reviews that it was noisy. Dp Review mentioned on DP Review “Very low shadow noise in Raw files at low ISOs”. Brisbanetimes.com.au mentioned “At IS 1600, noise is not an issue” in their Pentax K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm review.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm has a battery charger included, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera.

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Has a Hand Strap

The K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm has a hand strap, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a Batteries Included

The K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm has a batteries included, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Features

Intuitive Interface, Advanced Customisation Features

Two people who bought it mentioned that it had good features. Digitalcamerareview.com said in their review of this digital camera “Relatively small and light given overall feature set”.


Battery

740 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago take between 105 and 1,499 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Pentax K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm which takes 740 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Display

Quite Wide Field of View

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera the field of views range from 95% to 100%, and the average field of view is 99%. The Pentax K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm has one of the wider field of views (100 percent) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) (921,000 pixels) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera. Across all the medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the display resolutions (numeric) range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including cheaper cameras such as the Nikon Coolpix D7000.

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Camera

Has a Dioptre Correction

The K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm has a dioptre correction, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera.

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Supports Live View

The Pentax K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm supports live view, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Features Histogram

The K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm features histogram, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm has an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Panasonic Lumix G5 ($599.99) which is cheaper is also worth considering.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Olympus OM-D E-M1 ($999.00) is also worth considering.

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4928 X 3264 Still Image Resolution

The K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This Pentax digital camera has a 4928 x 3264 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras of a similar spec and age to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s) of 1728 x 1152 and 3072 x 2048 and 3936 x 2624.

A 4928 x 3264 still image resolution(s) is actually the best still image resolution amongst all medium megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

The worst still image resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera is 640 x 360.

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4928 X 3264 Pixels Image Resolution

The K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm has a 4928 x 3264 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

A 4928 x 3264 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the best image resolution across all medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

Across comparable types of camera the worst image resolution is 4288 x 3216 pixels.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm supports video capability, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

We compared all the other cameras which support video capability to this digital camera and we think cheaper cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix G5 ($599.99), and the Nikon Coolpix D7000 is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to consider including cheaper cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix G5 ($599.99), or the Nikon Coolpix D7000.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Pentax K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm has an HDMI port, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Pentax K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type do not support Full HD video.

Alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might also want to look at include the Panasonic Lumix G5 ($599.99), or the Nikon Coolpix D7000 which is cheaper.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Pentax digital camera. In addition, this camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

A 320 x 120 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution across all digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera.

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Design

Weather-Sealed Design

Three people wrote that the Pentax K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm was well designed. Pc Mag wrote “Weather-sealed design” . Itreviews.com said on expert website IT Reviews.com four years ago “It features a standard sensor design, which includes a low-pass filter, while the other—the K-5 IIs —omits that filter” in their review of this digital camera.

Ease of Use

Six owners agreed that this digital camera was easy to use. Digital Versus said “Intuitive interface, advanced customisation features” in their review of the Pentax K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. Photographybay.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Excellent control over image noise”. Techradar scored the product 70 out of 100 and said “Ease of use”.

Two customers concluded that the product was easy to handle. Dp Review said in their review of this digital camera on DP Review “Very good build quality and handling”. Four years ago Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote “More pixels, more AF points, more shooting modes and improved handling are the sort of changes we normally see when a next-generation camera is released” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it had a good interface. Dpreview.com wrote on DP Review “A proven interface”.

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Solid Build

Nine people who reviewed the Pentax K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm thought it was well made. What Digital Camera wrote “Excellent build” in their review of this digital camera and gave this digital camera a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Five years ago Digital Versus scored it 80 out of 100 and wrote “Build and weather resistance”. T3.com said “Rock solid construction” in their review of this digital camera.

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was reliable. What Digital Camera mentioned “Reliable metering” in their review of this digital camera. One person thought it was strong and durable. Expert review site Brisbanetimes.com.au said four years ago “The rugged, weather-sealed body, with an arra”.

One customer who purchased the product thought it was sealed.

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Great Build Quality

Eight customers who reviewed it said that it was good quality. Trusted Reviews said “Great build quality” and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100. Digitalcamerareview.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Very good image quality” and scored the Pentax K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Dp Review said on DP Review “One of the best APS-C DSLRs in terms of high ISO image quality”.


Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This medium megapixel camera has been on the market since April 2017.

Product Identifiers

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

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