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Pentax K-5 IIs Digital Camera

SLR 16.3MP CMOS Sep 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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18 Reasons For

Pentax Has Excellent Digital Camera Reviews

Pentax is one of the top rated digital camera manufacturers according to average reviews from experts and users, and Pentax also has excellent reviews for its SLR cameras.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Unlike most of the other cameras of this spec and age which do not support Full HD video, the K-5 IIs supports Full HD video.

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 EOS 5D Mark II[pl_695006_price], or the EOS 60Da[pl_1425495_price] both from Canon or the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price].

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The K-5 IIs supports video capability. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the K-5 IIs also support video capability.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras which support video capability currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price], the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price], or the Nikon D90[plb_1836503_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The K-5 IIs has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price], and the Canon EOS 450D - Rebel XSi[plb_1426191_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar age and type 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 camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|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 frequently found sensor type on SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

Alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might also want to consider include the SLT-A35[pl_964_price], or the SLT-A57[pl_1611476_price] both from Sony which has better reviews.

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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 spec and age.

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

SLR cameras that came out around the same time as the K-5 IIs have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 1,600 and 210,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 20,000. The Pentax K-5 IIs has a quite high ISO sensitivity (max) (51,200) compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the K-5 IIs.

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4928 X 3264 Still Image Resolution(s)

The K-5 IIs has a 4928 x 3264 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 1728 x 1152 and 3072 x 2048 and 3936 x 2624. The best still image resolution of all digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the K-5 IIs is 6000 x 4000 and the worst is 480 x 480.

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

This digital camera has a ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most frequently found light exposure correction on cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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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 around the same time as it. 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 K-5 IIs has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Pentax digital camera has a Mini HDMI connector type, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector type found on digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the K-5 IIs.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modess

The K-5 IIs has a greater number of light exposure modes than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. The most frequently found light exposure modes is Auto, but this light exposure modes is not found on this Pentax camera. The light exposure modess Aperture priority AE, Manual and Shutter priority AE are also found on this digital 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 digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Features Five Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the K-5 IIs is more than most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This Pentax camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on cameras of this type and age. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Continuous Auto Focus", "Contrast Detection Auto Focus", "Face detection" and "Multi Point Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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TFT Display

The K-5 IIs has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most cameras that came out more than two years ago. 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 amongst all SLR cameras that are a comparable age to the K-5 IIs.

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

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Supports Two Power Source Types

The number of power sources supported by the K-5 IIs is more than most SLR cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by digital cameras that are a comparable age to the K-5 IIs. The power source type "AC" is also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

SLR cameras that are a similar age to the K-5 IIs have ISO sensitivity (min)s of between 50 and 200, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 110. The K-5 IIs has one of the smaller ISO sensitivity (min)s (only 80) amongst SLR cameras of this age.

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10 Reasons Against

Not 3D

Most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years are not 3D. The K-5 IIs is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might be worth considering include the SLT-A35[pl_964_price], or the SLT-A37[pl_1436794_price] both from Sony.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Pentax K-5 IIs does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other SLR cameras that are a comparable age to the K-5 IIs also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) to this digital camera and we think the D3100[pl_1350595_price], the D3200 + TAMRON AF 18-200 XR Di II LD + SD 4GB[pl_1947140_price], or the D7100[pl_2082345_price] all from Nikon which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the Pentax K-5 IIs does not support wi-Fi.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to consider including the Nikon D3200 + TAMRON AF 18-200 XR Di II LD + SD 4GB[plb_1947140_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras that came out more than two years ago, the K-5 IIs is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most SLR cameras that are a similar age to the K-5 IIs do not have an image stabilizer. The Pentax K-5 IIs is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabilizer.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the K-5 IIs is more than most SLR cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of this type and age. The flash modess "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Pentax 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 digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Pentax camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by digital cameras of this spec and age. The camera file systems "Exif 2.21" and "RAW" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Quite Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the K-5 IIs the motion JPEG frame rates range from 3fps to 60fps. The K-5 IIs has one of the lower motion JPEG frame rates (only 25 frames per second) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Only Supports Two ISO Sensitivitys

The K-5 IIs has a greater number of ISO speeds than most SLR cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. 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 Pentax camera.

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Quite Long Flash Sync-Speed

The shortest flash sync-speed of digital cameras of a similar type and age to the K-5 IIs is 0.00012s and the longest is 3s. The Pentax K-5 IIs has a fairly long flash sync-speed (1 second) compared to most of the other SLR cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Pentax K-5 IIs

Released Over Four Years Ago

Pentax released the K-5 IIs over four years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

The K-5 IIs has a pretty typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the K-5 IIs.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen cameras currently available including the SLT-A35[pl_964_price], or the SLT-A57[pl_1611476_price] both from Sony or the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price] which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Df[pl_1740408_price] (3.2"), the D4[pl_1998795_price] (3.2"), or the D610[pl_2024275_price] (3.2") all from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The K-5 IIs has a pretty average weight (680 grams) compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the K-5 IIs.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to consider the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price] (680g).

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 16.3 megapixels, the Pentax K-5 IIs has a pretty standard megapixel compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the K-5 IIs.

Cameras with a higher megapixel that might also be worth considering include the D5200 + TAMRON AF 18-200 XR Di II LD + SD 4GB[pl_1829432_price] (24.1MP), or the D3200 + TAMRON AF 18-200 XR Di II LD + SD 4GB[pl_1947140_price] (24.2MP) both from Nikon or the Sony Alpha A3000[plb_2681017_price] (20.1MP) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Exposure Correction
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
Analog Signal Format System
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
DC-In Jack
USB Connector Type
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Dioptre Correction
Camera File System
Live View
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
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
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…

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

(28)
Reviewed 9 August 2016 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

Very happy...

Reviewed 19 June 2016 by Julie
(Verified Purchase)

Another great camera from Pentax. Bought as a warehouse deal in the recent sale so absolutely terrific value...

Reviewed 10 June 2016 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

Great camera the only fault I can find was that there was no cd rom with it .

(Verified Purchase)

Time for an upgrade being using it for most of the year now love it good value for money for me...

Reviewed 11 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 battery life. I... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax k5, pentax k5i, pentax k5ii, pentax 12037
Barcodes 00027075220591, 00027075220720

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