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Pentax K-5 II
8.9 out of 10

Pentax K-5 II

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Pentax K-5 II

consumersearch.com
15 February 2014
  • Conclusion: The Pentax K-5 II and its sibling, the K-5 IIs, are upgrades to the now-discontinued Pentax K-5. The K-5 II has an improved autofocus system and some welcome changes to the LCD screen.
  • Pros: Improved autofocus system, HD and VGA video, Top-notch picture quality, Long battery life
  • Cons: No dedicated video button
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax K-5 II

PC Magazine
10 April 2013
  • Conclusion: The Pentax K-5 II is a top-notch D-SLR when it comes to still capture, but its video performance is disappointing in comparison.
  • Pros: Excellent viewfinder. Fast 6.2fps shooting. Good high ISO performance. Weather-sealed design. In-body shake reduction. Compact for its class. Excellent control layout.
  • Cons: Disappointing video experience.
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Overall 8
8.1

Expert Review

DP Review
3 April 2013
  • Summary: Bearing all that the K-5 II does, minus an optical low-pass filter, the K-5 IIS is a specialized camera made for those who want a little more detail and know how to handle the resulting artifacts.
  • Pros: Good detail and dynamic range (even better in Raw), Very low shadow noise in Raw files at low ISOs, One of the best APS-C DSLRs in terms of high ISO image quality, Very good build quality and handling, Maximum ISO of 51,200 at full resolution, Excellent burst depth in Raw mode (with firmware 1.0....
  • Cons: No dedicated movie shooting button (important only if you plan to use the movie mode often), No AF during movie shooting, Poorly implemented live histogram in live view/manual exposure mode (doesn't indicate final exposure), No 'live' aperture control during movie shooting, Shadow Correction mode...
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Expert Review

Steve's Digicams
1 April 2013
  • Summary: In late 2012, Pentax announced its 2012 flagship DSLR siblings, the K-5 II and K-5 IIs. Both camera models feature a 16.28-megapixel CMOS image sensor, a 3.0-inch LCD display, Pentax's PRIME II imagine engine, a newly designed Autofocus sensor for more accurate performance with faster lenses, a...
  • Pros: 16MP, APS-C sized CMOS sensor, High-resolution LCD (921k dots), ISO up to 51200, Sensor-shift shake and dust reduction works with any Pentax lens, Solid body with 77 weather seals, 9 image modes and 18 digital filters, Live View on high resolution LCD, Buttons and dials are highly customizable, G...
  • Cons: Auto focus in Live View is slow, Auto exposure was sometimes inaccurate, Low-light images look noisy, Auto magnify does not work with Live View and manual focus, JPEG processing could be better
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax K-5 II

layersmagazine.com
22 March 2013
  • Excerpt: Many people talk about the battle of the brands for digital photography, but Pentax loyalists know that their contenders are in it for the long fight. After some serious R&D, and what seems to be some technology help from the recent Pentax/Ricoh integration (April 2012), the updated Pentax K-5 II is...
  • Pros: Autofocus under extreme conditions; continuous shooting; video
  • Cons: LCD clarity
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Overall 9
9.0

Pentax K-5 II

Imaging Resource
15 March 2013
  • Conclusion: For the last couple of generations of Pentax's K-series flagships, as soon as I've returned the review camera, I've gone out and bought one for myself. For a change, I won't be doing that with the K-5 II -- the changes Pentax has made since the K-5 just aren't significant enough to justify an...
  • Pros: Very sharp, detailed images, Wide ISO sensitivity range, excellent high ISO performance, Very good dynamic range, especially from RAW, 6.7 fps burst mode with generous buffer depth, Compact, comfortable mag-alloy body packed with features, Weather, dust, and cold (14°F) resistant, and so is optio...
  • Cons: Very sharp, detailed images, Wide ISO sensitivity range, excellent high ISO performance, Very good dynamic range, especially from RAW, 6.7 fps burst mode with generous buffer depth, Compact, comfortable mag-alloy body packed with features, Weather, dust, and cold (14°F) resistant, and so is optio...
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Overall 8
7.9

Expert Review

reviewed
21 February 2013
  • Summary: Pentax perfects the K-5, but faces stiff competition from the Nikon D7100.
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Overall 9
9.0
Design 9
8.5
Value for money 9
8.5
Features 10
9.5
Performance 9
9.0
Picture quality 10
9.5

Pentax K-5 II Review

What Digital Camera
12 February 2013
  • Summary: That the Pentax K-5 II is a minor upgrade on the Pentax K-5 is not necessarily a bad thing, as the Pentax K-5 was an impressive model in itself. Its headline improvement of a more sensitive AF system is minor although combined with the changes to the LCD screen and the lower launch price (£250 less)...
  • Pros: Excellent build; Large viewfinder; Very capable AWB; Impressive low-light AF; Reliable metering; Decent customisation and post-processing options; Lower launch price, than K-5; Weather-sealing
  • Cons: Fiddly flash sync cover; Noisy 18-55mm kit lens with softness at wideangle and chromatic aberrations; Awkward focus point selection dial; Not a significant improvement over the K-5
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Expert Review

digitalcameraworld.com
22 January 2013
  • Summary: In our Pentax K-5 II review video we test whether this new Pentax DSLR offers a true upgrade over the Pentax K-5. The Pentax K-5 II was announced (along with the K-5 II S) as the replacement for the K-5, but externally you’d be hard-pressed to find much difference between the Pentax K-5 II vs K-5.
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax K-5 II

neocamera.com
4 December 2012
  • Summary: The Pentax K-5 II follows its predecessor by two years with an almost identical specification which hides the most sensitive autofocus system yet. The new SAFOX X AF system is sensitive down to -3 EV which is beyond any available digital camera.
  • Pros: Excellent control over image noise, Very good image sharpness, Superb dynamic-range, Natural image colors, Generally fast and responsive, Good focusing accuracy, Effective stabilization for all lenses, Unique, Unique, Innovative exposure control, Extremely flexible image parameters, Digital white...
  • Cons: Noticeable image review delay, Slow in-camera corrections, Pitch not shown in OVF, Poor, OVF and, LCD too left, Status screen does not turn off automatically, Camera strap gets in way of mode-dial
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