Summary: The Pentax K-5 II procures high image quality with strong color and contrast due to its strong processor and sensor. The camera struggles at processing HDR shots and can overexpose some general shots depending on your lighting. For the price, the K-5 II is a worthy competitor when it comes to professional cameras of the same caliber.
Pros: The design of this DSLR camera will withstand the elements, and the screen helps reduce glare in harsh lighting.
Pentax perfects the K-5, but faces stiff competition from the Nikon D7100.
21 February 2013
Conclusion: When it was announced at Photokina 2012, the K-5 II was an immediate disappointment for some die-hard Pentaxians, who had been primed by the photo rumor mill for a true follow-up to the K-5. They had hoped for a full-frame K-3, or at least a 24-megapixel APS-C body. What they got instead was a warmed-over K-5, with only a new LCD and improved autofocus. Others, however, were quick to recognize the K-5 II as a smart tactical move.
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. Its weatherproof design and small, tight build make it ideal for landscape photographers, as well as anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors.
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 1.0.1), 1080p HD video mode with basic editing built-in, In-camera Raw processing, Built-in sensor-shift shake reduction effectively stabilizes all mountable lenses, Useful electr...
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 doesn't take full advantage of K-5's sensor, Jaggies and color error can be a problem along very fine diagonal lines (more so with the K-5 IIS), Noise processing in Raw at IS...
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. The simultaneously-launched K-5 IIs Pentax K-5 IIs which lacks an anti-alias filter is the only DSLR to top the image quality of the original K-5 Pentax K-5 . The K-5 II lands right between them.
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 balance preview, Post-shot RAW recovery, In-camera RAW conversion, Top-of-class weather resistance, Great LCD visibility
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
Summary: Pentax has followed up its highly regarded K5 with an equally impressive consumer dSLR. With good image quality and great interface design in both the hardware and software, it's a very enjoyable camera to use. Although a little more expensive than some direct competitors, it's well worth serious consideration.
Pentax K-5 II review: Semi-pro features for a mid-range price
6 February 2013
Excerpt: Seeking a digital SLR with a semi pro build and specification, but not the £1,000+ price tag that usually goes with it? If you’re prepared to forgo costlier choices from Canon and Nikon, then the new Pentax K-5 II at £799.99 body only could be just up your street. As its nomenclature suggests, the ‘II’ upgrades the plain old K-5 from 2010, but, although slightly cheaper, the changes don’t seem massive.
Pros: Stainless steel cage construction with magnesium alloy exterior, 77 weather resistant seals, optical viewfinder with 100% field of view, Live View mode, Full HD video shooting, long battery life lasts around 980 shots
Cons: An angle adjustable LCD screen at the rear would broaden framing options further, manual focusing required if altering framing during video recording Price: £799.99 body only or £869.99 with 18-55mm zoom
Excerpt: Pentax digital SLRs, such as the Pentax K-30 , have never failed to impress us in the key areas of build quality, handling and performance. But there have always been the nagging question as to why anyone would choose the Pentax system over the more widely supported likes of Canon or Nikon , especially when there's often little difference in manufacturers' asking prices.
Pros: Optical viewfinder, Rock solid construction, 7fps continuous capture
Cons: No angle-adjustable LCD, Manual focus issues for video