Excerpt: I have never been so enthusiastic about a camera in a long time. With the exception of my mental Olympus E-10, this camera blows me away with all the metrics that matter to me. Nice low light performance shooting nature in the shadows especially, and the colors so rich, and engaging. Good detail. Must get better glass to exploit it more though. Build is chunky without weighing like a bowling ball around my neck. Nice control layout. Love the LCD screen too!
Summary: I have owned the K-7 camera for years. Then it started not functioning right. Discovered that Pentax had 3 firmware upgrades. Now it works better than ever. I have had Pentax cameras for decades. First was a K2 film camera in the 70's. It was reliable, A truly great value. Extra money was scarce and Pentax have me the features that I needed at a price I could afford. That has not changed. No, it is not a "professional" camera with a wide selection of options.
Summary: I bought this camera for my wife, she just to be a Nikon user, she changed to Pentax after a visit to our local camera store and they showed us how awesome this cameras was. Obviously we found an awesome deal at amazon. We saved around 500 dlls. There is a little learning curve because even do Pentax is a much superior brand the UI is much more intuitive and user friendly but the learning curve still there.
Summary: This is one of the best crop sensor cameras on the market, if not the best. If you put a quality lens on it, like one of Pentax's Limited primes, picture quality is superb. Like the K-5 before it, low-light situations are no problem, and now auto-focus in the dark has improved. I have literally taken pictures in RAW that looked black before processing and adjusting the exposure brought the whole picture back!
A good choice for a family camera with professional aspirations
Michael J. Cunningham, Amazon
28 April 2014
Summary: I have been an avid photographer for most of my life, but have had poor luck with a battery of lower quality point and shoot digital cameras. I decided, after much research, to go with the Pentax K5ii and could not be happier with the decision. For someone like me, who likes to have control over the picture, and my wife that wants to point and shoot and get a good result, the K5ii is a very happy medium.
Summary: Now that Pentax has come out with the K-3, the real retail price of K-5ii has gone down by $500 -- so that a great value becomes an insanely great value. With the 18-135mm lens, for $950 you get a camera that is comparable to a Nikon D7100 with 18-140 lens, which currently (4/20/2014) sells for $1500. Both have solid magnesium bodies -- not plastic over a metal frame, DX sensors, and comparably excellent image quality.