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.
Fell on concrete from 4 feet high and still working perfectly ! :)
15 April 2014
Summary: I bought this camera 2 weeks ago and I couldn't be happier with it ! I am extremely pleased with the picture quality, although since this is my first DSLR after many high quality point-and-shoot cameras it is not very surprising. As I had read in previous reviews, the quality of movies shot with it is a bit underwhelming (or maybe I'm just not proficient at it yet) but I already owned a good video camera and that is not what I was looking for in this product.
Are there better. Of course, It will cost much more though.
VINCENT CHEN "Vincedog3", Amazon
8 April 2014
Summary: Being around cameras with friends, and family for many years, I have had Canons, Nikons, Olympus, and Sony's, and Pentax. I wanted a replacement for my fine, though limited Sony NEX-5n. Lens choices, lack of a viewfinder, could never really warm up to the EVF that was the option on the NEX-5n. Sold that combination, and moved on. Moved to my new home in the Northwest. Wanted a camera for the action I would see, hiking fishing, site seeing etc.
Summary: I started my love for SLR's back in the 80's with an Olympus OM 10. I used a few cameras since, the last being a lumix with lots of auto features. It is a great little camera. However, with an upcoming trip to China I wanted to step up my game and researched and bought this Pentax. I have to admit at first it was a little intimidating..but as I started to read the book, and see the features it brought me back to my first love.