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.
Cons: Some softening towards corners with 18-135mm kit lens.
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 IIs follows its predecessor by two years with an almost identical specification which hides two critical changes: The removal of the anti-alias filter and the most sensitive autofocus system yet. Yet, until the K-5 IIs arrived, the K-5 was still the image quality champion among APS-C DSLRs. This review of the Pentax K-5 IIs shows that Pentax to deliver a new flagship DSLR which exceeds the K-5.
Pros: Excellent control over image noise, Class-leading retention of details, 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
Excerpt: Fazit: Pentax bietet die Neuauflage der DSLR K-5 in zwei Versionen an. Das teure Sondermodell K-5 IIs kommt ohne Tiefpassfilter beim Bildsensor aus. Das rechnet sich jedoch nur für echte Schärfe-Enthusiasten, denn die S-Klasse bringt ein Quäntchen mehr Schärfe als das Standard-Modell. Die Ausstattung bietet identisches, sehr gutes Niveau und spricht den erfahrenen Fotografen auf der Suche nach einer robusten DSLR an.
Pros: Hervorragende Ausstattung, Feine Konfigurierbarkeit, Robustes, wertiges Gehäuse, Lange Akku-Laufzeit
Cons: Autofokus im Live-View und bei Video, Video-Funktionen bleibt funktional hinter der preislich ähnlichen Konkurrenz