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Pentax K-5
7.3 out of 10

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5 The Pentax K-5 is a digital SLR that features a Read more

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Overall 9
8.6

Pentax K-5: Review

Review guidelines
16 September 2013
  • Summary: The Pentax K-5 is an excellent reflex destined for those who want an advanced model able to guarantee maximum flexibility and quality images. The strength in the body allows you to take it virtually anywhere.
  • Pros: Quality of results, Creative features.
  • Cons: In the second video does not work autofocus.
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The Pentax K-5: It’s A Matter Of Tradition

Shutterbug
1 November 2011
  • Excerpt: Pentax has a long history of innovation as well as a rabid fan base that loves the company’s tradition of optical excellence and originality. In fact, this fan base is the reason I’m writing this review.
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Overall 7
7.0

Pentax K-5

PC Magazine
30 July 2011
  • Conclusion: The weather-sealed Pentax K-5 is a fast-shooting digital SLR with in-body stabilization and fast burst shooting, but it's hampered by an underperforming kit lens, poor high ISO performance, and some other issues.
  • Pros: Weather sealed. Fast continuous shooting. In-body stabilization. Pentaprism viewfinder. Quiet.
  • Cons: Pricey. So-so kit lens. No autofocus during video recording. Subpar high ISO performance.
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Overall 8
8.3

Expert Review

DP Review
19 July 2011
  • Summary: The Pentax K-5's compact, solid body, generally well thought-out ergonomics, comprehensive feature set, and excellent image quality, in both still and movie modes make it one of the best APS-C DSLRs currently on the market.
  • Pros: Good detail and dynamic range (even better in RAW), Exceptionally 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 firm...
  • Cons: AF system not as versatile as Nikon D7000 (which is a cheaper camera), Lockable exposure mode dial can be annoying, No dedicated movie shooting button, No AF during movie shooting, Poorly implemented live histogram in live view/manual exposure mode (doesn't show final exposure), No 'live' apertur...
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Overall 7
7.5

Expert Review

reviewed
9 June 2011
  • Summary: The K-5 is the best Pentax we've tested thanks to a capable new sensor and sharp kit lens.
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Overall 8
8.3

Pentax K-5

pentaxforums.com
31 May 2011
  • Summary: The K-5 has set many firsts for Pentax, and has already gotten the Pentax brand mentioned alongside the industry-leaders, Nikon and Canon, all over the web. It is a fantastic DSLR with exceptional image quality, fast autofocus, high sensitivity, a compact and lightweight design, weather-sealing, and...
  • Pros: Superb image quality, Excellent for low-light photography (ISO 80-51,200), Weather sealed, Easy-to-use interface with many buttons, Good overall performance, Compatible with thousands of lenses, Very reasonably priced, AF system improved over the K-7
  • Cons: Records video in .AVI format, Poor selection of video framerates, AF is not as good as that of the competition, Too small for some hands without battery grip
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Lab Test: Pentax K-5

Pop Photo
19 May 2011
  • Summary: If you’re a Pentax owner looking to step up, the K-5 is a worthy upgrade from the K-7 or any other Pentax DSLR. You’ll get a noticeable amount of added resolving power, at least an extra stop of usable ISO, and if you don’t mind noise, sensitivity up to ISO 51,200.
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New Gear: Pentax K-5 DSLR

Pop Photo
19 May 2011
  • Excerpt: FROM OUR EDITORS AT PHOTOKINA: Housed in the same the exact water-resistant, cold-sealed body, the all-new Pentax K-5 is more of an upgrade to Pentax’s flagship prosumer camera, the K-7, than a new camera all together—but despite the lack of noticeable changes on the outside, it is what's on the...
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax K-5

neocamera.com
4 May 2011
  • Summary: The Pentax K-5 is an upgraded K-7 which slips past it as the most feature-rich digital SLR made to date, adding a second axis to the digital-level and featuring a more advanced image sensor.
  • Pros: Excellent control over image noise, Great retention of details, Superb dynamic-range, Accurate image colors, with correct white-balance set, Very good metering in Live-View, Very good focusing accuracy, Generally fast and responsive, Effective stabilization for all lenses, Automatic horizon corre...
  • Cons: Automatic white-balance not so reliable, Noticeable image review delay, Useless ISO 51200, Live-view not exposure-priority and useless histogram, Difference between viewfinder and Live-View metering, Occasional over-exposure using viewfinder, Slow in-camera corrections, Reduced buffer-depth at hi...
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Review – Pentax K-5, Part 2

Enticing the Light
25 February 2011
  • Summary: If you think 4 is a small number of cons for a DSLR, it should tell you something about this camera. Pentax has finally brought out a camera that photographers can trust in many situations, be it low light, birding, hiking, street shooting… The body is exceptionally well built with traditional...
  • Pros: Small size for an advanced DSLR., Good ergonomics despite its small size., Excellent IQ., Excellent high ISO performance for an APS-C sensor., Extremely low noise in shadows., Very malleable RAW files., Nice viewfinder (for an APS-C camera)., Weather sealing., Dual-axis electronic level: Tilt (up...
  • Cons: Histogram in live view is not that of the final image when shooting in Manual or using EV comp., The electronic level turns off when you half-press the shutter release button., No tilt indicator in the viewfinder, only roll., High release price of $1,600 in the US (especially when the similarly s...
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