Excerpt: (1 items) The Pentax K-5 DSLR is engineered for serious enthusiast photographers who want a weatherproof camera with excellent image quality, but in a smaller package than most in its class. The K-5’s solid magnesium alloy/stainless steel chassis feels good in the hands, it’s easy to operate the buttons and dials, and the 16.3 MP images Pentax’s flagship camera captures are high quality, even at ISO settings up to 3200.
Pros: Weather sealed Magnesium/stainless steel chassis, Excellent battery life, Both PEF Raw files and DNG formats available, Excellent image quality at wide ISO range, Fast 7fps burst mode, Good Mac compatibility, Variety of in-camera processing options
Cons: Limited movie setting options, Zoom lens a bit noisy during focusing, Optical viewfinder renders slightly warm tint, Limited lens selection compared to the competition
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 firmware 1.0.1), 1080p HD video mode with basic editing built-in, Useful electronic level and composition adjustment functions, Comprehensive customization options including adjus...
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' aperture control during movie shooting, Shadow Correction mode doesn't take full advantage of K-5's sensor, Jaggies can be a problem along very fine diagonal lines
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.
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. Its 16 megapixels sensor provides an ISO sensitivity range of 80 to 51200, 7 FPS continuous shooting and 1080p HD video.
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 correction greatly helps, Innovative exposure modes & program line, Extremely flexible image parameters, Customizable Auto ISO and NR, Digital white balance preview, Post-shot RAW ...
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 high ISO, LCD flush with left side, Status screen does not turn off automatically, Pitch not visible in viewfinder, RAW button too sensitive, Camera strap gets in way of mode-dial
Excerpt: As an alternative to the Canon and Nikon cameras there’s the Pentax K-5 , which has the advantage of in-body image stabilisation, which Pentax refers to as Shake Reduction (SR). Though announced last year, the 16.2-megapixel K-5 is Pentax’s most recent model and slots in between the entry-level K-r and the enthusiast-targeted K-7, both highly rated. It’s not a cheap option, however, with a £1,200 suggested price for the body plus the 18-55mm standard zoom lens.
7fps burst shooting, body integral anti-shake, weather sealed/protected chassis, high-resolution rear LCD with Live View, plus additional top-plate LCD
Rear LCD fixed, pricey compared with other options here, blocky design
Excerpt: Positioned above the entry-level K-r in Pentax's D-SLR lineup, the Pentax K-5 features an impressive build quality that's hard to fault, thanks to its highly rigid stainless steel chassis and magnesium alloy exterior. With the inclusion of 77 seals to keep dust, dirt and moisture at bay you can be assured that the K-5 will perform in harsh weather environments and the heavy, durable feel is matched by a perfectly sculpted handgrip.
Conclusion: Despite a few minor niggles the K-5 is a very interesting camera, as it’s well built, well protected and delivers a high quality image. The handling is good, but focus is noisy and slow. Pentax has delivered its easy-to-use menus once again, and ensured the K-5 user is blessed with plenty of creative shooting options. The sensor and processor combination are well suited, and give the camera a strong performance in low light.
Excerpt: The 16.2 megapixel Pentax K-5 is a slightly more affordable sibling to the semi professional K-7, and sits above the entry-level 12.4MP K-r model in the manufacturer’s digital SLR range. Unsurprisingly then the Pentax K-5 features some heavyweight functionality not to mention blocky construction, its body properly weatherproofed.