Get the K-5 IIs instead, but the K-5 is still better than a K-7 or before.
E. Ongerth, Amazon
18 August 2013
Summary: If you're considering a K-5, it's an improvement over the previous K-7, K-10, K-20, K100D, etc. And it's cheaper than the newer K-5 II and K-5 IIs. But spending the extra for the II, or (especially) the IIs is worth it.
Summary: I saw all the rave reviews from both buyers and camera review sites on the K5 so I just had to have it. I recently sold my Nikon D90 and was in need of an upgrade. The ergonomics of the K5 are JUST great. It makes you want to pick it up and use it.
Summary: I am going to write a short and sweet review. I will also keep it not technical that has been done well above. I started digital with the K100D the moved up to the K20D which is a very good camera. I was a pro for many years during the film days and once I got shooting again I love digital.
Summary: Pentax K-5 is a great camera and should be definitely considered as a good alternative to mainstream brands. If you consider buying a DSLR give this camera a chance. Do not listen to those who say that you'll be stuck with limited choice of lenses or worse shooting range.
Summary: When the Kx arrived, K7 owners who were more than content with their current bodies coveted the superior high-ISO (low light performance) capability of the Kx. At least I did. And while the K7 was a capable tool, I often found myself compensating for its weaknesses (which were limited to high ISO...
Summary: Pros: Image quality is amazing. Features Cons: Price. AF system still lacking, albeit improved *UPDATE: Download the 1.03 Firmware and reset your camera to fix low light front focus * Purple fringing Bottom line: This camera is what the K-7 should have been 1.5 years ago.
Summary: Mixed views can't really make up my mind if its as good as I was led to believe. However it is a fabulous DSLR and worth the price tag. Image quality excellent esp with image stabiliser and low noise at high ISO . I have had some very decent images at ISO 3200.
It's an affordable & professional DSLR with all the main features
20 February 2013
Excerpt: The K-5 camera mainly addresses a lot of the criticisms aimed at the K-7 it's replacing -- chiefly, lacklustre image quality and poor high ISO performance in particular -- but those improvements come at a fairly hefty cost.
Pros: 16 . 3 megapixel cmos sensor, Prime II image processing, ISO 51200, 921k LCD screen, viewfinder
Cons: Can be tricky to use, no live aperture control