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Pentax K-5 digital camera
at a glance
4928 × 3264
3.0" lcd viewer
D-LI109 li-ion
Pentax K-5 review summary
camera date Sep 10  
pixels / class 16.9M  SLR digital camera
overall rating not rated overall camera rating  8 reviews
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Pentax K-5 specifications
lens / zoom  Pentax KAF3, KAF2-, KAF-, and KA-mount lenses
focus / macro  auto | manual
metering mode  multi-segment, center weighted, spot
aperture  auto | manual
white balance  auto, 9 presets, color temperature, manual
shutter  auto | manual / 30s - 1/8000s, B
exposure  +/- 5EV in 1/2EV or 1/3EV steps
flash / mode  hot shoe, pop up / GN 13 (m, ISO100)
viewfinder  ttl optical
iso ratings  100 - 12800 in 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps; expandable to 51200
image size  4928×3264, 3936x2624, 3072x2048, 1728x1152
image format  raw (PEF, DNG), jpeg (exif2.21)
image compr.  good, better, best, premium
lag/cycle times  
remote control  self timer 2s, 12s
video options  AVI,  with stereo sound - 1920x1080, 1280x720, 640x480
audio options  
connectivity  usb 2.0 HS;  A/V (NTSC/PAL), HDMI
storage  SD, SDHC
extra features  sensor 23.7mm x 15.7mm
lens factor 1.5
sensor cleaning
live view
sensor shift image stabilization
histogram display
PictBridge compatible
Pentax K-5 links
Reviews for shutterbugs and professionals
09Jun11 Pentax K-5 DSLR review at DigitalCameraInfo
02May11 Pentax K-5 DSLR review at PhotoReview
11Apr11 Pentax K-5 DSLR review at Imaging-resource
18Dec10 Pentax K-5 In-depth review at dpreview
13Dec10 Pentax K-5 DSLR review at digitalkamera (de)
25Nov10 Pentax K-5 DSLR review at PhotoRadar
22Nov10 Pentax K-5 review at PhotograpyBLOG
Introductions, previews and other reviews
11Feb11 Pentax K-5 hands-on review video at PhotoRadar
News, guides, hints & tips
09Jan11 Pentax 645D, K-r and K-5 firmware update
23Sep10 Pentax K-5 press summary
Forum discussions
Pentax UK User Forum Pentax Forum
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Pentax K-5 announcement clippings

The K-5 incorporates a newly designed CMOS image sensor with a wide image-sensitive area measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm. It assures high-speed image data readout much faster than that of previous sensors. By coupling this image sensor — equivalent in performance and data processing speed to the image sensor incorporated in the PENTAX 645D medium-format digital camera — with the reliable PRIME (PENTAX Real Image Engine) II imaging engine, the K-5 produces super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels, while suppressing annoying digital noise to a minimum. The K-5 also offers a wide sensitivity range between ISO 100 and ISO 12800. This range can be expanded by the user from ISO 80 to ISO 51200 via a custom function to accommodate applications intended for more creative expressions, such as open-aperture shooting using a large-aperture lens, and indoor and nighttime shooting with incident light only.

Despite its compact dimensions, the K-5 is built to be exceptionally solid and durable, with a body of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy, and a chassis of highly rigid stainless steel. Thanks to the inclusion of 77 special seals in the body, it also boasts a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction, assuring reliable operation even under harsh environment, and at temperatures as low as -10°C. It also features a reliable shutter unit that provides a top shutter speed of 1/8000 second and the outstanding durability to withstand as many as 100,000 shutter releases. Despite all these features, the K-5 still offers an extremely compact, functional body, because PENTAX has applied all its years of experience and expertise in camera downsizing that it accumulated since the earliest days of film-format SLR cameras.

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