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Pentax announces 16.3 megapixel K-5 digital SLR

Pentax announces the K-5 digital SLR camera featuring the compact, lightweight body of its predecessor, the K-7. The new K-5 offers several important and improved features such as a 16.3 CMOS sensor, fast up to 7 fps, widescreen 1080p HD video at 25 fps with sound and native support for both Pentax PEF and Adobe DNG 14 bit RAW files. The K-5 will ship in October as a body kit only for $1,599.95 USD. Pentax also announced the smc Pentax-DA18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR lens for use with Pentax digital SLR cameras...

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Check out the Pentax K-5 digital SLR details and specificationsPENTAX Imaging Systems has announced the PENTAX K-5 digital SLR camera. The K-5 DSLR offers a true high-end prosumer design and features normally found only on the most costly of professional cameras. With exceptional reliability, user-friendly operation, and the compact, lightweight body of its predecessor, the PENTAX K-7, the new K-5 offers several important and improved features.

The pro-oriented “prosumer” features that take this latest PENTAX DSLR to the next level include:
•    High resolution 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor.
•    Fast up to 7 FPS to capture fast action shots.
•    High sensitivity 80-12800 ISO range, expandable to 51200, with improved noise performance overall.
•    Widescreen 1080p HD video at 25 FPS with sound via built-in microphone or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack.
•    Newly improved, highly responsive and accurate 11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with dedicated AF assist lamp and light wavelength sensor.
•    Focus and shutter speed priority during AF-C.
•    Native support for both PENTAX PEF and Adobe DNG 14 bit RAW files.
•    Improved in-camera HDR image capture with more blending modes and better image alignment for handheld HDR shots.
•    SDXC memory card compatibility (via firmware update).

Additional important features on the new PENTAX K-5 digital SLR include:
•    A fully weather sealed and coldproof design.
•    A large 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution.
•    Durable magnesium alloy that surrounds a rugged stainless steel chassis.
•    Highly accurate 77 segment metering system.
•    Pentaprism viewfinder with 100% field of view and 0.92X magnification.
•    PENTAX body-based Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization system that works with every PENTAX lens ever made.
•    A maximum 1/8000 second shutter speed.
•    HDMI port outputs high definition images and video (and sound).
•    A wide range of in-camera image processing and special effects filters.
•    Customizable RAW/Fx button.
•    Built-in electronic level with tilt scale display in LCD panel.

These improvements and features are a direct result of customer feedback provided to PENTAX by dedicated “prosumer” Pentaxian shooters who have helped refine the K-5 to deliver a wide feature set and make it a perfect all-purpose camera for field or studio use. The K-5 is an excellent choice for advanced enthusiasts looking for a compact, yet highly advanced camera without spending thousands of dollars more.  The PENTAX K-5 digital SLR will ship in October 2010 as a body kit only for $1,599.95 USD or as a lens kit with the 18-55mm WR for $1,749.95 USD.
 
   
PENTAX Imaging also announced the smc PENTAX-DA18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR lens designed exclusively for use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras. This interchangeable zoom lens features a simplified weather-resistant construction and extra-smooth autofocus operation using a built-in motor, in addition to its high 7.5X zoom ratio.  This new lens will ship in October for $529.95 USD.

Additional information: Check out the Pentax K-5 digital SLR details and specifications
September 21, 2010
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