Pentax K-5 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 16.3 megapixels
  • CMOS sensor
  • In-body image stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD monitor, 921k dots
  • 7fps burst shooting mode
  • 11-point autofocus
  • 1080p HD video, 25 fps
  • 100% viewfinder
  • HDR image capture
  • JPEG+RAW shooting
  • Weatherproof construction
  • HDMI output
  • Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC media cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2010-10-31
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

4.5 Star Rating: Recommended
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Pentax K-5
16.3 megapixels; CMOS sensor; In-body image stabilization; 3-inch LCD monitor, 921k dots; 7fps burst shooting mode; 11-point autofocus; 1080p HD video, 25 fps; 100% viewfinder; HDR image capture; JPEG+RAW shooting; Weatherproof construction; HDMI output; Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC media cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

The K-5 is Pentax's latest enthusiast/semi-pro dSLR, an update to last year's K-7. It's remarkably similar to that camera, with a few upgrades including a 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, expanded ISO range (up to 51,200 expanded), faster continuous shooting, and a true 1080p video mode. Reviews of the camera are overwhelmingly positive, with reviewers noting best-in-class image quality, the solid weather-sealed body, and diminutive size. Pentax has since come out with a couple cameras, the K-01 and new K-30, but at the K-5's current price point that's probably the one to get.

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Pentax/Ricoh Reviews

Pentax, who just recently merged with Ricoh, has long been a sort of underdog—but not necessarily in performance or quality. Pentax/Ricoh offers some quirky cameras, but for the most part, we've found that to be a good thing.

The Pentax/Ricoh DSLR’s are mostly weather-sealed, giving them a unique advantage over competing manufacturers that don't offer anything similar. When we tried out models like the K-50, we were quite impressed with the image quality. The autofocus was a bit noisier than a Nikon, but the weather-sealing and often better price is hard to resist when the image quality is so good. Pentax continued to add in innovations by adding an anti-aliasing filter that can be turned on and off to the 2013 K-3.

Pentax hasn't jumped into the mirrorless battle too much, but they do offer the tiny and colorful Q7. With a smaller sensor and a smaller price point, the Q7 and similar models are more of a consumer mirrorless than one for the enthusiasts, but it's an extremely small camera with a whole lot of color options.

Pentax has a few solid compact models out too. The Pentax MX-1 earned our Best Budget Advanced Compact for 2013 for its advanced features yet small price tag. They offer a waterproof line that includes macro ring lights built in, something unique to the WG cameras.

Pentax/Ricoh may be a bit quirky, but many of their cameras are well worth a look and offer excellent image quality for the price.

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