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 A

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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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