Pentax K-5 II Brief Review

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  • 16.3 Mega pixel APS-C CMOS sensor with integrated AD conversation circuitry
  • High sensitivity 80-51200 ISO range with excellent noise performance
  • Air gap free 3-Inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution
  • Pentax body based shake reduction stabilization system
  • Fully weather sealed and coldproof design and speedy 7FPS captures for fast action shots
  • Release Date: 2012-10-10
  • Final Grade: 87 B+

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Pentax K-5 II
16.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor; Pentax K mount; 1080/25p HD video recording with mono sound; 3-inch LCD screen with 921,000 dots and improved visibility in bright light; 100% viewfinder; Weather sealing; Shake Reduction; Manual modes; RAW Capture;
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 6/20/2014

One of the shortcomings of the very good K-5, and indeed all of Pentax's DSLRs, is the adequate if not outstanding autofocus system. The K-5 II (as well as the new "s" version) just might offer a real remedy in the new SAFOX X autofocus sensor. The K-5 II's autofocus is rated down to -3 EV, approaching moonlight levels, and should track moving subjects better than prior iterations. The LCD screen has also been upgraded to have no air gap, which should improve outdoor visibility. These changes are, however the only truly compelling upgrades. This isn't necessarily a bad thing - the 16.3 megapixel sensor, weathersealing, 100% viewfinder and Shake Reduction (SR) are all fantastic - but such incremental changes aren't likely to excite would-be upgraders.  Pentax will also be releasing an "s" version of the camera for a $100 premium that lacks an anti-aliasing filter. Such a move should yield sharper photos but invites distracting moire in fine patterns.

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