Pentax K5- II review: Showing the competition how it’s done

By Ben Boswell - Wednesday November 21 2012

Camera Review
Introduction | Pentax K5- II sensor performance | Pentax K5- II versus competition | Conclusion

Pentax’s new version of their very accomplished K-5 model manages to retain the top position in the Semi-Pro DSLR category against some very tough competition. Should we be disappointed that it fails to score higher than the K-5? Not really, the K-5 II incorporates a number of technology updates without damaging what was, in the K-5, a very good formula.

There are no real surprises in the Pentax K-5 II; it does all the things that should be expected of a camera in its class. It has a lightweight but strong construction with weatherproofing; it captures still images at up to 7fps and video in Full HD. The surprise is not what features it has or hasn’t got: it is list of other cameras that fail to quite live up to its high standard.

Some of the basic features of the Pentax K-5 II:
• 16.8 Mpix
• ISO 80- ISO 51200
• Max shutter speed 1/8000sec
• Image Stabilization : Sensor-shift (installed in the body, not the lens) Shake reduction improves handling by up to 3EV
• Autofocus: SAFOX IX+
• Viewfinder coverage 100 %

Pentax K5- II sensor performance

Pentax K5- II versus competition

Conclusion