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|The silver Pentax K-5 is a mechanically complex 16.3 MP digital SLR camera body. This Pentax camera body comes with a 3-inch LCD display screen that shows images in full-color. For continuous shooting, a 7 fps shooting speed is indicated. The Pentax K-5 is completely weather and water resistant, and it can be used in cold climates as well as in rain, fog, dust, and snow. The 16.3 MP digital SLR camera also includes a 77-point metering system for accuracy, which helps to produce high-quality digital still images while keeping them blur and particle free. Several features can be customized on this Pentax camera body prior to use to make a photo shoot or long trip easier to capture. In addition, the body is made of a solid magnesium alloy material, providing durability and a lightweight structure. Overall, this Pentax camera body offers many enhanced features to maintain an easy-to-use functionality for beginners.|
|Camera Type||Digital SLR|
|Sensor Resolution||16.3 MP|
|Lens For SD||Body Only|
Average review score based on 23 user reviews
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I chose this camera based on reviews on the internet from other buyers and in-depth comparisons to the competing Canon and Nikon models. So far, no surprises.
The pictures look great. I think “image quality” is the most important criterion for a camera.
Also, this camera can take pictures that would be difficult for other cameras to take. For example, it took a nice picture inside an art museum where photos are permitted but using a flash is not permitted. I had not learned much about the camera's features when I took that photo. There was not enough light for my wife’s camera to take a picture.
I’m reading books from the public library to learn how to make better picture by understanding aperture, shutter speed and sensor sensitivity. If you enjoy reading books to understand technical details and don’t mind trying things out until they’re “perfect” then you could consider this camera. If you want pretty good results with not much effort or practice, then you may want to consider a more simple camera.
This camera replaces a 35mm Pentax film SLR bought in 1999. The lenses I bought for that camera work on this new Pentax digital SLR camera. If you don’t have Pentax lenses then you should also consider the competing Canon and Nikon models which may cost less and may offer a broader choice of lenses and other gadgets.
With a good-quality lens attached, this camera feels heavy. That is probably true for any competing camera as well.
The LCD is important for choosing feature settings, but the LCD can be quite difficult to see in full sunlight.
I already have the Pentax k-7 DSLR camera. I like it very much. I'm not going to sell it. But in some cases i fill that its hihgest speed value of 3200 is not enoigh for me. Besides that pictures made at this ISO value are noisy. Also I needed the backup camera to get more freedom during photosession. Another reason to buy second camera is that I prefer Pentax limited lenses with fixed focus. Every photographer knows such situation: when you change the lens the moment has gone. Frankly speaking, I needed the second camera. That's why I purchased the Pentax k-5. It is my main camera now. It has incredible CMOS sensor which makes it possible to take excellent photos almost without noise at such speed as 6400! At last the highest speed 12800 on this camera is very useful in some non-standard situations. The k-5 autofocusing system is a little bit better in comparison with k-7. Some new menu featutes were added - cross-processing for example. Generally now I think that k-5 is "a woman of my dream" among the APS-C cameras. Sure it doesn't mean that I have not a full-frame digital SLR.
I'm a serious amateur photographer and this is my third Pentax DSLR. In terms of handling it's almost identical to the K-7, which I kept as a second camera. Autofocus is slightly faster and locks on with a bit more certainty, although it's not much different than the K-7 in he real world. The camera is still not quite there with the best autofocus systems from the higher end cameras produced by Canikon. In good light the autofocus is fast and accurate, but it's not great in the continuous focus mode.
As many other reviewers have said this camera is built like a brick. It's solid and with the kit lens attached I wouldn't hesitate to shoot in the rain. When I pick up cameras from other manufacturers I am always glad I went with the K-5. The lower level cameras from other manufacturers feel like toys in comparison and their upper level cameras are much larger and a bit heavier too.
The most important part of any camera is the pictures it takes, and here the K-5 simply shines. It produces pictures with over 2500 lines of resolution at ISO 100. The pictures have great tone quality which means this camera takes incredible pictures. The camera also has wonderful ISO quality. At higher ISOs I sometimes run RAW files through noise reduction software and with it can use pictures at ISO speeds that would have been impossible just a couple years ago. In fact, in a pinch I will go all the way up to ISO 51,200 if the shot is going to be small. There will definitely be noise, but it's better than not getting a shot at all.
I mentioned the kit lens earlier and the fact that it's water resistant. But if you want better pictures put on higher quality glass and the camera moves to another level all together. The pictures the K-5 is capable of taking are simply remarkable.
I recently used the camera to take my niece's senior pictures and when my sister-in-law had them processed at Walgreens they wanted a signed release because they thought they were professionally done. That's the quality this camera is capable of producing.
If you're really interested in video, the K-5 does a decent job, but it's not where the camera shines. If video is a big deal to you, I would suggest Canon. That is a Canon strong point. However, if you are buying a camera to shoot still pictures and will use the video only occasionally, this is a camera that gives the photographer much more than they are paying for and at this price point IMHO is nearly the perfect camera.
Finally, Pentax just came out with the K-5ii and it's not much of an upgrade, but that means the K-5 is a real steal right now at well under $800.
This is a Pro camera at a prosumer price point!
·Great dynamic range
·Exceptional high ISO low light performance!
·Shadow noise is extremely low
·Amazing build quality
·Fast bursts, even in RAW
·100% coverage VF
·1080p HD video
·Lots of built in editing features for stills as well as videos
·In depth controls over almost everything in the camera
·Extremely accurate white balance
·Maximum ISO of 51,200!! And actually usable upto 25,600!!!
·Excellent burst modes even in RAW format
·AF is fast in live view mode even being contrast detect style
·In body image stabilization
·Ability to fine tune NR at every ISO level
·No AF during video
·No dedicated button for video(more of a nit pick then a con)
·Some rough edges on diagonal lines
This camera really took high ISO low light imaging to a new level! It is truly almost class leading in this area in the 1.5x/1.6x crop sensor bodies, right there with the Pentax K-x and K-r really, even though they are the class leading bodies.
This body can use ANY Pentax K, K/A, M42, etc. mount lens! So, any lens by any brand ever made for the Pentax cameras, including the M42 screwmount lenses(via a cheap $12 adapter) can be used on this body. Depending on the lens it may be MA(manual aperture) and MF (manual focus) only, AA(auto aperture) and MF, or AA and AF(auto focus). The kicker, EVERY SINGLE LENS used on this body WILL become an IS/OS/VR/SR (image stabilized) lens! So you will have NO need to spend $100's to $1000's extra per lens for IS/OS/VR/SR like you would with Canon or Nikon, this alone is worth its weight in gold! The IS/OS/VR/SR is every bit as good and equivelant to the in lens variants. I tested this side by side when I still had my Canon bodies and IS L glass. I tested the IS/OS/VR/SR in the K10D(nowhere near as refined and as good as the K-5) from 20mm to 1200mm and it worked flawlessly in that range! Even produced a useable hand held image using an M42 Novoflex 400mm f/5.6 + 3x Chinon Teleconverter for the 1200mm focal range!
In price point it compares to the entry level offerings from Canon and Nikon. In build in compares to the D7000 and 60D, except that it is fully waterproof, dust proof, and weather resistant unlike the D7000 and 60D. Features and specifications it is somewhere between the Canon 60D and 1D series.
It is a camera suitable for every one from an amateur level to a full old time Pro and everyone in between!
I'm not going to nitpick here.
Yes, there were a couple of things which took some getting used to, but they were well worth taking the time to learn. The sensor cleaning setup; the feature which allows you to fine tune your composition without having to reposition body/lens when it is on a tripod; the quality of the files,- and I could go on.
This is one of the very best camera bodies I've ever come across. The overall, weatherproof structure of this thing is unbelievable. My friends, the Nikon/Cannon snobs, have spent a hell of a lot more than I have and, more often than not, gotten less for their money.