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Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera Body, 16.3MP CMOS Sensor, 1080p HD Video at 25 FPS, 3" LCD, Black

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About Pentax K-5

Pentax steps up and delivers a top-of-the-line APS-C camera--the K-5 Digital SLR Camera Body, featuring a low-noise 16.3MP CMOS high resolution sensor, sensitivity up to a best-in-class ISO 51200, 7 frames-per-second shooting capability and a responsive, high-precision 11-point auto-focus system. A high performing PRIME II imaging engine produces rich-gradation, very high resolution digital images. Plus, full HD video at 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The K-5 makes advances in plenty of other areas as well, such as faster autofocusing speed and an upgraded High Dynamic Range (HDR) function that can even be used without a tripod. A bright, clear 3" LCD display with 921,000 dots resolution makes it easy to compose and review your images, or use the bright viewfinder for composition, secure in the knowledge that the highly accurate 77-segment metering system will deliver the goods every time. Shake Reduction image stabilization makes it possible to shoot at 2.5 to 4 shutter speeds slower without seeing camera shake in your photos. A lens is not included.

And all of this photo goodness is packed into a body of sturdy, lightweight magnesium alloy on a chassis of stainless steel. The 77 special seals in the body give you a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant camera, for reliable operation in harsh conditions, at temperatures as low as 14 deg.F (-10 deg.C). An extremely reliable shutter unit provides a top shutter speed of 1/8000 second and is tested to 100,000 shutter releases.

The Pentax K-5 is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Pentax K-5 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Pentax K-5 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Pentax K-5: Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast shutter speed, Good image quality, High ISO performance, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD and Quiet

Pentax K-5 Features

  • High-resolution 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor w integrated AD-conversion circuitry
  • High-sensitivity 80-51200 ISO range with improved noise performance
  • Speedy 7 FPS captures fast-action shots
  • Highly responsive and accurate 11-point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with dedicated AF-assist lamp and light-wavelength sensor
  • Widescreen 1080p HD video at 25 FPS, with sound via built-in or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack
  • Large 3" LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution
  • Fully weather sealed and coldproof design
  • Durable magnesium-alloy covers surround a rugged stainless-steel chassis
  • Highly accurate 77-segment metering system
  • Pentaprism viewfinder with 100% field of view and 0.92X magnification
  • PENTAX body-based Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization system
  • A maximum 1/8000 second shutter speed
  • HDMI port outputs high-definition images and video (and sound)
  • Native support for both PENTAX PEF and Adobe DNG 14-bit RAW files
  • Improved in-camera HDR image capture
  • A wide range of in-camera image processing and special-effects filters
  • Customizable RAW/Fx button
  • Built-in electronic level with tilt scale display
  • SDXC memory-card compatibility (via firmware update)

Pentax K-5 Specifications

Resolution
16.3MP
Sensor
CMOS with primary color filter and integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system
Size: 23.7 x 15.7mm
Bit Depth
8 bits/channel JPG, 14 bits/channel RAW
File Formats
Still: RAW (PEF, DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.21), DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III
Movie: (compression): AVI (Motion JPG)
Creative Color Modes
Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Muted, Monochrome, Reversal Film, Bleach Bypass - All include gamut radar and fine adjustment of saturation, hue, high/low key, contrast and sharpness (regular and fine adjustment scales). Monochrome mode includes adjustments for filter effects (green, yellow, orange, red, magenta, blue, cyan, infrared), toning (sepia, warm/cool), high/low key, contrast and sharpness (regular and fine adjustment scales).
Image Stabilization
Type: Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction with rotational compensation (4 stops max) Electronic level function: Yes, verification via viewfinder and LCD panel
Crop Factor
1.5x
Lens Mount
Pentax KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
Focus Type
SAFOX IX+ TTL phase-difference 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system with light wavelength sensor
Sensitivity
ISO 100-12800, expandable to ISO 80-51200
Shutter Speeds
1/8000 to 30 sec (1/3 or 1/2 steps), Bulb
Metering
TTL open-aperture 77 segment metering
Exposure Modes
Multi-segment, Center weighted, Spot
White Balance
Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE Manual mode(s): Yes, 3 manual and 3 Kelvin temperature presets available, copy WB settings from a captured image available * WB fine adjustment available in all modes
Burst Capability
Continuous Hi: 7.0 FPS (22 JPG, 8 RAW) - Continuous Lo: 2.0 FPS (unlimited JPG, 12 RAW)
Self Timer
Yes (12s, 2s)
Remote Control
Yes, infrared (0s, 3s, continuous), cable switch
Built-in Flash
Retractable P-TTL popup flash
External Flash Connection
Hotshoe (P-TTL), high speed sync and wireless w PENTAX dedicated flash, X-Sync Socket Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec
Dedicated Flash System
Pentax
Max Sync Speed
1/180
Memory Card Type
SD, SDHC, SDXC (via firmware update)
Recording Formats
AVI (Motion JPG)
Video Recording
AVI (Motion JPG)
Video Resolution
1920 x 1080p at 25fps, 1280 x 720p at 30/25fps, 640 x 480p at 30/25fps
Viewfinder Type
Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage
1
Display
3.0" TFT color LCD with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating Resolution: 921,000 dots
Live View
Yes
Connectivity
USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, HDMI out, DC in, cable switch, 3.5mm stereo microphone, X-sync socket Video out: HD (via HDMI), NTSC, PAL
Operating/Storage Temperature
14-104 deg F (-10 to 40 deg C)
Weatherproofing
Weather resistant: 77 weather protection seals
Battery Type
Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI90, D-BG4 Battery Grip (optional) for 2nd D-LI90 battery or 6X AA batteries
Dimensions
5.2 x 3.8 x 2.9in / 13.2 x 9.6 x 7.3 cm
Weight
23.3 oz / 660.54 g without battery or memory card
Mfr #
14748
SKU
IPXK5

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4.8

(based on 69 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

out of the box (update)

I've had the camera for two weeks now. While a nasty cold has kept me from trying everything I wanted to test the camera with I have had opportunity to test its latitude, color accuracy and freedom from digital noise. Poor light conditions (especially on cloudy days) often mean pictures with digital noise in deep blues, greens and blacks. One thing I like to do is to photograph trains, so a shutter speed of 1/500 is about as slow as I dare go. With the lens open to f4.5 and 1/500th second...

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I've had the camera for two weeks now. While a nasty cold has kept me from trying everything I wanted to test the camera with I have had opportunity to test its latitude, color accuracy and freedom from digital noise. Poor light conditions (especially on cloudy days) often mean pictures with digital noise in deep blues, greens and blacks. One thing I like to do is to photograph trains, so a shutter speed of 1/500 is about as slow as I dare go. With the lens open to f4.5 and 1/500th second, using the TAV program, the camera chose an ISO equivalent of 9000. In earlier cameras even 1600 would mean annoying digital noise, in the K-5 at ISO 9000 the pictures are virtually noise free. Absolutely incredible (and I remember when Kodachrome 2 had a then astounding ASA of 25)!!! Pentax has got one great camera here.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A mixed bag; Pentax can do much better.

After 10 days of consistent indoor/outdoor use I offer the following observations: 1. The LCD screen cover inexplicably cracked. Was it because of temperature or barometric pressure changes due to two plane rides? Body torquing from consistent use? No help from Pentax. 2. Button placement seemed a little counterintuitive, almost as if the spots chosen were because Nikon/Canon had different (ie. correct) arrangements and Pentax didn't want to imitate accepted convention. 3. The menu needs wor

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After 10 days of consistent indoor/outdoor use I offer the following observations: 1. The LCD screen cover inexplicably cracked. Was it because of temperature or barometric pressure changes due to two plane rides? Body torquing from consistent use? No help from Pentax. 2. Button placement seemed a little counterintuitive, almost as if the spots chosen were because Nikon/Canon had different (ie. correct) arrangements and Pentax didn't want to imitate accepted convention. 3. The menu needs work; took too many steps (different screens) to access simple options. 4. Color rendition was consistently muted, long on earth tones, much like Agfa 200 film. 5. Impossible to remove SD card quickly due to tiny door; no chance with gloves. 6. Autofocus was Right Now! fast. 7. Grip handle was a near perfect fit for my medium-sized hand. 8. Imperceptible shutter lag. 9. Battery life was surprisingly long, lasting over 300 shots (autofocus, single and multi-frame use). 10. Batteries took a long time to charge. 11. Heft of the camera was easy to handle for all day shoots.

Reviewed by 69 customers

 
5.0

Pentax K-5

By

Camera and Lens arrived they are both beautiful. Camera had only 107 pictures previously taken. Great build, awesome results. Still on a steep learning curve with new equipment but am certain this camera will be a solid replacement to my Nikon D200. Right now my two favorite aspects are: In body stabilization and 100% coverage viewfinder. I was tired of the 95% offered by my D200. I want a camera that will show what I shot on the finished product. I am not a fan of "cropping" or off camera edits. What you see is what you get with my shooting. So Far So Good. Highly recommend asking for Frank Brown. He beat the competition by a landslide. The competition offered a refurbished body; however, this unit was as close to New In Box that I could ask for, without the NIB pricetag.

 
4.0

Solid build and solid performance

By

Use it for general photography and family snaps. So much better than the K-x. The good: * Excellent build * Excellent usability * Very good high iso performance * Very good backward lens compatibility (in body SR) * Good auto exposure * Good auto white balance Not so good: * If you are left eyed: green button placement * Flash exposure blow outs

 
4.0

Pentax K-5 body USED

By

Product used as a second body for event photography. I like this camera for it's shutter speed.

 
5.0

Solid Performer!

By

The Pentax K-5 is amazing value and an brilliant camera to use. It has a solid quality feel to it and is packed to the brim with features.

 
4.0

Outstanding Value

By

I bought this back at the end of 2010 as my first DSLR. I put a lot of research into this decision, and it came down to the K-5 versus the Nikon D7000. I ended up going with the K-5 due to a lower price, better performance, and access to my father's old k-mount lenses. I don't regret this choice one bit. The k-5 provides outstanding image quality, and fantastic usability. The only thing I really find lacking about it is video functionality and performance, which is not to say it's terrible. It's just not as good as it should be.

 
5.0

Everything you'd want from a camera

By

The K-5 paired with a WR lens (such as my Pentax DA* 16-50) is an amazing tool for photography in any weather conditions. I've used it successfully rain, snow and extreme cold. It does have problems sometimes locking accurate focus indoors, which can be annoying. Otherwise it's the perfect camera for me.

 
5.0

Pentax K5

By

I use the K5 for wildlife, still life and portraits. It is a beautiful camera that is fast and the warmness of the photos rival film. I've only used Pentax and stepped up to the K5 from the K20. It was like going from a volkswagon to a Ferrari!

 
4.0

love it wish i could afford II s

By

upgrading from K10D, lot of improvements

 
5.0

Pentax K5 an outstanding camera

By

This camera is astonishing, and for the price Adorama sells it for, it is a STEAL. The image quality is amazing, shooting at iso 6400 is incredible, to have relatively noise free images at THAT setting is just insane, and with the two little consumer zoom weather-proof lenses, how could you go wrong? I have a collection of really good Pentax glass (FA* lenses) that REALLY make this camera shine. I see why the review sites scored this camera SO highly. Nikon/Canon buyers, you really need to rethink your decisions; in this price range, this camera cannot be matched. The feature set is astonishing, as is the 400 page owners manual. Lens correction IN the camera, individual noise reduction settings, I cannot say enough about this thing. Weatherproof to boot, and it is built like a TANK; the controls tight, accurate, and obviously made of first class switches and materials throughout. I look forward to their upcoming pro-series cameras.

 
5.0

Love it

By

Awesome,there are already plenty of great reviews, go for it

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hien d  I have 5 old Pentax Takumar lenses. Can I use these lenses as autofocus lenses on this body ???.
RORY M  Absolutely! This is one of the best features of the Pentax DSLR lineup. PentaxForums can teach you how. You will need a small adapter if your lenses are "M" or thread mount. Be sure you get the true Pentax brand or you will not get infinite focus. I have 6 old lenses that work beautifully on the K-5. Older SMC Takumar lenses contained small amounts of radiation which over time turns the glass yellow. This can be corrected by leaving the lens in UV light for a week or so.
hien d  Thanks Rory for your answer.
hien d  I have 5 old Pentax Takumar lenses. Can I use these lenses as autofocus lenses on this body ???.
RORY M  Absolutely! This is one of the best features of the Pentax DSLR lineup. PentaxForums can teach you how. You will need a small adapter if your lenses are "M" or thread mount. Be sure you get the true Pentax brand or you will not get infinite focus. I have 6 old lenses that work beautifully on the K-5. Older SMC Takumar lenses contained small amounts of radiation which over time turns the glass yellow. This can be corrected by leaving the lens in UV light for a week or so.
hien d  Thanks Rory for your answer.
hien d  I have 5 old Pentax Takumar lenses. Can I use these lenses as autofocus lenses on this body ???.
RORY M  Absolutely! This is one of the best features of the Pentax DSLR lineup. PentaxForums can teach you how. You will need a small adapter if your lenses are "M" or thread mount. Be sure you get the true Pentax brand or you will not get infinite focus. I have 6 old lenses that work beautifully on the K-5. Older SMC Takumar lenses contained small amounts of radiation which over time turns the glass yellow. This can be corrected by leaving the lens in UV light for a week or so.
hien d  Thanks Rory for your answer.
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