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Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL "WR" Zoom Lens, 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 rugged top-of-the-line APS-C camera--the K-5 Digital SLR Camera Body, featuring a terrific 27-82mm (equivalent) 3x zoom lens, 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-for automatically combining 3 photos taken rapidly in challenging situations, for improved contrast and tonal range--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.

And all of this photo goodness is packed into a body of sturdy, lightweight magnesium alloy on a chassis of stainless steel that's built to last. 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 Photo enthusiast, 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

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
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR
18-55mm (27-82.5mm equivalent)
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
Focus Range
9.84" (25 cm) to infinity
Accessory Lens/Filter Mount
ISO 100-12800, expandable to ISO 80-51200
Shutter Speeds
1/8000 to 30 sec (1/3 or 1/2 steps), Bulb
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
Max Sync Speed
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 480 p at30/25fps
Viewfinder Coverage
3.0" TFT color LCD with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating Resolution: 921,000 dots
Live View
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)
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
5.2 x 3.8 x 2.9in / 13.2 x 9.6 x 7.3 cm
23.3 oz / 660.54 g without battery or memory card
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Pentax has a winner on it's hands

I don't know where to begin, this camera is amazing. I've used this camera for studio shoots, engagement pics, and everything in between. The first thing that I noticed was how QUIET the shutter is. That really comes in handy when shooting at an event where noise is noticeable. The ISO performance on the camera is also amazing, I get great IQ up to 1600, once I get to 3200 the noise level for crisp pictures starts to get a little much, but still acceptable for smaller prints. The weath

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I don't know where to begin, this camera is amazing. I've used this camera for studio shoots, engagement pics, and everything in between. The first thing that I noticed was how QUIET the shutter is. That really comes in handy when shooting at an event where noise is noticeable. The ISO performance on the camera is also amazing, I get great IQ up to 1600, once I get to 3200 the noise level for crisp pictures starts to get a little much, but still acceptable for smaller prints. The weather sealing on the K-5 and DA* lenses is an amazing advantage. I just shot an engagement in a snow storm, and had NO worries about damaging my camera in inclement weather. The camera comes with 5 customizable user modes. I find that I can easily set a few settings and switch between them for different scenarios, and the camera makes it very easy. Finally, and probably most importantly, the image quality on this camera is phenomenal. The color reproduction I get with the K-5 is wonderful. A fellow photog who shoots Canon constantly comments on how great the colors coming out of the K-5 are. My one gripe about this camera is the auto focus. The speed is great, but still slower than Canon/Nikon. I am not a sports photographer, so it does not affect my work, but if blazing fast AF is a big need for you, I would look elsewhere. My only other complaint is not really about the K-5, but about the Pentax lens lineup. I wish there was a Pentax made zoom lens similar to a 70-200 f2.8. Right now, the options are 50-135 f2.8, or a 60-250 f4. They make a 200 f2.8, but no zooms in that range. The 50-135 actually offers a similar FOV to a FF 70-200, so it isn't that big of a drawback. There are 3rd party options if you absolutely need a lens with those specs. All in all, this is an AMAZING camera. I am already wish I had a second body, because shooting with my old stuff just doesn't compare. This camera is indeed perfect for my needs.

Reviewed by 101 customers


Pentax K-5


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.


Solid build and solid performance


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


Pentax K-5 body USED


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


Solid Performer!


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.


Outstanding Value


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.


Everything you'd want from a camera


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.


Best Price/Quality Ratio


For me it's just the best camera I need. And I need a lot of things: very good image quality, weather sealed, high-sensitivity ISO range ( 80-51200), low noise at high ISO(1,162 ISO), good color depth(23.7 bits), image stabilization, less shutter lag(104 ms), 100 percents viewfinder coverage, fast shooting(7 fps), shoots movies(1080p @ 25fps), high resolution screen(920k dots), I like that is small and light enough for traveling, hiking etc. I like the in-camera HDR feature. And I like that monochrome mode includes adjustments for filter effects (green, yellow, orange, red, magenta, blue, cyan, infrared) besides toning (sepia, warm/cool).


Pentax K5


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!


love it wish i could afford II s


upgrading from K10D, lot of improvements


good SLR


Good image quality, function is powerful and still figureing out


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Surasak L  When we use manual focus lens, confirm focus of K-5 will work or not ?
STEVE M  I believe it does work yes... I use mostly old pentax glass with my K5 and you will see a red dot appear in the viewfinder when you are in focus. There could be an option for a beep as well, but I don't recall hearing it on mine when I shoot. I may have turned it off when I first got the camera and prefer the silent confirm instead so I never looked into audible acknowledgment. Hope this helps..
Surasak L  Your answer is very helpful,thank you very much.
Shopper  Can i use manual lens?
STEVE C  Any manual lense with Pentax K mount will work.
Shopper  Is this the US version or grey market?
PEDRO M  if i remember correctly .. when i bought mine form ADORAMA.. i was told they do not sell gray market equipment..
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