Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera with DA 18-55 WR Lens - Bundle - with 16GB Class10 SDHC Memory Card, Adorama Slinger Camera Bag, Spare Battery, Adorama Cleaning Kit for Optics, and 6' High Speed HDMI Cable

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About Pentax K-5 II

Pentax is carving out a substantial niche for itself by focusing many of its products on the outdoor and adventure market. Today the Ricoh-owned camera maker introduced two new flavors of its top line camera, the Pentax K-5 II and Pentax K-5 IIs. Both cameras feature a rugged body construction that is water-, cold- and dust-resistant, and are built around the same 16MP APS CMOS sensor. The main difference is that the K-5IIs comes without an anti-aliasing filter, making it better suited for commercial and studio photography, while the K-5 II is designed to be taken to places where the photographer may not necessarily have control over lighting.

Pentax K-5 II Key Features:
16MP CMOS sensor
Anti aliasing filter: reduces moiré patterning
ISO range 100-12,800 native, expandable to 80-51,200
3-inch, 921k dot LCD monitor
Shake Reduction Optical
Viewfinder with 100% field of view
7fps burst rate up to 30 consecutive images in JPEG
18 digital filters
RAW or JPEG format

The Pentax K-5 II's magnesium alloy exterior and highly rigid stainless steel chassis is stur dy and lightweight, with 77 seals to keep out dust and rain. The camera is claimed to offer reliable operation down to 14 degrees F, and has a shutter release with a top shutter speed of 1/8000 second, rated to last up to 100,000 shots.

The glass Pentaprism viewfinder offers a full 100% field of view, with a Natural-Bright Matte II focusing screen for easier manual focusing. The camera has a Shake Reduction mechanism that can compensate for up to three stops worth of shakiness, according to Pentax; helpful features include an electric level function with a vertical level scale, automated compensation for distortion and lateral chromatic aberration when using Pentax's DA, D, FA and FA limited lenses (all of which are available at Adorama). You have a choice of three grid patterns while in live view mode.

The difference between this K-5 II camera and the K-5 IIs version is that the K-5 IIs camera does not come with a built-in anti-aliasing filter.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Image stabilization (11),Good image quality (10),Fast / accurate auto-focus (9),High ISO performance (9),Fast shutter speed (8),Easy to use (7),Large clear LCD (5),Quiet (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (11),Low light (9),Family photos (6),Sports/action (6),Wildlife (6),Travel (4),Weddings (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (4)

Pentax K-5 II Features

  • Stay obsessed - great just got better: The K-5 II takes greatness to the next level. Its high resolution sensor, highly advanced autofocus system and accurate shake reduction system coupled with its weather sealed coldproof design ensure that this camera is worthy of fixation.
  • 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor: High resolution 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor with integrated Analog to Digital (AD) conversion circuitry captures outstanding image detail with pixels to spare.
  • Rugged design: Durable magnesium alloy covers surround a rugged stainless steel chassis.
  • Shake reduction: PENTAX body-based Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization system is compatible with every PENTAX lens ever made.
  • 11 point SAFOX X autofocus system: New, highly advanced and accurate 11 point SAFOX X autofocus system offers the widest EV focus range in its class and is ideal for focusing in low conditions, as low as -3EV.
  • Air-gap-free, scratch resistant, 3 inch LCD: Air-gap-free, scratch resistant, 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution offers a premium image review experience by eliminating the gap typically found between the LCD screen and screen cover, giving a brighter and sharper image.
  • 1080p HD video: Capture widescreen HD video with stunning detail at full 1080p resolution and 25 FPS, including sound via a built-in or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack.
  • 100% field of view: High quality glass pentaprism viewfinder features 100% field of view and 0.92X magnification, for perfect framing accuracy.
  • HDMI port: An HDMI port outputs high definition images, video and sound to HDTVs.
  • HDR image capture: Improved in-camera HDR image capture features more blending options and better pixel registration for easier operation without a tripod.
  • Built-in electronic level: Built-in electronic level now features a tilt scale display in Live View.
  • Special effects filters: A wide range of in-camera image processing and special effects filters encourages the photographer's artistic expression.
  • 80-51200 ISO: High sensitivity 80-51200 ISO range with improved noise performance throughout, including ISO-specific noise reduction.
  • 7 FPS: Speedy 7 FPS framerate captures fast action shots in demanding situations.
  • 77 segment metering system: Highly accurate 77 segment metering system for perfectly exposed images even in difficult lighting.
  • 1/8000 shutter speed: A maximum 1/8000 second shutter speed freezes even the fastest action without subject movement blur.
  • PENTAX PEF and Adobe DNG files: Native support for both PENTAX PEF and Adobe DNG 14 bit RAW files, including the ability to retrieve RAW data from JPG files if still present in buffer memory.
  • Customizable RAW/Fx button: Customizable RAW/Fx button allows for easy access to common shooting settings.

Pentax K-5 II Specifications

Camera Type
Digital SLR
Sensor Type
CMOS w/primary color filter and integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system
Sensor Size
23.7 x 15.7mm
Color Depth
8 bits/channel JPG, 14 bits/channel RAW
Effective pixels: 16.3 MP
Total pixels: 16.9 MP
Recorded Resolutions
Still: 16M (4928x3264), 10M (3936x2624), 6M (3072x2048), 2M (1728x1152)
Movie (resolution/FPS): 1920x1080p25, 1280x720p30/25, 640x480p30/25
Quality levels: Premium, Best, Better, Good
Dust Removal
DR II (ultrasonic vibration to low pass filter) with Dust Alert function
Lens Mount
Type/construction: PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
Usable lenses: PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions)
SDM function: Yes
Power zoom function: Yes
Type: SAFOX X TTL phase-difference 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system with light wavelength sensor
Focus modes: AF Single (w focus lock, focus/shutter priority selectable), AF Continuous (w focus/FPS priority selectable), Manual
Focus point adjustment: Auto 11 Point, Auto 5 Point, User-Selectable, Center
AF assist: Yes, via dedicated LED AF assist lamp
Type: Pentaprism
Coverage (field of view): 100%
Magnification: 0.92X (w 50mm F1.4 at infinity)
Standard focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte III (interchangeable)
Diopter adjustment: -2.5m to 1.5m
Depth of field preview: Optical (diaphragm stop-down), Digital
LCD Monitor
Type: 3.0" TFT color LCD with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Resolution: 921,000 dots
Wide angle viewable: Yes
Live View
Type: TTL by CMOS image sensor
Field Of View: 100%
Display Modes: Magnification (2-6X AF, 2-10X MF), Grid Overlay (4x4, Golden Ratio, Scale), Bright/Dark Indication, Histogram
Autofocus: Yes, Contrast + Face Detection, Contrast Detection, Phase Difference
Built-in Flash
Type: Retractable P-TTL popup flash
Guide number: 13m (ISO 100)
Coverage: 28mm wide angle (equiv 35mm)
Flash modes: On, Redeye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync + Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Flash exposure compensation: -2 to 1 EV (1/2 steps)
External Flash
Type: Hotshoe (P-TTL), high speed sync and wireless w PENTAX dedicated flash, X-Sync Socket
Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec
Storage Media
Internal memory: n/a
Removable memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC (via firmware update)
Ports: 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
Printer interfaces: n/a
Language Support
English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Chinese (Simplified/Traditional), Japanese
Image Stabilization
Type: Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction with rotational compensation (4 stops max)
Electronic level function: Yes, verification via viewfinder and LCD panel
Metering System
Type: TTL open-aperture 77 segment metering
Sensitivity range: EV 0 to 22 (ISO 100, 50mm F1.4)
Multi-segment: Yes (77 segments)
Center weighted: Yes
Spot: Yes
Exposure compensation: +/- 5 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)
Exposure lock: Yes
Exposure bracketing: Yes (2, 3, or 5 frames, up to +/- 2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps)
ISO Sensitivity
Auto: ISO 100-12800 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), expandable to ISO 80-51200, Bulb mode up to ISO 1600, auto ISO range selectable
Manual: 100-12800 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), expandable to ISO 80-51200, Bulb mode up to ISO 1600
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
Type: Electronically controlled, vertical-run, focal plane shutter
Shutter speed: 1/8000 to 30 sec (1/3 or 1/2 steps), Bulb
Mode Selection
Green, Hyper Program (P), Sensitivity Priority (Sv), Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter & Aperture Priority (TAv), Metered Manual, Bulb, X-Speed, USER (5 presets), Movie
Custom Image Modes
Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Muted, Monochrome, Reversal Film, Bleach Bypass
Fine Tuning
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, fine, and extra sharp adjustment scales).
Green Simplified Mode Available
P/A/S/M/B: P, A, S, M, B (extended modes Sv, TAv)
Date Stamp
Digital Filters (capture)
Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Extract Color, Soft, Starburst, Fisheye, Custom
Data Record
Folder name (standard, date), file name (standard, customizable), embed copyright
Mode Selection Capture
Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s, continuous), Auto Bracketing (standard, timer, remote), MLU (standard, remote), HDR Capture (+3, 0, -3 with 5 blend settings and pixel alignment), Multi-Exposure (2-9 shots), Interval (999 shots, 1 sec to 24 hrs, time delay available)
Continuous FPS
Continuous Hi: Approx 7.0 FPS (30 JPG, 8 RAW)
Continuous Lo: Approx 1.6 FPS (unlimited JPG, 10 RAW)
Yes (12s, 2s)
Remote Control
Yes, infrared (0s, 3s, continuous), cable switch
Mode Selection Playback
One Shot (no data, basic data, full data, color channel histogram, bright/dark indication, copyright info), Multi Image Display (4, 9, 16, 36, 81 thumbnails), Calendar Filmstrip, Folder, Magnification, Select & Delete, Movie Playback (no data, basic data, full data), Save RAW Data From JPG (if available in buffer memory)
Mode Pallet Playback
Image Rotation, Digital Filter, Resize, Cropping, Slideshow, Save as Manual WB, RAW Development, Index Print, Image Comparison, Protect, DPOF, Movie Edit, Extract JPG from Movie
Magnification Playback
Up to 32X, scrollable, quick magnification)
Digital Filters Playback
Toy Camera, Monochrome (filter, toning), Retro, Color, High Contrast, Soft, Extract Color, Starburst, Sketch, Watercolor, Fisheye, Pastel, Slim, Miniature, HDR, Posterization, Base Parameter Adj, Custom
File Formats
Still: RAW (PEF, DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.21), DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III Movie (compression): AVI (Motion JPG)
Custom Functions
Functions available: 27
Computer System Requirements
Windows: Windows XP (SP3 or later)/Vista/7, (can be run as 32-bit in x64 Win) USB 2.0 port
Mac: MacOS-X 10.4.11, 10.5 or 10.6 USB 2.0 port
For device connectivity. Bundled software requirements may vary
Power Source
Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI90, D-BG4 Battery Grip (optional) for 2nd D-LI90 battery or 6X AA batteries
Battery Recordable Images
Approx 980 (approx 740 w 50% flash, CIPA)
Battery Playback Time
Approx 440 min
Battery Movie Recording Time
Approx 25 min (automatic overheat shutdown protection)
AC Adapter Available
Yes (optional)
Magnesium alloy shell over stainless steel chassis
Weather Resistant
Yes (77 weather protection seals)
Operating Temperature
14-104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Body Dimensions WxHxD
5.2 x 3.8 x 2.9" (132 x 96.5 x 73.7mm)
23.3 oz (660.5g) without battery or removable memory
26.1 oz (739.9g) Loaded and ready
Mfr #
12027 Z1

Pentax K-5 II Reviews

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(based on 11 reviews)

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Reviewed by 11 customers


Great Camera


from santa cruz, ca  -  Photography Student

Best DSLR for the price!


Awesome Camera


from Saint Louis, MO  -  Photo Enthusiast

I switched from Canon to get this camera! Wow, its wonderful. I love the image quality, lens selection, and weather sealing of this camera system. Overall I would say this is a absolutely wonderful system! I feel Pentax releases more Winner lenses than any other manufacturer. Because of the clean image high ISO can produce, you can often times get away with a slower lens. This makes the system WAY more affordable. I highly recommend this camera and the Pentax System.


Great Image Quality, Reliability Issues?


from Long Island, NY  -  Pro Photographer

I've only recently started using my K-5 professionally, and unfortunately, thought the dynamic range and image quality are outstanding, the camera ended up needing to go in for service. For a camera I really haven't used all that much in comparison to how some people shoot, it really should have held up better. Dust under the LCD was an issue from the beginning, but Pentax will fix that, but a $300+ repair for a camera body that hasn't been abused and has low shutter actuations is really quite frustrating. I will say, I've convinced quite a few people to switch to Pentax from other brands... it's an amazing camera overall and their selection of lenses, especially primes, is mind-blowing... which is why I stick with the brand. I bought a K-01 as a backup (luckily), and got it real cheap... and as ugly as it is, it's a great tripod camera. It's the image quality that matters, and in this way Pentax delivers.


Pentax k5


from Central, ny  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great camera, much happier with this than d7000!


All what I need


from Beirut, LB  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought my k5 ii a month ago, and I am so far enjoyed shooting with it in different environments. I have actually shot in a TV studio, in night clubs, in daylight... I shot all of my pictures in RAW and I find that to be a very good idea to take advantadge of the k5 ii full potential. Cropping, Adding some contrast and sharpening is usually all what i need in post processing. All in all I am very satisfied with what this dslr delivers. Read more at:




from Portugal  -  Casual Photographer

The best camera i have tried!


fantastic upgrade!


from Germany  -  Photo Enthusiast

This camera is everything I wished for. Low-light AF is superb, overall AF action is very nice! Haptic perception is like with every Pentax product exeptional excellent!


Excellent camera!


from Nampa, ID  -  Photo Enthusiast

Used for a variety of uses, sports action photos for school, family portraits, nature, landscapes. The options available make it very adaptable. Controls are pretty straight forward, easy to use.


It's better than the k-5 so get it!


from Seattle, WA  -  Photography Student

I'm not a professional but have been practicing photography for around 15 years. I own the k-5 and I love it. It feels good, the controls are perfect and it has a ton of features that someone like myself wants. I've been shooting long enough that I need more than an entry level camera and this camera did it! It's got pro-level features without the pro price. Plus, the The k-5 II is only the next step up from the k-5 so you can't possibly go wrong.

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Pentax K5


from Tacoma WA  -  Casual Photographer

I have owned a K5 not the K5 II and decided to sell it. K5 II has addressed some of the bugs I saw in k5 from what I understand. Things I liked. Design Build quality Battery Life Things I did not like. Hard to capture a SUPER sharp photo Auto focusing is not good. Flash is horrible as it over exposes everything Video offers no options and no compression offered Things that made me sell. Operating this camera is like driving a manual car, you cant just give it to someone to take a picture of say yourself and your wife and have it turn out perfect. Pros: Did take some amazing pictures with this cam!


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PJ H  Do you sell the body only?
f F  The K 5 or K5 11 is better. They both are small and have a digital info screen on top of the camera. The K30 doesn't have the small info screen on top thus you have to use the big screen behind the camera using up battery and it is not as convenient all the time when making the settings to take a picture.

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