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.
Too bad Pentax doesn't advertise more. Feature to feature, they are better equipped than both Canon and Nikon at the same level. You get so much more for your money with Pentax.
I just unbox my k-5iis yesterday and started shooting out the box. I've taken over three hundred photos and nearly everything is a keeper. The image stabilizer on this camera is the best I've ever used. I'm using a 26 something year old 50mm prime lens in manual mode that I purchase overseas. The photos are untouch using the onboard flash! I wanted to add photos taken without flash and they're tack-sharp as well. This site only allow two photos. The Sharpness of the Pentax K-5iis is unbelievable! Allow my Photos to speak for themselves.
I shoot nature subjects from a wheel chair. Image stabilization allows slow shutter speeds without blur. Pentaprism accuracy allows tracking small subject s while manual focus is used. From tiny insects and plants underfoot to aircraft over head they Pentax meets the challenge. No fear of wet conditions either due to weather sealing. It is heavy on the neck, but a small price to pay for a rugged camera.
Only had the camera a couple of weeks. So far, this is a feature packed camera that takes great photos. This is my 2nd Pentax DSLR. Big leap up from my K 10 D.
Got this to upgrade my K5, enjoying it so far. Glass LCD cover, lack of anti-aliasing filtering are big pluses. Great product, pricing and shipping.
This cam is the most advanced value today & will not be obsolete anytime soon in my arsenal.
This camera has served all my needs and more. Easy to use, well built, and water resistant! I love the metal feel compared to other company's cameras. Highly recommend this camera.
This issue has hit the mark dead on! It handles noise much better than the K20D and the lack of antialiasing makes the shots pop. Exposure and color are typically perfect.
i am not a professional photographer. i am an architect who loves to shoot photo and make experiment with them. this camera is very friendly to shoot. i love this camera. its size and weight is great. and soundless focusing system is awesome. Things that aren't so great about it!!! i think 24 megapixel with bigger sensor should be there.if i use zoom lens the build in flash makes a shadow on close portrait. single slot memory card.
i just experiment with mt shoot. like to do street/ daily life , portrait type things. its size and weight. quite focusing system. this is great camera for me. i think it will be great to have 24 mp with larger sensor.sometimes with zoom lens build in flash makes shadow to near object.