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.
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.
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
Product used as a second body for event photography. I like this camera for it's shutter speed.
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.
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.
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.
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!
upgrading from K10D, lot of improvements
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.
Awesome,there are already plenty of great reviews, go for it