Pentax K-5 review

Is the Pentax K5 simply a modest upgrade to an already existing camera, or one that deserves recognition in its own right?

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The Pentax K-5 is a highly-specified and immensely enjoyable camera to use, and one which can easily withstand an array of photographic challenges.

It is hard to imagine how its menu system and the controls round its body could be presented any better, but perhaps its finest quality is its willingness to help the photographer out through the numerous and often unexpected interventions, particularly when finding correct focus, or appropriate colour and white balance settings.

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Though its body handles well and offers many direct functions for immediate access, improvements could nevertheless be made to make some of these less awkward.

Either way, by not entirely changing a winning formula but simply making it a little better, Pentax has delivered a competent contender when you compare the K-5 vs D7000 and K-5 vs Canon 60D.

Overall, the Pentax K-5 marries a well-rounded specification list with a stellar performance, and stands as an ideal upgrade to Pentax's previous DSLRs.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.3 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3.1x, 3.1x (Lens 1) - 4x (Lens 2)
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NamePentax
FeaturesLive View, Aperture Priority, Continuous Shooting Mode, External Flash Shoe, Manual White Balance
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)660 g
Image Sensor Size23.70 mm x 15.70 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4928 x 3264
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height97 mm
Width131 mm
Depth73 mm
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1) - 50 mm to 200 mm (Lens 2)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product ModelK-5
Product NameK-5 Digital SLR Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program (P)
  • Shutter-Priority (Tv)
  • Aperture-Priority (Av)
  • Metered Manual (M)
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number1476101
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Pentax K-5 incorporates a new generation CMOS sensor, combined with the reliable PRIME II Imaging Engine, which produce high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images. The K-5 also offers a wide sensitivity range, from ISO 100 to 12800, which can be expanded to ISO 80~51200. As the Analog/Digital conversion is done within the sensor, K-5 features an impressive noise management.

Package Contents
  • K-5 Digital SLR Camera
  • smc DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Lens
  • smc DA 50-200mm f/4.0-5.6 ED WR Lens
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Li-ion Battery D-LI90
  • Battery Charger D-BC90
  • AC Cable
  • Strap
  • Eye Cup FR and Hot Shoe Cover (Already Mounted)
  • Finder Cap for ME
  • Body Mount Cover
  • Sync Socket 2P Cap
  • Bottom of Body's Cap
  • Software CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year