- Focal Length: 18 - 135 mm
- Resolution: 16.3 MP
- Screen size: 3 inches
- Sensor type: CMOS
- Type: DSLR
- Red Eye Reduction: Yes
- Battery Type: Lithium
- LCD Info Display: TFT LCD
As a part of a new and improved overhauling procedure, Pentax replaced its K-7 DSLR with the K-5. The K-5 is one of the finest and the top-end APS-C DSLR cameras.
The well-rounded performer is quite good and it’s perhaps a great recipe to bring an effective DSLR. Presenting to you the Pentax K-5 II camera that is a concoction of surprise and a great replacement to its predecessor.
The K-5II camera has impressive credentials that come along with a long lasting promise. The camera is compatible with any Pentax lens ever made; K mount lenses affix directly to the camera while old screw mount, 647 and 67 series lenses require adapters. The 11 point autofocus system features nine cross-type sensors and the viewfinder offers 100% coverage. Apart from capturing full HD resolution videos, the K-5II features incremental improvements and upgrades over its predecessor rather than a dramatic departure from established design parameters. The camera carries a 16.3 megapixel APS-C sized sensor, but it's the latest generation sensor that's partnered with the PRIME II (Pentax real image engine) imaging engine. The camera also includes a newly designed SAFOX X AF sensor. The new AF sensor includes an upgraded AF algorithm as well as the Select-Area Expansion feature. This new feature automatically tracks the subject when it deviates from a pre-assigned selection point by assessing data from neighboring sensors. The K 5-II also features auto level compensation and image composition fine-adjustment functions. This camera has custom image function that provides a choice of nine distinctive custom image modes and 18 built-in digital filters. This camera supports SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards and the camera comes along with battery charger and lithium-ion battery, USB and AV cables, a viewfinder eyecup, camera strap, CD-ROM software and printed operating manual with each camera. You will also get either an 18-55 or an 18-135 mm lens along with the camera kit.
The ISO sensitivity of this camera ranges from ISO 100-12,800 and this is expandable to 80-51,200. You can also pre-select the in-camera noise reduction that the camera applies at each sensitivity setting. The detail retention and noise reduction are hence balanced.
The Dynamic range expansion feature is quite significant on the camera. The shadow areas are brightened and details are highlighted to maintain proper exposure. The camera has an extensive multi-shot HDR capability, with four preset strengths plus an automatic mode. But, you can only shoot Jpeg files with this and amazingly, the processing time is just 20 seconds per shot.
The 7fps shooting along with Full HD recording is a bonus. The camera has a few effects that can be applied to your images. The contrast and saturation tweaks can be applied to enhance portraits or landscapes, through to more blatant effects such as Bleach Bypass, which de-saturates the final image.
Design, Display and Handling:
The K 5-II has a fresh new design with a ubiquitous rectangular body/exaggerated handgrip/viewfinder and flash atop the body configuration. With dimensions that measure 5.2 x 3.8 x 2.9 inches, this camera is placed towards the smaller end of the DSLR camera scale. The exterior panels are made out of magnesium alloy over a stainless steel frame.
The K-5 II feels quite steady to hold in the hand. The grip feels very firm and secure than most cameras. The contours of the handgrip area are unconventional. The thumb rest area on the camera has a tacky rubber like material.
The mode dial is placed on the top of the camera’s body towards the left of the viewfinder & flash. The modes can be changed by a gentle push of an unlock button. Shifting gears on the K-5 II with the mode dial is a tad awkward and takes a little time to get used to.
Beneath the mode dial on the camera is the metering mode switch. The upper left rear of the camera back contains playback and delete buttons. There is a 3-inch monitor on the lower left half of the back of the camera. There are various controls that have been crammed between the thumb rest and the monitor. There is a button (sets exposure mode to automatic and resets the settings), an AF point switching dial, live view button, OK button centered in a four-way controller including white balance, flash, custom image and drive mode buttons; below the controller are info and menu buttons.
The upper right rear of the camera’s body includes a rear e-dial as well as an AE-L button. The LCD panel on the top right of the camera’s body displays preference based information. Settings such as shutter speed/countdown of noise reduction processing time; aperture value, multi-exposure, mirror lockup, electronic level, EV bars, exposure compensation and bracketing, battery level, flash exposure compensation, flash mode, ISO, drive mode, file format and remaining image storage capacity/USB connector mode can be monitored from here. The power button is placed on the handgrip with the shutter button on the center and the exposure compensation and ISO buttons and the front e-dial.
The 3-inch LCD monitor on the K-5II is quite good. It features a 921,000 dot composition and is adjustable for 15 levels of brightness and contrast. There are layers of color adjustment (LCD color tuning) available on the green-magenta and blue-amber axes. This camera also features a unique resin layer that alleviates the reflection and dispersion of light to effectively prevent ghost images and maintain image brightness. The tempered glass covered LCD is reflection free. The viewfinder on the K-5II is quite large and bright. It features a .92x magnification and approximately 100% coverage. The viewfinder also features diopter adjustment to accommodate varying levels of eyesight. The overall layout of the buttons and controls on this small DSLR are quite nicely done. Most of the shooting settings can be done easily without accessing internal menus.
Menus and Modes:
A high end DSLR offering like the K-5 II are quite good. The camera has four main menus: a 4 page record menu, 1 page playback menu, 4 page setup menu and 4 page custom setting menu. The shooting modes are also placed as a high-end DSLR should have. This camera has an absence of scene modes and a relatively narrow range of manual shooting options. The green mode on this camera performs quite similar to the automatic mode. The camera has a few modes such as: Green mode, Program Auto, Sensitivity priority auto exposure, Shutter & aperture priority automatic exposure, manual, Bulb, Movie mode etc. The 1920 X 1080 full HD video with 16:9 aspect ratio at 25 frames per second is quite impressive. This camera also offers 1280 x 720 and 16:9 at either 25 or 30 fps; 640 x 480 in 4:3 aspect ratio in either 25 or 30 fps. The monaural built-in microphone with external stereo records good sound.
The K-5 II’s camera can shoot approximately 980 images without flash usage. It can also shoot 740 images with 50% flash usage.
18-135 mm lens:
The camera comes with an 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR zoom lens. The lens is well constructed and weather resistant. Overall, you would like this lens that gives you a perspective of macro as well as landscape photography.
The Pentax K-5 II delivers a very good image quality. Being a weather resistant camera, its usage is limitless. This is a relatively small and light camera that offers great features. Unfortunately, this camera has no continuous autofocus in video mode. The camera’s video is a bit slow to initiate following selection of video mode. This camera might also feel a little small for large hands.
Overall, this is definitely a terrific camera packed with loads of features and a great performance.
Pentax K 5 II Rivals:
Canon EOS 7D
Pentax K 30
At the time of writing this article, the best available price for Pentax K 5 II with 18 to 135 mm Lens in India is Rs.89996/-. The price will be updated regularly in this page.