- Focal Length: 18 - 55 mm
- Resolution: 16.3 MP
- Screen size: 3 inch
- Sensor type: CMOS
- Type: DSLR
- Red Eye Reduction: Yes
- Battery Type: Li-ion
- LCD Info Display: TFT LCD
- Lens Kit: 18 - 55 mm
Pentax K-5II: Potent Performer sans those Flashy Upgrades
Pentax does come up with exceptional DSLRs which are kind of targeted more towards the enthusiastic professionals. The latest flagship happens to be the K-5II which has been released in two separate variants with the antialiasing filter being eliminated in one of them. While this results in sharper images and exceptional detailing, we would mostly concentrate upon the one which includes the filter while including the CMOS sensor into the scheme of things. The camera has a thing for the RAWs whereas the JPEGs get their due with every single click. Be it the video recording perks or the core competencies associated with the company the K-5II is more of a detailed performer as with the 18-55mm lens kit which turns up rather perfectly at every given call.
Pros: Here is one camera which comes forth with an impressive autofocus range for the low-light conditions. The weather-sealed chassis stands improved whereas the build quality is on the exceptional side. Better customization and higher level of detailing can be seen with this much improved competitor.
Cons: The offered lens kit is extremely noisy in operation whereas this device isn’t much of an improvement as compared to the predecessor. Flash sync cover isn’t the greatest whereas the Focus point does have some unresolved intricacies while being selected as the dial is poorly designed.
Here is a detailed review concerning the K-5II which looks like a decent performer in the context of the mid-range DSLRs.
Design and Build:
The design cues do not provide anything ground breaking in terms of innovation as for the ubiquitous body which is kind of rectangular and sports a vividly clear viewfinder in addition to the exaggerated handgrip. While the dimensions look kind of manageable, the device with the 18-55mm lens kit is more of a weighted entity. The magnesium alloy forms the chassis backbone sitting pretty over the stainless steel exterior thus framing the camera in a sturdy manner. While the flash and the viewfinder sit atop the camera body, the K-5II also offers a lot in terms of aesthetic appealing.
Ergonomics Leading to the Controls:
In most cases the K-5II resembles the K-30 but regardless of a similar feel this device actually looks way better in terms of manual tabs and direct access buttons. Be it the shutter orientation or the better activation of the same, the K-5II comes out as a stupendous performer as compared to the predecessors. Handgrip contours do look and feel extremely comfortable whereas the thumb resting area is more of an average performer with the rubberlike material included not being up to the mark. The composite paneling comes with an unlock button at the rightmost part of the surface whereas the useful mode dial has every access method for activating either the viewfinder or the built-in flash. Beneath the utilitarian mode dial rests the metering switch which allows the user to access multiple modes with ease. One may change the playback mechanism or even delete a few images with the provided buttons while the green button for manipulating the exposure levels is more of a prized inclusion. Clutter is avoided but the interface still remains highly populated as for the buttons leading towards the white balance, custom and drive mode access.
Specifications and features aren’t the strongest aspects of the K-5II which mostly banks on the performance pertaining to each segment. The SAFOX X autofocus system is more of an enhanced aspect of this device that readily boosts up the focusing prowess of the device even in low-light conditions. Darker portions are focused upon rather perfectly whereas the on-board assist lamp does render added functionality. Better performances are readily justified by the price range and also the brand value with the device seeking in greener pastures at the international scenario. LCD viewing is more eligible this time around as the seam and gap have been done away with. Three EV halts are provided by the camera as per the stabilization norms and the image performances are certainly at par with the company claims. While the sensor dependent image stabilization scheme is more of an innovative aspect, one might replicate the best of images at the capture mode whereas the video compatibility at 1080p is more of an added plus. The kit lens performs on an average level as the 18-55mm variant brings in a lot of noise as per the performances associated with the focusing motor. Discreet performances aren’t that conclusive but the kit still offers a pleasing scenario to work upon. Zooming capabilities are quite potent whereas the 7fps burst shooting rate is certainly top-notch. What stands out is the CMOS sensor rated at 16.28 megapixels offering a better image quality even at higher sensitivity levels. The sensor size is more of an added plus whereas the sensor shift stabilization technique comes in handy for the users.
Most of the underexposure trends are ably combated with the high quality sensor whereas the white balancing techniques are extremely innovative. Missing a single beat or the frame is not an option with the near perfect auto balancing spec which works out a perfect balance between the natural lighting aspect and the varied levels of inconsistencies. The offered lens kit includes a versatile focal range which easily does away with multiple aberrations whereas including a better wide angle and telephoto range for the users to bank upon. Noises are handled rather perfectly whereas one can easily go up to ISO 12800 even at low-light conditions. The range may be extended up to ISO 51200 but the images at full resolution are extremely blurred and miss out on a number of details. 11 point AF renders added functionality besides the 9 cross points and 25fps video capturing rate.
The Pentax K-5II can be considered as one minor upgrade to the predecessor but still sweeps out an impressive performance. One might look at the bankable autofocus or the exciting LCD which in unison do justify the price range and he popularity of this mid-range DSLR.
Pentax K 5 II Rivals:
Canon EOS 7D
At the time of writing this article, the best available price for Pentax K 5 II in India is Rs.76496/-. The price will be updated regularly in this page.