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The Pentax K-5 Limited Silver. Photo provided by Pentax Imaging Co. Pentax K-5 Limited Silver: flagship DSLR gets a new look
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(Monday, February 7, 2011 - 17:00 EST)

Hoya Corp. has today announced a limited-edition version of the Pentax K-5, its flagship prosumer single-lens reflex digital camera.


The Pentax K-5 Limited Silver follows in the footsteps of last year's K-7 Limited Silver, by taking the existing K-5 body, and installing a new reinforced glass cover over the LCD, which is said to be shock-resistant and scratchproof, making it rather more durable than the plastic cover plate from the standard K5. It also replaces several of the black body parts with ones in a silver finished, intended to match that used on several of the company's FA-series lenses, and which will now also be available on three of the DA Limited lenses. The silver-colored parts on the K5 Limited Silver include the top and bottom panels, plus the upper surface of the popup flash strobe, the panel comprising the bottom of the viewfinder prism and lens mount surround, the microphone jack cover, the shutter button, the power dial and the metering mode dial.

The K-5 Silver also changes quite a few other points beyond this, though. Most notably, the hand grip has been reprofiled, which should make it more comfortable in use. Also, the recoloring of the body goes further than that in the K-7 Silver. The K5 Silver's mode dial (with the exception of its top surface), and eight of the buttons -- lens release, ISO, exposure compensation, flash, Raw/Fx, playback, delete, and autoexposure lock -- have also been changed to match the finish of the silver panels. So has the small screw-in cap for the flash sync terminal.

As with the K-7 Silver, the rear panel surrounding the LCD display and the controls it contains all retain their black finish, and so do both front and rear dials, as well as all of the textured hand grips. Finally, the silver on red "SR" badge on the camera's front has been changed to a silver on black badge (unlike the gold on black badge of the K7 Silver), while both the Pentax and K-5 logos have been changed to use black print.

The K-5 Limited Silver will ship with the current Pentax K-5 v1.02 firmware, and should new updates be released after launch, it will of course be upgradable using the same updates as the standard K-5. The bundled software CD will be the same as that which ships with the K-5, and which isn't quite up to date with that available from Pentax's website. One change from the K-7 Limited hasn't, we believe, made it into its current equivalent. Our current information suggests that the K-5 Limited won't include the exclusive focusing screen that shipped with the K-7 Silver. That focusing screen, which hasn't been available to purchase separately, included several extra markings to help with rule-of-thirds composition.

In other respects, the Pentax K-5 Limited Edition is identical to the current camera. The Pentax K5 sports a number of significant changes from the K-7, including a brand-new 16-megapixel sensor, 7 fps burst shooting capability, and an unusually wide expanded ISO sensitivity range of 80 to 51,200 equivalents. The Pentax K5 also includes the company's latest generation, 11-point SAFOX IX+ module, which yields improved low-light focusing, as well as more accurate and stable AF overall. Pentax has also updated its high dynamic range mode in the K-5, enabling handheld HDR shooting, and providing a greater degree of control over the look of the HDR effect that can be achieved in-camera. Other creative additions include the latest Custom Image and Filter effects from the K-r, such as an overhauled Cross Process function, Bleach Bypass effect, and more. Also updated is the Pentax K-5's movie recording function, which now captures videos at up to Full HD (1080p) resolution, and the K5 also now allows use of some of its filter effect functions during movie recording. Read our Pentax K-5 preview for more information...

Priced at around US$1,700 body-only, availability for the Pentax K-5 Limited Silver has been set at April 2011. We don't currently have information on the total production volume planned for the K5 Limited Silver, although we understand that it will be in relatively limited supply in the US market, and would expect the same to apply overseas as well. Three DA-series lenses are slated to be available with a silver body color. These include the smc PENTAX-DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited Silver, smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited Silver, and smc PENTAX-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited Silver. Pricing and availability wasn't announced at press time.

Pentax K-5
The Pentax K-5 Limited Silver. Photo provided by Pentax Imaging Co. Click here for a bigger picture!
General
Camera TypeSLR
ManufacturerPentax
Model NumberNorth America: K-5
Dimensions5.2 x 3.8 x 2.9 in.
(131 x 97 x 73 mm)
Weight26.4 oz (748 g)
Planned Price$1,750
Planned AvailabilityOctober 2010
Image Capture
Sensor TypeCMOS
APS-C (approx. 1.12 in. diagonal)
16.93 megapixels (total)
16.30 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Focal Length Multiplier1.50
Aspect Ratio3:2
Image Dimensions4928 x 3264 (16.1 megapixels)
3936 x 2624 (10.3 megapixels)
3072 x 2048 (6.3 megapixels)
1728 x 1152 (2.0 megapixels)
Capture SpeedStandard: 3.7 frames per second for 9999 frames
Continuous: 6.5 frames per second for 31 frames
Image Quality4 levels
Image Preview / Review
ViewfinderYes, SLR type; eye-level pentaprism, 100% coverage, 0.92x mag., 21.7mm eyepoint, -2.5 to +1.5 diopter
99% field of view
LCD3.0 in. diagonal
921,000 dots (approx. 307,000 pixels)
99% field of view
Playback Zoom32.0x max
Lens
Lens TypeInterchangeable Lens
3x optical zoom
52mm lens thread
Lens MountPENTAX KAF2 (KAF2, KAF, KA)
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length18.0 - 55.0mm (actual)
27 - 83mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Ra gef/3.5 - f/22 (wide) / f/5.6 - f/38 (tele)
Focusing SystemSAFOX IX+, 11 point (9 cross type focus point in the center), with light wavelength sensor
Has AF assist lamp
Manual focus possible
Focusing RangeNormal: 10" - 4,081" (25 cm - 9,999 cm)
Exposure
ISO SensitivityAuto, 100-12800, expandable 80 to 51200
Shutter Speed30 - 1/8000 second
Exposure ModesAperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering ModesTTL open-aperture: 77-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation+/- 5.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, fluorescent (D, N, W, L), tungsten, flash, CTE, manual (up to 3 settings), Kelvin temperature (up to 3 settings)
Internal FlashGuide Number: 13
Modes: P-TTL, Red-eye reduction, Slow-speed sync, Rear Curtain Sync. High-Speed Sync and Wireless Sync also available with PENTAX dedicated external flash.
Range: Depends on lens
Flash Exposure Compensation+/- -2.0EV in 1/2EV increments
Creative
Scene ModesSensitivity Priority, Shutter and Aperture Priority
Self TimerYes, 2 or 12 seconds
Movie FormatAVI (Motion JPEG) with audio
Storage
Recording MediumSD/MMC including SDHC, SDXC
File SystemFAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format14-bit RAW (.PEF, .DNG), JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Connectivity
VideoHigh definition: Yes (HDMI)
Standard definition: Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
OtherMini HMDI, DC input, wired remote, 3.5mm external stereo mic jack
Power
Battery TypeLithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary D-LI90; optional D-BG4 Battery Grip
Product Bundle
SoftwareSoftware (CD-ROM) S-SW110
Battery / Charger1 x Proprietary D-LI90 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantNo
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlYes, Optional Wired or IR
NotesNew 16.3MP CMOS APS-C sensor with ISOs up to 51200, sensor-shift shake reduction, 1080p HD video at 25fps, 11-point SAFOX IX+ AF system, 100%, 0.92x viewfinder, electronic level with tilt scale, improved in-camera HDR, SDXC compatible with firmware update, weather sealed magnesium allow body on stainless steel chassis.
More Photos
The Pentax K-5 Limited Silver. Photo provided by Pentax Imaging Co. Click here for a bigger picture!
The Pentax K-5 Limited Silver. Photo provided by Pentax Imaging Co. Click here for a bigger picture!
The Pentax K-5 Limited Silver. Photo provided by Pentax Imaging Co. Click here for a bigger picture!
 

Pentax K-5
The smc PENTAX-DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited Silver. Photo provided by Pentax Imaging Co. Click here for a bigger picture!
The smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited Silver. Photo provided by Pentax Imaging Co. Click here for a bigger picture!
The smc PENTAX-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited Silver. Photo provided by Pentax Imaging Co. Click here for a bigger picture!
 

Original Source Press Release:

Pentax Announces Limited Edition Silver K-5 And Three DA Limited Edition Silver Lenses

Golden, Colorado (February 7, 2011)…PENTAX Imaging Company has announced that the popular K-5 digital SLR will be available soon in Limited Edition Silver. Available in the US in limited quantities this special-edition model of the PENTAX K-5 digital SLR camera will feature an exclusive design with an original exterior color scheme and a uniquely shaped grip.

Along with the silver K-5, PENTAX announced three popular PENTAX DA Limited Edition Silver lens models designed for use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras also which will ship in the near future. Each limited edition lens will feature a high-quality, silver finish applied to the high precision machine shaped lens barrel, hood and cap.

The three prime lenses that will be available in silver include:

  • smc PENTAX-DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited Silver

  • smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited Silver

  • smc PENTAX-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited Silver

The special edition, silver finish K-5 will match existing PENTAX FA-Limited series lenses and the new DA Limited Silver series lenses. The camera’s mode dial, control buttons and levers all feature the elegant silver color. To improve handling, this special-edition model comes with an exclusively designed grip that is thicker than the standard K-5 model. Shock-resistant, scratchproof reinforced glass has been used to protect the LCD monitor on the camera’s back panel and the status panel on the top panel.

First announced in September 2010, the K-5 DSLR offers a true high-end, weather-resistant prosumer design and features normally found only on the most costly of professional cameras including:

  • High resolution 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor.
  • Fast 7 FPS to capture fast action shots.
  • A high sensitivity 80-12800 ISO range, expandable to 51200, with improved noise performance overall.
  • Widescreen 1080p HD video at 25 FPS with sound via built-in microphone or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack.

The unique DA Limited series of prime lenses offers incredible sharpness and image quality, and are made specifically for PENTAX DSLR cameras. These lenses are ideal for even the most discerning photographer who demands top performance in an ultra-compact package. The high-grade aluminum construction of the DA Limited series provides the utmost durability and elegant design.

Whether paired or purchased separately, the Limited Edition Silver K-5 and the smc PENTAX DA Limited Silver lenses will offer owners a classic, high-end photography expererience. Priced at $1699.95 (body kit), the PENTAX K-5 Limited Edition Silver will be available in April 2011.

The PENTAX DA Limited Edition Silver lens pricing and availability are TBA. More information is available here: www.pentaximaging.com and preorder is available here: www.pentaxwebstore.com

PENTAX Imaging Company is an innovative leader in the production of a variety of digital cameras including weather-resistant digital SLRs and stylish, compact, waterproof cameras, as well as lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, and eyepieces. For more than 90 years, PENTAX has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of consumers and businesses. With headquarters in Golden, Colorado. PENTAX Imaging Company is a division of PENTAX of America, Inc.

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Consumer contact:
pentaxinfo@pentax.com
1-800-877-0155
www.youtube.com/pentaxian1
www.facebook.com/pentax

The firmware installed in the camera has been upgraded to the latest version (Ver. 1.02). Compatible with large-capacity SDXC memory cards, this firmware has been designed to increase the number of images that can be recorded in RAW-format shooting and during continuous shooting using high-sensitivity settings.
PENTAX and smc PENTAX are trademarks of HOYA CORPORATION.
Design and Specifications are subject to change without notice.PENTAX and K-5 is trademarks of HOYA CORPORATION.
HDMI, the HDMI Logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
All other brands or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
Design and Specifications are subject to change without notice.

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