Pentax K-5 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Pentax K-5
Resolution: 16.30 Megapixels
Sensor size: APS-C
(23.7mm x 15.7mm)
Kit Lens: 3.06x zoom
18-55mm
(27-83mm eq.)
Viewfinder: Optical / LCD
Native ISO: 100 - 12,800
Extended ISO: 80 - 51,200
Shutter: 30 - 1/8000
Max Aperture: 3.5
Dimensions: 5.2 x 3.8 x 2.9 in.
(131 x 97 x 73 mm)
Weight: 35.4 oz (1,003 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
MSRP: $1,750
Availability: 10/2010
Manufacturer: Pentax
Full specs: Pentax K-5 specifications
16.30
Megapixels
Pentax K (KA/KAF/KAF2) APS-C
size sensor
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K-5 Summary

With a brand-new 16-megapixel sensor, ~6.5 frames per second burst rate, and an unusually wide expanded ISO sensitivity range of 80 to 51,200 equivalents, the Pentax K-5 takes over the flagship position in Pentax's APS-C digital SLR lineup, replacing 2009's K-7 model.

Pros

Excellent high ISO performance, one of the best APS-C sensors yet; 6.5 fps burst mode has very good buffer depths; Weather, dust, and cold resistant; In-body Shake Reduction corrects not only horizontal / vertical, but also rotational motion.

Cons

Default saturation and contrast a bit high; Auto white balance too warm in tungsten light; Fewer AF points than main competitors; Only a single card slot, and no UHS-I card support (slow buffer clearing).

Price and availability

Available from October 2010, the Pentax K-5 comes body-only, or with a weather-sealed 18-55mm kit lens. Body-only pricing is set at around US$1,600, while the 18-55 WR kit costs about US$1,750.

Imaging Resource rating

4.5 out of 5.0

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