• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 50,000

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Differences

Pentax K-5 IIs advantages over Leica CL

  • Less expensive
    $497* vs $2795
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.81 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 740 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Leica CL advantages over Pentax K-5 IIs

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Thinner
    45 mm vs 73 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    12 months vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.74x vs 0.61x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 16.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 6.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    140 vs 28 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.0 fps vs 6.7 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/25000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Noticeably better sharpness than standard K-5 II; Compact yet control-rich body packs in the features; Updated autofocus system focuses in near-darkness; Fully weather-sealed; Very good dynamic range; In-body image stabilization; Dual-axis level with horizon correction.

  • Prone to moire, aliasing, and false color artifacts; Can seem intimidating at first; Fewer autofocus points than competitors; Doesn't take advantage of high-speed UHS-I flash cards; Movie feature set is very dated and file sizes huge.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A35

Pentax K-5 IIs
Sony A35
  • $623
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $567
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More viewfinder magnification
Leica CL
Sony A35
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $567
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A57

Pentax K-5 IIs
Sony A57
  • $623
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
Leica CL
Sony A57
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax K-500

Pentax K-5 IIs
Pentax K-500
  • $623
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoots 24p video
Leica CL
Pentax K-500
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro2

Pentax K-5 IIs
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $623
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Leica CL
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Leica TL2

Pentax K-5 IIs
Leica TL2
  • $623
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $2179
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Leica CL
Leica TL2
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $2179
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
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