Pentax K-5 II

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Pentax K-5 II
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K-5 II with optional GPS unit and battery grip
TypeDigital single-lens reflex camera
LensInterchangeable Pentax KAF3 and KAF2 mount compatible with Pentax auto-aperture lenses; older lenses supported in stop-down metering mode
SensorAPS-C 23.7×15.7 mm CMOS sensor
Maximum resolution16.3 megapixels (4928×3264)
ASA/ISO rangeISO 100–12,800 in 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps; expandable to ISO 80–51,200
Recording mediumSD, SDHC, SDXC[1] and, according to one source, microSD[2]
Exposure modesGreen (fully automatic), program, aperture priority, shutter priority, sensitivity priority, aperture and shutter priority, manual, bulb, X-sync shutter speed, five User presets.
Exposure meteringTTL open-aperture metering, 77 segments
Metering modesMulti-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
FlashOnboard pop-up flash; hot shoe for P-TTL flash units with high-speed sync support; PC socket for studio flashes; 1/180 s X-sync speed
Shutter speed range30–1/8000 s, Bulb
Continuous shootingUp to 7 fps
ViewfinderEye-level pentaprism, near-100% coverage, 0.92× magnification
Image processing
Image processorPrime II
Rear LCD monitor3″, 921,000 dots (640×480 RGB pixels)
BatteryD-LI90 lithium-ion rechargeable battery
Optional battery packsD-BG4 battery grip accepts additional D-LI90 battery or 6 AA batteries
WeightWith battery: 760 g (1.68 lb)

The Pentax K-5 II is a 16.3-megapixel digital single-lens reflex camera, successor to the Pentax K-5, sharing its body shape with its two predecessors including the Pentax K-7, and making incremental improvements on the K-5. The Pentax K-5 II is available in two versions, the basic Pentax K-5 II as well as the Pentax K-5 IIs which omits the traditional low pass filter for greater sharpness but potentially greater moiré.

Both models have improved autofocus ability, particularly in low and tungsten light, down to −3EV, which at the time of release makes it the best low-light autofocus camera.[3] Also improved is the sensitivity of the central AF area which now has an AF base of f/2.8 instead of the common f/5.6.[4] This increased AF base length helps to improve focus accuracy, in particular with fast (wide aperture) lenses and in low light.[5]

The Pentax K-5 II/IIs each have HD video capabilities, with resolutions of 1920×1080 (at 25 fps), 1280×720 (at 25 & 30 fps), 640×480 (at 25 & 30 fps).

Externally, the cameras are distinguished by a recessed screen, where the K-5 had a flush-mounted one.[6] The K-5II/IIs has a gapless design—the typical air gap is avoided by the use of a special resin—helps to reduce internal reflections and gives better visibility in bright light.[7] The material of the screen has been changed from plastic to tempered glass, which is scratch resistant.[8][9] Like its predecessor, the K-5 II/IIs is fully weather-sealed.[7]

It has the highest camera sensor rating of any Pentax APS-C camera, according to DxO Labs, with a score of 82.[10]


The K-5 II/IIs are available in two different kits, one including the DA 18–55 mm WR lens, and the other the DA 18–135 mm WR lens, as well as a body only.[7]


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  2. ^ Steve Harvath (2012-09-10). "Pentax K-5 II". Digital Trends. Archived from the original on 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  3. ^ Angela Nicholson. "Pentax K-5 II and Pentax K-5 IIs: 10 things you need to know | News". TechRadar. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  4. ^ Pentax. "The new flagship model of the PENTAX K digital SLR camera series, featuring newly developed state-of-the-art AF sensor that boasts broadest AF working EV range range in its class*". Pentax. Retrieved 2013-06-28.
  5. ^ David Busch. "Mastering Digital SLR photography". Safari Books online. Archived from the original on 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2013-06-28.
  6. ^ "Pentax K-5 II Camera - First Shots". Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  7. ^ a b c "Pentax Ricoh announces Pentax K-5 II DSLR and K-5 IIs with no low-pass filter: Digital Photography Review". Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  8. ^ "Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs refresh company's DSLR camera range". Pocket-lint. 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  9. ^ "Announcement of PENTAX K-5 II and K-5 IIs | Pentax Support". 2012-09-10. Archived from the original on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
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