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Pentax K-5 IIs Digital Camera

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SLR 16.3MP CMOS Sep 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Count Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
This new model is designed to be the successor to the PENTAX K-5 (launched in October 2010), which has been very well received for its compact but solid, functional body and high-quality image... More
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17 Reasons For

Pentax Has Excellent Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

SLR digital cameras built by Pentax have excellent reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all cameras (not just SLR digital cameras) and found that Pentax also has excellent reviews across its entire range.

Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The K-5 IIs supports video recording, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the K-5 IIs.

We compared all the other cameras which support video recording to this camera and we think a cheaper camera such as the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price] or you might consider a higher scoring camera such as the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price], and the Canon EOS 60D[plb_1503709_price] are also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The K-5 IIs supports Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price] which is cheaper; or the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price], or the Canon EOS 60D[plb_1503709_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The K-5 IIs has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price] which is cheaper; or the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price], or the Canon EOS 60D[plb_1503709_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC memory currently available which you might want to look at including the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price] which is cheaper.

If the memory card type of this digital camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the EOS 60D[pl_1503709_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the EOS 6D[pl_1609271_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated) both from Canon or the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Quite High Maximum ISO Speed

The average maximum ISO speed of SLR digital cameras that were released around the same time as the K-5 IIs is 19,000. With a maximum ISO speed of 51,200, the Pentax K-5 IIs has one of the higher maximum ISO speeds amongst cameras of this age.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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4928 X 3264 Still Image Resolution

The K-5 IIs has a 4928 x 3264 still image resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution found on most digital cameras of this type and age. This Pentax digital camera also have still image resolutions of 1728 x 1152 and 3072 x 2048 and 3936 x 2624. The still image resolution of all digital cameras of this age and spec ranges from 480 x 480 (worst) to 6000 x 4000 (best).

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± 5EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most commonly found light exposure correction on SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most commonly supported USB version on SLR digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many SLR digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the K-5 IIs is more than most SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most commonly found light exposure mode is Auto, but this light exposure mode is not found on this Pentax camera. The light exposure modes Aperture priority AE, Manual and Shutter priority AE are also found on this camera.

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Has a Mini HDMI Connector

The K-5 IIs has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera has a Mini HDMI connector, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector found on cameras of a similar type and age to the K-5 IIs.

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Features Five Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the K-5 IIs is more than most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on digital cameras of this type and age. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus", "Contrast Detection Auto Focus", "Face detection" and "Multi Point Auto Focus" are also featured on this Pentax digital camera.

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TFT Display

The K-5 IIs has a TFT display which is better than most SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to it. Most SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

A TFT display is actually the best display across all digital cameras of this age and type.

An LCD display is the worst display across similar types of camera.

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Quite Small Minimum ISO Speed

Comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the K-5 IIs have minimum ISO speed of between 50 and 200, and the average minimum ISO speed is 110. With a minimum ISO speed of only 80, the K-5 IIs has one of the smaller minimum ISO speed amongst SLR digital cameras of this age.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a GPS

Most SLR digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the K-5 IIs do not have a GPS. The K-5 IIs is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also have a GPS that you might want to look at including the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price], or the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price].

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Not 3D Compatible

The K-5 IIs is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras of this age and type are also not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The K-5 IIs does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also do not support WiFi connectivity.

Other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might also want to look at include the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Most comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the K-5 IIs are not waterproof. The Pentax K-5 IIs is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Pentax K-5 IIs does not have an image stabiliser, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Pentax K-5 IIs is more than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This Pentax digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-5 IIs. The flash modes "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the K-5 IIs is more than most SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years. The camera file systems "Exif 2.21" and "RAW" are also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Quite Low JPEG Frame Rate

At only 25 frames per second, the K-5 IIs has a fairly low JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released around the same time as the K-5 IIs. The average JPEG frame rate of SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to the K-5 IIs is 35fps, and the JPEG frame rates range from 3fps to 60fps.

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Only Supports Two ISO Speeds

The Pentax K-5 IIs has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 100, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 80 and 51200 are also supported by this Pentax digital camera.

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Fairly Long Flash Sync-Speed

Across all the digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago the flash sync-speeds range from 0.0031s to 4s. With a flash sync-speed of 1 second, the K-5 IIs has one of the longer flash sync-speeds amongst cameras of this age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Pentax K-5 IIs

Released Over Four Years Ago

Pentax released the K-5 IIs over four years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the K-5 IIs has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared all the other 3" screen digital cameras to this camera and we think a cheaper camera such as the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price] or you might consider a higher rated camera such as the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price], and the Canon EOS 60D[plb_1503709_price] are also worth considering.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 680 grams, the K-5 IIs has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

We compared all the other 680g cameras to this digital camera and we think the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Canon EOS 60D[plb_1503709_price] (755g), or the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price] (690g) which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Pentax K-5 IIs has a relatively typical megapixel count (16.3 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the K-5 IIs.

We compared all the other 16.3MP cameras to this digital camera and we think the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as it.

We compared all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think a cheaper digital camera such as the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price] or you might consider a higher scoring digital camera such as the Nikon Coolpix D7000[plb_268250_price], and the Canon EOS 60D[plb_1503709_price] are also worth considering.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Compensation
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Second Display
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
DC-In Jack
USB Connector Type
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Histogram
Dioptre Correction
Camera File System
Live View
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
System Requirements
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Mac Compatible
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Hand Strap
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Operating System
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Digital SLR

Expert Reviews

13 December 2014

Unsere Kamera-Tests bieten zwar Orientierung bei der Auswahl der richtigen Kamera. Doch am Ende entscheidet der User selbst, welches Modell es für ihn sein soll. Welche Digicams derzeit besonders... Read more…

Improved autofocus over the 5, option of a model without an antialiasing filter
Sharper, more detailed images than from the K 5 II
Relatively modest price increase compared to the standard model
Widely available online and at Pentax retailers
And everything else we praised about the K 5 II
Continuous burst rate seemed lower than the claimed 7 frames per second, if you're used to a fullframe sensor, you won't find it here
Prone to moireacute, aliasing, and false color
Moir can be challenging to correct manually if it occurs
Unless you review your images very carefully in the field, you may not notice issues until it's too late to reshoot
Demands pricey, hig

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 13 July 2014 by Timothy Y.
(Verified Purchase)

I chose a Pentax camera because I had a Pentax film SLR and they still use the same lens mounts which saved me a lot of money. Even if I did not already have the lenses, this camera would have... Read more…

Does well in low light situation
Takes great pictures
Small view finder is difficult to use when manual focusing. I think most DSLRs have this problem. Adding a focus prism helps, or focusing using the live-view mode

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Product Identifiers

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