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Pentax K5II Digital Camera

£1,229.35
£690.00 £539.35 cheaper than 65 days ago
SLR 16.3MP CMOS Sep 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Full HD Video Release Date
Five industry awards
Excellent control layout
Relatively modest price increase compared to the standard model
45 Reviews + 5 Awards
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Relatively Modest Price Increase Compared to the Standard Model

Eight customers who bought it agreed that it was good value for money. Pdnonline.com mentioned “Relatively modest price increase compared to the standard model” in their Pentax K-5 II review. Expert website Pcmag.com said “The Pentax K-5 IIs ($1,299.95 direct, body only) Best Price at Amazon sets itself apart from the nearly identical K-5 II%displayPrice% at %seller% by something it lacks”. Del 58 said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Expect to spend a great deal of time reading through the user manual, especially if you are coming to the K5 II from a much simpler point”.

Expensive

We think this camera looks expensive compared to other cameras of this spec and age. We checked 68 cameras of this spec and age and they range in price from £30 to £4,689.


Reviews

Five Industry Awards

This digital camera is one of the most highly awarded of all the similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

The authors at websites PhotographyBlog.com, Lydogbilde.no, Ljudochbild.se and Lydogbillede.dk all said that this medium megapixel camera was great and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The author at review sites Ephotozine thought that this camera was terrific and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on thirteen expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Digital Versus and PC Mag this camera has an average expert rating of 88 out of 100. The expert review sites think this medium megapixel camera is one of the very best cameras of a similar type and age.

Excellent User Reviews

On average, people who bought this Pentax camera rated it as fantastic. Over 86% of reviewers gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Most K-5 II owners think it is one of the very best medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Pentax Has Excellent Digital Camera Reviews

We checked 2,026 expert and owner reviews (including 121 verified purchases) for Pentax cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Pentax has excellent ratings specifically within its medium megapixel digital cameras range. 97% of those that bought a Pentax camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax K-5 II has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think cheaper cameras such as the Olympus OM-D E-M10 (£349.00) is also worth considering.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Olympus E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm (£398.95), or the Canon G1 X (£419.99) is also worth considering.

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4928 X 3264 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax K-5 II has a 4928 x 3264 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras of this type and age. This Pentax digital camera also have still image resolution(s) of 1728 x 1152 and 3072 x 2048 and 3936 x 2624.

This digital camera's still image resolution (4928 x 3264) is in fact the best still image resolution amongst all digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360.

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4928 X 3264 Pixels Image Resolution

The Pentax K-5 II has a 4928 x 3264 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. Most cameras of this spec and age have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution.

This camera's image resolution (4928 x 3264 pixels) is actually the best image resolution across all digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Across comparable types of camera the worst image resolution is 4288 x 3216 pixels.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Pentax K-5 II has a battery charger included. Most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera also have a battery charger included.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Pentax K-5 II has a hand strap. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera also have a hand strap.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Pentax K-5 II has a batteries included. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera also have a batteries included.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Pentax K-5 II has an HDMI. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera also have an HDMI.

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Battery

740 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Pentax K-5 II is a camera that takes 740 shots battery life (CIPA standard).

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax K-5 II has a flash exposure compensation. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera also have a flash exposure compensation.

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Camera

Has a Dioptre Correction

The Pentax K-5 II has a dioptre correction, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Supports Live View

The Pentax K-5 II supports live view. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera also support live view.

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Features Histogram

The Pentax K-5 II features histogram, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Support

Good Support

Six owners who bought the product agreed that it had good technical guidance. Sweets rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “It comes with a handy book manual, so will be spending the next few days going through it”.


Features

Good Technical Features

Two customers who reviewed the Pentax K-5 II wrote that it had good features. L. W. Newton gave the product a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned five years ago “The K-5 MkII also comes with a very good instruction manual, which will guide you through set-up and advanced features” in their review of this digital camera.


Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Pentax K-5 II supports video capability. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera also support video capability.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support video capability and we think the Nikon P510 (£293.00) which is cheaper is also worth considering.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support video capability which you might also want to consider including the Canon G1 X (£419.99), or the Fujifilm X-E1 (£433.29).

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax K-5 II has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 (£319.99) which is cheaper is also worth considering.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to consider including the Olympus E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm (£398.95), or the Canon G1 X (£419.99).

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Has an HDMI Port

The Pentax K-5 II has an HDMI port, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Pentax K-5 II has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Design

Excellent Control Layout

Fifteen owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Neocamera.com mentioned “Excellent control over image noise”. Digital Versus said “Intuitive interface, advanced customisation features” and gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Pc Mag wrote in their review of this digital camera five years ago “Excellent control layout” .

Three people mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Mike he mentioned on Amazon “The controls are there for you to use from switches or an intelligently designed fast menu” in his review of this digital camera.

One person who reviewed the product thought it had a good interface. Newegg.com mentioned “Great interface, great alternative to apple or windows phones, not stuck in any kind of music interface like zune or itunes software, just drag” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

One person considered that the product was easy to setup. Mike he said in his review of this digital camera “Bracketing and manual compensation is simple to set up without resorting to menus”. One customer considered that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold. Mr Peter Wilson mentioned in his review of this digital camera “At the moment I feel more comfortable with a bit more control”.

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Quality of Textures and Small Details

Eleven owners who reviewed this digital camera said that it was good quality. Digital Versus rated it 80 out of 100 and mentioned “Quality of textures and small details”. Four years ago Pdnonline.com mentioned “A prosumer body with a solid build quality”. Digitalversus.com gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned five years ago “The image quality is remarkable on certain textures”.

Weather-Sealed Design

Three owners reckoned that it was well designed. Five years ago Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Weather-sealed design” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Chrisoko gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and said three years ago “A truly magical development of photographic design”.

Two people who reviewed it agreed that it was smooth. Newegg.com wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Touchpad is responsive and smooth (not sure what the other reviewer is talking about” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Newegg.com also mentioned “Smooth operation, no lag” in their review.

One owner who reviewed this digital camera thought it was ergonomic. Chrisoko wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Ergonomically and technically”. One customer who purchased it reckoned that it was good looking.

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Solid, Durable, Rugged Build

Nine owners thought the Pentax K-5 II was well made. Gadgetsmagazine.com.ph wrote “Solid, durable, rugged build”. Digital Versus mentioned “Build and weather resistance” in their review of this digital camera and scored it 4 stars out of 5. Newegg.com said in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Excellent Thinkpad build quality” .

Two people who reviewed it considered that it was strong and durable. P. Srinivasan mentioned “It feels great in the hand and also feels rugged and has some weight to it” . One person said in their reviews that this digital camera was sealed. Sandyjohnston wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “All the features of a digital SLR, fully sealed and best of all weatherproof”.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Pentax K-5 II supports Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might want to look at including cheaper cameras such as the Olympus OM-D E-M10 (£349.00), or the Sony NEX-3NL (£293.90).

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the Fujifilm X-E1 (£433.29).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Pentax K-5 II supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Pentax camera. This camera also supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

A 320 x 120 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across similar types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Pentax K-5 II has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution amongst all digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

Cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera have display diagonals of between 2" and 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". The Pentax K-5 II has a fairly large display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might also want to consider including cheaper cameras such as the Sony NEX-3NL (£293.90).

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Fairly Wide Field of View

The narrowest field of view of digital cameras of this age and type is 95% and the widest is 100%. At 100 percent, the Pentax K-5 II has a fairly wide field of view compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

At 921,000 pixels, the Pentax K-5 II has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as this camera. Digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera have display resolutions (numeric) of between 230 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that it was noisy. Del 58 said on Amazon four years ago “The kit comes with an 18-55mm lens, although this can be a little on the noisy side when being operated” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer considered that it was quiet. Alex he said two years ago “Quite silent, so it does not distract children, or scares animals”.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax K-5 II has a built-in microphone. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also have a built-in microphone.

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Weight & Dimensions

Compact for Its Class

Three owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was compact. Digital Versus mentioned “More compact than any other camera of its kind” in their Pentax K-5 II review. Pc Mag wrote “Compact for its class” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was a good body shape. Gcw said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “You can be confident that the camera body will work under most conditions”. Two owners who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was heavy and bulky.

One customer said in their reviews that this digital camera was thick. Roy Mcculloch said on Amazon “1 pin is thicker on the K3 connector, so, now Pentax have joined Canon”.

One customer who bought it considered that it was lightweight. Del 58 mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Lightweight and with superb stainless steel”.

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Heavy

With a weight of 680 grams, the Pentax K-5 II is very heavy compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera. The weights of digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera range from 20g to 1.3kg, and the average weight is 250g.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might also want to consider the Sony NEX-3NL (£293.90) (210g) which is also cheaper.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Three customers who reviewed it wrote that it had a good battery life. Alex wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “It's quick to change settings Excellent battery life”. Three years ago Mr Peter Wilson wrote “Image quality is great and battery life pretty amazing”.


Good Flash

Two people agreed that it had a good flash. Mr Peter Wilson mentioned in his review of this digital camera “This is probably great as an in-fill flash outdoors”. Mr Peter Wilson also wrote “The only thing that lets it down a little is the built in flash” in his review.

Good Video Capture

Four customers who reviewed it concluded that it was good for video recording. Roy Mcculloch wrote “The videos are brilliant too” in his review of the Pentax K-5 II and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Four years ago Del 58 rated it a maximum of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Video looks great through an HD TV”. Five years ago L. W. Newton wrote “This DSLR will also take full HD movies.”.

Excellent Viewfinder

Two customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good viewfinder. Pc Mag mentioned five years ago “Excellent viewfinder” in their review of the Pentax K-5 II. L. W. Newton scored it a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned “The viewfinder is bright and clear with all the right information within it, ISO, F Stop, shutter speeds ETC” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people who reviewed this digital camera said that it had a good screen. Newegg.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said “Vibrant screen”. Charliej scored the product 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon four years ago “The only thing stopping me from giving it 5 stars is the lack of a swivel screen”.

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Good Focusing Accuracy

Seven people who purchased this digital camera said that it had a good autofocus. Neocamera.com wrote “Good focusing accuracy”. Pdnonline.com mentioned four years ago “Improved autofocus over the 5, option of a model without an antialiasing filter”. Pdnonline.com also wrote “With improved autofocus, extensive ISO range (up to 12800” in their review.

Three customers who bought this digital camera considered that it had a good image stabiliser. Five years ago Neocamera.com said in their review of this digital camera “Effective stabilization for all lenses”. Digital Versus wrote in the same month “Mechanical image stabiliser” in their review of this digital camera and gave the Pentax K-5 II a score of 80 out of 100. Neocamera.com also mentioned “This DSLR camera boasts built-in stabilization, automatic horizon correction” in their review.

Three people mentioned that it had a good lens. Sweets mentioned on Amazon “The 40mm lens is also awesome, great for portraits” in their review of this digital camera and rated the product a maximum of 5 stars. Bengan gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera four years ago “I substituted the usual kit-lens for a Sigma 17-70 HSM which is grate lens”. Five years ago L. W. Newton gave the product a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “So what is different to the MK1, well the MKII is noticeably quicker in both focusing and shutter speeds, focusing is lightening fast and pin sharp with the standard lens”.

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Natural Image Colors

Twenty-three people agreed that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Neocamera.com wrote “Natural image colors”. Pdnonline.com wrote in their review of this digital camera four years ago “Sharper, more detailed images than from the K 5 II” . Gadgetsmagazine.com.ph wrote in their Pentax K-5 II review “Able to produce highquality, detailed images”.

Four customers who purchased it agreed that it was good in low light. Newegg.com said “Does well in low light situation”. Expert website Pdnonline.com said “A 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, improved low-light shooting and faster continuous shooting than its previous mo”. P. Srinivasan wrote “Low-light AF is superb”.

Three owners who reviewed it agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Five years ago Pc Mag wrote “Fast 6.2fps shooting”. Del 58 gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned “Offers a far better resolution, making it easier to read, especially in bright light”. Del 58 also said “The K5 II is capable of shooting video in full 1080p or 720p, with the abilty to switch frame speed betwen 25-30 fps in 720p mode” in their review.

Two customers who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good ISO range. Pc Mag mentioned “Good high ISO performance” in their review of this digital camera. One owner considered that it had a good image sensor. Roy Mcculloch scored this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars and he said on Amazon “Even using my old lenses, at the quality of this sensor, amazed me”.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

Pentax released the K-5 II in April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027075220720

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