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Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera - Body Only

by Pentax
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  • 16.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor 23.7 x 15.7mm High speed
  • Sensitivity range: ISO 80 to 51 200
  • SAFOX IX+ AF sensor with 11 selectable points
  • 7 fps high speed continuous shooting
  • Weatherproof body with 77 independent seals
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Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera - Body Only + Eforce D-Li90 Battery + Maxsima - IR Remote control Shutter Release for Pentax K-30 K-01 K100D K110D K200D K10D K20D K7 K5 K-m Kx Kr K-7 Km K-x K-r , *istDS2, *istDS, *istDL2, *istDL, *istD, also Optio S6 S60, Optio S5z S5n S5i, Optio S4i S4, Optio SV SVi, Optio 550 555, Optio 750z, Optio 330 430[rs], MZ-6, Optio A40, A36, A30, S12, S10, T30, RZ18.
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 13.1 x 9.7 cm ; 662 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: K-5 B/O
  • ASIN: B00439HH00
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 20 Sep 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,715 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Encased in a compact but solid, functional body, this new model comes equipped with a host of advanced photographic tools for the easy creation of diversified visual expressions, while demonstrating much higher standards of image quality, data processing speed and operability than previous models. Developed using the highly acclaimed PENTAX K-7 (introduced to the market in June 2009) as its base, the K-5 inherits the exceptional reliability, user-friendly operation, array of advanced features and compact, lightweight body of its predecessor, yet it is more resourceful and flexible in photographic expression. Coupling a new high-speed, low-noise CMOS image sensor with the high-performance PRIME II imaging engine, it produces super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels, even when shooting in the continuous shooting mode at a maximum speed of approximately seven images per second. It also offers an extra-wide sensitivity range between ISO 80 and ISO 51200 (when expanded via a custom function) and Full HD-proportion movie recording at 1920 x 1080 pixels to expand the boundaries of high-quality visual presentation. Adding other improvements and refinements — such as a much-faster auto-focusing speed, an upgraded HDR (High Dynamic Range) function now usable in handheld shooting, and better operability through an overall review of the design and shape of all components — the K-5 is designed to be more functional and maneuverable in every detail, and more capable of responding to the discriminating demands of advanced amateurs than previous models.

Exceptionally solid and durable
Exceptionally solid and durable
High-resolution, low-noise, true-to-life image reproduction

The K-5 incorporates a newly designed CMOS image sensor with a wide image-sensitive area measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm. It assures high-speed image data readout much faster than that of previous sensors. By coupling this image sensor — equivalent in performance and data processing speed to the image sensor incorporated in the PENTAX 645D medium-format digital camera — with the reliable PRIME (PENTAX Real Image Engine) II imaging engine, the K-5 produces super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with 16.28 effective megapixels, while suppressing annoying digital noise to a minimum. The K-5 also offers a wide sensitivity range between ISO 100 and ISO 12800. This range can be intentionally expanded by the user from ISO 80 to ISO 51200 via a custom function to accommodate applications intended for more creative expressions, such as open-aperture shooting using a large-aperture lens, and indoor and nighttime shooting with incident light only.

High-speed continuous shooting at approximately seven images per second

The K-5’s high-speed continuous shooting mode records as many as 22 images (in the JPEG recording format) in a single sequence at a maximum speed of seven images per second, allowing the photographer to preserve sharp, crisp images of active, fast-moving subjects — such as sports players, stage performers and wildlife — with great ease.

Responsive, high-precision AF system

The K-5 features a new-generation, wide-frame SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors positioned in the middle). This sophisticated AF system has completely redesigned optics, and factors the light source at the time of shooting into its calculations to improve the accuracy of autofocus operation. It also offers a choice of shutter-release options — between focus priority and release priority in the AF.S (single) advance mode, or between focus priority and speed priority in the AF.C (continuous) advance mode — to make the photographer better equipped for varying photographic requirements. The K-5 is also equipped with a spot beam projector to assist the AF system in poorly lit locations.

Compact, solid, functional camera body

Despite its compact dimensions, the K-5 is built to be exceptionally solid and durable, with a body of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy, and a chassis of highly-rigid stainless steel. Thanks to the inclusion of 77 special seals in the body, it also boasts a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction, assuring reliable operation even under harsh environment and at temperatures as low as -10°C. It also features a reliable shutter unit that provides a top shutter speed of 1/8000 second and the outstanding durability to withstand as many as 100,000 shutter releases. Despite all these features, the K-5 still offers an extremely compact, functional body, because PENTAX has applied all its years of experience and expertise in camera downsizing that it accumulated since the earliest days of film-format SLR cameras.

77 Special Seals
77 Special Seals
Bright, clear optical viewfinder with 100% field of view

The K-5 features a pentaprism finder with a nearly 100% field of view and at 0.92-times magnification (with a 50mm F1.4 lens at infinity) to provide a better view of the image field and improve the accuracy and speed of focusing and image composition. It also comes with the renowned Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen to assist the photographer with manual-focus operation. The K-5’s bright, clear viewfinder assures greater visibility in outdoor shooting especially when using a telephoto lens — allowing the photographer to better concentrate on the subject and image composition.

Effortless Live View shooting

Thanks to a new image sensor and a more sophisticated algorithm, the K-5’s Contrast AF mode assures better performance and greater focusing speed than before during Live View shooting. With the addition of a Golden Section display, the K-5 offers a choice of three different grid patterns to facilitate image composition.

PENTAX-original SR mechanism with user-assisting options

In addition to the standard rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which allows the photographer to capture 560 images with a single recharge, the K-r can also be powered by four AA-size batteries using optional AA Battery Holder D-BH109. Since these world-standard batteries are available almost anywhere, it removes worries about unexpected battery shortage, especially on the road.

PENTAX-original SR mechanism for sharp, blur-free images

The K-5 features the PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which effectively compensates the adverse effect of camera shake by 2.5 to 4 shutter steps, to produce sharp, blur-free images. This innovative mechanism works with almost all PENTAX interchangeable lenses — even those designed for film-format cameras.*Thanks to the SR mechanism’s flexible design, which tilts the image sensor unit in all directions, the K-5 offers several useful features to assist the photographer during shooting. These include an auto level compensation function to assure high-precision framing and effortless adjustment of horizontal alignment, and an image-composition fine-adjustment function to automatically compensate for the camera’s inclination during handheld shooting — vertically, horizontally, and in the direction of rotation.

Recording of Full HD-proportion movies (1920 x 1080 pixels, 25 frames per second)
Recording of Full HD-proportion movies (1920 x 1080 pixels, 25 frames per second)
Recording of Full HD-proportion movies (1920 x 1080 pixels, 25 frames per second)

The K-5 captures beautiful, true-to-life movie clips in 16:9 Full HD proportions (1920 x 1080 pixels) at a frame rate of 25 frames per second.** This extends many of the benefits of high-quality SLR photography to the world of movie shooting: For instance, you can reduce the depth of field to make a subject stand out, or use different interchangeable lenses to create distinctive visual effects. The K-5 also provides greater possibilities in visual presentation in movies, especially through the application of custom images and digital filters.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) function

The K-5 features the HDR (high dynamic range) function to create one composite image with an extra-wide gradation range from three images with different exposures, without requiring a computer. It offers a choice of auto, standard and expanded (at three levels) modes to accommodate different creative intentions. Thanks to the addition of an automatic composition correction function, the user can now take advantage of this creative tool even with handheld shooting.

Custom image function for distinctive finishing touches

The K-5 features the custom image function, which allows users to easily select the desired finishing touch for a particular image, in order to more faithfully express their creative intention or emphasize the prevailing atmosphere. The K-5 offers a choice of nine custom image modes, including Bleach Bypass, which is designed to create a dramatic visual effect used in motion pictures. In addition to the conventional Sharpness and Fine Sharpness modes, the K-5 also offers a new Extra Sharpness mode, which is designed to place extra emphasis on the outline of even the most minute details of the image to enhance its resolution.

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4.9 out of 5 stars
4.9 out of 5 stars
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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice! 9 Nov 2010
By Rich
I got this body as an upgrade from my Pentax *ist because the autofocus was just too slow - using lenses with low f-numbers where the depth of focus was very shallow it couldn't keep up with any subject movement even in good light and in low light it could really be problematic for any lens. Having suffered 3 years of kit-creep (the odd lens here, external flash there), another Pentax was the only sensible choice.

I can't really provide any tangible metric to quantify its autofocus speed and I don't know how it compares with Nikon/Canon etc, but I found it to be jaw droppingly quick and accurate.

The in-house shake reduction and good detctor sensitivity mean it's possible to achieve excellent hand-held shots indoors without a flash.

The ability to do hand-held HDR capture is a real bonus too - on the minimum setting you really get good results without that obvious HDR look.

Another really nice feature which I didn't see mentioned anywhere during my time trawling internet forums was that (assuming you're recording in jpeg) the camera seems to hold on to the raw data and only commit to jpeg after you've taken a subsequent shot. So, when you review the last image on the screen you have the option to manually adjust exposure compensation, white balance setting etc before it's too late. You can even decide to save the raw data if you wish.

All other features seem to be described elsewhere and I still have some learning to do, so I'll shut up now.....
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected 4 April 2011
By Mak'm
I have a collection of Pentax DSLRs, the K10,20 and K7. I love them all in different ways and all of them are capable of making great pictures. Noise was always an issue with the K10 above ISO 800 and the K20 beyond ISO 1600. The K7 was interesting because it had a noticeable 'film like' grain beyond ISO 800 but it actually looked quite nice in certain images. Out of the three cameras the K7 was the camera of choice but most of the time I could use each camera interchangeably without concern. This is not the case with the K5 and I always pick this camera up first. The camera seems to be in a different league to the others, including the K7. It seems to focus better, the noise is exceptionally well controlled so that it hardly matters what ISO rating I am using and ISO 3200 is perfectly acceptable in a lot, if not most cases.

But having said all of that the thing that has surprised me most of all is that the images from the K5 appear sharper! Now I know that people will tell me that this is a silly statement because the K5 has over 16 megapixels whereas the K7 and K20D have over 14 megapixels. Well this is true but I never noticed too much of a difference in the sharpness of the images from the K10, K20 and K7, even though the K10 had 'only' 10 megapixels. Now with the K5 the images just seem, well, better. Sharper, clearer etc. It could be that the new sensor delivers a better resolution, or that the camera now focuses better or that the shake reduction works better or even a combination of all three. Whatever, the reason I just feel that the K5 will handle most situations better and deliver better quality images.

Of course the camera is very discrete, quiet and feels extremely well made, just like the K7 and it's predecessors.
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74 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why buy Pentax? 17 Feb 2012
By 9aul
The K-5, my third DSLR, comes after time spent with both Nikon and Canon. My first "proper" camera was the brilliant Nikon D40 which I used for a long time with just one prime lens attached (35mm f1.8 ) and this made a great lightweight setup that I could take everywhere and get some great results from, especially considering the specs that would be baulked at by my most users today (6mp), but the basics worked well and it produced great images. I picked the camera up on sale while Nikon were offering a rebate for 250, I used it for over three years and sold it for 240 on ebay just over a year ago, to say the camera owed me nothing was an understatement and would whole heartedly recommend a similar setup to anyone starting out today (I guess the Pentax equivalent would be the `soon to be replaced'? K-r and the 35mm 2.4 lens).

Inevitably after some time I was seduced by advertised specs and a want for more features, in particular the video that I had seen coming from the Canon cameras and so like many before me, bought myself a Canon 550D about a year ago. Although my desire for features was met; basic things such as support for more lenses, a direct ISO button and bracketing that Nikon feel the need to omit from their lower end models, as well as video which has been a lot of fun to use, I was underwhelmed by the increase in stills image quality and I could just never get used to the cheap feel of the camera or find any desirable lenses in my price range. The year with the Canon showed that the ergonomics and feel of a camera are much more important than the spec list (to me at least).
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A precision camera for the enthusiast 3 July 2011
I looked at Pentax's K5 partly because it was launched only a little while before I started looking for a new camera, partly because as a teenager I had dreamt of owning a Pentax (or Nikon), as a successor to the Praktica I then used. Some years later I did change, but to a Canon EOS 650, a camera I tried but failed to like. I hadn't entirely appreciated how far Pentax had slipped from the position it once held in the SLR world - others stole a march on it in the digital era. But buying a camera is about more than buying the camera body. Certainly, I preferred the Pentax body against its competitors in the Nikon and Canon stable - but that's largely a matter of taste: all are very capable cameras. What also contributed to my decision for Pentax was the quality and type of lenses available for it. They are far fewer in number than for the Canon or Nikon, but they include some truly outstanding compact prime lenses. If you are interested in the kind of photography that requires as unobtrusive as presence as is possible with a DSLR, the Pentax range is worth close consideration. The K7, the forerunner of the K5, is now very keenly priced if the K5 seems just a shade too expensive. As with any new model, early acquirers have to pay a premium for what are incremental rather than revolutionary enhancements.

Are there drawbacks? Of course, as with any make. The autofocus is fine, but not as good as it could be. The metering likewise. But these are matters of small degree, not glaring deficiences.

To set against these 'drawbacks' are: excellent image quality and colour rendition; well-thought-out design; a strong, predominantly metal construction, with plentiful weather-sealing; a good lens range. In short, a neat camera.... in all senses.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in low light .
Mixed views can't really make up my mind if its as good as I was led to believe. However it is a fabulous DSLR and worth the price tag. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dr T Lock
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best APS C sensors on the market?
I owned a K5 for about eight months and for a variety of reasons decided to 'upgrade' to the full-frame Canon EOS 6D. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael G. Sharpe
5.0 out of 5 stars great easy to use
No problems, easy to use, good pics. Find it a bit annoying that you have user manual on disc... would much prefer to have booklet so you can refer to it when you are out.
Published 7 months ago by jeanett
5.0 out of 5 stars Best purchase EVER
My previous camera was the Pentax K100 D. It was about 330 and was about the best I could afford at he time. Read more
Published 7 months ago by A. J. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Pentax K5
Its taken a few weeks to review this camera as I felt it only right to give it fair a trial before submitting my rating. Read more
Published 10 months ago by D. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars K-5 a change from Nikon

I have decided to leave Nikon D70 and try K-5. Well, it has been a bunch of ups and downs, but now I can see how K-5 is good. Good is not enough, brilliant. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Skilak
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent camera
Arrived very promptly. Superb camera which performs better than I expected (upgrade from K20D). Exposure meter function considerably improved and colour rendition better. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dr S C F Blackburn
5.0 out of 5 stars first impressions.
I'm an amateur when it comes to photography. i've been on the market for an upgrade for my pentax kx for a while. Read more
Published 11 months ago by luis ricardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice camera
The elektron body is weatherproof and the feel to touch is quite great, There are many functions available such as multiple exposure and image processing . Read more
Published 13 months ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I need
Since I already have the top lenses for Pentax, I only needed the body. After being unsure how much better can technology advance at this stage, I must say I was pleasantly... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dasa Schindler
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