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Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera - Body Only

by Pentax

RRP: £779.99
Price: £562.90 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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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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Style Name: Body Only
  • 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 20 Sep 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,996 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Storm on 15 May 2012
Style Name: With 18-55 mm Lens
I've now owned the K-5 for about three months and in that time the experience has been nothing short of joyous! There is nothing this camera cannot do (in photographic terms) and the image quality it produces is second to none as far as APS-C DSLR's are concerned.

A few things the K-5 has going for it:

- Great build quality, all metal construction, fully weather-sealed
- Very quiet and smooth shutter - this won't scare the birds or induce camera-shake
- As stated above, fantastic image quality, virtually no noise up to 1600 ISO and very little intrusive noise right up to 6400, brilliant vibrant colours (not overblown)
- Absolutely SUPERB with old manual aperture / manual focus lenses, exposure is spot-on
- A huge range of quality lenses to choose from, as the K-mount is compatible with all Pentax fit lenses back to the '70's
- Stupendous value for money, beats price-equivalent Canon and Nikon models hands down
- Excellent 18-55mm kit lens
- Fast and accurate autofocus
- Huge range of menu options and configurable settings
- Great ergonomics - I do not agree with one of the previous reviews that it is not as good as Canon in this regard

What don't I like? I cannot honestly think of anything significant. This camera is superbly designed and made. I have had no quality issues, no sensor stains, no freezing or locking up and no autofocus issues. It has made my collection of older lenses a pleasure to use (Tamron Adaptamatic 300mm F5.6, SMC Takumar 135mm F3.5, Pentax-M 28mm F3.5, Sigma 50mm F2.8 Macro and more) and the newer Pentax autofocus lenses have legendary image quality and perform brilliantly on this camera (DA L 55-300, DA 16-45, DA L 18-55).

I would not sell or swap this camera for anything currently on the market.
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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Rich on 9 Nov 2010
Style Name: Body Only
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By saladfunky on 12 Jan 2012
Style Name: With 18-55 mm Lens
I have upgraded from a Pentax K10D which was great but lacked the low light ability I was after. I have been thrilled with the results from the K5 at night, even the 16oo ISO seems better than the same with the K10 but going up to 3200 still doesn't seem to cause excessive noise. I don't tend to go above 3200 but even 6400 isn't bad quality, 12500 is quite noisy but allows exposure in dark situations but manual focus may be neccesary for this. I prefer the way the menu works to the K10D. I love the whole way the camera works and feels. Pentax have really come up trumps with this one. I find auto settings better than the K10 for indoor work. Only thing I think is a step back is the sd card slot cover which doesn't open enough to make getting the card out easily with finger and thumb. Seems designed for finger nails and/or thin fingers. But this is a minor gripe. I have only used video a couple of times and it takes practice as it is manual focus. If you can get the focus right it is good quality, will work under low light indoors but good bright lighting is ideal. So upgrading from a K10D to the K5 was a fantastic move for giving me more lowlight capability and many more usefull features. I highly recommend it.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mak'm on 4 April 2011
Style Name: Body Only
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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