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Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5
alaScore 96

872 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 872 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the screen and portability. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably.

image quality, performance, usability, portability, screen

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Pentax K-5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 872 reviews)

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Pentax K-5 IIs


The Pentax K-5 IIs ($1,299.95 direct, body only) sets itself apart from the nearly identical K-5 II by something it lacks: a low-pass filter. Elminating this filter allows the camera to capture sharper detail, although it comes at the risk of picking...

No low-pass filter. Excellent viewfinder. Fast 6.2fps shooting. Good high ISO performance. Weather-sealed design. In-body shake reduction. Compact for its class. Excellent control layout

Disappointing video experience

The Pentax K-5 IIs omits a low-pass filter in order to capture extremely fine image detail, but its video capture capabilities are behind the times.

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Pentax K-5


The weather-sealed Pentax K-5 is a fast-shooting digital SLR with in-body stabilization and fast burst shooting, but it's hampered by an underperforming kit lens, poor high ISO performance, and some other issues.

Weather sealed. Fast continuous shooting. In-body stabilization. Pentaprism viewfinder. Quiet

Pricey. So-so kit lens. No autofocus during video recording. Subpar high ISO performance

The K-5 ($1,249.95 direct with DA 18-55mm WR lens) is Pentax's top-end D-SLR, and offers the added benefit of weather sealing. Unfortunately, its weather-sealed kit lens can't keep up with the camera's 16-megapixel sensor and the K-5 lags behind the...

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Pentax K-5 Digital Camera Review


Pentax's K-5 features a number of improvements over the K-7, not the least of which is a new 16.2 megapixel sensor that boasts strong color representation and, when paired with the excellent weather resistant kit lens, a sharpness rating that exceeds...

Much of the K-5's pre-release hype focused on the brand new 16.2 effective megapixel sensor. In our tests, we found the excitement to be justified. This Pentax matches or exceeds comparable models from Nikon and Canon, especially in the areas of...


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Pentax K-5 Review


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Pentax K-5Digital Camera Review


What follows is a quick overview of the video capabilities of the Pentax K-5. Read our comprehensive analysis and testing results in greater detail at

Though the K-5 posts solid scores, what we don’t see in these results are factors like control and usability. It is there that the K-5's video capabilities dip into the realm of “unusable.”

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Pentax K-5


With a brand-new 16-megapixel sensor, seven frames per second burst rate, and an unusually wide expanded ISO sensitivity range of 80 to 51,200 equivalents, the Pentax K-5 takes over the flagship position in Pentax's APS-C digital SLR lineup, replacing...

Extremely wide ISO range, excellent high ISO performance, one of the best APS-C sensors yet ; Very detailed images and very good dynamic range, especially from RAW ; 6.5 fps burst mode has very good buffer depths regardless of file type(s) ; Unusually...

Steep learning curve (but intuitive once familiar) ; Default saturation and contrast a bit high, auto white balance too warm in tungsten light ; 18-55mm kit lens isn't on par with the camera body (but not bad for a sub-$150 lens) ; No middle ground...

With the launch of the K-7 two years ago, Pentax played to its strengths by creating a digital SLR that was not only feature-rich, but also surprisingly compact for a weather-sealed, magnesium alloy-bodied camera. The K-7 was an important product for...

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Camera Review: Pentax K-5 IIs


Pentax continues to up its DSLR game.

Improved autofocus over the K-5; option of a model without an anti-aliasing filter

Continuous burst rate seemed lower than the claimed 7 frames per second; if you’re used to a full-frame sensor, you won’t find it here

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Pentax K-5


The finest Pentax DSLR we've yet tested is a pleasure to shoot with

Good resolution scores with the kit lens; Handles noise well

Mediocre long-exposure; So-so white balance

Much of the K-5’s pre-release hype focused on the brand new 16.2 effective megapixel sensor. In our tests, we found the excitement to be justified. This Pentax matches or exceeds comparable models from Nikon and Canon, especially in the areas of...

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Pentax K-5


The biggest news with the Pentax K-5 is its 16.3-megapixel image sensor. Testers at call it "simply the best APS-C we have tested so far." (APS-C is the type of sensor often found on under-$2,000 DSLRs.) Experts say the K-5 is also...

Improved image quality and low-light performance, 1080p high-definition video at 25 fps, includes mic jack and HDMI port, customizable settings

Not as good in dim light as full-frame cameras, no autofocus while shooting video, no one-touch video button, expensive

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Lab Test: Pentax K-5


With New York City pummeled by multiple snowstorms this winter, our staff was happy to have the Pentax K-5 around. Fully weathersealed and built to function in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit, Pentax's new flagship DSLR ($1,470, body only;...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module:No / Yes
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder / Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI:No / Yes
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity:No / WiFi Ready

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:DSLR Camera
Sensor Size:23.5 x 15.7 mm / 23.7 x 15.7 mm
SLR / Compact:SLR Camera


Bayonet Compatibility:Pentax K
Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/8000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card:No / Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Pentax D-LI90
Battery Type:Pentax D-LI90


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes