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Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIs

Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIs
alaScore 91

325 reviews

Mar, 2024

alaTest has collected and analyzed 325 reviews of Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIs. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the portability and price. The image quality and usability also get good feedback, whereas reviews are divided on the video.

performance, usability, image quality, price, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIs is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIs

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 user reviews of Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIs from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the portability and price. The image quality and performance also get good reviews.

usability, performance, image quality, price, portability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Mar, 2024

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIs

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 112 user reviews of Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIs from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the portability and price. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the software.

performance, usability, image quality, price, portability

software

97% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Mar, 2024

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIs

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIs from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

Mar, 2024

Expert review by (dpreview.com)

Pentax K-5 II

 

Note that because of the near-identical specification and identical design of the K-5 II and K-5 IIS, the commentary in this review refers to the 'K-5 II' throughout, and except where specifically noted, the term 'K-5 II' should be taken to refer to...

Good detail and dynamic range (even better in Raw) ; Very low shadow noise in Raw files at low ISOs ; One of the best APS-C DSLRs in terms of high ISO image quality ; Very good build quality and handling ; Maximum ISO of 51,200 at full resolution ;...

No dedicated movie shooting button (important only if you plan to use the movie mode often) ; No AF during movie shooting ; Poorly implemented live histogram in live view/manual exposure mode (doesn't indicate final exposure) ; No 'live' aperture...

Bearing all that the K-5 II does minus an optical low-pass filter, the K-5 IIS is a specialized camera made for those who want a little more detail and know how to handle the resulting artifacts. Its weatherproof design and small, tight build make it...

Jun, 2013

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Pentax K-5 IIs

 

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.

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.

One byproduct of the weather sealing is that it helps to quiet the sound of the shutter—it's one of the quietest you'll find on a traditional D-SLR. Sony cameras like the Alpha 77, which feature fixed mirrors and electronic viewfinders, are quieter—but...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Pentax K-5 II

 

The Pentax K-5 II is a top-notch D-SLR when it comes to still capture, but its video performance is disappointing in comparison.

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.

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Pentax updates K-5 dSLR, offers AA-filter-free model

 

The K-5 II gets an enhanced autofocus system, plus a sibling without an antialiasing filter. And they're accompanied by a couple of new lenses.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Eric Butterfield (steves-digicams.com)

Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs Review

 

This rugged dSLR offers a wealth of features and customizable settings that are easily located so you can focus on your subject. If it's manual controls you're after, look no further. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

16MP, APS-C sized CMOS sensor ; High-resolution LCD (921k dots) ; ISO up to 51200 ; Sensor-shift shake and dust reduction works with any Pentax lens ; Solid body with 77 weather seals ; 9 image modes and 18 digital filters ; Live View on high...

Auto focus in Live View is slow ; Auto exposure was sometimes inaccurate ; Low-light images look noisy ; Auto magnify does not work with Live View and manual focus ; JPEG processing could be better

This rugged dSLR offers a wealth of features and customizable settings that are easily located so you can focus on your subject. If it's manual controls you're after, look no further. Read more in our

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Pentax K-5 IIs Review

 

The Pentax K-5 IIs is a new semi-professional DSLR camera, based around the same body design as the older K-5 and the same 16.3 megapixel image sensor as found in the Nikon D7000 and Sony A55 cameras, but without an anti-aliasing filter for increased...

The Pentax K-5 IIs follows the recent trend of entirely dispensing with its anti-aliasing filter in the pursuit of greater clarity and resolution. A close comparison with the "normal" Pentax K-5 II model reveals that the "s" version does indeed...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Pentax K-5 II Review

 

The Pentax K-5 II is a new semi-professional DSLR camera, based around the same body design as the older K-5 and the same 16.3 megapixel image sensor as found in the Nikon D7000 and Sony A55 cameras. Key features include a new Safox X AF module that...

At first glance the Pentax K-5 II seems like a very minor upgrade of the two-year-old K-5, but the improved auto-focusing system, better LCD screen and the much lower official price make one of our favourite DSLR cameras even better. The K-5 II is an...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : imaging-resource.com (imaging-resource.com)

Pentax K-5 II

 

Very sharp, detailed images, Wide ISO sensitivity range, excellent high ISO performance, Very good dynamic range, especially from RAW, 6.7 fps burst mode with generous buffer depth, Compact, comfortable mag-alloy body packed with features, Weather,...

Very sharp, detailed images, Wide ISO sensitivity range, excellent high ISO performance, Very good dynamic range, especially from RAW, 6.7 fps burst mode with generous buffer depth, Compact, comfortable mag-alloy body packed with features, Weather,...

For the last couple of generations of Pentax's K-series flagships, as soon as I've returned the review camera, I've gone out and bought one for myself. For a change, I won't be doing that with the K-5 II -- the changes Pentax has made since the K-5...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : imaging-resource.com (imaging-resource.com)

Pentax K-5 IIs

 

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

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

For years now, we've heard readers asking the camera manufacturers to offer a camera without an optical low-pass filter in the quest for the maximum possible resolution. Some have seen OLPF-free digicams as something of a holy grail, but the truth of...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : Erik Sherman (pdngearguide.com)

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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Jun, 2013

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