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Pentax Announces 16.3 Megapixels K-5 With Full Weather-Seal Priced at $1,600

2010-09-20 14:38
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Pentax today announces the new K-5 DSLR camera. The K-5 DSLR features a 16.3 Megapixels sensor, 7fps burst shooting, ISO 80-51200, full 1080 HD at 25fps, faster autofocusing, upgraded HDR, and a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction. Additional important features on the K-5 include:

  • A fully weather-sealed and coldproof design.
  • A large 3-inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution.
  • Durable magnesium alloy that surrounds a rugged stainless steel chassis.
  • Highly accurate 77 segment metering system.
  • Pentaprism viewfinder with 100% field of view and 0.92X magnification.
  • PENTAX body-based Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization system that works with every PENTAX lens ever made.
  • A maximum 1/8000 second shutter speed.
  • HDMI port outputs high-definition images and video (and sound).
  • A wide range of in-camera image processing and special effects filters.
  • Customizable RAW/Fx button.
  • Built-in electronic level with tilt scale display in LCD panel.

The K-5 will ship in October 2010 as a body kit only for $1,599.95 or as a lens kit with the 18-55mm WR for $1,749.95. Pentax also announced the smc PENTAX-DA18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR lens. This interchangeable zoom lens features a simplified weather-resistant construction and extra-smooth autofocus operation using a built-in motor, in addition to its high 7.5X zoom ratio. This new lens will ship in October for $529.95. Check out the K-5 official first look video below:


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PENTAX Announces K-5 Digital SLR for Advanced Amateur Photographers

GOLDEN, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PENTAX Imaging Systems has announced the PENTAX K-5 digital SLR camera. The K-5 DSLR offers a true high-end prosumer design and features normally found only on the most costly of professional cameras. With exceptional reliability, user-friendly operation, and the compact, lightweight body of its predecessor, the PENTAX K-7, the new K-5 offers several important and improved features.

The pro-oriented "prosumer" features that take this latest PENTAX DSLR to the next level include:

  • High resolution 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor.
  • Fast up to 7 FPS to capture fast action shots.
  • High sensitivity 80-12800 ISO range, expandable to 51200, with improved noise performance overall.
  • Widescreen 1080p HD video at 25 FPS with sound via built-in microphone or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack.
  • Newly improved, highly responsive and accurate 11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with dedicated AF assist lamp and light wavelength sensor.
  • Focus and shutter speed priority during AF-C.
  • Native support for both PENTAX PEF and Adobe DNG 14 bit RAW files.
  • Improved in-camera HDR image capture with more blending modes and better image alignment for handheld HDR shots.
  • SDXC memory card compatibility (via firmware update).

Additional important features on the new PENTAX K-5 digital SLR include:

  • A fully weather-sealed and coldproof design.
  • A large 3-inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution.
  • Durable magnesium alloy that surrounds a rugged stainless steel chassis.
  • Highly accurate 77 segment metering system.
  • Pentaprism viewfinder with 100% field of view and 0.92X magnification.
  • PENTAX body-based Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization system that works with every PENTAX lens ever made.
  • A maximum 1/8000 second shutter speed.
  • HDMI port outputs high-definition images and video (and sound).
  • A wide range of in-camera image processing and special effects filters.
  • Customizable RAW/Fx button.
  • Built-in electronic level with tilt scale display in LCD panel.

These improvements and features are a direct result of customer feedback provided to PENTAX by dedicated "prosumer" Pentaxian shooters who have helped refine the K-5 to deliver a wide feature set and make it a perfect all-purpose camera for field or studio use. The K-5 is an excellent choice for advanced enthusiasts looking for a compact, yet highly advanced camera without spending thousands of dollars more. The PENTAX K-5 digital SLR will ship in October 2010 as a body kit only for $1,599.95 USD or as a lens kit with the 18-55mm WR for $1,749.95 USD.

PENTAX Imaging also announced the smc PENTAX-DA18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR lens designed exclusively for use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras. This interchangeable zoom lens features a simplified weather-resistant construction and extra-smooth autofocus operation using a built-in motor, in addition to its high 7.5X zoom ratio. This new lens will ship in October for $529.95 USD. More information is available here: www.pentaximaging.com and product images are available here: www.pentaximaging.com/press/pressfiles.html An informational video is available here: www.youtube.com/pentaxian1

PENTAX Imaging Company is an innovative leader in the production of a variety of digital cameras including weather resistant digital SLRs and stylish, compact, waterproof cameras, as well as lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, and eyepieces. For over 90 years, PENTAX has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of consumers and businesses. With headquarters in Golden, Colorado, PENTAX Imaging Company is a division of PENTAX of America, Inc.

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Pentax K-5 Camera Reviews Roundup


pdn - Jul 01 2013
"The model without an anti-aliasing filter is aimed at studio photographers who may want higher resolution. Anti-aliasing is a way that camera vendors handle an inherent problem of digital photography. The pixels that make up the image can make diagonal lines look like a series of steps when enlarged. But if the lines are parallel and small enough, the image..." More »
Not Rated
dpreview - Jun 05 2013
"Thanks to the sensor we liked so much in the K-5 and Nikon D7000, the Pentax K-5 II still turns out excellent images with a wide dynamic range and low noise, while maintaining good shadow and highlight detail. At ISO 3200 and above we begin to see processing applied before Raws are saved, resulting in an apparent improvement in our measured noise graphs, bu..." More »
80out of 100
Phoblographer - May 26 2013
"I always get antsy when I try a new DSLR system out, mostly because I have been using the Canon EOS system for over a decade now and I'm just used to it. That being said, when a new camera is in my hands and it's not at all complicated for me to acclimate to, I get pretty excited. The Pentax K-5 II and IIs felt very comfortable in my hands (if a bit small)..." More »
Not Rated
CNET UK - Apr 18 2013
"The K5-II put in an excellent performance under studio lights, with extremely sharp detail at the centre of the frame. As is always the case in the still-life test, it was set to full auto so it could choose its own shooting settings. It opted for 1/60 second, ISO 100, at f/5.6. There was no grain in the image, and sharp contrasts, such as where black met w..." More »
80out of 100

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Pentax K-5 Camera Recent User Reviews

One of hidden gems, Sun Kim - Jul 17 2014
Verified Purchase ( Feels top-notch in my hands. Slightly heavy, whispering shutter sounds. Single battery is enough for 1-2 day shooting. Everything seems designed by professional standards. I have used this camera for about 3 months. Great image quality, speed! I purchased it from EZCORP. They sent me the free gift together, a professional camera bag with no cost....


Five Stars, klyndt - Jun 27 2014
Verified Purchase ( Fantastic camera....


Fantastic Camera, Rimfiredude - Jun 19 2014
Verified Purchase ( I have owned Pentax cameras since the Spotmatic. Prior to the K-5 it was a K10D. The difference is like night and day. Thank you Pentax....


Best quality photos/ price, aquiles - Jun 11 2014
Verified Purchase ( The body is really good, dual dials, fast focus and accurate, the box was a bit old like if someone open the porduct and return it as well as the less box, however the body is really good the lens, is ok for the price is not my what I will choose, but it take good quality picture, is a bit noise and slow focus, but is weather proof (rain and dust)...


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