Pentax K-5 II Review

Overall 46
Imaging 21
Features 57
Size 73
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Expands to 80 - 51200)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 7.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (25 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 131 x 97 x 73 mm
  • Weight: 760 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced Pentax K-5. Compare

Pentax K-5 II Summary

This review is devoted to K-5 II that Pentax has first introduced to the public in Jun 04, 2013. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Pentax released to replace their older product K-5. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Pentax K-5 II vs. K-5

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #49 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 46/100 and it takes a rank of #225 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Pentax K-5 II Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Pentax K-5 II review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000
  • Continuous Shooting: 7.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 14.1
  • Min Boosted Iso: 80
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes

CONs

  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 1235
  • Number Of Focus Points: 11
  • Number Of Cross Focus Points: 9
  • Headphone Port: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Battery Life: 980 shots
  • Storage Slots: 1

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Complete Comparison of Pentax K-5 II With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Pentax K-5 II. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II has the following external dimensions 131 x 131 x 73 mm (51.57 x 38.19 x 28.74″) with the weight of 760 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Pentax K-5 II, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Pentax K-5 II is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 73mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Pentax K-5 II with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Pentax K-5 II is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Pentax K-5 II compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Pentax K-5 II — 980 shots
Min: 390 shots
Average: 871 shots
Max: 1840 shots

Thickness

Pentax K-5 II — 73 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Pentax K-5 II — 760 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Pentax K-5 II comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Pentax K-5 II comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Pentax K-5 II Photo and Sensor Features

Pentax K-5 II comes with Prime II processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Pentax K-5 II has the following ISO range 100 - 12800 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 80 - 51200.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Pentax K-5 II features a 16.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Pentax K-5 II, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 82 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Pentax K-5 II’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Pentax K-5 II is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Pentax K-5 II with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Pentax K-5 II

LCD and ViewFinder

Pentax K-5 II is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in K-5 II has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.61x and it also provides a coverage of 100%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Pentax K-5 II are its 7.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

K-5 II features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Pentax K-5 II stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 11 points.

In addition, K-5 II has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Pentax K-5 II, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Pentax K-5 II allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.

Pentax K-5 II provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Pentax K-5 II is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect K-5 II to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Pentax K-5 II provides a shooting life of 980, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 871 shots.

Compared to all models in the Semi-Pro DSLR category, Pentax K-5 II offers the highest battery life that reaches 980 shots.

How Good is Pentax K-5 II for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Pentax K-5 II’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Pentax K-5 II’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the K-5 II to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Pentax K-5 II for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-5 II performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 93. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-5 II can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Pentax K-5 II for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-5 II performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 94. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-5 II can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization
  • Large APS-C(23.7 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Big battery life (980 shots)

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (131 x 97 x 73 mm)
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (11)

Pentax K-5 II for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-5 II performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 82. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-5 II can be called a 82 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big size (131 x 97 x 73 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (7.0 fps)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (11)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (9)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (1235)

Pentax K-5 II for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-5 II performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 59. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-5 II can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (760 g)
  • Big size (131 x 97 x 73 mm)

Pentax K-5 II for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-5 II performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 95. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-5 II can be called a 95 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (14.1)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)

Pentax K-5 II Detailed Specs

General
Brand Pentax
Model K-5 II
Announced Jun 04, 2013
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Pentax KAF2
Number of Lenses 144
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.61
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 7.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 13
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye, Slow sync, High speed, Rear curtain and Wireless
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 82
DxO Color Depth 23.8
DxO Dynamic Range 14.1
DxO Low Light ISO 1235
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.7 x 15.7 mm
Sensor Area 372.09 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4928 x 3264
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO 51,200
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 11
Number of Cross Focus Points 9
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (25 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 760 g
Physical Dimensions 131 x 97 x 73 mm
Battery Life 980 shots
Battery Type 980 shots
Battery Model D-LI90
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS Optional
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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