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PENTAX K-5 II 16.3 MP DSLR Body Only (Black)

  • 16.3 MP CMOS Sensor
  • 3.0" Air-Gap-Free LCD w/ 921k Dots
  • 1080p HD Video w/ External Mic Jack
  • Fully Weather Sealed & Coldproof
  • 11 Point SAFOX X Autofocus System
  • Body-based Shake Reduction System

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The K-5 II takes greatness to the next level. Its high resolution sensor, highly advanced autofocus system and accurate shake reduction system coupled with its weather sealed coldproof design ensure that this camera is worthy of fixation. With features this rich and robust the K-5 II is sure to feed your photography obsession and take you to the next level.

16.3 Mega pixel APS-C CMOS sensor with integrated AD conversation circuitry
High sensitivity 80-51200 ISO range with excellent noise performance
Air gap free 3-Inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution
Pentax body based shake reduction stabilization system
Fully weather sealed and coldproof design and speedy 7FPS captures for fast action shots

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K-5 II


Package Type
Body Only

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
Image Sensor Size
23.7 x 15.7mm
Gross Pixels
16.9 MP
Effective Pixels
16.3 MP
Color Filter System
Primary color filter
Dust Cleaning System
DR II (ultrasonic vibration to low pass filter) with Dust Alert function
Image Stabilization
Type: Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction with rotational compensation (4 stops max)

Electronic level function: Yes, verification via viewfinder and LCD panel
16M (4928x3264), 10M (3936x2624), 6M (3072x2048), 2M (1728x1152)

White Balance

White Balance
Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE

Manual mode(s): Yes, 3 manual and 3 Kelvin temperature presets available, copy WB settings from a captured image available

WB fine adjustment available in all modes


Viewfinder Type
0.92X (w 50mm F1.4 at infinity)
Dioptric Adjustment
-2.5m to 1.5m
Focusing Screen
Natural-Bright-Matte III (interchangeable)
Depth-of-Field Preview
Optical (diaphragm stop-down), Digital

LCD Monitor

3.0" 921K
Brightness Adjustment


Focus Type
SAFOX X TTL phase-difference 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system with light wavelength sensor
Focusing Modes
AF Single (w focus lock, focus/shutter priority selectable), AF Continuous (w focus/FPS priority selectable), Manual
AF-assist Beam
Yes, via dedicated LED AF assist lamp
Focusing Point Selection
Auto 11 Point, Auto 5 Point, User-Selectable, Center


Exposure Compensation
+/- 5 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)
Metering System
TTL open-aperture 77 segment metering
ISO Sensitivity
Auto: ISO 100-12800 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), expandable to ISO 80-51200, Bulb mode up to ISO 1600, auto ISO range selectable

Manual: 100-12800 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), expandable to ISO 80-51200, Bulb mode up to ISO 1600


Shutter Type
Electronically controlled, vertical-run, focal plane shutter
Shutter Speed
1/8000 to 30 sec (1/3 or 1/2 steps), Bulb
Yes (12s, 2s)
Remote Control Support
Yes, infrared (0s, 3s, continuous), cable switch


Flash Type
Retractable P-TTL popup flash
Flash Mode
On, Redeye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync + Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Flash Range
28mm wide angle (equiv 35mm)
Flash Exposure Compensation
-2 to 1 EV (1/2 steps)
External Flash
Type: Hotshoe (P-TTL), high speed sync and wireless w PENTAX dedicated flash, X-Sync Socket

Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec

Drive System

Drive Modes
Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s, continuous), Auto Bracketing (standard, timer, remote), MLU (standard, remote), HDR Capture (+3, 0, -3 with 5 blend settings and pixel alignment), Multi-Exposure (2-9 shots), Interval (999 shots, 1 sec to 24 hrs, time delay available)
Continuous Shooting Speed
Continuous Hi: Approx 7.0 FPS (30 JPG, 20 RAW)
Continuous Lo: Approx 1.6 FPS (unlimited JPG, 10 RAW)


One Shot (no data, basic data, full data, color channel histogram, bright/dark indication, copyright info), Multi Image Display (4, 9, 16, 36, 81 thumbnails), Calendar Filmstrip, Folder, Magnification, Select & Delete, Movie Playback (no data, basic data, full data), Save RAW Data From JPG (if available in buffer memory)

Recording System

Image Type
RAW (PEF, DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.21), DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III
Recording Media


Movie Format
AVI (Motion JPG)
Movie Recording
1920x1080p25, 1280x720p30/25, 640x480p30/25
Max. Recording Resolution
1920 x 1080


Compatible Lenses
PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions)
Lens Mount
PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount


USB 2.0 hi-speed
A/V Out

Power Source

Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI90
Battery Life
Recordable images: Approx 980 (approx 740 w 50% flash, CIPA)
Playback time: Approx 440 min
Movie recording time: Approx 25 min (automatic overheat shutdown protection)


16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor

Rugged design

Shake reduction

11 point SAFOX X autofocus system

Air-gap-free, scratch resistant, 3 inch LCD

1080p HD video

100% field of view

HDMI port

HDR image capture

Built-in electronic level

Special effects filters

80-51200 ISO


77 segment metering system

1/8000 shutter speed

Dimensions & Weight

5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9" (W x H x D)
Without battery or removable memory: 23.3 oz.
Loaded and ready: 26.1 oz.


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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • dan m.
  • 12/26/2013 11:50:22 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBuy it!

Pros: Image quality, low light focus, high ISO image quality, value, quiet shutter release, penta prism viewfinder, 7 shots/sec continuous, in camera lens correction, compatible with inexpensive older lenses, in-camera shake reduction.

Cons: Nothing

Other Thoughts: As the previous owner of a Canon T3i I can't write this review without a bit of bitterness toward those who rank cameras on all the online websites. Nearly every site ranked Canon or Nikon as the best at all price ranges.. Well after owning the aforementioned T3i I sold it because it struggled to lock focus on slightly flat surfaces, refused to lock focus in dimly lit rooms, was marketed as having a 3.3 shots per second continuous mode, but in reality shot about 3 shots per 10 seconds because the buffer couldn't write to the SD card fast enough, and the image quality of images at 1600 ISO and above were terribly washed out and noisy. After Visiting DP reviews comparison site, and Imaging-resources comparison site I kept coming back to 3 cameras that consistently delivered superior image quality to all others in their price range and much higher. They were the Pentax K-30, K-5ll, and K-5lls. I purchased the K-5lls because I wanted the quietest shutter I could get and I figured not having the anti-aliasing filter was worth taking a chance on. Boy what a camera I got! Weather sealed body, penta-prism viewfinder, 7 shot continuous mode, quiet shutter, and a usable live view mode too! I have two friends who have purchased the K-30 and I can tell you it is also an amazing camera and easily trumps all in its price range and higher as well. Some will say that Canon and Nikon have local sellers and thus better customer service...when I had front focusing issues on my Canon 50mm the local seller could do nothing but send it in to the repair center...same thing you do with Pentax. BTW, with the Pentax in-camera lens correction you don't have to send in your lens for re-calibration!! ...Next I was told that Pentax doesn't offer as many lenses as Canon and Nikon. Well, that may be true, but guess how many lenses the average DSLR user will buy in their lifetime?...2. I might add that what is nice about Pentax is that the old lenses all the way back to late 60's or so still work on the new Pentax DSLR's and I purchased many old lenses between $10-$50 that produce beautiful sharp images.

In concluding I should mention that the Pentax menu was much more intuitive for me and the dual scroll wheels made it much easier to navigate and learn about the camera. Instead of wasting my time navigating and trying to remember menu's and sub menu's on my T3i I was now changing aperture values and shutter speeds and trying different ISO settings and learning how to take pictures!!!

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  • dan m.
  • 11/19/2013 5:56:33 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsIncredible

Pros: awesome image quality, incredible low light focusing ability, incredible low light / high ISO ability, solid as a rock build quality, 8 second continuous shooting, two scroll wheels for quick and easy access to primary controls, records images in DNG raw format, amazingly quiet shutter/ mirror slap, in camera lens correction!, weather sealed, bright PENTAPRISM viewfinder.

Cons: Not many places to physically see the camera.

Other Thoughts: I simply can't tell you how nice this camera is. As a previous unhappy owner of the Canon T3i I can tell you that from day one the K-5ll has surprised me with everything it does vastly better than the t3i. It is a bit more expensive, but when I purchased the t3i back in 2011 it was nearly the same price as my K-5ll in 2013. Anyway, this camera is WELL worth the money.

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