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Pentax K-5 II review

The popular APS-C camera gets an upgrade

As part of our image quality testing for the Pentax K-5 II, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 80 the Pentax K-5 II is capable of resolving up to around 20 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our full explanation of our camera testing resolution charts.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

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Pentax K 5 II review

Full ISO 80 image, see the cropped (100%) versions below.

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 80, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 100, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 200, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 400, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 800, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 1600, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 3200, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 6400, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 12800, score: 16 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 25600, score: 14 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 51200, score: n/a (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Raw

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 80, score: 22 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 100, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 200, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 400, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 800, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 1600, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 3200, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 6400, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 12800, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 25600, score: 14 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax K 5 II review

ISO 51200, score: 12 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution16.3 Megapixel
USBYes
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NamePentax
DurabilityWeather Resistant, Dust Resistant
FeaturesLive View, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Face Detection, External Flash Shoe, Orientation Sensor, Time Lapse Function
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)660.5 g
Maximum Image Resolution4928 x 3264
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.9 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedD-LI90
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height96.5 mm
Width132.1 mm
Depth73.7 mm
Autofocus Points11
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product ModelK-5 II
Product NameK-5 II Digital SLR Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number12015
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.ricoh.co.uk
Marketing Information

This new model is designed to be the successor to the PENTAX K-5 (launched in October 2010), which has been very well received for its compact but solid, functional body and high-quality image reproduction. As the flagship model of the K series, the K-5 II boasts many advanced functions and user-friendly features, including a newly developed AF sensor assuring a broader AF working EV range, to accommodate many kinds of shooting conditions and photographic requirements.

Battery Life980 Shot/25 Minute Video
Package Contents
  • K-5 II Digital SLR Camera
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Li-Ion Battery D-LI90
  • Battery Charger D-BC90
  • AC Cable
  • Strap
  • Eye Cup FR
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • Finder Cap for ME
  • Body Mount Cover
  • Sync Socket 2P Cap
  • Bottom of Body's Cap
  • Software Media
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone