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Pentax K-5 II review

The popular APS-C camera gets an upgrade

Our Verdict

For

  • Solid build
  • Ease of use
  • Decent sensor
  • In-camera Shake Reduction system

Against

  • Not that different from K-5
  • Metering prone to overexpose
  • Some fiddly controls
  • Resolution scores unimpressive

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The Pentax K-5 II's low light ability can produce excellent results with minimal image noise.

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The viewfinder's 100% field of view makes it easy to compose shots correctly.

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Taken under relatively harsh sunlight, dynamic range is pretty good...

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...But activate the multi-shot HDR function and dynamic range is boosted even more.

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Good detail here from the 16.3MP sensor.

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Despite the dull lighting, the Pentax K-5 II has kept some colour vibrancy to lift this image.

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This shot required -0.3 EV to keep the highlight details in check.

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Detail and colour reproduction are decent, even at ISO 640.

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Again that accurate viewfinder makes life much easier. Look closely and you'll also spot the photographer making a fool of himself!

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Accurately exposed by matrix metering with highly resolved detail.

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Although the conditions for this shot were fairly undemanding, matrix metering consistently overexposed, necessitating -0.7EV of manual exposure compensation.

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Fabulous detail and colour depth.

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Exposure metering has done a good job here.

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Captured at ISO 1000, there's impressively low image noise, even in the shadow areas.

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Here the exposure metering badly overexposed the highlights in this shot. -1.0EV was needed to bring them back, and they're still slightly blown.

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This time, -2.0EV had to be used to prevent highlight burnout from the automatic matrix metering.

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Shot at ISO 800, there's bags of detail and almost no visible image noise.

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This is one of very few occasions where automatic white balance was confused, since the image shouldn't have such a yellow colour cast.

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Another ISO 800 night shot, and again the sensor produces excellent results.

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
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Flash Exposure Compensation, Wireless Sync
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