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Pentax K-5 16.3 MP Digital SLR with 3-Inch LCD (Black Body Only)

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  • 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor; 80-12800 ISO range with improved noise performance
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  • Widescreen 1080p HD video at 25 FPS, with sound via built-in or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack
  • 6-7fps captures fast action shots; 11-point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with dedicated AF assist lamp and light wavelength sensor
  • Large 3-inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution; fully weather-sealed and coldproof design
  • SDXC memory card compatibility (via firmware update)
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  • Built-in Microphone
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  • HD Compatible
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Pentax K-5 Digital SLR: Brief hands-on preview by dpreview.com

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Pentax has announced the latest member of its DSLR line-up, the K-5. The new model is based on the Japanese manufacturer's current flagship DSLR, the K-7. Body design and control layout are identical but the K-5 comes with a new 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, faster continuous shooting and a very high maximum sensitivity of ISO 51200 (the highest in an APS-C camera so far). Click through to read the press release and our brief hands-on preview which gives you an overview of the differences between the new K-5 and the K-7.

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Photo Sensor Size APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Megapixels 16.3 MP 16.3 MP 16.3 MP 24.4 MP
ISO Range Auto, 100 to 12800, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps (80 to 51200 Extended) Auto, 100 to 12800, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps (80 to 51200 Extended) Auto, 100 to 12800, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps (80 to 51200 Extended) Auto, 100 - 51200
Display Size 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches 3.2 inches
Continuous Shooting Speed 7 7 7 8.3
Wireless Communication Technology None None None Optional
Image Stabilization Sensor-shift Sensor-shift Sensor-shift Sensor-shift
Weight 1.6 pounds 1.7 pounds 1.7 pounds 1.8 pounds
Dimension 3.8 x 5.2 x 2.9 inches 3.8 x 5.2 x 2.9 inches 3.8 x 5.2 x 2.9 inches 3.9 x 5.2 x 3.0 inches
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  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 2.9 x 3.8 inches ; 1.6 pounds
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  • ASIN: B0043M6F14
  • Item model number: K-5 Black Body
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,293 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 20, 2010

Product Description

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From the Manufacturer

Encased in a compact but solid, functional body, Pentax K-5 digital SLR comes equipped with a host of advanced photographic tools for the easy creation of great pictures, while delivering high standards of image quality, data processing speed and operability.

Developed using the highly acclaimed Pentax K-7 as its base, the K-5 inherits the exceptional reliability, user-friendly operation, array of advanced features and compact, lightweight body of its predecessor.

However, it is more resourceful and flexible in photographic expression. Combining a new high-speed, low-noise CMOS image sensor with the high-performance PRIME II imaging engine, it produces super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels, even when shooting in the continuous shooting mode at a maximum speed of approximately seven images per second.

It also offers an extra-wide sensitivity range between ISO 80 and ISO 51200 (when expanded via a custom function) and full HD-proportion movie recording at 1920 x 1080 pixels to expand the boundaries of high-quality visual presentation.

Adding other improvements and refinements--such as a faster autofocusing speed, an upgraded HDR (High Dynamic Range) function now usable in handheld shooting, and better operability through an overall review of the design and shape of all components — the K-5 is designed to be more functional and maneuverable in every detail, and in its response to the demands of the photographer.

Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Highlights

High-resolution, low-noise, true-to-life image reproduction
The K-5 incorporates a newly designed CMOS image sensor with a wide image-sensitive area measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm. It assures high-speed image data readout much faster than that of previous sensors. By coupling this image sensor--equivalent in performance and data processing speed to the image sensor incorporated in the Pentax 645D medium-format digital camera--with the reliable PRIME (Pentax Real Image Engine) II imaging engine, the K-5 produces super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with 16.28 effective megapixels, while suppressing annoying digital noise to a minimum.

High-speed continuous shooting at approximately seven images per second
The K-5’s high-speed continuous shooting mode records as many as 22 images in a single sequence at a maximum speed of seven images per second.

Responsive, high-precision AF system
The K-5 features a new-generation, wide-frame SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors positioned in the middle). This sophisticated AF system has completely redesigned optics, and factors the light source at the time of shooting into its calculations to improve the accuracy of autofocus operation. It also offers a choice of shutter-release options--between focus priority and release priority in the AF.S (single) advance mode, or between focus priority and speed priority in the AF.C (continuous) advance mode. The K-5 is also equipped with a spotbeam projector to assist the AF system in poorly lit locations.

Compact, solid, functional camera body
Despite its compact dimensions, the K-5 is built to be exceptionally solid and durable, with a body of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy, and a chassis of high-rigid stainless steel. Thanks to the inclusion of 77 special seals in the body, it also boasts a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction, assuring reliable operation even under harsh environment and at temperatures as low as -10°C. It also features a reliable shutter unit that provides a top shutter speed of 1/8000 second and tested to 100,000 shutter releases.

Bright, clear optical viewfinder with 100% field of view
The K-5 features a pentaprism finder with a nearly 100% field of view and at 0.92-times magnification (with a 50mm F1.4 lens at infinity) to provide a better view of the image field and improve the accuracy and speed of focusing and image composition. It also comes with the renowned Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen to assist the photographer with manual-focus operation.

Effortless Live View shooting Thanks to a new image sensor and a more sophisticated algorithm, the K-5’s Contrast AF mode assures better performance and greater focusing speed than before during Live View shooting. With the addition of a Golden Section display, the K-5 offers a choice of three different grid patterns to facilitate image composition.

Pentax-original SR mechanism with user-assisting options
The K-5 features the Pentax-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which effectively compensates the adverse effect of camera shake by 2.5 to 4 shutter steps, to produce sharp, blur-free images.

Recording of Full HD-proportion movies (1920 x 1080 pixels, 25 frames per second)
The K-5 captures beautiful, true-to-life movie clips in 16:9 full HD proportions (1920 x 1080 pixels) at a frame rate of 25 frames per second. The K-5 also provides greater possibilities in visual presentation in movies, especially through the application of custom images and digital filters.

Innovative image-processing functions to produce distinctive photographic expressions

  • Custom image function for distinctive finishing touches: letting users easily select the desired finishing touch for a particular image.
  • Versatile digital filter function: The K-5’s digital filter function allows the user to process recorded images in a variety of creative ways and produce highly individualized visual expressions without requiring a computer.
  • Cross process mode with three options: The K-5 features the unique cross process mode, in which the camera automatically shifts photographic parameters for each exposure to create eye-catching images with unique, dramatic colours.
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) function: The K-5 features the HDR (high dynamic range) function to create one composite image with an extra-wide gradation range from three images with different exposures, without requiring a computer.
Additional Features
  • Electronic level function, with a newly added tilt confirmation tool
  • Extended-exposure NR (Noise Reduction) function, with a choice of Auto, On and Off modes
  • High-sensitivity NR (Noise Reduction) function, with a camera-dependent Auto mode and a user-adjustable reduction level control for different sensitivity settings
  • RAW/Fx button, for single-action switching of image file format
  • Large, easy-to-view 3.0-inch wide-view colour LCD monitor with 921,000 dots
  • 77-segment multi-pattern metering system for extra-accurate light measurement
  • DR II (Dust Removal II) mechanism
  • Long battery life, for recording of 1,100 images with full recharge
  • User-friendly Hyper control system, to flexibly and accurately respond to the photographer’s creative intentions
  • Dynamic-range expansion function, to compensate for both whitewashed (overexposed) and black-out (underexposed) areas
  • Automatic compensation of distortion and lateral chromatic aberration (available only with DA-,DFA- and FA Limited-series lenses)
  • CTE mode, to automatically adjust the white-balance level to emphasize primary colours of sunset scenes
  • Attachment of copyright credits on recorded images
  • D-BG4 Battery Grip (optional) for extra power supply with an exclusive rechargeable lithium-ion battery or six AA-size batteries
  • Color-specific control buttons/dials for easy recognition and quick access, based on the universal colour design
  • Pentax Digital Camera Utility 4 software package
What's in the Box
  • K-5 digital SLR body
  • USB cable I-USB7
  • AV cable I-AVC7
  • Strap O-ST53
  • ME Viewfinder Cap
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90
  • Battery Charger D-BC90
  • AC plug cord
  • Software (CD-ROM)

Product Description

Go ahead and feed your photography obsession with the PENTAX K-5.  For you, capturing that great shot isn't a casual interest. It's a part of your life. One spectacular image after another. This camera is the perfect piece of equipment to help you get your photo fix. With the compact, rugged K-5, the world is truly your studio.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This Pentax does even more than I anticipated. Quality of photos is very good. I'd highly recommend this camera. Read more ›
It is a great system and lenses are so much cheaper. I find myself with plenty of older manual lenses where the quality is amazing! I have personally bought 6 manual primes… Read more ›
The sensor brings light to the image that Canon or Nikon misses. Granted, the auto focus is slow, and maybe the lens selection lacks some, but the images are really good. I'… Read more ›
The K5 is really a high performance camera. The higher ISO with minimal image noise is exceptional and is a very valuable part of this camera. The image quality is… Read more ›
Its fast as lightning, accurate auto-focus, very quiet shutter, and tons of advanced…I love the feel of it, and so far all my pictures have been sharp and well-metered. N… Read more ›
The kit lens alone could be in a category all it's own. The camera with the kit lens focuses quick and the quality of the photos is superb! I'm a big guy with huge… Read more ›
The K-5 is super-solid, weatherproof, quality that takes great pictures. Also works with older Pentax lenses which is very cool. Very satisfied overall. Read more ›
I am very pleased with the performance of both the camera and lenses; I prefer the 50macro and the 43 ltd. The kit lens, BTW, is very good. The disadvantage of this camera… Read more ›
I've only used Canon DSLRs for jobs but I wanted to have one that's small and…I was totally new to Pentax DSLR cameras and lenses...but geez...they are just amazing!!! I… Read more ›
But with my old camera I had to throw too many away. This camera combined with the DA 50-135mm lens is one terrific package for such situations. Read more ›
Whether you’re a pro who lives from…I've wished the K-5 IIs with a full frame sensor, so we can take advantage of the real focal length of the full frame lenses. Other… Read more ›
I was wowed by the lens selection and price/value of the system. I could easily own a full system of lenses without breaking the bank. I stopped by my local camera shop to… Read more ›
There are more custom menu and in camera editing features than I would prefer. Some of the Pentax menus are not full intuitive. I think Nikon still wins in that category. Read more ›
This is the first DSLR that I have owned so I don't really have any experiences with other cameras but the features and settings are easy to access and use. I've had this… Read more ›
It also has better dynamic range. I really like the TAv exposure mode which is unique to Pentax. In TAv exposure mode the photographer sets shutter speed and aperture, and… Read more ›
They are identical except that one has a Nikon AIS…With the Pentax version I get full programing mode plus image stabilization which I don't get with the Nikon version. O… Read more ›
55mm f1.8 mf lens and it's really sharp. The K-5 has good HDR builtin and IR. Rain proof, built like a tank, every lens I put on it is stabilized and Did I mention the… Read more ›
5 stars none the less... Have to add, I was initially concerned about the choice of pentax lenses but after some looking, they seem to have decent options with the DA* and… Read more ›
However the low light capability is outstanding. Fixing the aperture and shutter speed and letting the camera decide on ISO works well. AS an aside - the auto white balance… Read more ›
4) built-in VR in the body (this makes all…5) auto WB is much more accurate indoors and in artificial lighting (crucial because what good is high ISO if the WB is crap) 6… Read more ›
It has been nearly four months since I bought K5. I find K5 have fantastic IQ and performs great at high ISO. I mainly use K5 for my little son, where the lights are really… Read more ›
K10D is really good at LOW ISO and COLOR is great but bad HIGH ISO, bad AWB and SLOW FOCUS K20D is really good at resolution and texture but focus is still oof Read more ›
Having said that, there is one important aspect of High ISO that not many talk about. Great high ISO on LCD monitors do not necessarily mean great output in prints. While… Read more ›
I really like the high ISO range, and very low noise, on my K10d I am afraid to go above 400, with the K5 I have been shooting at 3200+ and still getting crisp, clear images. Read more ›
The colors are vivid, and the low noise at high ISO is better than what I expected. The focusing is really fast, but not always accurate. I'll give the AF 4 stars. Read more ›
For example, if I'm in AV mode (aperture priority), I can assign the the front wheel or rear wheel…It focuses quickly, does well at tracking and shoots quickly and quietly. Read more ›
I am using the 50-135 DA* as well as a few…The star lens is amazing, great image quality, good speed, wonderful bokah, and the auto focus is very good and virtually silent. Read more ›
The K5 is a great upgrade from my K10. Smaller, lighter, quieter, faster burst, faster autofocus, great results at high ISO, built in HDR, etc. Lots of bang for the buck,… Read more ›
Since I really do not use a SLR…Great low light focusing in automatic mode, do not let the resolution fool you; compared to my Nikon at 18MP, I do not see any difference. Read more ›
One small disappointment is that the fast focus and 7 fps capture rate makes the camera suitable for sports and wildlife photography, but the camera has a somewhat limited… Read more ›
w…You may go with one of the newer versions, but if you find this used for a good price and have a collection of older pentax lenses, I would recommend it without reservation. Read more ›
great camera only thing I would change is having to start at beginning each time you look a pictures otherwise wonderful price of equipment Read more ›
W…Great pricing, good lenses at reasonable price-point, excellent image quality, weather sealing is better than most and I can use all of my old K-mount lenses on this body. Read more ›
I've added several in addition to these but find I use these lenses most with the 16-45 clearly a cut above the very…You can get very good lenses at reasonable prices. I… Read more ›
This camera is light, and fairly small compared to it's competitors, but it feels solid. Battery life is good, speed is also good for the price point. Auto focus takes some… Read more ›
The image quality…I also like that it uses k-mount lenses which can be found for great prices for older manual lenses, so you get a lot of options for lenses on a budget. Read more ›
This camera is the best pro-sumer camera out there. It is full of features that are relatively easy to use. It takes stunning low light photos. Read more ›
I have another Pentax camera and this K-5 beats the other one…Pictures are great camera is easy to use even for someone like me who is just learning how to do photography. Read more ›
K5 is very ergonomic and user friendly. Its software also so easy to use. Read more ›
Here's what I like about my new K-5: - Big, bright viewfinder shows 100% of the frame and is easy to use in dim light. - The grip is nice and deep, allowing me to carry it… Read more ›
Pentax does have good customer support, and it is worth looking at the "PentaxForums"…Early runs of the K5 had problems that Pentax replaced very nicely for its users. Read more ›
In short, what's not to like? The price has come down, the kit lenses work great, the camera is compact and easy to use, IQ is terrific. Can't wait to take some surf shots… Read more ›
The 16.3 MP sensor is a Sony and it produces great results. Low light performance is very good. Frankly, I don't blow up my shots to life size, so I don't need 24 or 36 MP… Read more ›
Something that can't really be said about any of the other DSLRs in…Despite my criticisms, the camera's performance is overall good, but needs improvement in some areas. Read more ›
Best things about this camera includes: Excellent low light performance 6 fps RAW Read more ›
Now that the bugs are worked out, the overwhelming reviews do not lie, and the K-5's impressive functionality and performance has long since outweighed any initial quality… Read more ›
1 Low shutter sound (really low) 2 Good high ISO performance. (I think about 1/2 step away from 5d2) Read more ›
The dynamic range, video options, and in-camera…I was an early adopter of the k-5, got the camera in December and have been blown away by the improved ISO performance. Read more ›
Speaking of ergonomics the camera is easy to hold, due to its deep grip, and the switches and dials have a quality feel. The fit and finish is superb. I'm glad I made the… Read more ›
It's blindingly fast. The build quality is excellent. I love being able to shoot in the rain with its weather-proof casing. Read more ›
Plus the high iso is astonashing: I can shoot up to iso 3200 no problem and even use iso 12800 when needed!!! 2) The build quality is amazing. Built like a brick,… Read more ›
The build quality is awesome, and it just feels great in the hand (i have average sized hands). Its very compact for a camera in this class (compared to nikon d300s. canon… Read more ›
Very good camera, very solid build and weather proof. Good ergonomics fit my hand nicely, good button layout easy to reach when shooting. Read more ›
It makes you want to pick it up and use it. The weight, the solid build, LCD, and all the buttons seem to be in the right place REALLY great. A sort of non issue, out of… Read more ›
I shoot predominately with Pentax prime lenses but find the new WR 18-55 zoom a very capable kit lens, sharp,…Videos are very good although I don.t use the feature often. Read more ›
Even if I have to go to a D3s for some studio…Oh yeah the video is great and as for the auto focus, all the pro videographers I know never shoot with auto focus anyway. Read more ›
The number of effects is impressive - HDR, extended dynamic range, cross-processing. The video is very good too. Read more ›
Video capability is GREAT! I am very impressed with the quality, and despite the fact that it only has a mono sound unless you attach a stereo microphone, which is very… Read more ›
It is an excellent camera with the highest resolution in it's class. It also takes excellent hd video. Read more ›
The only place where the…However, again, if you want a camera with great video capability and very good but not quite great still capability, go for the Panasonic-DMC-GH2. Read more ›
I have very large hands (usually wear an XL in gloves or XXL) so the "compact" size of the K-5 was an initial…This isn't a problem because the ergonomics are so well done. Read more ›
K-5 is rugged, weatherproof on one hand and highly technologically sophisticated machine on the other. All functions are very ergonomically designed. User interface is… Read more ›
Shutter, Aperture, EV Compensation and ISO all at your convenient finger tip in a weather sealed wonderfully ergonomic package that feels comfortable in your hand - truly a… Read more ›
I upgraded from the K-7. K-5 keeps the excellent design, unparralleled build quality, super quiet shutter sound and outstanding ergonomics of K-7, has the best APS-C sensor. H… Read more ›
I won't go into the specifications since those can be found elsewhere but I'll give my overall impression - what I like and what could be better: + Great ergonomics. Love… Read more ›
I've previously owned the Canon 7D and the ruggedness and build quality seem up to par with that camera (although the K5 is quite a bit smaller & lighter, which I like,… Read more ›
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… Read more ›
The quality and design of the camera body is just perfect. But the lens quality (FA 50mm and 18-135mm) is on average compared with Canon and Nikon, I would say. Read more ›
its like NOTHING! the body is solid. the shutter is butter!!!! Read more ›
- backwards compatibility with all Pentax-made lenses - the best body for adapting 3-rd party M-42 and M-39 lenses. Infinity focus = yes, focus confirmation = yes unlike… Read more ›
I recommend checking out the Pentax 50mm 1.4 prime, and the Tamron 17-50mm 2.8…- The compact, magnesium alloy body gives an immediate (and lasting) impression of quality. Read more ›
If this was under $1k, I'd be completely satisfied with the purchase. Otherwise, great camera body with a lot of good options. Recommended for one of the sturdiest camera… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

196 of 198 people found the following review helpful By Robert Petkus on December 9, 2010
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When the Kx arrived, K7 owners who were more than content with their current bodies coveted the superior high-ISO (low light performance) capability of the Kx. At least I did. And while the K7 was a capable tool, I often found myself compensating for its weaknesses (which were limited to high ISO and autofocus continuous (AF.C) performance). Not so with the K5.

I won't go into the specifications since those can be found elsewhere but I'll give my overall impression - what I like and what could be better:
+ Great ergonomics. Love the compact, solid body which is identical to the K7 save for a heightened knob and elongated AF lever. I was even able to use the same split prism focus screen I had purchased for the K7.
+ Fantastic high-ISO performance - clean and offering far more flexibility than the K7. I'd try never to breach ISO 800 on the K7 whereas the K5 is routinely pushed past ISO 3200. While I wouldn't give it equal footing to a full frame camera, it's arguably the best APS-C out there in this application.
+ Outstanding dynamic range -- shoot in RAW and leave your graduated ND filters at home.
-+ Improved auto-focus, especially AF-C compared to the K7, but not quite on par with either the D300s or 7D in AF-C.
+ User-friendly, easy to navigate menu system - white balance adjustments are a breeze.
+ Good WB and JPEGs "out of the box"
-+ Yes, 1080p video but at 25FPS vs. 24 -- surely a firmware update in the future
- Audio records at 32KHz sample rate
- Only has a single SD/SDHC slot - would prefer dual with Compact Flash
- Limited to 1/180 X-Sync speed - but this is ample in most scenarios
- Images shot in portrait don't autorotate on playback - but did on the K7(?
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160 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Chambers on April 19, 2011
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I've shot with the K-5 for a month now, and I'd like to share my viewpoints on it.

First, the noise level in the high-ISO images really is as excellent as the technical reviews say it is. This means that you can use a higher ISO number and get results equivalent to other cameras at lower ISO numbers. You can take your shot with either a faster shutter time (better motion freezing) or smaller aperture (better sharpness, etc) or just enjoy the reduced noise. This puts the camera at an advantage over all other APS-C cameras and a few of the full frame cameras.

Next, the movie mode is a mixed bag. It has the 1920x1080 at 25fps setting, as well as 1280x720 at 30fps settings, and lower settings too. The 25fps setting is often quoted as a major problem, with videographers wanting to shoot 23.976fps as a "cinema" mode, but it takes only a bit of video conversion to change the frame rate to 23.976 and resample the 32k s/s stereo signal to match. So, if you're desperate you can manage, but even then it is clear that this is not a camera for someone who wants video as a major use. The biggest problem is the inability to autofocus while shooting. The worst-case test of this is shooting a 2-year old running around in a house. Being indoors with available light, the aperture is open and depth of field is short; as soon as the child runs towards you the focus is way out. The camera is simply not usable in this kind of situation. On the other hand, with available light and a subject which is not in wild motion, the results are acceptable, but even then, a much less expensive camcorder often gives superior results.
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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful By y1985s on January 13, 2011
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I upgraded from the K-7. K-5 keeps the excellent design, unparralleled build quality, super quiet shutter sound and outstanding ergonomics of K-7, has the best APS-C sensor. High ISO performance is stunning. What worth mentioning is that the Low ISO performance is also outstanding, noticably better than the K-7. Also, the super high Dynamic Range is very helpful. AF speed is not much improved, but much more decisive. For DA* SDM lenses, the speed is not improved at all. All my lenses are SDM, but I find the speeds are fast enough. The AF-C mode is much improved, but can be improved further. The camera is fun to use, I bet everybody who has a K-5 loves it.

I'd like to comment on the following two problems:
1. stained sensor problem was solved already, all cameras having serial number larger than 3973*** are fine. Basically this problem is now worry free.
2. The bad Auto Focus under artificial light condition. I believe this is a relatively unusual problem that happens on a few bodies. Don't be afraid about this, just buy one and try it at home. If it does happen (very little chance), then exchange for a new one.

I have hand-on experience of Canon 7D and Nikon D7000, I would say the D7000's image quality (from ISO100 to ISO3200) is on par with K-5, both of which are better than the 7D. 7D's build quality is on par with the K-5 but K-5 is much smaller, D7000 falls behind in this regard.

I highly recommend the K-5.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Nate R. on January 9, 2011
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I just got my k-5, and it is pretty much exactly what I was looking for. I upgraded from the k20d, in the k-5 surpasses that excellent camera in every respect.

The AF is so much faster than previous pentax models. It can still struggle sometimes in very low light when pointed at low contrast area, but so does pretty much any camera ever made. Liveview AF if very fast as well, even faster with the new 1.02 firmware.

The dynamic range is astounding, and equals or beats pretty much any digital camera up to this point (and probably equals the exposure latitude of negative film). I can pretty much dispense with multiple exposures for HDR, because i can now just expose for the highlights and then bring the shadows up in photoshop with almost no added noise. This is probably the most revolutionary feature.

High ISO is fantastic, getting pretty close to the performance of the best FF cameras of the current generation. It is at least 2 stops better than my k20d, and probably closer to 3 when you factor in that you pretty much cant make it produce banding noise at any iso, which makes the files much easier to clean up. I can use iso 6400 at A3 size and it looks great, just a quick pass with noise ninja or topaz. The ISO performance of this camera was unimaginable a few years ago when talking about aps-c sensors.

The build quality is awesome, and it just feels great in the hand (i have average sized hands). Its very compact for a camera in this class (compared to nikon d300s. canon 7d, etc..), but is very solid feeling due to the magnesium alloy shell and steel frame. It is fully weather sealed and very rugged. Try doing this with any other camera besides the olympus e-5 [...] .
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