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5

Pentax K-5 II


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£800.00

The Pentax K-5 is one of the best DSLRs with an APS-C-sized sensor that we have tested, so expectations are high for its K-5 II successor. Read the Pentax K-5 II review...

Pentax K-5 II review – LCD, viewfinder and video

The K-5 II features an optical viewfinder with 100% field of view, which is useful for achieving an accurate composition. Its display is a little darker than I would like, which can be a little problematic in low light, but otherwise it provides a pleasant viewing experience. The rear 3in LCD screen has the same 921,000-dot resolution as that in the K-5, but Pentax has introduced ‘air-gap-free’ technology in the K-5 II. This is a resin layer that fills the gap between the LCD screen and front glass panel to reduce glare, reflections and light dispersion. The result is a brighter and clearer display. I had no problems viewing the screen for composition using live view even in bright light, although the screen can benefit from dialling in extra brightness to get a better idea of exposure in playback. I would like to see an ambient brightness sensor that adjusts the screen’s brightness automatically, rather than achieving this manually. That said, there is no camera at this price point that offers such a control.

Video recording is solid rather than spectacular. Like the K-5, 1080p full HD capture is possible at 25fps, and the camera has a 3.5mm connection for an external microphone. A number of the in-camera edits can be made on video files as well as stills, such as the colour modes and digital filters.

  • Video: 1920 x 1080 pixels (at 25fps), 1280 x 720 pixels, 16:9 (at 30fps or 25fps), 640 x 480 pixels, 4:3 (at 30fps or 25fps), Motion JPEG (AVI)
  • External mic: Yes
  • White Balance: Auto, 10 presets, custom setting, Kelvin and WB fine adjustment
  • Dioptre Adjustment: -2.5 to +1.5 dioptre
  • Built-in Flash: Yes – GN 13m @ ISO 100
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
  • Memory Card: SD or SDHC
  • Viewfinder Type: Pentaprism
  • Output Size: 4928 x 3264 pixels
  • LCD: 3in TFT with 921,000 dots
  • Field of View: Approx 100%
  • AF Points: 11 individually selectable AF points, 9 of which are cross-type points
  • White Balance Bracket: Yes, over 3 images
  • Sensor: 16.3-million-effective-pixel CMOS sensor
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/180sec
  • Weight: 740g including battery and card, 660g without
  • Exposure Modes: Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, sensitivity priority, shutter and aperture priority, bulb
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.5x
  • Power: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion D-LI90 battery
  • File Format: 14-bit PEF or DNG raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/8000sec in 1⁄3EV or 1/2 EV steps plus bulb
  • Drive Mode: 7fps for approx 50 large/fine JPEG files or 7 raw images
  • Dimensions: 130.5 x 96.5 x 72.5mm
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Metering System: 77-segment metering, centreweighted and spot
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG, 3-stage raw
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Exposure Comp: ±5EV in 1⁄3EV or 1/2EV steps
  • Lens Mount: Pentax KAF2
  • RRP: £799.99 body only, £869.99 with 18-55mm WR lens
  • ISO: ISO 100-12,800 (expanded to ISO 80-51,200)
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, AF.S (single), AF.C (continuous)
  • Tested as: Enthusiast DSLR

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