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 – The competition
Image: Sony Alpha 77
We may be two years down the line from the Pentax K-5, but currently the K-5 II competes mostly against the same cameras. There has been very little action in this area of the market, apart from the Sony Alpha 77. The Alpha 77 has class-leading resolution, uses an EVF and offers high-speed shooting modes up to 10fps, but its low-light performance cannot match the K-5 II.
However, the Nikon D7000 is the most obvious competition to the K-5 II, and the two cameras match up in so many areas. Both feature a 16.3-million-pixel sensor, use an optical viewfinder with 100% field of view and have a weatherproof magnesium-alloy body.
Image: Nikon D7000
Those looking to buy the Pentax K-5 II may end up considering the K-5, because of the modest number of changes between models. The predecessor is significantly cheaper given its age and it is really only in the low-light focusing that one notices a difference between the two.