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...

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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.



  1. 1. Pentax K-5 II at a glance:
  2. 2. Pentax K-5 II review - Features
  3. 3. Pentax K-5 II review - ISO sensitivity
  4. 4. Pentax K-5 II review - Build and handling
  5. 5. Pentax K-5 II review - Metering
  6. 6. Pentax K-5 II review - Autofocus
  7. 7. Pentax K-5 II review - Dynamic range
  8. 8. Pentax K-5 II review - White balance and colour
  9. 9. Pentax K-5 II review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  10. 10. Pentax K-5 II review - LCD, viewfinder and video
  11. 11. Pentax K-5 II review - The competition
  12. 12. Pentax K-5 II review - Our verdict
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