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5

Pentax K-5 II


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Price as Reviewed:

£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 – Metering

The K-5 II uses the same 77-segment metering system as its predecessor, which in its multi-segment mode has a tendency to underexpose – at times up to 1EV. This means that highlight detail is usually preserved, but images can be a little dark. Given that most enthusiast photographers work on their images post-capture, this is not a problem because the exposure can be brightened a little. For those who want print-ready images, dialling in up to +1EV is advised. However, the multi-segment exposure metering can be linked to the active AF point, so if one then switches to spot AF, the mode effectively turns to spot metering, which will be more accurate to the subject.

To change between multi-segment, centreweighted and spot-metering modes, the camera has a dedicated switch under the shooting-mode dial. Unfortunately, it is rather fiddly to control. Auto-exposure lock works really well, though. The button is handily placed on the top right of the camera’s rear, and needs just a single press to lock the exposure, even over a number of frames. There is an auto EV compensation option for when a ‘proper’ exposure is not obtained, but having used this control I am not convinced of its usefulness.

Image: The exposure in this landscape has been brightened +1EV, because the multi-segment metering errs to a darker exposure. Fringing is evident in this raw file on the far-left pontoon post, but lens corrections can be applied in-camera that deal with the issue in this instance

  • 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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