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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 – White balance and colour

Image: In this portrait taken in the shade, the AWB gives colour rendition that is too cliical. The custom reading is notably warmer and better suited to the portrait

For the best part, the K-5 II can be left in its auto settings and its colour rendition is fine. There are a couple of manual adjustments that are worth making, though. The AWB setting is too cool for my liking, which is more noticeable in portraits where colour rendition is a little clinical. So, to keep a little warmth from a scene when using AWB, it is worth manually shifting the colour axis a couple of points away from blue to the amber side. Also, in the custom menu it is worth selecting the option to maintain warm colours in tungsten light when using AWB. However, most enthusiast photographers would, where possible, take time to make a custom WB reading to ensure the most accurate colour temperature. Taking a reading is a quick process, and up to three readings can be stored in the camera.

As for manual control over the colour rendition, there are nine colour modes to choose from. Bright is a pleasant balance between the understated natural setting and the bold vibrant setting. Of course, each of the colour settings can be adjusted for saturation, hue, contrast, sharpness and high/low key. Black & white photographers will be pleased to know that as well as a cyanotype through to sepia tonal adjuster, there are eight filter effects, including red, green and infrared.

  • 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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