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Pentax doubles its DSLR range to four cameras with its new 16.3-million-pixel K-5 flagship model. We find out what it is about the K-5 that justifies this status

White balance and Colour

Auto white balance gave much too orange results in this tricky abstract night scene. There is complete control over the colour temperature using Kelvin white balance

Both the white balance (WB) and custom colour modes can be accessed within thumb’s reach through the four-way controller to the right of the screen. By pressing the left arrow key AWB, ten presets (four of which are fluorescent), custom and Kelvin white balance modes are displayed. Up to three measurements can be stored for custom and Kelvin white balance modes and this is achieved simply by turning the shutter dial.

There are few situations where auto white balance (AWB) does not produce results virtually the same as the relevant WB preset. Of these, sunny conditions can at times produce slightly cooler images, while in tungsten light the results are a little warm, and tricky light from an outdoor lamppost results in images that are a little orange.

By pressing the right arrow key, the colour toning modes are accessed, of which there are nine presets. These include landscape, monochrome and vibrant for a sharper and more saturated effect. All can be fine-tuned with sharpness, contrast, key, hue and saturation adjustments, and the effects can be seen in Live View.

Generally, I kept the setting to natural for more accurate results and used the in-camera post-capture editing tool for creative effects. The default colour tone is set to bright and this produces punchy images, but there is an option for all tastes.

  • Tested as: Enthusiast camera

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