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Review of Pentax K-5 16.3 MP Digital SLR with 3-Inch LCD
4.80 stars Excellent Form 115 Reviews
Reviewed on: July 21, 2013 Author:
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  • Excellent pictures at both high and low ISO speeds
  • Weather resistant, sturdy DSLR system
  • Stunning RAW IQ at higher ISO
  • Wide range of lens compatibility
  • In Camera HDR capability
  • Very good and virtually silent Auto Focus
  • Very reasonable price for the quality and features


  • Slow to display previews
  • No AF and has limited exposure controls during recording
Review Summary

This is the summary of consumer reviews for Pentax K-5 16.3 MP Digital SLR with 3-Inch LCD. The BoolPool rating for this product is Excellent, with 4.80 stars, and the price range is $649.00-$769.00.

Developed using the highly acclaimed Pentax K-7 as its base, the K-5 inherits the exceptional reliability, user-friendly operation, array of advanced features and compact, lightweight body of its predecessor. However, it is more resourceful and flexible in photographic expression. Combining a new high-speed, low-noise CMOS image sensor with the high-performance PRIME II imaging engine, it produces super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels, even when shooting in the continuous shooting mode at a maximum speed of approximately seven images per second. The K-5’s high-speed continuous shooting mode records as many as 22 images in a single sequence at a maximum speed of seven images per second. The K-5 captures beautiful, true-to-life movie clips in 16:9 full HD proportions (1920 x 1080 pixels) at a frame rate of 25 frames per second. The K-5 also provides greater possibilities in visual presentation in movies, especially through the application of custom images and digital filters. 

The K-5 features a new-generation, wide-frame SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with 11 sensor points and is equipped with a spot beam projector to assist the AF system in poorly lit locations. The K-5 features a pentaprism finder with a nearly 100% field of view and at 0.92-times magnification (with a 50mm F1.4 lens at infinity) to provide a better view of the image field and improve the accuracy and speed of focusing and image composition. Thanks to a new image sensor, the K-5’s Contrast AF mode assures better performance and greater focusing speed than before during Live View shooting. The Pentax developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which effectively compensates the adverse effect of camera shake by 2.5 to 4 shutter steps, to produce sharp, blur-free images. 

Some other features include - Electronic level function with tilt confirmation tool, Extended Exposure Noise Reduction function, High Sensitivity Noise Reduction function, RAW/Fx button, Large and easy to view 3.0 inch wide color LCD monitor with 921,000 dots and Long battery life for recording of 1,100 images with full recharge.

Overall, the Pentax K-5 is encased in a compact but solid weather proof functional body, which comes equipped with a host of advanced photographic tools for the easy creation of great pictures, while delivering high standards of image quality, data processing speed and operability. It is highly recommended and rated for an affordable price and its absolutely great features.


  • Dimension: 3.8 x 5.1 x 2.9 inches
  • Weight: 1.7 pounds
User Voice
Pentax K-5 16.3 MP Digital SLR with 3-Inch LCD
Fantastic performance in low light Great auto focus Great high ISO performance The dynamic range is unbelievable at ISO 80 Fantastic IQ and performs great at high ISO
Review Group #: 1 Rating :
5.00 stars
8 Reviews See Details
In camera HDR capability Dynamic range enhancement Sturdy construction Weather sealed Gorgeous photos and a wide range of Pentax lens compatibility Lens quality (FA 50mm and 18-135mm) is average compared to competitors
Review Group #: 2 Rating :
4.50 stars
9 Reviews See Details
Lens selection is limited Good hand held shots in dimly lit indoors In-body image stabilization comes in handy as well Excellent high and low ISO performance Excellent dynamic range Great features like customization, build, perfect size, weather sealed, 100% viewfinder Significantly better sensor
Review Group #: 3 Rating :
5.00 stars
13 Reviews See Details
Great camera for serious amateurs, outdoor photographers and professionals on budget In TAV exposure mode, can set shutter speed and aperture Unbelievable Dynamic Range High image quality Way in budget
Review Group #: 4 Rating :
5.00 stars
16 Reviews See Details
Auto focus is very good and virtually silent Stunning RAW image quality at higher ISO levels Performs well in low light WR 18-55 zoom a very capable kit lens for sharp, quick focusing and with the weather sealing
Review Group #: 5 Rating :
5.00 stars
17 Reviews See Details
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Rating : 4.80 stars Form 115 Reviews
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