Pentax K-5


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  • 16.3 Megapixel stabilized CMOS sensor
  • Weatherproof body with 77 independent seals
  • Sensitivity range: ISO 80 to 51 200
  • 7 fps high-speed continuous shooting

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  • 16.3 Megapixel stabilized CMOS sensor
  • Weatherproof body with 77 independent seals
  • Sensitivity range: ISO 80 to 51 200
  • 7 fps high-speed continuous shooting
  • CMOS-shift Shake Reduction
  • SAFOX IX+ AF sensor with 11 selectable points
  • Live View on a 3?? LCD monitor, 921 000 dots
  • Video recording in Full HD format

High-resolution, low-noise, true-to-life image reproduction

PENTAX K-5 incorporates a new generation CMOS sensor, combined with the reliable PRIME II Imaging Engine, which produce high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images.

The K-5 also offers a wide sensitivity range, from ISO 100 to 12800, which can be expanded to ISO 80~51200. As the Analog/Digital conversion is done within the sensor, K-5 features an impressive noise management.

Responsive, high-precision autofocus system

The K-5 embeds the same new-generation SAFOX IX+ autofocus system as PENTAX 645D Medium Format camera, which features 11 sensor points (with 9 cross-type sensors in the middle) to assure pinpoint and fast.

K-5's new-generation sensor combined with highly performant autofocus algorithms ensure accurate and quick contrast AF operation during Live View shooting. With the addition of a Golden Section display, the K-5 offers a choice of three different grid patterns to facilitate image composition.

Continuous shooting at 7 images per second

The K-5?s high-speed continuous shooting mode records up to 22 images (in JPEG recording format) in a single sequence at a maximum speed of 7 images per second, allowing you to take sharp pictures of active, fast-moving subjects with great ease.

Recording of Full HD-proportion movies

The K-5 captures beautiful, true-to-life movie clips in 16:9 Full HD proportions at a frame rate of 25 frames per second. This extends many the benefits of high-quality SLR photography to the world of movie shooting. For instance, reduce the depth of field to make a subject stand out, or use different interchangeable lenses to create distinctive visual effects. The K-5 also allowes to add specific visual effects during shooting.

Compact, solid, functional camera body

The K-5 is exceptionally solid and durable, with a body of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy, and a chassis of highly-rigid stainless steel. Thanks to the inclusion of 77 special seals, it also boasts a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant (-10?C) construction, assuring reliable operation even under harsh environment.

Bright, clear viewfinder with 100% coverage

The K-5 features a pentaprism finder with a 100% field of view which assures a great visibility in outdoor shooting and improves the accuracy of focusing and image composition. It also comes with the renowned Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen to assist you with manual-focus operation.

Shake Reduction mechanism with user-assisting options

The K-5 features the PENTAX-Shake Reduction, which effectively compensates the effect of camera shake by up to 4 shutter steps to produce sharp, blur-free images. This innovative mechanism works with all PENTAX lenses ? even those designed for analog cameras. K-5 also features an auto level compensation function to assure effortless adjustment of horizontal alignment, and a composition adjustment function to automatically compensate for the camera?s inclination during handheld shooting ? vertically, horizontally, and in the direction of rotation.

Large 3.0-inch wide-view color LCD monitor

The K-5 features a large, high-resolution color LCD monitor with 921,000 dots. Its wide-view design assures a clear view of the monitor image from 170 degrees horizontally and vertically.

Innovative image-processing functions to produce distinctive photographic expressions

(1) Custom image function for distinctive finishing touches
The K-5 offers a choice of 9 Custom Image modes, which allows you to easily select a desired finishing touch for a particular image in order to more faithfully express your creative intention or emphasize the prevailing atmosphere.

(2) Digital filters function
This function allows you to process recorded images and produce highly creative visual expressions without the need of a computer. You not only have a choice of 18 different filters, but can also apply different filters one after another to a single image to create more visual effects.

(3) Cross process mode with three options
The K-5 features the unique Cross process mode, in which the camera automatically shifts photographic parameters for each exposure to create eye-catching images with unique, dramatic colors ? just like pictures treated with the cross process in film photography.

(4) HDR (High Dynamic Range) function
The K-5 features the HDR (high dynamic range) function to create one composite image with an extra-wide gradation range from 3 images with different exposures, without requiring a computer.

Other features

1) Electronic level function, with a newly added tilt confirmation tool.
2) Extended-exposure NR (Noise Reduction) function, with a choice of Auto, On and Off modes.
3) High-sensitivity Noise Reduction function, with a camera-dependent Auto mode and a user-adjustable reduction strength preset for each ISO setting.
4) RAW/Fx button, for single-action switching of image file format, as well as for assignment and instant recall of a specific function.
5) 77-segment multi-pattern metering system for extra-accurate light measurement.
6) Dust Removal II mechanism, to shake dust off the CMOS image sensor as effectively as any other dust removal device.
7) Long battery life, for recording of 980 images with full recharge.
8) User-friendly Hyper control system, to flexibly and accurately respond to the photographer?s creative intentions.
9) Dynamic-range expansion function, to compensate for both overexposed and underexposed areas.
10) Automatic compensation of distortion and lateral chromatic aberration (available with DA-,DFA- and FA Limited-series lenses).
11) CTE mode, to automatically adjust the white-balance level to emphasize primary colors of scenes.
12) Attachment of copyright credits on recorded images.
13) D-BG4 Battery Grip (optional) for extra power supply with an exclusive rechargeable lithium-ion battery or six AA-size batteries.
14) Color-specific control buttons/dials for easy recognition and quick access, based on the universal color design.
15) PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4 software package, including a RAW-data processing and browser application (based on the popular SILKYPIX RAW-data processing engine developed by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory) and a browser application.

Camera Type TTL autofocus, auto-exposure digital SLR digital-still camera with built-in retractable P-TTL auto pop-up flash
Type High sensitivity CMOS sensor with a primary colour filter
Size 23.7mm x 15.7mm
Effective Pixels approx. 16.3 megapixels
Still JPEG: [16M] 4928x3264 pixels, [10M] 3936x2624 pixels, [6M] 3072x2048 pixels, [2M] 1728x1152 pixels
4 levels of quality in JPEG (good, better, best, premium)
RAW 14 bits : [16M] 4928x3264 pixels
Movie FULL HD: 1960x1080 (16:9) at 25fps
HD TV: 1280x720 (16:9) at 30 or 25fps
VGA: 640x480 (4:3) at 30 or 25fps
Sensitivity Auto, Manual: ISO 100 to 12800 (1/3EV, 1/2EV or 1EV steps)
Extended sensitivity: from ISO 80 to 51200
Bulb mode: up to ISO 1600
Shake Reduction Sensor-shift Shake Reduction
Compatible with ALL PENTAX lenses
Sensor Cleaning Dust Removal II mechanism:
Image sensor moving mechanism, SP Coating and Dust alert function?
Mount PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount
Usable lenses PENTAX KAF3-, KAF2-*, KAF-, and K-mount lenses
 *Power zoom function is not available
K-mount and S-mount lenses usable with restrictions
67/645/M-42 lenses usable with adapters and with restrictions
Focusing System  
Type SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with TTL phase-matching detection
Functions Focus modes: AF.A(auto), AF.S(single, with focus lock), AF-C(continuous)
11 AF points (9 cross type in the center)
5-point or 11-point Auto, Select or Center
AF assist available (at front)
Type Penta-prism
Field of View approx. 100%
Magnification approx. 0.92x (with FA 50mm F1.4 lens, at infinity)
Focusing screen Natural Bright Matte III focusing screen?, exchangeable
Diopter adjustment approx. -2.5 - +1.5m-1
Type 3" (7.62cm) TFT colour LCD monitor with AR coating
Adjustable brightness and contrast
Scratch resistant protective glass with AR coating
170? wide-angle viewing, horizontally and vertically
Resolution Approx. 921 000 dots
Playback Single image or index view (up to 81 images), Image Comparison, Magnification (up to 32x, scroll and quick magnification available), Rotation, Calendar view, Folder view, Histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), Slideshow, Bright/Dark area warning, Resize, Cropping, Copyright and detailed Exif information display? ?
Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Speed Auto and Manual : 1/8000 - 30 sec. + Bulb
(1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)?
X-Synchronization Hot shoe, sync-speed: 1/180 sec., P-TTL, high-speed-sync, rear curtain sync, wireless-sync with PENTAX dedicated flash
Exposure system  
Metering TTL open-aperture 16-segment metering (coupled with lens and AF information)
Metering modes: Multi-segment metering, Centre-weighted metering or Spot metering?
Exposure Modes Program (P), Sensitivity-Priority (Sv), Shutter-Priority (Tv), Aperture-Priority (Av), Metered Manual (M) including Bulb, Video
Picture modes: AutoPicture, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night scene portrait, Flash off
Scene modes: Night scene, Surf & Snow, Food, Sunset, Kids, Pet, Candlelight, Museum, Stagelight, Night snap, Night scene HDR*

*In Stagelight, Night snap and Night scene HDR, image format is fixed to JPEG
Metering Range EV1-21.5 (Standard ISO 200 with FA 50mm f/1.4 lens)
Auto Exposure Lock Assignable to AF/AE-L button through the menu?
Compensation ? 3EV (selectable EV steps: 1/3 or 1/2 steps)
Auto Bracketing 3 frames
Type Built-in retractable P-TTL auto pop-up flash
Guide Number approx. 16 (Standard Output Sensitivity 200/m), approx. 12 (Standard Output Sensitivity 100/m)
Modes Auto, manual (on/off), red eye reduction, slow-speed sync, rear curtain sync, high-speed sync and wireless sync with PENTAX dedicated external flash?
Synchronization: 1/180 sec., high speed, P-TTL, wireless
Angle of View Coverage Wide-angle lens, equivalent to 28mm in 35mm forma?t
Exposure Compensation from -2 EV to +1EV (1/3EV steps)
Exposure Parameters  
Modes One shot, Self-timer (2 or 12 sec), Continuous shooting (Hi, Lo), Remote control (0, 3 sec or continuous), Super-Impose (up to 9 pictures), Interval up to 999 pictures, Exposure bracketing (2, 3 or 5 frames, also available with self-timer and remote control), Mirror lock-up (w/ or w/o remote control)?
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent light (D, N, W, L), Tungsten light, Flash, CTE, Manual (configuration on monitor, colour temperature from 2 500 to 10 000K, 100K steps)?
Digital Filter Rec. mode: Toy Camera, Retro, High-contrast, Extract colour, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Custom
Playback: see next paragraphs?
Recording FULL HD: 1960x1080 (16:9) at 25fps
HDTV: 1280x720 (16:9) at 30 or 25fps
VGA: 640x480 (4:3) at 30 or 25fps?

3 levels of quality (good, better, best)
Editing Movie editing available
Digital Filter In Playback mode: Toy Camera, Monochrome, Retro, Colour, High Contrast, Soft, Extract Colour, Star Burst, Sketch, Water Colour, Fish-Eye, Pastel, Slim, Miniature, HDR, Posterization, Base Parameter Adjustment, Custom Filter



External Compatible with SD and SDHC memory cards
File Format

Still images:
RAW 14 bits (PEF, DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.21), DCF 2.0
RAW and JPEG simultaneously recordable
JPEG:4 levels of quality (good, better, best, premium)
Color space: sRGB, Adobe RGB?

AVI (Motion JPEG) with monaural sound

File Name Date (100_MMDD?), PENTX (100PENTX...)
Special Features  
  • World Time: 75 cities (28 time zones)
  • Long Exposure Noise Reduction
  • High-ISO Noise Reduction
  • DRE (Dynamic Range Enlargement) which provides maximum details in highlights and shadows
  • Compensation of distortion and lateral chromatic abberration
  • Cross processing (Shuffle, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3)
  • HDR (Auto, standard, Strong 1-3, automatic composition correction function)
  • Multi-exposure (Auto, Standard, Strong 1-3, Automatic composition correction function)
  • Automatic levelling
  • Composition adjustement (vertical and horizontal range: ?1.5mm)
  • Extended bracketing (White Balance, Saturation, hue, high/low key adjustment, contrast and sharpness bracketing)
  • RAW development
  • Copyright information
  • AF fine adjustment(+/- 10 steps, uniformal or individual adjustement)
Language English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Chinese (Traditional/Simpl.), Japanese?
Interface Mini-HDMI and AV outputs, compatible with NTSC and PAL, USB 2.0 mini-B (Hi-Speed), DC power input, cable release, X-sync socket, stereo mic. input?
Source Main: Rechargeable D-LI90 Lithium-ion battery
Optional: Battery grip D-BG4 and AC adapter K-AC50E also available
Performance Approx. 740 shots with 50% flash*, approx. 980 shots without flash and 440 min in play mode w/ D-LI90

* Tested in compliance with CIPA standard. Actual result may vary according to the shooting conditions/circumstances?? ?
Height 97mm
Width 131mm
Depth 73mm
Weight 660g body only, 740g loaded and ready with Li-ion battery and SD card
PC Windows XP SP2, VistaTM and 7?
Mac OS X 10.3.9 or above?
Included Software PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4?
Kit Content AV cable, USB cable, Li-ion battery D-LI90, Battery charger D-BC90, AC cable, Strap, Eye cup FR and hot shoe cover (already mounted), Finder cap for ME, Body mount cover, Sync socket 2P cap, Bottom of body's cap, Software
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