PENTAX K5 – Something New From Pentax

Pentax has announced the arrival of their newest camera, the new Pentax K-5 digital SLR camera. This camera features a very high end design, generally found only on the highest end of digital cameras. The new Pentax K-5 is a very user friendly, compact and lightweight camera for the serious photographer or just for the serious amateur.

Pentax K-5 is definitely going to become necessary have very quickly for the photographer who is serious about the quality of their work and is committed to the quality of their work. It is comparable with the Pentax K-7, with its lightweight body and user friendly options.

Customer feedback helped in the forming of this camera by Pentax. More and more customers were asking for a more refined version of the Pentax K-7 that was more user friendly. More and more photographers were also looking for an all purpose camera that could be used in both the studio and in the field.

This is the perfect camera for the photographer who is not looking to spend thousands of dollars on a highly advanced, compact camera. The cost of this camera starts at $1599.95, which is a much lower cost than some higher end cameras with the same capabilities as this new camera.

Pentax K5

Pentax K5

Pentax K-5 specs

The new Pentax K-5 features a high resolution 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor that is able to capture fast action shots up to 7 FPS. It also features a high sensitivity 80-12800 ISO range that is expandable up to 51200. The widescreen viewfinder features a 1080p HD video at 25 FPS with sound. The camera features a built in microphone or an external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack as well as a 11 point SAFOX IX and autofocus system with a dedicated AF assist lamp.

Other features of the brand new must have Pentax K-5 camera include a fully weatherproof and coldproof design, a three inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution, a maximum 1/8000 second shutter speed and a built in electronic level with a tilt scale display in the LCD panel. This brand new camera is made with durable magnesium alloy and a rugged stainless steel chassis.

The feature of the shake reduction stabilization system helps to take those pictures that are tough to take due to certain circumstances such as weather or climates.

Pentax is also introducing the smc Pentax DA 18-135mm F3.5 -5.6 ED AL DC WR lens designed specifically for use with Pentax digital SLR cameras. This is a weather resistant interchangeable zoom lens with a very smooth autofocus ability, that uses a built in motor.

Pentax K5 vs. Pentax K7 comparison

When comparing the new Pentax K-5 with its brother the Pentax K-7, there are considerable differences. For example, the Pentax K-7 has an image sensor of 14.6Mp CMOS, while the Pentax K-5 has an image sensor of 16.3Mp CMOS, causing a much sharper image in your serious photos.

The continuous feeding on the Pentax K-7 is 5.2 fps while the Pentax K-5 has a continuous feeding speed of 7.0 fps, or frames per second. Imagine the scenes that can be taken with this camera with that type of speed.

This would be the perfect speed for a sporting event that is fast paced as well as a nature shot of animals in the wild. For the serious amateur, the speed of movie taking on the Pentax K-7 is 1536 x 1024 fps while the Pentax K-5’s speed is 1080p or 25 frames per second.

The movie taking on this camera is absolutely amazing, not only for the serious amateur, but for the serious photographer as well. The camera is considered a compact camera for a camera in its class.

When first looking at the new Pentax K-5, it looks very similar to the Pentax K-7, there really is nothing to distinguish the two cameras besides the Flex label on the newest camera and the name on the front of the body. The new camera is not a huge leap in technology compared to the Pentax K-7, but it is still a much desired camera to today’s photographer.

The newest and best upgrade to the new camera is the 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor. It brings with it a maximum sensitivity; the ISO is 51200, in expanded mode, which is the highest on an APS-C camera as of today.

Some additional features to this camera are the multiple exposure ability of the camera, an orientation sensor, automatic distortion, automatic leveling and composition adjustment, and a RAW/flex button which is simply a one push button.

The camera also features playback in a single image with no overlay, basic overlay, or with detailed shooting information and histogram, image magnification up to 32x and optional blinking low and high lights. This camera also features a Lithium-Ion D-LI90 rechargeable battery as well as an optional ac adapter.