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The Pentax K-5 is a weather-resistant camera built for durability.

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Pros

pentaprism 100% FOV viewfinder

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much improved low light performance over the K-7

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professional weather sealing

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faster AF system

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settings dial has been made 25% taller than the one on the K-7, much easier to use

6 agree

solid, magnesium coated stainless steel body

6 agree

new, slightly higher resolution 16.5MP sensor by Sony - impoved ISO range, lower noise

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slightly improved high resolution 3" display (921k dot vs 920k)

5 agree

records to affordable, easy to find and capacious SD/SDHC and the latest SDXC memory cards

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upgradable firmware

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external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack

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capable of recording video in high definition (720p/25-30, 1080p/25)

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7fps continuous shooting (up from 5.2fps on the K-7)

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mini-HDMI output for direct playback of images and video on compatible HDTVs and displays

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Cons

video mode lags behind the competition

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AF system, while improved still only has 11 points

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name is confusing - is "less" then the last generation K-7

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$300 premium over the K-7 introductory MSRP

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The Pentax K-5 is a weather-resistant camera built for durability. It uses magnesium alloy covers around a stainless steel chassis, and is built to operate under cold conditions. Image stabilization is handled through a physical Shake Reduction (SR) system, which allows the lens to move slightly. This, combined with the ISO 80-12800 rating of the 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, allows handheld shooting in a wide variety of settings. A burst mode is available for capturing up to 7 frames per second, and high definition video can be captured in 1080p at 25 frames per second. A built-in microphone can be augmented through a standard 3.5mm jack. A built-in viewfinder provides 100% field of view, allowing for accurate shot alignment, and a 3 inch LCD is available for quick shooting and review.

Features
  • 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Sensitivity: ISO 80-12800
  • Continuous shooting at 6-7 FPS
  • 1080p HD video at 25 FPS
  • Built-in mic or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack
  • 11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system
  • Dedicated AF assist lamp and light wavelength sensor
  • 3 inch LCD
  • Weather sealed and coldproof
  • Pentaprism viewfinder with 100% field of view
  • Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization system
  • 1/8000 second shutter speed max.
  • HDMI output
  • PENTAX PEF, Adobe DNG 14 bit RAW file formats
  • In-camera image processing and filters
  • Built-in level with tilt scale display
  • SDXC memory card compatibility
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