Summary Pentax K-5 II

Prices Price
Body only
With 18-135mm lens
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 4
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 9
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.7x15.7mm
Screen resolution
Help 921k dots
Help 16.1 MP
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 25fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 12,800 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Pentax K-5 IIPentax K-5 II


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The Pentax K-5 II vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,235 ISO
Color depth Good color depth Help
23.8 bits
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Sensor shift
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
7 fps
Battery life Above average battery life Help
980 shots
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
Thickness Thin Help
Overall image quality Great overall image quality Help
Dynamic range Wide dynamic range Help
14.1 EV
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Built-in focus motor Built-in focus motor Help
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/8000 of a second


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The Pentax K-5 II vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 25fps
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available Help
113 lenses
Announced Old Help
September 2012
Weight Heavy Help
760 g
Screen size Below average sized screen Help
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
16.1 MP
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
225 ms shutter lag
Missing geo-tagging
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Hiren (8:37 AM, April 03, 2013)
It's not hybrid system. All Pentax DSLR use phase focus system, but in LiveView mode use contrast focus system. This two methods not use simultyniously
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:07 PM, February 25, 2013)
Hey @facebook-1072614052:disqus that will be fixed up by tomorrow. Sorry for the delay.
Avatar for Andrew Munster Andrew Munster (10:21 AM, February 25, 2013)
The error you publish on the type of focus of the pentax k-5 II should have been fix by now...
Avatar for Andrew Munster Andrew Munster (10:17 AM, February 25, 2013)
the pentax prime method of focusing is phase detection not contrast detection it uses contrast detection in live view.
Avatar for Chuck Bridgen Chuck Bridgen (2:03 PM, February 07, 2013)
How is this an "entry level" DSLR? Because it's not a Nikon or Canon??? Why spend $1,200 on a Canon 7D then have to spend another $1,000 (AT LEAST) to get a decent lens for it, when you can get better photos with the Pentax K5II and the kit lens???
Avatar for Andrew Munster Andrew Munster (3:59 PM, January 21, 2013)
Thank you i hope can change the pentax k5 II specs soon
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (9:30 PM, January 10, 2013)
Hey @facebook-1072614052:disqus, we are working to fix this error, but it is not an easy thing to fix. Our website currently only allows one type of focus system, these new hybrid systems require a rewrite of our system, which is a big job. It is on our to do list.
Thanks for your feedback.
Avatar for Andrew Munster Andrew Munster (4:48 PM, January 07, 2013)
These are the correct specs for the
Type Phase detection
Focus points 11
Cross type focus points 9
Supports continuous yes
Avatar for Andrew Munster Andrew Munster (4:10 PM, January 07, 2013)
Are you going to fix your error on the autofocus of the pentax k-5 II or are you publishing this error deliberately.
Avatar for Andrew Munster Andrew Munster (4:20 PM, December 04, 2012)
Could you do something about your error claiming the pentax k-5 II and K-5 IIs don't have phase detection autofocus. First it should be a big hint that they are dslrs and not mirrorless cameras. Every other reviewer says they have phase detection autofocus, and pentax's tech specs also says this.
Avatar for Kevin Rainwater Kevin Rainwater (2:30 PM, November 22, 2012)
Categorizing the K5-II as an "Entry-level DSLR" is a joke. Are there any editors around here?
Avatar for Mike Svitek Mike Svitek (7:49 PM, October 08, 2012)
The K-5 II should be placed into the "Professional DSLR" category ... And whats with the contrast detection AF here? It has phase-match sensors (9 are cross-type) and the maximum burst rate is closer to 8fps ... 7.6fps if you want to get specific.
Avatar for Andrew Munster Andrew Munster (0:50 PM, September 19, 2012)
autofocus works between -3ev to 18ev
Avatar for Andrew Munster Andrew Munster (5:35 PM, September 18, 2012)
both the k5 ii and k5IIs have phase detection and they have contrast detection for live view and to assist phase detect in custom area focus the k30 has this to. Could you fix this mistake, pentax should not have listed contrast focus first. It Does have phase detection.