Summary Pentax K-5 IIs

Prices Price
Body only
$1,434
With 18-55mm lens
$880
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 7
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 9
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.7x15.7mm
Screen resolution
Help 921k dots
Megapixels
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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Pros

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

Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,208 ISO
Color depth Good color depth Help
23.9 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
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Pentaprism
Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
100%
Thickness Thin Help
2.9"
Overall image quality Great overall image quality Help
82.0
Dynamic range Wide dynamic range Help
14.1 EV
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.61x
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel
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

Cons

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The Pentax K-5 IIs 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
Lowest price Expensive Help
$880.39
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Screen size Below average sized screen Help
3"
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
11
Announced Old Help
September 2012
Weight Heavy Help
760 g

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Discussion

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Peter (11:39 AM, January 14, 2015)
K-5IIs, nor K-5II has not built gps.. where did you take this information?
 
Avatar for Andrew Munster Andrew Munster (5:37 PM, December 19, 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. It does have phase detection that has autofocus range of in the range of -3ev to 18ev which means it can focus it very low light.
 
Felix (5:29 PM, October 11, 2012)
I'm a pro photographer too, but I seriously have no clue what you are talking about when you mention something wrong with the lenses... I believe the K-5 series are the best APS-C camera bodies in production, but that is subject to opinion: Do not, however, blame Pentax lenses. I know other photographers who use the newest full-frame DSLRs with Pentax lenses (Adapters are cheap and quite easy to find). You can say all you want about the body (Seriously though... Why do you stick with Pentax if you don't like the features?) but do NOT say anything about the best lens manufacturer in history (right after Leica, of course).

... P.S. Use spell-check. Errors make your points lose validity
 
Hilar (3:48 PM, October 10, 2012)
I´m pro photographer. I have K5 2 years. Pentax is no pro camera because I have now 3-rd body (always issues with AF accurancy). Focus is incorrect, no predictive focusing, issues with SDM and deficiency od really speed lenses. Not only body, but the lenses made camera for professional use.
 
Avatar for Mike Svitek Mike Svitek (7:41 PM, October 08, 2012)
Doesn't anyone else believe that the Pentax K-5 and K-7 series are in the field of "Professional DSLR" !?
They beat out the Canikon competitors on every aspect!
 
Avatar for Mike Svitek Mike Svitek (0:53 PM, September 18, 2012)
It has an external microphone connection...