General

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
"The Pentax K-5's compact, solid body, generally well thought-out ergonomics, comprehensive feature set and excellent image quality, in both still and movie modes make it one of the best APS-C DSLRs currently on the market."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's overall-performance
Brand
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Pentax
Lowest price
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$330.72
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Announced
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September 2010
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Sensor

"The K-5 has a very similar sensor inside it to the Nikon D7000's, and like the Nikon, the K-5 displays excellent image quality across almost its entire ISO span."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's image-quality
Type
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CMOS
Crop factor
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1.5x
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Megapixels
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16.1 MP
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Light sensitivity
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12,800 ISO
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Light sensitivity (boost)
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51,200 ISO
Sensor cleaning
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Yes

Sensor (Advanced)

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True resolution
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16.1 MP
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Native resolution
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4928 × 3264
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Pixel size
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23 µm²
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Screen

Type
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LCD
Size
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3"
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Resolution
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920k dots
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Touch screen
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No
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Flips out
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No
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Live view
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Yes

Lenses

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Lens availability
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113 lenses
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Lens mount
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Pentax K

Form factor

"For a relatively small camera, the K-5 is solid and well constructed, and has a reassuring weight."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's build-quality
"All of the major controls fall readily to hand."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's button-layout
Size
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131×97×73 mm
Depth
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2.9"
Weight
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740 g
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Interchangeable lenses
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Yes
Waterproof
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No
Weather sealed
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Yes
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Built-in focus motor
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Yes

Viewfinder

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Type
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Pentaprism
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Viewfinder size
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0.60x
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Coverage
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100%
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Movies

"Shooting a video on the K-5 is fairly straightforward, but not as streamlined an experience as we would like."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's video-quality
Format
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1080p @ 25fps
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Supports 24p
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No
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High-speed framerate
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None
External mic jack
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Yes
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Autofocus
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None
All formats
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  1. 480p @ 25fps
  2. 720p @ 25fps
  3. 1080p @ 25fps

Features

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
Panorama
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No
HDR
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Yes
3D
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No
Image stabilization
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  1. Sensor shift
Supports RAW
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Yes
GPS
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No
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Performance

Startup delay
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600 ms
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Shutter lag
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104 ms
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Battery life
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740 shots
Continuous shooting
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7 fps
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Focus system

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Autofocus
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Phase detection
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Focus points
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11
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Cross type focus points
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9

Shutter

Max
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1/8000s
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Min
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30s

Flash

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Built-in flash
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Yes
Popup
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Yes
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External connection
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Yes

Storage

Storage slots
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1
Supported formats
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  1. SD
  2. SDHC
  3. SDXC

DXO Mark Scores

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
"One of the best APS-C DSLRs in terms of high ISO image quality"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's iso-noise
Image quality
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82.0
Color depth
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23.7 bits
Dynamic range
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14.1 EV
Low light performance
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1,162 ISO