Pentax K-5 II vs Pentax K-5 IIs

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Pentax K-5 II

87

Pentax K-5 IIs

81

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 II

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Great battery life
Battery life
980 shots
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 IIs

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Battery life
Great battery life
980 shots
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from

Items often bought with the K-5 II or K-5 IIs

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5 II.
Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5 IIs.

differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-5 II

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Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,235 ISO vs 1,208 ISO
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The K-5 II has a slight edge (0 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$662.37 vs $696.85
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5 IIs

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              82.0
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              K-5 II1,235 ISO
              K-5 IIs1,208 ISO
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              14.1 EV
              Weather sealed Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Battery life Very long battery life Help
              980 shots
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              K-5 II23.8 bits
              K-5 IIs23.9 bits
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              7 fps
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.61x
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Light sensitivity (boost) Very good boost ISO Help
              51,200 ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Very fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Thickness Thin Help
              2.9"
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              760 g
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              K-5 II$662.37
              K-5 IIs$696.85
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              16.1 MP
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              113 lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 25fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $628 - $749 body only

              $1,039 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $545 body only

              $748 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $295 body only

              $375 - $378 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Pentax K-3 II

              Pentax K-3 II

              Boutique

              $841 - $1,026

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $897 body only

              $948 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,197 body only

              $1,235 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Pentax K-5 II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Pentax K-5 II.

              Pentax K-5 IIs Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Pentax K-5 IIs.

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              Avatar for Arthur Brave Arthur Brave (6:57 AM, June 27, 2013)
              If you want to know the differences between both cameras, take a look to this video. http://youtu.be/Up7jqNn2W-w Somehow, the k-5 IIs has better quality because of the lack of an anti-aliasing filter, but makes it slightly more susceptible to moire.