Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-5 II

Winner
Pentax K-5

104

Pentax K-5 II

100

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
104 ms shutter lag
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 25fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
600 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 II

Battery life
Great battery life
980 shots
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 25fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
600 ms startup delay

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5 II.
Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5.

competitors

Pentax K-5 Competitors

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Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$998 with 12-60mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Focus points Many more focus points
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$874 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen size Much larger screen
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Sony SLT A37

Sony SLT A37

Entry-level DSLR

$878 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

Pentax K-5 II Competitors

Pentax K-3 II

Pentax K-3 II

Entry-level DSLR

$739 - $1,148 body only

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Battery life Shorter battery life
Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70

Entry-level DSLR

$595 body only

$647 - $706 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$949 - $999 body only

$1,449 - $1,999 with 24-105mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization

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eclat (10:53 PM, September 08, 2013)
I had to laugh when they listed the "Common weaknesses" of both cameras. Since when was 16.1 megapixels considered "low resolution" and 109 lenses considered "few lenses"? Were those typos, or just the same Canikon trolls doing Pentax comparisons to justify their elevated prices and 90% market share? Funny.
 
Peter (7:56 PM, June 04, 2013)
The main improvements in the K-5 II include a new autofocus system called SAFOX X, which operates in low light down to -3EV, and a redesigned LCD screen, which is easier to see outdoors.
 
Avatar for J.C. Overgaard J.C. Overgaard (0:42 AM, June 01, 2013)
in the "ignoring price" the K-5 ii received a 91 and the K-5 received a 100.
 
Avatar for Anthony Anthony (11:46 PM, May 08, 2013)
Can anyone let me know what is the real differences?
 
7d (3:10 AM, March 15, 2013)
price !!
 
Joel (10:16 PM, March 12, 2013)
yes, totally. how can the K-5 be better than the K-5 II? doesn't make any sense.
 
Avatar for dave9t5 dave9t5 (3:59 PM, October 16, 2012)
Regarding this point:Advantages of the Pentax K-5Faster autofocusPhase detectionvsContrast detectionCatch candid moments easily




It's incorrect. K-5II has PDAF. Both cameras have both PDAF and CDAF. In fact, K-5II is supposed to have improved PDAF vs. K-5.