Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-5 II

Winner
Pentax K-5

263

Pentax K-5 II

252

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
104 ms shutter lag
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.60x
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

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.61x
Battery life
Great battery life
980 shots
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

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Pro digicam

$494 - $599

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$1,180 with 18-135mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$813 body only

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

Pentax K-5 II Competitors

Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm X100F

Boutique

$999 - $1,199

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Focus points Many more focus points
Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D

Pro DSLR

$790 body only

$1,660 with 18-135mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$813 body only

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Battery life Shorter battery life

discussion

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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.