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

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
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

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

Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70

Entry-level DSLR

$595 body only

$672 - $715 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$1,444 with 18-55mm 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

$818 body only

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

Pentax K-5 II Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$593 body only

Size Much smaller
Thickness Much thinner
True resolution Much lower true resolution
Pentax K-3 II

Pentax K-3 II

Entry-level DSLR

$1,786 body only

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Battery life Shorter battery life
Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

Compact

Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Size Much smaller
True resolution Much lower true resolution

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.