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

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
600 ms startup delay
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
104 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 II

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
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism

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-1

Pentax K-1

Pro DSLR

$1,679 - $1,697 body only

$2,094 - $2,200 with 28-105mm lens

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

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$554 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$897 body only

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

Pentax K-5 II Competitors

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$836 body only

$1,566 with 18-135mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen size Much larger screen
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$708 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Pentax K-3 II

Pentax K-3 II

Entry-level DSLR

$1,659 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
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.