Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Pentax K-5


The all new Pentax K-5 just made out of the box and being reviewed by people all around the world. Apparently a friend of mine just got this camera so I want to check out what this camera got that he bought one.

Key features:

- 16.3MP CMOS sensor
- ISO sensitivity span of 80 - 51,200 (equivalent)
- 1080p HD movie mode
- Limited in-camera movie editing functionality
- Socket for external microphone input
- Triple-axis sensor-based shake reduction (horizontal, vertical and rotational correction)
- New SAFOX IX 11-point AF system (improved over the K-7)
- Support for older Pentax lenses with manual aperture rings
- Magnesium alloy body shell
- Improved handheld HDR function (JPEG mode only)
- Continuous shooting up to 7fps
- 100% viewfinder coverage (0.92x magnification)
- Choice of PEF or DNG RAW files
- 3", 921k pixel LCD screen 

The specs are quite the same with Nikon D90, Canon 50D and Sony A580. However the 100% viewfinder coverage and the support of older lenses really make it quite worthy.


- Good detail and dynamic range (even better in RAW)
- Exceptionally low shadow noise in RAW files at low ISO
- One of the best APS-C DSLR in terms of high ISO image quality
- Very good build quality and handling
- Maximum ISO of 51,200 at full resolution
- Excellent burst depth in RAW mode (with firmware 1.0.1)
- 1080p HD video mode with basic editing built-in
- Useful electronic level and composition adjustment functions
- Comprehensive customization options including adjustable NR for each ISO
- Large, bright viewfinder with 100% coverage
- Fast contrast detect Auto Focus in Live View
- Versatile auto ISO function


- AF system not as versatile as Nikon D7000 (which is a cheaper camera)
- Lockable exposure mode dial can be annoying
- No dedicated movie shooting button
- No AF during movie shooting
- Poorly implemented live histogram in live view/manual exposure mode
- No 'live' aperture control during movie shooting
- Shadow Correction mode doesn't take full advantage of K-5's sensor
- Jaggies can be a problem along very fine diagonal lines

The disadvantage of this camera really shows off its weaknesses especially when compared to cheaper cameras. I'm not seduced by this camera as the price doesn't really reflects it specs. However, if you have the money and got nothing else to do, get this one. You can be the most different person when your friends are using Canon and Nikon while you are holding an artifact.

I hope the price will drop if it wants to stay in the market. Or else, goodbye.

Information on this page are taken from Dpreview.


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