Pentax K-5 II review


Pentax K-5 II review - Verdict

That the Pentax K-5 II is a minor upgrade on the Pentax K-5 is not necessarily a bad thing, as the Pentax K-5 was an impressive model in itself. Its headline improvement of a more sensitive AF system is minor although combined with the changes to the LCD screen and the lower launch price (£250 less) it's unquestionably a better proposition than the Pentax K-5. Still, it would have been nice to see small kinks ironed out in this latest release, such as the stiff focus selection dial, and perhaps improvements made to image noise.


Pentax K-5 II front view


It's certainly welcome to see the Pentax K-5 IIs arrive at the same time too. Although testing does indeed show it to have a higher resolution than its sibling, as we have seen this isn't always an entirely positive attribute - in other words, there's a good reason for each camera to exist alongside the other.

So which do you buy? If you tend to alternate between a range of different subjects, you're perhaps safer with the Pentax K-5 II, knowing that it will still provide good image quality with a lower risk of aliasing. If, however, you tend to stick to landscapes and other natural subjects where man-made subjects feature infrequently, the Pentax K-5 IIs is worth the extra outlay.

Compact Camera Reviews

Price as reviewed



Design 17/20
Image Quality 19/20
Performance 18/20
Value 17/20
Features 19/20
Overall Score 90%