Pentax has announced the latest DSLR addition to its range, in the shape of the flagship Pentax K-5.
The Pentax K-5 is based on the rugged K-7 model, borrowing the tough and weather-proofed construction – but raises the features bar yet further to sit at the top of the Pentax DSLR tree. With a newly designed and high resolution 16.3 megapixel APS-C sized sensor, the Prime II image engine is capable of producing stills from ISO 80 to a rather staggering ISO 51,200. Full HD movie capture now also features, with the native 1920x1080p resolution captured at 25 frames per second for top-quality results and stills shooting benefits from continuous shooting up to seven frames per second.
The rear LCD of the Pentax K-5 is a 920k-dot resolution, and the optical viewfinder has a full 100% field of view with 0.92x magnification – the same standard as per the K-7 model. The live view mode benefits from the new sensor design as well as optimised contrast-detect AF for faster focusing than before.
The 11-point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system, as found in the newly released K-r, is faster and more accurate than previous generations.
Image capture and processing sees an abundance of options too: from the HDR mode through to digital filters, cross-processing and custom image function.
In addition a brand new 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 WR (weather resistant) lens is also announced. The K-5 will be available mid-October with three kit options: with the 18-55mm WR for £1200; with the 18-55mm WR & 50-200mm WR for £1300; or with the new 18-135mm WR for £1700.
Pentax announce K-5: Specification
- Sensor: 16.3MP APS-C CMOS
- Image Stabilisation: Yes, sensor-based
- ISO: 80-51,200
- Movie: Full HD 1080p at 25fps
- Continuous shooting: 7fps
- AF points: 11-point (9 cross-type) SAFOX IX+
- Body: Weather-proofed magnesium alloy with 77 weather seals
- Viewfinder: 100% field of view; 0.92x magnification
- LCD: 3in, 920k-dot with live view
- Power: Li-ion rechargeable battery
- Dimensions: 131 x 97 x 73mm
- Weight: 740g with li-ion battery and SD card (body only)
Pentax announce K-5: First Impressions
The K-5 is an impressive mid-level DSLR that incorporates a number of professional features and yet it’s still not that full-frame release that Pentax currently lacks. It seems an oddity that whilst providing multiple bodies for the APS-C market and even a pro-spec medium format model in Japan, there’s currently nothing to fill the gap between the two.
We like the K-5 for upping its game, achieving Full HD status that Pentax didn’t have until now, and for delivering updated features, the new 16.3MP will need to prove its worth to tempt current K-7 users to upgrade.