The Pentax K-5 II arrives with just a handful of improvements over its predecessor, and it’s launched with a virtually identical Pentax K-5 IIs sibling. But why? Read on to find out in our full review.

Product Overview

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Pentax K-5 II

Image Quality:95%
Overall score:90%


  • Excellent build; Large viewfinder; Very capable AWB; Impressive low-light AF; Reliable metering; Decent customisation and post-processing options; Lower launch price
  • than K-5; Weather-sealing


  • Fiddly flash sync cover; Noisy 18-55mm kit lens with softness at wideangle and chromatic aberrations; Awkward focus point selection dial; Not a significant improvement over the K-5


Pentax K-5 II Review


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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.

  1. 1. Pentax K-5 II review – Features
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Verdict
  6. 6. Comparisons
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