The Pentax K-5 inherits the exceptional reliability, user-friendly operation, array of advanced features and compact, lightweight body of its predecessor – the K-7. Coupling a new high-speed, low-noise CMOS image sensor with the high-performance PRIME II imaging engine, it produces super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels, even when shooting in continuous shooting mode at its maximum 7 fps.
Pentax K5 Body + Pentax 18-55mm WR Lens.
It also offers an extra-wide sensitivity range between ISO 80 and ISO 51200 and Full HD movie recording at1920 x 1080. Adding other improvements and refinements — such as much-faster autofocusing speed, an upgraded HDR (High Dynamic Range) function now usable in handheld shooting, and better operability through an overall review of the design and shape of all components — the K-5 is designed to be more functional and manoeuverable in every detail, and more capable of responding to the discriminating demands of advanced amateurs.
Movie Feature – captures Full HD video with audio up to 1920x1080p or 1280x720p resolution at 25 frames per second. Features creative modes and filters for movies and stereo external microphone input. Expect to get around 10 mins of video at highest resolution on an 8GB* memory card. The maximum length for movies is 25 minutes or 4GB file size.
* We recommend using class 4 or higher memory cards for recording high definition video.
SDXC memory card compatibility via firmware update.
16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor - High resolution 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor with integrated AD conversion circuitry captures outstanding image detail with pixels to spare.
High sensitivity 80-51200 ISO – ISO sensitivity range with improved noise performance throughout, including ISO-specific noise reduction.
Speedy 7 FPS - 7 FPS framerate captures fast action shots in demanding situations.
11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system - Highly responsive and accurate 11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system features a dedicated AF assist lamp and light wavelength sensor for improved focus speed and reliability.
1080p HD video - Capture widescreen HD video with stunning detail at full 1080p resolution and 25 FPS, including sound via a built-in or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack.
3 inch LCD - Large 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution for responsive Live View and detailed image/video review.
Fully Weather Sealed - Fully weather sealed and cold-proof design resists water, fog, snow, sand, dust, and more, for top performance in extreme field conditions as well as in the studio.
77 segment metering system - Highly accurate 77 segment metering system for perfectly exposed images even in difficult lighting.
100% Field of view Viewfinder - High quality glass pentaprism viewfinder features 100% field of view and 0.92X magnification, for perfect framing accuracy.
Shake Reduction - PENTAX body-based Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization system is compatible with every PENTAX lens ever made.
1/8000 Shutter Speed - A maximum 1/8000 second shutter speed freezes even the fastest action without subject movement blur.
HDMI port An HDMI port outputs high definition images and video (and sound) to HDTVs (requires optional HDMI cable).
PENTAX PEF and Adobe DNG files - Native support for both PENTAX PEF and Adobe DNG 14 bit RAW files, includes the ability to retrieve RAW data from JPG files if still present in buffer memory.
In-camera HDR - Improved in-camera HDR image capture features more blending options and better pixel registration for easier operation without a tripod.
In-camera image processing and filters - A wide range of in-camera image processing and special effects filters encourages the photographer’s artistic expression.
Customizable RAW/Fx button - Customizable RAW/Fx button allows for easy access to common shooting settings.
Built-in electronic level - now features a tilt scale display in Live View.
DR II (Dust Removal II) mechanism - effectively shakes dust off the CMOS image sensor Dynamic-range expansion function - compensates for both whitewashed (overexposed) and black-out (underexposed) areas
Lens Correction - Automatic compensation of distortion and lateral chromatic aberration (available only with DA-,DFA- and FA Limited-series lenses)
Copyright Credits – allows attachment of copyright credits on recorded images
TTL autofocus, auto-exposure SLR digital-still camera with built-in retractable P-TTL flash
PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount (AF coupler, lens information contacts, K-mount with power contacts)
KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom compatible), KAF, KA mount lens
Image Capture Unit
Primary color filter, CMOS. Size: 23.7 x 15.7 (mm)
Approx 16.28 megapixels
Approx 16.93 megapixels
Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations "DR II" with the Dust Alert function
Sensitivity (Standard Output)
AUTO/100 to 12800 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV, or 1/3EV), expandable from ISO 80 up to ISO 51200. Up to ISO 1600 in Bulb mode.
Motion blur compensation
CMOS image sensor shift
Effective Compensation Range
Up to 4EV (depending on the used lens type and shooting conditions)
Auto: 1/8000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV steps or 1/2EV steps), Bulb
Single frame, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12s, 2s), Remote Control (immediately, 3 sec., continuous), Auto Bracketing (2, 3 or 5 frames), Auto Bracketing + Self-timer, Auto Bracketing + Remote Control, Mirror-up, Mirror-up + Remote Control
Max. 7.0 fps, JPEG (16M: at Continuous Hi): up to 22 frames, RAW: up to 8 frames Max. 2.0 fps, JPEG (16M: at Continuous Lo): until SD Memory Card is full, RAW: up to 12 frames
Built-in P-TTL flash with pop-up, GN: approx. 13 (ISO100/m) Angle of view: equivalent to angle of view of 28mm lens (35mm format equivalent)
P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync. High-Speed Sync and Wireless Sync are also available with PENTAX dedicated external flash.
Toy Camera, Retro, High contrast, Extract Color, Color
Single frame, Image comparison, multi-image display (4, 9, 16, 36, 81 segmentation), display magnification (up to 32x, scrolling and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), bright/dark area warning, detailed information display, copyright information display (photographer, copyright holder), folder display, calendar display, slideshow
Delete single image, delete all, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant review image
Toy Camera, Monochrome, Retro, Color, High Contrast, Soft, Extract Color, Starburst, Sketch Filter, Water Color, Fisy-eye, Pastel, Slim, Miniature, HDR, Posterization, Base Parameter Adjustment, Custom Filter
File Format (JPEG/TIFF), Custom Image, White Balance, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction, Distortion Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction, Color Space
Resize, Cropping (Aspect ratio and Slant adjustment available), Index, Movie Edit (Divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie
Up to 5 settings can be saved
RAW/Fx Button (One Push File Format, Exposure Bracketing, Digital Preview, Electronic Level, Composition Adjustment), AF button (Enable AF, Cancel AF) Various settings for the action of the e-dials in each exposure mode can also be saved.
World Time settings for 75 cities (28 time zones)
English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Chinese (Traditional/Simplified), Japanese
AF fine Adjustment
±10 step, Uniform adjustment, Individual adjustment (up to 20 can be saved)
Named of "Photographer" and "Copyright Holder" are embedded to the image file. Revision history can be checked using the provided software.
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery D-LI109
AC Adopter Kit K-AC50 (Optional)
Number of recordable images: (with 50% flash usage): approx. 740 images, (without flash usage): approx: 980 images Playback time: Approx. 440 minutes * Tested in compliance with CIPA standard. Actual results may vary depending on the shooting conditions/circumstances.
The K-5 incorporates a newly designed CMOS image sensor with a wide image-sensitive area measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm. It assures high-speed image data readout much faster than that of previous sensors. By coupling this image sensor — equivalent in performance and data processing speed to the image sensor incorporated in the PENTAX 645D medium-format digital camera — with the reliable PRIME (PENTAX Real Image Engine) II imaging engine, the K-5 produces super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels, while suppressing annoying digital noise to a minimum. The K-5 also offers a wide sensitivity range between ISO 100 and ISO 12800. This range can be expanded by the user from ISO 80 to ISO 51200 via a custom function to accommodate applications intended for more creative expressions, such as open-aperture shooting using a large-aperture lens, and indoor and nighttime shooting with incident light only.
High-speed continuous shooting at approximately seven images per second
The K-5’s high-speed continuous shooting mode records as many as 22 images (in the JPEG recording format) in a single sequence at a maximum speed of approximately seven images per second, allowing the photographer to preserve sharp, crisp images of active, fast-moving subjects — such as sports players, stage performers and wildlife — with great ease.
Responsive, high-precision AF system
The K-5 features a new-generation, wide-frame SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors positioned in the middle). This sophisticated AF system has completely redesigned optics, and factors the light source at the time of shooting into its calculations to improve the accuracy of autofocus operation. It also offers a choice of shutter-release options — between focus priority and release priority in the AF.S (single) advance mode, or between focus priority and speed priority in the AF.C (continuous) advance mode — to make the photographer better equipped for varying photographic requirements. The K-5 is also equipped with a spotbeam projector to assist the AF system in poorly lit locations.
Compact, solid, functional camera body
Despite its compact dimensions, the K-5 is built to be exceptionally solid and durable, with a body of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy, and a chassis of highly rigid stainless steel. Thanks to the inclusion of 77 special seals in the body, it also boasts a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction, assuring reliable operation even under harsh environment, and at temperatures as low as -10°C. It also features a reliable shutter unit that provides a top shutter speed of 1/8000 second and the outstanding durability to withstand as many as 100,000 shutter releases. Despite all these features, the K-5 still offers an extremely compact, functional body, because PENTAX has applied all its years of experience and expertise in camera downsizing that it accumulated since the earliest days of film-format SLR cameras.
Bright, clear optical viewfinder with 100% field of view
The K-5 features a pentaprism finder with nearly 100% field of view and at approximately 0.92-times magnification (with a 50mm F1.4 lens at infinity) to provide a better view of the image field and improve the accuracy and speed of focusing and image composition. It also comes with the renowned Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen to assist the photographer with manual-focus operation. The K-5’s bright, clear viewfinder assures greater visibility in outdoor shooting — especially when using a telephoto lens — allowing the photographer to better concentrate on the subject and image composition.
Effortless Live View shooting
Thanks to a new image sensor and a more sophisticated algorithm, the K-5’s Contrast AF mode assures better performance and greater focusing speed than before during Live View shooting. With the addition of a Golden Section display, the K-5 offers a choice of three different grid patterns to facilitate image composition.
PENTAX-original SR mechanism with user-assisting options
The K-5 features the PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which effectively compensates the adverse effect of camera shake by approximately 2.5 to 4 shutter steps, to produce sharp, blur-free images. This innovative mechanism works with almost all PENTAX interchangeable lenses — even those designed for film-format cameras.* Thanks to the SR mechanism’s flexible design, which tilts the image sensor unit in all directions, the K-5 offers several useful features to assist the photographer during shooting. These include an auto level compensation function to assure high-precision framing and effortless adjustment of horizontal alignment, and an image-composition fine-adjustment function to automatically compensate for the camera’s inclination during handheld shooting — vertically, horizontally, and in the direction of rotation.
* Lenses compatible with this mechanism: PENTAX K-, KA-, KAF-, KAF2- and KAF3-mount lenses; screw-mounted lenses (with an adapter); and 645- and 67-system lenses (with an adapter). Some functions may not be available with certain lenses.
Recording of Full HD-proportion movies (1920 x 1080 pixels, 25 frames per second)
The K-5 captures beautiful, true-to-life movie clips in 16:9 Full HD proportions (1920 x 1080 pixels) at a frame rate of 25 frames per second.** This extends many of the benefits of high-quality SLR photography to the world of movie shooting: For instance, users can reduce the depth of field to make a subject stand out, or use different interchangeable lenses to create distinctive visual effects. The K-5 also provides greater possibilities in visual presentation in movies***, especially through the application of custom images and digital filters.
** Movie recording may be terminated when a memory card with low transfer rate is used in the K-5. *** The number of frames may vary when in certain image processing mode.
Innovative image-processing functions to produce distinctive photographic expressions
Custom image function for distinctive finishing touches The K-5 features the custom image function, which allows users to easily select the desired finishing touch for a particular image, in order to faithfully express their creative intention or emphasize the prevailing atmosphere. The K-5 offers a choice of nine custom image modes, including Bleach Bypass, which is designed to create a dramatic visual effect used in motion pictures. In addition to the conventional Sharpness and Fine Sharpness modes, the K-5 also offers a new Extra Sharpness mode, which is designed to place extra emphasis on the outline of even the most minute details of the images to enhance its resolution.
Versatile digital filter function The K-5’s digital filter function allows the user to process recorded images in a variety of creative ways and produce highly individualized visual expressions — without requiring a computer. The user not only has a choice of 18 different filters, including the newly added Sketch and Posterization, but can also apply different filters one after another to a single image to create more inventive visual effects.
Cross process mode with three options The K-5 features the unique cross process mode, in which the camera automatically shifts photographic parameters for each exposure to create eye-catching images with unique, dramatic colors — just like pictures treated with the cross process**** in film photography. In addition to Random, where the results are unpredictable until the image has been processed, the user also has two other options: Preset, with three different sets of preset parameters; and Favorite, with user-selected parameters.
**** A film development technique that uses unconventional film development to create a distinctive finish with dramatic, stylized colors.
HDR (High Dynamic Range) function The K-5 features the HDR (high dynamic range) function to create one composite image with an extra-wide gradation range from three images with different exposures, without requiring a computer. It offers a choice of auto, standard and expanded (at three levels) modes to accommodate different creative intentions. Thanks to the addition of an automatic composition correction function, the user can now take advantage of this creative tool even with handheld shooting.
Electronic level function, with a newly added tilt confirmation tool
Extended-exposure NR (Noise Reduction) function, with a choice of Auto, On and Off modes
High-sensitivity NR (Noise Reduction) function, with a camera-dependent Auto mode and user-adjustable reduction strength preset for each ISO setting
RAW/Fx button, for single-action switching of image file format, as well as for assignment and instant recall of a specific function
Large, easy-to-view 3.0-inch wide-view color LCD monitor with approximately 921,000 dots
77-segment multi-pattern metering system for extra-accurate light measurement
DR II (Dust Removal II) mechanism, to shake dust off the CMOS image sensor as effectively as any other dust removal device
Long battery life, for recording of approximately 980 images with full recharge*****
User-friendly Hyper control system, to flexibly and accurately respond to the photographer’s creative intentions
Dynamic-range expansion function, to compensate for both whitewashed (overexposed) and black-out (underexposed) areas
Automatic compensation of distortion and lateral chromatic aberration (available only with DA-,DFA- and FA Limited-series lenses)
CTE mode, to automatically adjust the white-balance level to emphasize primary colors of sunset scenes
Attachment of copyright credits on recorded images
D-BG4 Battery Grip (optional) for extra power supply with an exclusive rechargeable lithium-ion battery or six AA-size batteries
Color-specific control buttons/dials for easy recognition and quick access, based on the universal color design
PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4 software package, including a RAW-data processing and browser application (based on the popular SILKYPIX RAW-data processing engine developed by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory) and a browser application
***** Under testing conditions prescribed by PENTAX, when using a rechargeable D-LI90 lithium-ion battery with no flash discharges.
Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera – Body Pentax 18-55mm WR Lens Lens Hood Front Lens Cap Rear Lens Cap USB cable I-USB7 AV cable I-AVC7 Strap O-ST53 ME Viewfinder Cap Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90 Battery Charger D-BC90 AC plug cord Eyecup FR (Mounted to the camera) Hot shoe cover FK (Mounted to the camera) Body mount cover (Mounted to the camera) Sync socket 2P cap (Mounted to the camera) Software Suite CD-ROM Instruction Manual