Pentax K-5 II DSLR announced

Pentax has just announced two new cameras, the K-5 II and K-5 IIs without the AA filter. They both closely resemble much appraised K-5 and earlier K-7 models; all the changes are under the hood. Just like Nikon did with D800E, Pentax decided to release a version of the camera without anti aliasing filter. In theory, pictures will become shaper with more details recorded, but with the downside of possible moiré artifacts. In real life testing, Nikon D800E delivered sharper photographs only when paired to high end lenses and at certain aperture settings, so it is yet to be shown to what extent the new Pentax will be able to utilize its lack of low pass filter.

With the new model, Pentax claims to have improved much criticized low-light auto focus. Camera body is still weather-sealed to allow use under wet or dusty conditions. The imaging sensor remains the same; Sony’s 16 megapixel unit has proved to be the best APS-C sensor on the market, and K-5 set the bar very high in terms of low image noise and dynamic range. The sensor is stabilized, and what more interesting, still has the very unique ability to correct camera rotation. LCD screen is also updated; it still has 921,000 dots but gets better visibility in strong light and tempered glass cover with high resistance to scratches.

The K-5 II with 18-55 kit lens will be available at October for a price of around $1350. K-5 IIs version without AA filter will be sold body-only for $1300.

Main specifications:

  • Water and dust resistant
  • Stabilized 16 MP APS-C sensor (4928 x 3264)
  • ISO 100 – 12,800 (80 – 51,200 extended)
  • 11 point AF system
  • 3 inch 921,000 dots LCD
  • OVF with 100% coverage and 0,92 x magnification
  • Shutter speed: 30s – 1/8000s
  • Built-in flash + hot-shoe
  • 7 fps continuous drive
  • 1920 x 1080@25fps video recording
  • 760 g; 131 x 97 x 73 mm
  • Li-Ion D-LI90P battery pack

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