Video: PENTAX K-5 DSLR camera


Zak Billmeier

Zak Billmeier grew up in southern Vermont and coastal Maine. After graduating from Mary Washington College with a Geography degree he still isn't sure quite what to do with, he eventually settled in the mountains of Central Virginia. He spends his free time chasing his daughter around, taking pictures, gardening and cooking. He joined Crutchfield's car A/V writing team in 2007 and is now a lead producer on our video team.

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Need a camera to take to the beach this summer? We put the PENTAX K-5 digital SLR to the test at Massanutten waterpark in Virginia.

Video Transcript

PENTAX K-5 DSLR camera

Zak: Hey. I'm here at Massanutten water park in Virginia today and giving the PENTAX K-5 DSLR a little test. This is a unique camera in that it has 77 seals against moisture, so you can splash it pretty well. You can't dunk it underwater, but if it's raining on you or if a wave hits you or something, no big deal. You can keep shooting.

The camera is so well sealed against moisture, we had our in house lead photographer J today at the water park shooting footage of people using the fun features here and he gets wet, man. The camera gets drenched and he can keep shooting and get that shot and that is so valuable when there's a lot of places where you need a camera like this and you just can't bring it because it just can't take the moisture. But this one, the K-5, really can.

When you're trying to seal a camera like this off from moisture, there's a lot of places it can get in. Of course many of them are on the camera body, and PENTAX has those sealed. The other place is on the lens. And you can see here this little red ring around here is a rubber gasket that seals water out from the main body compartment. It's also sealed internally. And PENTAX has a line of lenses designed specifically to be sealed against moisture. Look for the letters "WR" in the model name and you'll know that they're sealed against moisture. So with one of those lenses and this camera body you can go out in the rain with it and you'll be okay.

It'll shoot seven frames a second, which is nice and fast for catching that perfect action moment. You can also configure the camera any number of ways to suit your shooting style. And you even have a user setting up here that will remember everything for you so you can always switch right back to it.

If you have any questions about the PENTAX K-5 or weather proof cameras in general, just give us a call.