Pentax K-5 II with 18-55mm 3X Zoom Kit Lens
16-megapixel mid-size digital SLR camera with weather-resistant 3X zoom lens
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Item #: 815K5II55
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $799.99
Things move fast in the consumer electronics world, especially within the camera category. In spring 2012, we here at Crutchfield were taking a Pentax K-5 camera to a local water park to check out its amazing weather resistance and image quality. Then, a couple of months ago, we were sad to see it discontinued. But apparently, the sadness was premature, because Pentax has introduced the K-5 II. It's an updated version of the K-5, with better autofocus in low light, an improved, scratch-resistant LCD that's easier to see outdoors, and better compatibility with wide-aperture lenses. This camera's now an even bigger low-light threat than it was previously.
Not very often does a camera come along that captures the attention of serious photographers like the Pentax K-5 II has. This is one piece of gear that has "workhorse" written all over it. Not that it's built heavy, like a tank in fact, you'll find it pleasantly streamlined and solid without being unnecessary bulky. No, the overriding reason why enthusiasts have gravitated towards the K-5 is simple: The image quality on this camera will knock you out. We mean it. It will hold its own against the best in the field and leave more than a few wanting when measured up against the competition.
Notably, the K-5 II has been called out for its performance when its sensitivity is dialed up. What this means in plain English is that it's exceptionally solid in low light situations, with accurate detail and color rendition while serving up a minimum of noise along the way. It's so good at revealing hidden detail that you may find yourself looking for lenses that will do it justice. Fortunately, this camera is compatible with a wealth of fine Pentax lenses made over the past four decades, so you won't lack for options.
This camera comes with Pentax's versatile, weather-resistant DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL kit lens. With a 3X zoom ratio and sophisticated optical elements that minimize color fringing and distortion, you'll be ready for everything from wide group photos to candid portraits. Plus, with its durability in the elements, it's an excellent match for the K-5 II's rugged body.
Video hasn't been ignored either. The K-5 II can shoot richly detailed HD video, up to 1080/25p. Not only that, you can do some basic editing of that captured video right in the camera. That's a time-saver when you'd like to get a feel for how your scenes will cut together. And there's an external microphone input so you can capture better sound.
Back to the "workhorse" thing: this camera is truly a go-anywhere tool. With industry leading weather-seal construction, the K-5 II is more resistant to water, fog, snow, dust and sand than any other DSLR on the market at this time. It's a secure feeling to know your investment can take care of itself when you're shooting in challenging situations like riding on "The Maid of the Mist" at Niagara Falls, or getting great shots of your family's water-skiers on vacation.
You don't have to be an expert photographer to use an SLR they all offer easy automatic shooting. Because of their build quality and the physics of good glass and large sensors, even their built-in automatic settings will get you better pictures than most point-and-shoots or mobile devices. But experienced photographers and budding hobbyists can get more creative by manually adjusting settings like aperture and shutter speed. SLRs let you expand your shooting options with additional lenses and flashes to suit just about any situation. If you'd like to record the occasional video, look for a model with high-def movie mode.
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||27.5-84.4mm|
|Effective Megapixel Count||16.28|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor Shift|
|Highest Resolution||4928 x 3264|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080/25p|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||34.4|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The Pentax K-5 II is a D-SLR camera with a rugged magnesium alloy and stainless steel body. It is fully weather-sealed to resist water, fog, snow, sand, and dust, to give you outstanding performance in the elements, as well as the studio. The K-5 II comes with the SMC Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR lens. It will accept other Pentax K-mount lenses to give you a variety of shooting options.
3.0" LCD Monitor: The camera features a large, bright 3.0" LCD monitor for viewing the camera settings, framing your shots with Live View, and playing back recorded still images and movies. The scratch-resistant LCD is designed without the air gap that is typically found between the LCD screen and screen cover. This gives you a brighter, sharper image. The monitor's 921,000-dot resolution gives you crystal clear images, and features approximately 100% field of view.
Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" LCD monitor, the K-5 II has an optical, pentaprism viewfinder with 100% field of view. A diopter adjustment lets you focus the viewfinder to your personal eyesight, if needed. Interchangeable focusing screens are available.
Electronic Level Display: When the camera is not level, a bar graph indicating the horizontal camera angle is displayed in the viewfinder and on the LCD panel. The level display can be turned on/off in the shooting menu.
Compatible Lenses: The K-5 II has a KAF2 bayonet mount with an AF coupler and lens information contacts (a K-mount with power contacts). Lenses with KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom not compatible), KAF, and KA mounts can be used. These lenses include DA, DA L, D FA, and FA J lenses.
Supplied Lens: This camera kit comes with the SMC Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR lens. Its focal length is equivalent 27.5mm-84.4mm in the 35mm format. The minimum focus distance is 9.84 inches. The lens features the Pentax SP (Super Protect) coating to repel dust, water, and grease. It is also weather-resistant to handle damp, inclement weather conditions. The PH-RBC 52mm lens hood is included.
Image Sensor: The K-5 II is equipped with a large, 16-megapixel APS-C sized (23.7 mm x 15.7 mm) CMOS image sensor, which delivers high resolution image quality with accurate colors and low noise. It has 16.93 million total pixels and 16.28 million effective pixels. The sensor features the DR II Dust Removal function that shakes the sensor with ultrasonic vibrations every time the camera is turned on and off.
Shake Reduction (SR): The K-5 II is equipped with the Pentax Shake Reduction (SR) system, which uses a magnetic force to move the image sensor at high speeds, compensating for camera shake. The Shake Reduction function allows you to take pictures at up to approximately 4 steps slower shutter speed without risk of camera shake.
Recording Media: The camera can record still images and movies onto SD Memory Cards, SDHC Memory Cards, and SDXC Memory Cards.
Still Image Formats: The K-5 II can shoot JPEG still images in 4 sizes in 3:2 aspect ratio. You can set the image quality level (compression ratio) for each size to Premium, Best, Better, or Good. In addition, uncompressed RAW images can be recorded using the full output of the CMOS sensor. The RAW files are recorded in the DNG (Digital Negative) format. RAW images must be "developed" and converted into JPEG files using the RAW Development function in the camera or using the provided Pentax Digital Camera Utility 4 software. When the camera is set to RAW+JPEG, images in both JPEG and RAW formats are captured. Image sizes include:
Movie Recording: High Definition movies can be recorded in the Motion JPEG (AVI) format with monaural audio. You can choose from Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 25 frames per second, or 1280 x 720 at 30 or 25 fps. Standard def movies can also be recorded at 640 x 480 pixels (4:3) at 30 or 25 fps. The Quality Level can be set to Better, Best, or Good.
SAFOX X Autofocus System: The K-5 II is equipped with a new, highly advanced and accurate 11-point SAFOX X autofocus system. It offers the widest EV focus range in its class, and is ideal for focusing in low light conditions, as low as -3EV.
Focus Modes: You can set the focus mode switch to AF-S (auto focus-single), AF-C (auto focus-continuous), or MF (manual focus). In Auto Focus mode, the camera automatically focuses on the subject when the shutter release button is pressed halfway (AF-Single) or continuously focuses (AF-Continuous). In Manual Focus mode, you can adjust the focus by turning the focus ring on the lens.
AF Assist Light: In Auto Focus mode, when the subject is in a dark location, the AF Assist Light automatically turns on when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. You can turn off the AF Assist light, if desired.
AF Point: You can choose the part of the viewfinder to set the focus to: Center, Select, or Auto. In Select mode, you can set the focus area to any of eleven points in the AF frame. In Auto mode, the camera selects the optimum AF point, even if the subject is not centered. You can select from 11 or 5 AF points. The active AF point is illuminated in red, superimposed within the viewfinder frame.
Drive Modes: The K-5 II offers several options for shooting single and multiple images at once. You can choose from the following Drive Modes:
Metering: You can select the portion of the image sensor to use for measuring brightness and determining exposure:
Exposure Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you set the desired Exposure Mode. You can select from the following:
EV Compensation: You can deliberately overexpose or underexpose a picture using EV Compensation. The compensation value can be set between -5 and +5 EV (-2 and +2 EV in Movie Mode). The step interval can be set at 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV intervals.
White Balance: White Balance is a function for adjusting the color of an image so that white objects appear white. You can choose Automatic White Balance (AWB), or a preset White Balance depending upon the lighting source: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (4 types), Tungsten, Flash, CTE (Color Temperature Enhancement), or Manual. You can save three settings in the Manual and Color Temperature white balance modes.
ISO Sensitivity: You can set the sensitivity to suit the brightness of the surroundings. The sensitivity can be set to ISO AUTO or manually to ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, or 12800. In some shooting modes, the ISO sensitivity can be expanded to a range of 80 to 51200. The range for Automatic Sensitivity Correction can be independently set on the lower and upper ends, and the parameters set to slow, standard, or fast.
Flash: The K-5 II has a built-in pop-up flash for use in low-light situations. The camera also has a top-mounted hot shoe for attaching an optional external flash unit, such as the AF540FGZ, AF360FGZ, AF200FG, or AF160FC. There are several Flash Modes to choose from:
Magnifying Images: Single images can be magnified up to 32 times in playback mode. Using the rear E-dial, the image is enlarged 1.2x to 32x in 20 steps. While the image is magnified, you can use the 4-way controller to move around in the magnified area.
Thumbnail: You can display multiple thumbnail images on the LCD monitor. You can choose the number of images to be displayed in the monitor: 4, 9, 16, 36, or 81. Images can also be displayed by folder or in a calendar filmstrip.
Image Editing: The Playback Mode Palette lets you perform playback and editing functions on recorded images and movies. Some of the functions include:
HDMI: The K-5 II has a mini-HDMI (Type C) output for connecting the camera to an HDTV. A Mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required (sold separately). You can set the HDMI output resolution to 1080i, 720p, 480p (NTSC), 576p (PAL), or Auto, corresponding to the maximum resolution of the AV device.
PC/AV: The proprietary PC/AV terminal can be used to connect the camera to your computer via the supplied I-USB7 cable. The terminal is USB 2.0 High-Speed compatible. You can also connect the camera to a TV using an optional I-AVC7 AV cable. The cable has composite video and mono RCA audio plugs. The AV output is automatically set based upon the hometown entered at the time of initial setup, in accordance with that region. The video output format can be manually set to NTSC or PAL, if necessary.
Microphone: The camera has a built-in monaural microphone. There is also a 3.5mm minijack input for an external stereo microphone.
Cable Release: A 2.5mm sub-minijack is provided for the optional CS-205 Cable Switch for operating the camera shutter release button.
DC Input: The K-5 II has a DC input for use with the optional K-AC132 AC adapter kit, which includes the D-AC120 AC adapter and an AC power cord. When using the monitor for a long time, or connecting the camera to a computer or AV device, it is recommended to operate the camera on AC power. The battery in the camera will not charge when connected to the AC adapter.
Lithium-Ion Battery: The Pentax K-5 II is powered by the D-LI90 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2V / 1860mAh / 14Wh). The battery charges in approximately 320 minutes using the supplied D-BC90 battery charger. An optional AC adapter kit (K-AC132) is available from the manufacturer for connecting the camera to household current, if desired. The image storage capacity with a fully charged battery is as follows:
|Battery||Temperature||Normal Shooting||Flash Photography||Playback Time|
|50% Use||100% Use|
|D-LI90||73°F (23°C)||980 images||740 images||610 images||440 minutes|
|32°F (0°C)||810 images||680 images||560 images||400 minutes|
Battery Grip: On the bottom of the camera is a set of contacts that allow you to use the optional D-BG4 battery grip. The battery grip can accommodate an additional D-LI90 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery, or AA lithium/Ni-MH/alkaline batteries. The battery grip has a shutter release button, front e-dial, rear e-dial, and AE-L button for shooting vertically.
PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4: The K-5 II comes with PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4 software on CD-ROM. With the software, you can manage images saved on your computer, and develop RAW files, adjust the color of the images and other settings, and save the new images in JPEG or TIFF format.
Compatible Operating Systems: The PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4 software is compatible with the following operating systems:
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