Playback and Editing Features
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 accepts Pentax K-mount lenses to give
you a variety of shooting options. No lenses come with this "body only" kit.
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
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
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.
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:
- 16M: 4928 x 3264 (JPEG and RAW)
- 10M: 3936 x 2624
- 6M: 3072 x 2048
- 2M: 1728 x 1152
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
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:
- Single Frame: Photos are taken one at a time with each press of
the shutter release button.
- Continuous: Multiple photos are taken while the shutter release
button is pressed fully at approximately 7 frames per second (high speed) or
1.6 fps (low speed). A maximum of 30 frames can be taken at high speed;
there is no maximum at low speed.
- Self-Timer: A single photo is taken after approximately 12
seconds to allow the photographer to get into the picture. A 2-second self
timer can be used to avoid camera shake when the shutter release button is
- Remote Control: Using the optional remote control, the shutter is
released immediately after the shutter release button on the remote is
pressed. A 3-second delay Remote Control setting is also available. You can
also use the remote control for continuous shooting. Pentax
offers the optional Remote Control F or Waterproof Remote Control O-RC1.
- Mirror Lock-up: If camera shake is evident even when
the remote control or cable switch is used with a tripod, you can use the
Mirror Lock-up function. This mode requires that you press the shutter
release button twice: once to pop up the mirror, and again to take the
picture. This mode can be used with or without the remote control.
- Exposure Bracketing: You can take consecutive images at
different exposure levels when the shutter release button is pressed. You
can set the number of shots taken to 2, 3, or 5. The selected
images are saved with each release, at standard exposure, some
underexposed, and some overexposed. You can set the order of the exposures as
desired. The bracket value can be set at +/- 2EV at 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV
intervals. Exposure Bracketing can be used with the remote control or the
Metering: You can select the portion of the image sensor to use for
measuring brightness and determining exposure:
- Multi-segment: The sensor meters the brightness in multiple
- Center-weighted: Metering is weighted at the center of the
- Spot: The brightness is measured only within a limited area at
the center of the sensor.
Exposure Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you set the desired
Exposure Mode. You can select from the following:
- User: You can save up to five exposure settings and recall them
- (Green): Let's you capture images with fully automatic settings.
- Program Automatic Exposure (P): The camera automatically sets the shutter
speed and aperture value to obtain a proper exposure.
- Sensitivity Priority (Sv): You set the sensitivity to suit the
brightness of the subject. The shutter speed and aperture values are
- Shutter Priority (Tv): Lets you set the desired
shutter speed for expressing moving objects. The aperture value is
automatically set to give the proper exposure.
- Aperture Priority (Av): Lets you set the desired aperture value
for controlling depth of field. The shutter speed is automatically set to
give the proper exposure.
- Shutter & Aperture Priority (TAv): You can set both the desired
shutter speed and aperture to take the picture. The sensitivity is
automatically set so the manually set shutter speed and aperture will give
the proper exposure.
- Manual (M): After the shutter speed and aperture are
automatically set for the proper exposure, you can change both settings to
obtain the effect you desire.
- Bulb (B): The shutter remains open as long as the shutter release
button is pressed. Use this setting for shooting night scenes and fireworks
which require long exposures.
- Flash X-sync (X): The shutter speed is automatically set to 1/180
second. This setting is useful when using an external flash that does not
automatically set the sync speed.
- Movie: Lets you record movies in High or Standard Definition with
sound. During recording, you can change the aperture value, perform EV
compensation (up to +/-2 EV), and move the AF point.
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:
- Auto Flash: the flash automatically fires based on brightness of
- Auto + Red-eye Reduction: the flash fires automatically with a
pre-flash for red-eye reduction
- Flash On: the flash fires with each picture when manually popped up; does not
charge when retracted
- Manual + Red-eye Reduction: the flash fires when popped up with a
pre-flash for red-eye reduction
- Slow-speed Sync: the flash fires during a slow shutter speed;
lights foreground subject while maintaining a distant lit background
- Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye Reduction: the flash fires during a
slow shutter speed, with a pre-flash for red-eye reduction
- Trailing Curtain Sync: the flash fires immediately before closing
the shutter to capture moving objects as they leave a trail behind.
- Wireless Mode: Synchronizes a dedicated external flash,
such as the AF540FGZ or AF360FGZ, without using a sync cord.
- Flash Off: the flash does not fire regardless of subject
Playback and Editing Features
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
Image Editing: The Playback Mode Palette lets you perform playback and
editing functions on recorded images and movies. Some of the functions include:
- Image Rotation: When pictures are taken
vertically, the vertical position sensor activates and rotation information
is added to the image to enable playback with the correct image orientation.
You can set the desired rotation direction in the menu.
- Digital Filter: You can edit images using
the following digital filters: Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Sketch
Filter, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Base Parameter
Adjustments (Brightness, Saturation, Hue, Contrast, Sharpness), Monochrome,
Color, Extract Color, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim, HDR (High Dynamic
Range), and Custom Filter.
- Resize: Change the number of recorded
pixels and quality level and save it as a new image.
- Cropping: Cuts out only the desired area of
the selected image and saves it as a new image. Cropping can also change the
aspect ratio from 3:2 to 4:3, 16:9 or 1:1, and rotate the image from -45° to
+45° in increments of 1°.
- Slideshow: play back still images one
at a time in slide show fashion. You can adjust the interval (3 sec, 5 sec, 10
sec, or 30 sec) and the screen effects (fade, wipe, stripe, no effect).
- Save as Manual WB: Allows you to copy the white balance setting
of a captured image and save it as Manual WB.
- RAW Development: Converts captured RAW files into JPEG or TIFF
- Index: Allows you to join multiple images together and display
them as an index print. You can also save the displayed index print as a new
- Movie Editing: Movies can be divided and unwanted segments can be
- Protect: You can protect images from being deleted.
- DPOF: You can order conventional photograph prints by taking the
SD Memory Card with recorded images to a store for printing. DPOF (Digital
Print Order Form) settings allow you to specify the number of copies, and
whether to imprint the date.
- Save Destination: When using the optional GPS unit, you
can save the GPS location information stored in an image as the destination
for simple navigation.
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 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
software is compatible with the following operating systems:
- Windows: (can be run as a 32-bit application on any x64
Edition of Windows)
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP (SP3 or later)
- Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.4.11, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7