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Pentax K-5 II, IIs Hands-On Preview

We go hands on with the new Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs, the latest Digital SLRs from Pentax, as well as look at the Pentax K lens roadmap.

|  Pentax K-5 II in Digital SLRs
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Pentax K5 Ii S Dslr (3)

The new Pentax K-5 II and Pentax K-5 IIs, updates the Pentax K-5 (launched in October 2010), with a new and improved focus system that can focus in light as low as -3 EV. The new focusing system will work with lenses open at f/2.8 as well as at F5.6. The Pentax K-5 IIs comes with the anti-aliasing filter removed for additional sharpness and detail in images.

Pentax were showing a see-through version, as well as one that's been completely cut-through:

Pentax K5 Ii See Through (4)
Pentax K5 II See Through

Pentax K5 Ii In Half (2)
Pentax K5 II In Half

Pentax K-5 II Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Pentax K-5 IIs Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Future roadmap for Pentax DA  K-Mount lenses includes:

- DA Zoom Limited
- DA Wide Zoom
- DA Tele Zoom
- DA Zoom
- DA AF RC 1.4x

Pentax K Mount Lens Roadmap
Pentax K Mount Lens Roadmap

Pentax K-5 II Specifications

Effective Magnification1.5x
Image Sensor
Pixels16.3Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4928
Pixels (H)3264
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.7mm
Sensor Size (height)15.7mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution921,000 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • A
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • TTL
ISO sensitivity80 - 51200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting7fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable D-LI90P Lithium-ion battery
Battery Life (CIPA rating)740shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data

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senn 9 5 1 Belgium
23 Sep 2012 3:56PM
"The new focusing system will work with .. " .. that means K5 II is not finished yet, neither long expected 560mm .. which was even not available for trial at Photokina. As for K5 II, its available copies for trial weren't not equipped yet with new focusing system.

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