Pentax K-5 Review

November 22, 2010 | Mark Goldstein |

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Reviews of the Pentax K-5 from around the web. »

With the K-5, Pentax has the most feature-rich DSLR currently available - again. This DSLR camera boasts built-in stabilization, automatic horizon correction, a dual-axis digital level, class-leading weather-sealing, a large 100% coverage viewfinder, a 3" LCD with 921K pixels, ISO up to 51200, 7 FPS continuous shooting, live-view and a wealth of unique photographic controls and image parameters. All this in a sturdy and relatively compact pro body. In addition to its photographic capabilities, the Pentax K-5 records full 1080p HD movies, either with a built-in mono microphone or an external stereo one.
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Replacing the K-7 as the flagship of the Pentax DLSR line, the K-5 is a semi-professional 16.3 MP camera with very robust body and built-in image stabilizer. While the 14.5 megapixel K-7 remains available, the new model offers many benefits. These include higher resolution, more ISO options (to 51,200 with expansion), higher 1080p resolution in movie mode, new 11-point AF system, an improved HDR function, and a much faster 7 fps continuous drive speed. Perhaps the most significant benefit is the new CMOS sensor which provides superior quality at high ISO levels.
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