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Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-5 II

Portability
60
Imaging
56
Features
82
Overall
66
Pentax K-5 front
 
Pentax K-5 II front
Portability
60
Imaging
58
Features
82
Overall
67

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-5 II Key Specs

Pentax K-5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12800 (Expand to 51200)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 740g - 131 x 97 x 73mm
  • Introduced December 2010
  • Succeeded the Pentax K-7
  • Renewed by Pentax K-5 IIs
Pentax K-5 II
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Push to 51200)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 760g - 131 x 97 x 73mm
  • Revealed June 2013
  • Previous Model is Pentax K-5
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Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-5 II Overview

Lets take a more detailed look at the Pentax K-5 and Pentax K-5 II, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras and they are both manufactured by Pentax. The sensor resolution of the K-5 (16MP) and the K-5 II (16MP) is very well matched and both cameras boast the same sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The K-5 was introduced 3 years earlier than the K-5 II which is quite a serious gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras have the same body design (Mid-size SLR).

Before going straight to a detailed comparison, here is a quick synopsis of how the K-5 matches up vs the K-5 II in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-5 over the Pentax K-5 II

 K-5 K-5 II 

Reasons to pick Pentax K-5 II over the Pentax K-5

 K-5 II K-5 
RevealedJune 2013December 2010Newer by 29 months

Common features in the Pentax K-5 and Pentax K-5 II

 K-5 K-5 II 
Focus manually More accurate focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display dimensions
Display resolution921k921kIdentical display resolution
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither provides Touch friendly display

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-5 II Physical Comparison

When you are going to travel with your camera regularly, you will have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Pentax K-5 provides outer dimensions of 131mm x 97mm x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") accompanied by a weight of 740 grams (1.63 lbs) while the Pentax K-5 II has proportions of 131mm x 97mm x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") along with a weight of 760 grams (1.68 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you choose during that time. Here is a front view dimensions comparison of the K-5 vs the K-5 II.

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-5 II size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the K-5 and K-5 II is 60 and 60 respectively.

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-5 II top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-5 II Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its difficult to imagine the contrast between sensor dimensions purely by looking at specs. The image here should give you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the K-5 and K-5 II.

As you can plainly see, the two cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the exact same resolution so you should expect similar quality of photos but you really should take the release date of the products into consideration. The more aged K-5 is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-5 II sensor size comparison

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-5 II Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-5 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K-5 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax K-5 II as a Portrait photography camera
73
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
74
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Pentax K-5 Street photography features
Pentax K-5 II Street photography features
66
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
weather proofing
no articulating screen
67
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
screen is fixed
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Sports Comparison

Pentax K-5 Sports photography factors
Pentax K-5 II Sports photography factors
78
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
weather proofing
comes with phase detect autofocus
79
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features tracking autofocus
environment proofing
sensor has phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Pentax K-5 Travel photography factors
Pentax K-5 II Travel photography factors
65
weather proofing
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
does not posses selfie friendly screen
65
environment proofing
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
flash built-in
does not contain selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Pentax K-5
Landscape photography with Pentax K-5 II
78
focusing manually
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
weather proofing
79
manual focus
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is decent (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax K-5 Vlogging highlights
Pentax K-5 II Vlogging highlights
33
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detect autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have microphone support
does not posses selfie friendly screen
33
image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes external mic jack
does not contain selfie friendly screen
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Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-5 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-5 and Pentax K-5 II
 Pentax K-5Pentax K-5 II
General Information
Manufacturer Pentax Pentax
Model type Pentax K-5 Pentax K-5 II
Class Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2010-12-18 2013-06-04
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Prime II Prime II
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.7 x 15.7mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 372.1mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 4928 x 3264 4928 x 3264
Maximum native ISO 12800 12800
Maximum enhanced ISO 51200 51200
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW images
Minimum enhanced ISO - 80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 11 11
Cross type focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount type Pentax KAF2 Pentax KAF2
Amount of lenses 151 151
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 921k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology TFT LCD monitor TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.61x 0.61x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames per sec 7.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 13.00 m (at ISO 100) 13.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, High speed, Rear curtain and Wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, High speed, Rear curtain and Wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/180 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (25 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 30 fps), 640 x 424 (25, 30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (25 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional Optional
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 740 grams (1.63 pounds) 760 grams (1.68 pounds)
Physical dimensions 131 x 97 x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") 131 x 97 x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 82 82
DXO Color Depth rating 23.7 23.8
DXO Dynamic range rating 14.1 14.1
DXO Low light rating 1162 1235
Other
Battery life 980 photos 980 photos
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID D-LI90 D-LI90
Self timer Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Launch price $800 $830