Premium SLRs are moving away from “mere” 10-12 megapixel sensors and Pentax is very much there with its K-5. It’s based on the rugged body of the K-7 but with a 16.28 megapixel sensor and performance tweaks to keep it a force to be reckoned with.
The new sensor also records full HD (1920×1080) video. It has a wide sensitivity range (ISO 80-12800 with a special range function to 51200). The K-5 also gets a faster processing engine (Prime II in Pentax-speak), improved in-camera HDR, new 11-point autofocus engine and high-resolution LCD screen.
The body is magnesium alloy and the chassis is rolled stainless steel. And unusual for this class of camera, it has extensive weatherproofing seals (Pentax says 77 in all).
- 16.28 megapixel CMOS sensor
- ISO-80 12800 (boost mode to 51200)
- Video: HD 1920 x 1280 x 24fps
- Autofocus: 11 points (nine cross points) SAFOX IX+ engine
- Viewfinder: 100% image area, 0.92 magnification, selectable grid lines
- LCD: 3-inch, 921K dots
- RAW: 14-bit PEF or DNG
- Dust removal: Yes, sensor shake
- Image stabilization: in body SR system
- Flash: built in P-TTL with wireless commander mode
- Software features: In-camera filters, in-camera HDR, in camera copyright recording
- Available: October
- MSRP: $1599.99