Pentax Hits At Prosumers With K-5 DSLR Camera

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The "mirrorless" camera war seems to be the most heated right now, but the DSLR war is the one that will never stop in all likelihood. Pentax has arrived to the party swinging with their new K-5 Digital SLR, aimed at advanced amateur photographers. The prosumer DSLR has a 16.3MP CMOS sensor, up to 7FPS fast shooting, an ISO range of 80 to 12800 (expandable to 51200) and widescreen 1080p video capture abilities.

There's also a rare 3.5mm microphone jack, an 11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with dedicated AF assist lamp and light wavelength sensor, native support for both PENTAX PEF and Adobe DNG 14 bit RAW files, improved in-camera HDR image capture, SDXC support, and a fully weather-sealed and coldproof design. In keeping with the times, Pentax has also included a 3" LCD, a durable magnesium alloy that surrounds a rugged stainless steel chassis, 77 segment metering system, body-based Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization, HDMI output, built-in electronic level with tilt scale display in LCD panel, and a rather beefy design.

The PENTAX K-5 digital SLR will ship in October 2010 as a body kit only for $1,599.95 USD or as a lens kit with the 18-55mm WR for $1,749.95 USD, which puts it well above the competition in terms of price. But if you're willing to pay a premium for any of the very specific extras, at least you don't have long to wait.

PENTAX Announces K-5 Digital SLR for Advanced Amateur Photographers

GOLDEN, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PENTAX Imaging Systems has announced the PENTAX K-5 digital SLR camera. The K-5 DSLR offers a true high-end prosumer design and features normally found only on the most costly of professional cameras. With exceptional reliability, user-friendly operation, and the compact, lightweight body of its predecessor, the PENTAX K-7, the new K-5 offers several important and improved features.

The pro-oriented “prosumer” features that take this latest PENTAX DSLR to the next level include:

    * High resolution 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor.
    * Fast up to 7 FPS to capture fast action shots.
    * High sensitivity 80-12800 ISO range, expandable to 51200, with improved noise performance overall.
    * Widescreen 1080p HD video at 25 FPS with sound via built-in microphone or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack.
    * Newly improved, highly responsive and accurate 11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with dedicated AF assist lamp and light wavelength sensor.
    * Focus and shutter speed priority during AF-C.
    * Native support for both PENTAX PEF and Adobe DNG 14 bit RAW files.
    * Improved in-camera HDR image capture with more blending modes and better image alignment for handheld HDR shots.
    * SDXC memory card compatibility (via firmware update).

Additional important features on the new PENTAX K-5 digital SLR include:

    * A fully weather-sealed and coldproof design.
    * A large 3-inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution.
    * Durable magnesium alloy that surrounds a rugged stainless steel chassis.
    * Highly accurate 77 segment metering system.
    * Pentaprism viewfinder with 100% field of view and 0.92X magnification.
    * PENTAX body-based Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization system that works with every PENTAX lens ever made.
    * A maximum 1/8000 second shutter speed.
    * HDMI port outputs high-definition images and video (and sound).
    * A wide range of in-camera image processing and special effects filters.
    * Customizable RAW/Fx button.
    * Built-in electronic level with tilt scale display in LCD panel.

These improvements and features are a direct result of customer feedback provided to PENTAX by dedicated “prosumer” Pentaxian shooters who have helped refine the K-5 to deliver a wide feature set and make it a perfect all-purpose camera for field or studio use. The K-5 is an excellent choice for advanced enthusiasts looking for a compact, yet highly advanced camera without spending thousands of dollars more. The PENTAX K-5 digital SLR will ship in October 2010 as a body kit only for $1,599.95 USD or as a lens kit with the 18-55mm WR for $1,749.95 USD.

PENTAX Imaging also announced the smc PENTAX-DA18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR lens designed exclusively for use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras. This interchangeable zoom lens features a simplified weather-resistant construction and extra-smooth autofocus operation using a built-in motor, in addition to its high 7.5X zoom ratio. This new lens will ship in October for $529.95 USD. More information is available here: and product images are available here: An informational video is available here:
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realneil replied on Tue, Sep 21 2010 8:14 AM

Wilted Flower This thing has truly bitchin' specs! Wilted Flower   Stick out tongue

It's priced a little high for me, and if I were to want to adopt it, I would have to also spend a fortune in lenses to retain the shooting flexibility that I now have with my Nikon camera.

Once you decide on a brand, you're locked into that brand economically because they're all propitiatory.

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Xylem replied on Wed, Sep 22 2010 12:37 AM

^^^^^^^ I second that. I am locked to Nikon as well and I really want to get that D7000 asap! That's almost as close it can get with a $1200 price. Though I am completely skeptical about that 12K iso limit in the Pentax. I doubt how much of that is really usable. Nikon played it safe and set the limit @ 6400, which pretty much appears to be usable. Nikon also clearly placed the D7K right in between the current D90 ($799-849) and the D300S ($1700), though some say its better than a D300S and going by the specs it seems.

Do we really have a REAL D90 replacement in the new D7000, only time / Side by side field comparisons will tell.

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