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Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIs

alaTest has collected and analyzed 317 reviews of Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIs. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Opinions about the price and portability are overall positive. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. There are mixed opinions on the shutter and focus, and many are negative about the video.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIs is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIs

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 user reviews of Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIs from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the price and portability are overall positive. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIs

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 112 user reviews of Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIs from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the portability and price. The image quality and usability also get good comments, but many are critical about the software.

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97% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

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Expert review by : Paul Nuttall (trustedreviews.com)

Pentax K-5 II

 

Pentax's new flagship DSLR only delivers minor improvements over its predecessor but is still a solid effort.

Impressive AF in low light ; Weather-sealed body ; Great build quality ; Good level of customisation

18-55mm kit lens is noisy in operation ; Not a massive leap forward compared to the K-5 ; Poorly designed flash sync cover ; Focus point select dial poorly designed

It’s not all positive however, and in inheriting almost all its design from the K-5, the K-5 II has also inherited some of the former model’s flaws. To begin with there’s the locking mode dial which was a hit-and-miss feature on the K-5, while the...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by (t3.com)

Pentax K-5 II review

 

The Pentax K-5 II is a semi-pro grade DSLR at a mid-range price

Optical viewfinder ; Rock solid construction ; 7fps continuous capture

No angle-adjustable LCD ; Manual focus issues for video

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Pentax K-5 II & K-5 IIs pictures and hands-on - Pocket-lint

 

Pentax is that quiet force that bubbles away but doesn't usually make a huge fuss about its product launches, at least not in the UK. But we think it should:

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Ben Andrews (techradar.com)

Pentax K-5 II review

 

The popular APS-C camera gets an upgrade

Solid build ; Ease of use ; Decent sensor ; In-camera Shake Reduction system

Not that different from K-5 ; Metering prone to overexpose ; Some fiddly controls ; Resolution scores unimpressive

May, 2013

Expert review by : Nik Rawlinson (cnet.co.uk)

Pentax K5-II review

 

The original Pentax K5 received very good reviews -- I gave it a whopping four and a half stars myself. So it's not surprising it's been very careful in pulling together a successor over the intervening two years.

Image quality; Colour reproduction; Build quality; Interface design.

Some softening towards corners with 18-135mm kit lens.

Pentax has followed up its highly regarded K5 with an equally impressive consumer dSLR. With good image quality and great interface design in both the hardware and software, it's a very enjoyable camera to use. Although a little more expensive than...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : Amateur Photographer (amateurphotographer.co.uk)

Pentax K-5 II review

 

More pixels, more AF points, more shooting modes and improved handling are the sort of changes we normally see when a next-generation camera is released. On the face of it, then, the K-5 II is a little disappointing. Its key improvements over the K-5...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : paul_smart (gadgetspeak.com)

Pentax K-5 II

 

Having looked at numerous digital cameras, some ‘Bridge' units and only the occasional DSLR it is always nice to be stretched by one of the latter. A 300 page plus manual is always nice to digest as you try out some of the extras.

Mesuring 17x15x10cm the Pentax K-5 II will let you know this will not be light and indeed it weighs only a tad under 1200grams. The middle figure the width can increase by another 7cm when the 18-135mm lens is fully zoomed out, this is powerful.

May, 2013

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (macworld.co.uk)

Pentax K-5 II review: Semi-pro features for a mid-range price

 

Weatherproofed flagship DSLR comes with semi pro features for a mid range price

Stainless steel cage construction with magnesium alloy exterior, 77 weather resistant seals, optical viewfinder with 100% field of view, Live View mode, Full HD video shooting, long battery life lasts around 980 shots

An angle adjustable LCD screen at the rear would broaden framing options further, manual focusing required if altering framing during video recording Price: £799.99 body only or £869.99 with 18-55mm zoom

Pentax spoilt us by providing a wide 18-270mm zoom, rather than the standard 18-55mm lens bundled with body for a suggested £869.99. Working in tandem, sensor and lens maintain detail right into the corners of frame at maximum wide angle, and having...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : Matt Golowczynski (whatdigitalcamera.com)

Pentax K-5 II review

 

The Pentax K-5 II arrives with just a handful of improvements over its predecessor, and it's launched with a virtually identical Pentax K-5 IIs sibling. But why?

Excellent build; Large viewfinder; Very capable AWB; Impressive low-light AF; Reliable metering; Decent customisation and post-processing options; Lower launch price than K-5; Weather-sealing

Fiddly flash sync cover; Noisy 18-55mm kit lens with softness at wideangle and chromatic aberrations; Awkward focus point selection dial; Not a significant improvement over the K-5

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : ePHOTOzine (ephotozine.com)

Pentax K-5 IIs DSLR Review

 

in November 2012 and found it to be an excellent DSLR, well worth the Editor's Choice accolade. Pentax have been bold in introducing the IIs variant which, like the

Superb clarity in image quality, Rugged weather sealed construction, Compact body and lenses, Some unique prime lenses in range, Fast operation, Glass pentaprism viewfinder, Improved Live View, Backwards lens compatibility, In body shake reduction, Low...

Fewer lenses in range than Nikon or Canon, Live View focus and shutter release slow, Price penalty over K-5 II

Jan, 2013

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