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Pentax K-5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 961 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the durability and portability. The image quality and usability also get good comments. The storage and exposure get negative views.

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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 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (

Pentax K-5 digital SLR review


Pentax's chunky, semi-pro 16.2 megapixel digital SLR features rugged, weather resistant body

Almost every feature you’d expect from a higher priced digital SLR is located readily beneath forefinger or thumb on the Pentax K-5, meaning that regular DSLR users should have no problem picking it up and starting to shoot straight away. First time...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Doug Harman (

Pentax K-5


Pentax's K-5 DSLR is its new semi-pro model built around the Pentax K-7 top end model. Like that model, the K-5 has a host clever kit for the high-end or advanced amateur including some neat improvements and an excellent overall specification and huge...

Superb image quality with bags of detail, great range of features, particularly Sensitivity priority and Shutter and Aperture Priority modes, body integral Anti-Shake, anti-dust system, build and environment protection, RAW (PEF or DNG) +JPEG mode,...

Some features such as HDR shooting only available in JPEG shooting, slightly soft default images, does not accept SDXC cards, standard 18-55mm lens suffers from magenta and blue fringing

The Pentax K-5 is very similar to the K-7 overall and that’s because that camera is very good; the K-5 brings a new sensor and new features to the party that make it an even more rounded camera in our view. A “proper” manual (rather than a PDF on...

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Matt Golowczynski (

Pentax K-5 review


Is the Pentax K5 simply a modest upgrade to an already existing camera, or one that deserves recognition in its own right?

Good design and build quality ; Good auto-system ; Good image quality

Some improvements needed in design ; K-7 is £300 cheaper

The K-5 was announced at a time when a number of other manufacturers were updating their own lines with likely competitors, notably the Olympus E-5, Canon EOS 60D and Nikon D7000. It improves upon the Pentax K-7 with a new sensor and focusing system as...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by : Ben Pitt (

Pentax K-5 with 18-55mm lens review


The video mode is disappointing but photo quality is marginally the best we've ever seen. Rival cameras offer better value, though.

Jan, 2011

Expert review by : Amateur Photographer (

Pentax K-5 review


With the launch of the K-5, Pentax has enhanced the core of the K-7 while maintaining its rugged, well-built yet lightweight body. The K-5 sits comfortably in the hand, has intuitive handling and with every genuinely useful feature present it is likely...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (

Pentax K-5 review


The full-featured, heavyweight, and capable K-5 is a good backup option for pros, or first choice for enthusiasts

7fps burst shooting; body integral anti-shake; weather sealed/protected chassis; high-resolution rear LCD with Live View, plus additional top-plate LCD

Rear LCD fixed; pricey compared with other options here; blocky design

As we always find with Pentax models, it’s in the area of image quality that the K-5 really shines, with detail and colour being especially punchy and even exposures delivered with the minimum of fuss. This then is a very capable alternative to Canon...

Sep, 2011

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PENTAX K-r, K-5 and 645D


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Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Josie Reavely (

Pentax K-5


The Pentax K-5: Can this new DSLR keep up with the competition?

There's no doubting that the K-5 is a formidable contender in this sector of the camera market, offering all of the latest technologies and superb handling

Feb, 2011

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Pentax K-5 review


Is Pentax's latest enthusiast-level DSLR set to challenge the big guns? Daniel Lezano finds out what it has to offer...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (

Pentax K-5 review


The Pentax K-5 review: Pentax's most capable DSLR yet. With a new sensor, new autofocus system and plenty more features to boot. Can the K-5 do no wrong?

Best-yet AF system, great image quality, weather-sealed design, super-fast continuous shooting

Underwhelming 18-55mm kit lens, no AF in movie mode, Motion-JPEG only movie files

Jan, 2011

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