The Pentax K-5II is the current flagship of the Pentax DSLR lineup, superseding the K-5 which remains on Pentax’s website as of this writing (late February). But unlike the K-5, the K-5II is also available as a K-5IIs variant which dispenses with the camera’s anti-aliasing filter — a la the Nikon D800E. Pentax acknowledges that the K-5IIs is intended for a limited and specialized clientele, primarily “…for photographers who practice commercial and studio photography where camera settings, lens selection, lighting, and other shooting conditions are controlled.” The rest of us would be better served with the K-5II, a praiseworthy challenger to both Nikon and Canon.
- Very good image quality
- Weather resistant
- "Flagship" featured camera at a prosumer camera cost
- In body stabilization compatible with any Pentax lens
- Relatively small and light given overall feature set
- No continuous autofocus in video mode
- Live view/video a bit slow to initiate following selection of video mode
- Video clip length in full HD video less than six minutes
- Shooting mode dial lock button/turning a bit awkward
- Might be too small for large hands
The Pentax K-5II is the company's flagship camera with 16.3-megapixels on an APS-C sensor. It is lightweight and has very good image quality, but lacks AF in video mode.
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