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PentaxK-5 II Digital SLR Camera
 
4.9

(based on 28 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (22)
  • Easy to use (21)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (18)
  • High ISO performance (18)
  • Large clear LCD (17)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (21)
  • Low light (20)
  • Travel (20)
  • Family photos (18)
  • Wildlife (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Solid and capable camera

By Stearnomatic

from Southern Illinois

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera:

    Coming from the k100d, k-10d, k-01, and Q, this is a significant upgrade. The build quality is the best I've ever seen from a digital pentax. The k-5 II and the K-01 share the same sensor, so images hold up well between the two. The auto-focus on the k-5ii outperforms any of my other cameras especially in low-light situations.Overall I've been very impressed so far.

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    5.0

    Excellent Backup

    By Ed

    from NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel

      Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera:

      Bought this as a backup to a K3 & K5iis. Keep a 18-250 zoom on it for quick family shots. Has a great feel like the other two K's, not small and flimsy. Takes all K mount lenses made over 40 yrs, often find bargains in B&H used dept.

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      5.0

      K-5ii is everything i expected and more

      By ffp

      from Huntsville, Al.

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Just Feels Good
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera:

        I am moving from a K-x which I thought was/is a great Camera that has served me well, But the Black Fri. deal on the K-5II was too good to pass up. It is a over the top learning experience but well worth it, I am one happy camper.

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        5.0

        I'm blown away by the value!

        By Jeff

        from Raleigh, NC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • High ISO Performance
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera:

            I upgraded to the K-5ii from my K-x. I knew I would be in for a pleasant upgrade in experience, but I'm just floored by how much superior this camera is. The image qualit is remarkable, and the AF is fast and accurate. The view finder is bright and sharp, and I now feel so much more confident using maunel focus (the pentamirror in the K-x made it too dark for many situations). I'm just exceptionally happy with this camera. The build quaility is typical Pentax: Excellent.

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            5.0

            Fantastic Camera

            By Ben

            from Gold Coast, Australia

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel

              Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera:

              I have upgraded from K-7.
              I am very satisfied with this camera with great discount from B&H and quick delivery as well.
              I love fast and accurate auto focusing and noise reduction.

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              5.0

              I love it

              By Bemacwilliam

              from East haven ct

              Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera:

              My first dslr was a k10d, which I really enjoyed but the k5 that I have now had for 2 weeks is amazing compared to my old one.

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              5.0

              WOW

              By JP

              from Philadelphia, PA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera:

                I'm a casual photographer looking to get a little more serious over the next couple of years. This camera will provide for a wonderful learning experience well into the future based upon all of it's features.

                Major Pros: I came from a K100D and the major thing I noticed is the battery life is exceptional. I bought an extra battery but don't think I'm going to be using it very often.

                Pros: Features - For this beginner, I'm going to have my hands full. AutoFocus works well and can be adjusted. Again, still getting used to all the features, but so far I haven't been stuck since the manual and the internet provide plenty of info.

                Minor Cons: Coming from a point/shoot way before, the weight difference is significant. Again, this is to be expected with all the features and the weatherproofing. If you have big lenses expect to get tired.

                LBA - Or lens buying addiction. Lenses really provide the experience of using a DSLR. Expect to grow tired of kit lenses and branch out. Especially if you're shooting indoor and outdoor.

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                5.0

                Best-in-class image quality

                By Derek

                from Canada

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • High ISO Performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera:

                  Professional. That is the word I would use to describe this body. The image quality is phenomenal, low-light performance is amazing (3200 is just fine) and the thing is weather sealed and good even at colder temperatures. Auto focus speed is now good in the mark 2 and pretty much the only thing holding this back from being the best selling dslr on the planet is Pentax not having a marketing budget the same size as Canon, Nikon or Sony. Hopefully Ricoh will help change that, at least a little. I would highly recommend this camera. Come join us Pentaxians and see what life is like when you give up on rabid fanboyism of the other guys. Derek, Canada

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                  5.0

                  Best Value in DSLRs

                  By spuality

                  from St. Louis, MO

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Size

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera:

                    In my opinion, Pentax DSLRs have always offered the most bang-for-the-buck, and this K-5 II is no exception. I upgraded from my K-7 to this camera because I thought the autofocus was going out. (It wasn't; the lens needed repaired.) Even though I probably didn't need to make this upgrade, I don't regret it. While the K-5 II isn't a huge upgrade from my K-7, it offers a few very nice improvements. First, the autofocus is quite a bit faster. It locks onto subjects quickly and accurately. The K-7 was good, but this is much better. Second, the LCD screen is much better. There seems to be less glare and I think it's a bit sharper. Lastly, the performance at high ISOs is sooo good. I don't usually go above 1250 or so, but I did some test shots at the highest ISOs and even at 6400 I'm able to get very usable images. Obviously, they aren't at the level of a camera like the Nikon D4, but they're very nice and I wouldn't hesitate to use the camera at 6400 if I needed to. There are also plenty of other small improvements to the camera over the K-7, such as the shooting speed and the resolution. I would recommend this camera to anybody, not just Pentax users. It's affordable and produces excellent results.

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                    5.0

                    Versatile, complex, durable!

                    By Morph00

                    from Woodbridge, VA

                    Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera:

                    At first, the manual seems intimidating, however, the capabilities of this camera are many, supported by a rugged body. This camera can compete and will go out in the weather, something my Canon can't do.

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                    4.0

                    Much improved Low light shooting

                    By alesk

                    from Piedmont, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera:

                      Just got the K-5 II this week and already I can see major improvements compared to my K-10D - especially with clean low light pictures (at 3200!).

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                      5.0

                      Awesome camera...Awesome price

                      By Coffeecat

                      from Newfoundland Canada

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • High ISO Performance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera:

                        Love this camera. The built in shake reduction and weather resistant body makes this the perfect camera for outdoor shooting. The awesome sensor also made it an easy choice. Its a camera that I can use at weddings and doing outdoor shots.

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                        5.0

                        Pentax Classic

                        By DougLee

                        from Bar Harbor, Maine

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera:

                          I have owned a K5 for two years now and have just aquired a K5ii. These are great cameras. The K5 has had some occational focus issues which the K5ii seems to have resolved. Focus is not the fastest but it is decisive.This camera has a great sensor and I think that with current technology, 16MP is the sweet spot for APS-C. The K5 handles like a dream, small and solid it is a great travel dSLR. Add the battery grip and it is ergonomic nirvana! in the past year I have used both the Canon 5d Mark III and the Nikon D800, nice cameras to be sure, but they didn't handle half as well as the K5/ii/iis with the battery grip.Weather sealed and rugged, the K5ii is a terrific all around camera. Not the best option for sports due to rather pedestrian AF performance (still its given me some great sport shots) but as an all around camera it is tough to beat. And at current prices, I got the $ black Friday deal, its a terrific value.

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                          5.0

                          Lovely sound

                          By anonymous

                          from VA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • High ISO Performance
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera:

                            This is my first high-end Pentax camera. Very good! I used Nikon D7000 and Canon 60D before, and this is an unique product. It is bigger than I thought, but still small to carry. It gives me a feeling of creating and I enjoy it. I love the shutter sound very much.

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                            5.0

                            Best Pentax dslr I have owned!

                            By rwingsfan

                            from midwest

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Ergonomics
                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • High ISO Performance
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Quiet
                            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                            Cons

                            • No Focus Peaking

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera:

                            Have owned three Pentax dslr's and this one finally gets it right for me. If it had just a little better tracking in AF it would be perfect. I prefer this to my wife's K3. Combined with a D-BG4 grip handling is awesome. I did like the focus peaking that my K30 had and not sure why it was left out here. A few of my lenses need AF adjustment with my K30 and surprisingly need no adjustment with the K5II? I could not be more pleased with B&H black Friday price and their customer service after the sale. I'll be back!

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                            5.0

                            Excellent

                            By Brandon14295

                            from Amarillo, TX

                            Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera:

                            This is my 4th pentax dslr and definitly the best one Ive owned. The menu is easy, shutter is so quiet i found myself taking a second shot thinking it didnt fire off the first time. Best color rendition out of all dslrs and best bank for the buck.

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                            5.0

                            What a Lowlight Performer!

                            By Doug B.

                            from Katy, TX

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • High ISO Performance
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera:

                              I bought this camera to replace my aging Pentax K10D. I liked that camera a lot except when it came to low light performance. The K-5 II is a major improvement. I put my FA 50mm f/1.4 on it and kept on taking sharp photos indoors with minimum light. What a fantastic sensor!

                              Auto focus is much better as well. I like the more compact body and as with the K10D, I got the battery grip as well. It makes for a nice tight package with extended battery life and excellent handling in portrait mode.

                              The larger LCD screen is larger and makes reviewing images with my aging eyes much easier! Pentax has plenty of buttons and dials for adjustments without digging into the menu too much. But when you do have to it's easy to navigate through.

                              Battery life is not as good as the K10D but that may be because of the larger image files and larger LCD panel.

                              I'm very pleased with the image quality, a typical Pentax trait. Just superb color rich photos. Highly recommended.

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                              5.0

                              Great little camera

                              By EZ

                              from NJ

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • High ISO Performance
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera:

                                Bought this to replace/add to my K-10D. What a difference, especially in AF speed and accuracy of focus in low-light. Great high ISO pictures, with low noise...

                                Somehow it feels a bit smaller in my hands, so I have just ordered the Pentax D-BG4 grip for it.

                                • Ease of Operation:
                                • 8
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                                5.0

                                WONDERFUL

                                By CO Photographer

                                from Peyton, CO

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Image Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Travel
                                  • Wildlife photos

                                  Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera:

                                  I have never been entirely happy with my photography since switching to digital. NOW I'm excited again. It's a sharp wonderful camera! See the attached photograph and this was before I've learned all the buttons and such for this camera!

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                                  • Yes

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                                  5.0

                                  best bang for the buck, the greatest

                                  By big "d"

                                  from washington, nj

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                                  • Good Image Quality
                                  • Good Image Stabilization
                                  • High ISO Performance
                                  • Large Clear LCD
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Travel
                                    • Wildlife photos

                                    Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera:

                                    I use my K511 mostley for all around shooting and sceanic and architectual photograhy. The camera has a very easy to to intrface and control
                                    layout. Once you get your hands on one you,ll never let go!

                                    • Ease of Operation:
                                    • 10
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                                    • No

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