Way back last spring when I was agonizing over which DSLR camera to buy, I almost ended up with the Pentax K-x. It’s small, light, affordable and from all reports, takes great photos. Plus, Pentax makes some really great glass. Also, Pentax offers in-camera image stabilization, which at the time seemed very important to me. That little Pentax also got very high ratings for its low light, high ISO performance. The one niggle, for me anyway, was the lack of focus points in the viewfinder, believe it or not. Like, what on earth were they thinking? Another issue for me is that it runs on four AA batteries. Me, I prefer a large single battery unit.
Just recently, Pentax announced a new camera, the Pentax K-5. This one has all the pluses of the K-x and then some. As well, they put AF points in the viewfinder and gave it a proprietary single rechargable battery.
Here’s a list of the key features, from dpreview.com:
Although it might appear to be a near-clone of the K-7, the K-5 offers some significant improvements in specification. Here is a rundown of the key features:
- 16.3Mp CMOS sensor
- ISO sensitivity span of 80-51,200 (equivalent)
- 1080p HD movie mode
- Limited in-camera movie editing functionality
- Socket for external microphone input
- Triple-axis sensor-based shake reduction (horizontal, vertical and rotational correction)
- New SAFOX IX+ 11-point AF system (improved over the K-7)
- Support for older Pentax lenses with manual aperture rings
- Magnesium alloy body shell
- Improved handheld HDR function (JPEG mode only)
- Continuous shooting up to 7fps
- 100% viewfinder coverage (0.92x magnification)
- Choice of PEF or DNG RAW files
- 3in, 921k pixel LCD screen
Overall, dpreview likes the new K-5 and has given it a great rating. It seems Pentax has another winner on its hands. If I was in the market for a new DSLR I’d seriously consider this little gem. The only issue here, for me, would be the price. It’s hundreds more than the Nikon D7000, which is another excellent offering by Nikon. Choosing between the two would be difficult, for sure. I’m guessing I’d end up with the Nikon.
If you’re in the market for a new camera, check out dpreview’s full 21 page review of the new K-5. Only a few days until Christmas so you better not waste time if you hope to have this under your tree. 😉