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General Description

Being the successor of the K-7, the K-5's design remained almost unchanged. Internally, however, there were several changes. Notably, the K-5 features a new 16 MP image sensor with much improved low-light capabilities. The K-5 was the first Pentax DSLR to be able to record Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) videos.

In 2011 PENTAX announced that the K-5 SLR was available in limited quantities in "Limited Edition Silver". The camera�s mode dial, control buttons and levers all feature the silver color. It has an redesigned grip that is thicker than with the standard K-5 model. Shock-resistant, scratchproof glass is used to protect the LCD monitor on the camera�s back panel and the status panel on the top. Along with the silver K-5, three silver Limited lens models were announced: smc PENTAX-DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited Silver, smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited Silver, and smc PENTAX-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited Silver. From each 500 were made.

In 2012, another silver-black version of the K5 was announced: The K5 Silver Special Edition was available only as a limited edition of 1,500 sets worldwide. The package consisted of the PENTAX K-5 Silver digital SLR camera body matched with the ultra thin, silver smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS lens.

Product Variations
Exact NameK-5K-5K-5
Years of Production2010 ~ 20132011 ~ 20112012 ~ 2012
Availabilityabout once a week, usedabout once a year, usedabout once a year, used
Description&8212;"Limited Edition Silver" with thicker grip"Silver Special Edition" set with silver smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS lens
Catalog Number1474714892unknown
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Technical Specifications

Lens Mount"crippled" KAF2
Mount Limitationsdigital A aperture or metered manual only
AF System (sensitivity)SAFOX IX+, 11 sensors, 9 cross-sensors (-1 ~ 18 EV)
AF with supersonic lensesyes
Power-Zoom Featuresauto-lens retract, power zoom
Self-Timer12 / 2 sec
Mirror Lock-Up
Cable ReleaseCS-205
Infra-Red Releaseremote control F
Custom Functions27
Additional Featuresweather sealed, DOF preview, mirror lock-up
Width x Height x Depth131 x 97 x 73 mm
Weight664 g
Image Sensor
Effective Pixel Count16.9 megapixel
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size15.7 x 23.7 mm
Focal-Length Multiplication Factor1.53 x
Image Storage
Data-Storage FormatsRAW (DNG, PEF), RAW + JPG, JPG
Storage MediaSecure Digital (SD and SDHC)
Digital Features
Shake Reductionyes
Dust Removalyes
Live Viewyes
Orientation Sensoryes
Exposure System
Exposure ModesAv, HyM, HyP, P, Pgreen, Sv, TAv, Tv
Metering Modes with K and M Lensescenter-weighted, spot
Metering Modes with A and newer Lenses77-segment, center-weighted, spot
Meter MaterialSPD
Exposure Compensation (Step)+/-5 (1/2 or 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Lockyes
Meter Range0 ~ 22 EV
ISO Range80 ~ 51200 ASA
Constructionelectronic (vertical)
Shutter Speeds30 ~ 1/8000, B
Mechanical Speeds
Magnification [Coverage]0.92x [100%]
Aperture IndicationLED
Shutter-Speed IndicationLED
Interchangeable Screensyes
Power Source
Batteries1 x Lithium-Ion D-LI90 rechargeable
ExternalBattery Grip D-BG4
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting7 frames per second
Flash System
Command Protocol(s)
FeaturesHS, P-TTL
Synchronization Speed(s)1/180 ~ 30, B
Built-In Flash
Guide Number (GN)13
Coverage (35mm equivalent)28
Auto Pop-Upyes
Red-Eye Reductionyes
AF Assistyes
Fitting Case(s)soft case: O-CC55,
soft case: O-CC90