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Pentax K-5 IIs Specs and Scores

Storage & Battery
Pentax K-5 IIs
K-5 IIs
Refers to the year this camera was officially made available for sale.
Announcement Date
Refers to the date the manufacturer publicly announced the upcoming release and general specs of this camera.
September 11, 2012
Camera Type
Camera Size
Camera Weight

The Pentax K-5 IIs receives a score of 57/100 in our evaluation. This DSLR camera was announced on September 11, 2012, and released later that year with a launch price of $1199. Measuring 131 x 97 x 73mm and weighing 760g (1.68lbs), the K-5 IIs is a solid option for photography enthusiasts. However, considering its age and the advancements in camera technology since 2012, the specifications of this camera may not be as competitive in today’s market. Despite this, the Pentax K-5 IIs still has its merits and can be a reliable choice for certain photographers.

Pentax K-5 IIs Overview and Optics

The Pentax K-5 IIs receives a score of 60/100 for its optics. Equipped with a 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, the camera produces high-quality images. The Prime II processor ensures efficient performance, while the shooting speed of 7 frames per second allows for capturing fast-moving subjects.

In today’s market, the K-5 IIs maintains a competitive edge with its lens mount, the Pentax KAF, which offers compatibility with a wide range of lenses. Additionally, the camera comes with built-in image stabilization, further enhancing the quality of images captured. The 3:2 aspect ratio is a standard format, ensuring compatibility with various display devices.

Considering these specifications, the Pentax K-5 IIs provides a solid optical performance. Its DXOMARK sensor score of 82 supports this statement. While there are more advanced cameras available, the K-5 IIs remains a reliable option for photographers seeking a versatile and dependable camera.

The higher the number of megapixels, the more detail the cameras sensor can capture.
16.3 MP
Image Resolution
Image resolution is measured in pixels and megapixels, width by height. The higher the number, the higher its resolution.
4928 x 3264 px
Sensor Type
The camera sensor captures light and records the image. Sensors vary in physical size, the number of pixels, and quality.
Sensor Size
The sensor size contributes to the overall quality as well as the dynamic and tonal range a camera can capture. As a rule of thumb, the more surface there is to read the light, the more information it will capture.
15.7 x 23.7 mm
Sensor Format
Refers to the most commonly used sensor sizes.
Frame Rate
The number of sequential frames per second the camera can write to the memory card when shooting in burst or continuous mode.
7 fps
Lens Mount
The lens mount will tell you what type of lens range you can fit onto the camera body. Often the same camera company will have different lens ranges for different cameras.
Pentax KAF
Image Processor
The image processor in the camera converts the information collected on the sensor for digital storage on the memory card.
Prime II
Aspect Ratio
The aspect ratio refers to the proportional difference between width and height. The most popular aspect ratios are 3:2 and 4:3.
Minimum ISO (Native)
Refers to the lowest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Lower ISO are less sensitive to light but make a cleaner image.
Maximum ISO (Native)
Refers to the highest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Higher ISO is necessary for low-light situations or night photography, but higher ISOs often introduce grain or noise.
Minimum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Maximum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Minimum Shutter Speed
The minimum shutter speed will tell you the longest exposure your camera can take without using an external accessory.
30 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
The maximum shutter speed tells you the length inside 1 second the camera will capture. These can sometimes be extended with accessories such as extra external batteries.
1/ 8000 s
Autofocus Points
Autofocus points show where the camera is focusing graphically as squares or brackets in Live View or on an electronic viewfinder. These points are also used for light meter readings.
In-body Stabilization
In-body Stabilization means the camera has a certain technology embedded that counteracts camera shake.
Viewfinder Type
The viewfinder type is either electronic or optical. Electronic viewfinders will have a small screen in the viewfinder. Optical viewfinders will use prisms and mirrors to look through the lens.
Optical (pentaprism)

Pentax K-5 IIs Video Performance

The Pentax K-5 IIs receives a video score of 57 out of 100. This camera offers Full HD video resolution, with maximum dimensions of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The K-5 IIs provides a maximum video frame rate of 25 frames per second, which may not compete with the higher frame rates of other cameras in the market. However, the camera does include built-in time-lapse functionality, which is a desirable feature for capturing creative video content.

Taking the specifications into account, the Pentax K-5 IIs has decent video capabilities but falls short when compared to more advanced cameras in today’s market. The lower frame rate and Full HD resolution may not appeal to those seeking exceptional video quality, but the time-lapse feature is a positive aspect of this camera.

Indicates if this camera is capable of recording video.
Max Video Resolution
The best resolution this camera can capture video in. Modern cameras can capture up to 8K video.
Full HD
Max Video Dimensions
Video resolution measured by the greatest number of pixels possible in each frame, width by height. A higher resolution means more detail or clarity in your video.
1920 x 1080 px
Max Video Frame Rate
How many frames per second your video will capture. Most cameras have options for multiple frame rates, depending on the resolution you shoot in. For a general video, 24p or 30p is the standard, but more serious filmmakers may need a higher frame rate for creative effect.
25 p
Time-Lapse Built In
A built in time-lapse mode will allow continuous shooting throughout a prolonged period of time to be compressed into a sped up video.
Video File Format
Different cameras can record in various video file formats. The File format you record in can impact how you edit and use the files.
Motion JPEG

Pentax K-5 IIs Features and Benefits

The Pentax K-5 IIs receives a feature score of 54 out of 100. This score reflects the camera’s capabilities based on its specifications. The camera has a 3-inch screen with a resolution of 921,000 dots. However, it lacks a touchscreen, flip screen, GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity.

When comparing the K-5 IIs to other cameras in today’s market, it falls short in terms of modern features. Many current cameras offer touchscreens, flip screens, and wireless connectivity options such as WiFi and Bluetooth. These features improve user experience and provide greater flexibility for photographers.

Despite its lower feature score, the Pentax K-5 IIs still offers quality performance in terms of optics and video. Potential buyers must consider their specific needs and preferences when deciding whether this camera is suitable for them.

Built-in Flash
A built-in flash will often be positioned right above the lens. This will automatically pop up when you activate it.
External Flash
External flashes are often connected through a hot shoe at the top of a camera, or a cable at the side of the camera.
GPS features in a camera will include location metadata to each of your photographs.
Weather Sealing
Weather sealing capabilities will give you more confidence when shooting in unfavourable conditions.
Screen Type
Touch Screen
Touchscreen allows you to change camera settings and access menus with a swipe of your finger, instead of using buttons.
Screen Size
Screen Resolution
Screen dots indicate the resolution of the LCD screen by including each sub pixel.
921,000 dots
Flip Screen
A flip screen (or articulating screen) is a second screen which can flip out from the side or top of the camera. This rotating screen allows you more freedom to take photos at different angles.
Live View
Live View feature allows you to see a continuous live video of what is being seen through your lens.
Bluetooth capabilities allow you wireless control of your camera with other external devices.

Pentax K-5 IIs Storage and Battery

The Pentax K-5 IIs storage and battery score is 43 out of 100. This camera has only one memory card slot, accepting SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards. In today’s market, having a single card slot might be a downside for some photographers who prefer dual slots for backup or extra storage.

The battery life of the Pentax K-5 IIs is 980 shots, which is a decent number for a DSLR. The camera uses a D-LI90P battery type, but it does not support USB charging. This may be a drawback for those who want the convenience of charging their camera through a USB port.

Taking these specifications into account, the Pentax K-5 IIs storage and battery features are satisfactory but not exceptional in the current market.

Storage and Battery
Storage and Battery
Memory Card
Dual Memory Card Slots
Battery Type
Battery Life
Approximately how long this cameras battery will last measured by how many photographs you will be able to take.
980 shots
USB Charging
Sensor scores tested by DXOMARK
Overall Score
DXOMARK overall sensor score.
Portrait (Color Depth)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Portrait score in our camera sensor reviews defines color depth performance and its unit is a number of bits. A color depth of 22 bits is excellent; differences below 1 bit are barely noticeable.'
23.9 bits
Landscape (Dynamic Range)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Landscape score in our camera sensor tests defines the maximum dynamic range of the camera sensor and its unit is an exposure value (EV). A value of 12 EV is excellent with differences below 0.5 EV usually not noticeable.'
14.1 EVs
Sports (Low-Light ISO)
Described by DXOMARK as 'The maximal value of ISO sensitivity needed to reach a given value of Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR). The greater the value, the better'
User Scores
B&H photo video
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