Photokina 2012: Pentax Unveils New Flagship K-5 II & K-5 IIs Digital SLRs

Ahead of next week’s photokina imaging show in Germany, Pentax unveiled its latest flagship digital SLRs: the Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs. Both DSLRs use 16.3-megapixel APS-C size (23.7mm by 15.7mm) image sensors and feature dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant camera bodies.

The major difference between the two models is the K-5 IIs has no anti-aliasing filter, which, ostensibly, should produce sharper images while being more susceptible to moiré.

The Pentax K5 II will go on sell for $1,199.95, K5 II (body only); and the K5 IIs will sell for $1,299.95 K5 IIs (body only). They will ship in October 2012.

The two models use a new SAFOX X AF sensor, which Pentax says delivers “the broadest autofocusing EV range (-3 EV to +18 EV) in its class.” The Pentax K-5 II/K-5 IIs has a compact but robust camera body made with a stainless steel chassis and a magnesium alloy exterior; along with 77 weather seals for locking out water and shooting in temperatures as low as 14°F (-10°C).

The camera has a top shutter speed of 1/8000th of a second with the shutter capable of withstanding up to 100,000 releases.

The Pentax K-5 II/K-5 IIs is powered by the PRIME (PENTAX Real Image Engine) II imaging engine, and can shoot from ISO 80 to ISO 51200 in expanded mode. Continuous shooting modes let you capture bursts of up to seven frames per second.

The cameras have Pentax’s built-in SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which combats camera shake by approximately three shutter steps to reduce image blur. They also add two new image effects: Cross Process and Bleach Bypass, to tweak your photos in-camera.

Like most DSLRs these days, the Pentax K-5 11/K-5 IIs can shoot 1080p HD video at 25fps, with sound via a built-in microphone or from an external mic attached to the 3.5mm stereo microphone jack. Other features include in-camera HDR; a built-in electronic level with tilt scale display; and an HDMI port.

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