Product Type: Pentax digital cameras
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Great camera with minor niggles
Member Name: metaphiston
Advantages: Value, image quality, low light performance
Disadvantages: movie mode, autofocus
I have owned a Pentax K-5 for around a year now and am very happy with it. I use it for family, landscape, wildlife and occasionally more artistic photography with Pentax 16-45 and Pentax 55-300 lenses, and it delivers good image quality with excellent low light performance.
Areas where the camera is lacking include the autofocus - which on all but the premium SDM lens range with ultrasonic motors (Pentax DA* range of lenses) is loud and quite slow, as it is screw driven. This can make wildlife photography tricky, and makes sports photography very hard, with fast movements hard to track.
The video mode is also not as advanced as rivals from Canon, Nikon and Sony at a similar price - and lacks manual and autofocus in video.
The sensor in this camera is great, however, really good performance at high ISO and the testing website DxO labs gave it the highest rating for this size of sensor (APS-C) ever. The camera has customisable modes and having two customisable dials is also very useful when shooting in the more advanced modes. I haven't used the fully auto mode much but do use automatic metering sometimes and the camera rarely makes a mistake, even in tricky or unusual lighting.
Overall a great camera, well priced and with a competitive range of lenses and accessories.
Summary: Great camera
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