Product Type: Pentax digital cameras
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Pentax K-5 Review
Member Name: ComputerTrophy
Advantages: Great recording uses. High ISO level. Low value.
Disadvantages: Bad shape/grip, controls, mono recording.
I recently purchased the K-5 from a DSLR manufactuer that I originally never heard of. While Pentax isn't a huge name in the world of DSLRs, it can certainly produce affordable ones. However, the looks and functionality wouldn't be better than my Canon EOS 550D. More in-depth paragraphs follow.
Quality and Build
The Pentax K-5's body is very similar to the existing Pentax K-7 body. The body is made from a magnesium allow, which lets it battle against reasonable amounts of water and dust. In my hand, it felt lighter than the specifications stated so should I carry this for long amounts of time, it wouldn't be too much of a pain. Unfortunately, the grip and thumb-rest wasn't too well, since Pentax decided that instead of going the extra step, there would be only enough room for users to get enough grip. I didn't like the button placement either, especially since the menu button sat towards the bottom. Despite my critisism towards the button placements, a few things are conveniently placed such as the mode dial. I wouldn't rate the build anymore than 3.5/5, although that may be due to my Canon EOS range favouritism.
The K-5 has a few improvements over the K-7 in terms of burst speed, increasing the 5.2fps to 7fps. The K-5 offers full-HD 1080p recording (at 25fps) while also offering the standard 720p and VGA options. Unfortunately, audio recording is only mono using the pre-installed microphone, although a socket remains for external stereo recording. Live view comes with the movie recording with three auto-focus options through face-detection or contrast-detection. Live view system is convenient and provides a better use than manual adjustment.
The K-5 also provides an option for keeping horizons straight.
The K-5 has an increase in pixels than the K-7. RAW output is recommended, though JPEG output is satisfactory. As the ISO setting increases, more "noise" is introduced into the image and there is less image quality. The maximum ISO setting is 51,200.
The Pentax K-5 is an enjoyable camera to use but the shape of the camera and its controls could've been designed better. Where build was lost, it was made up with the features. The menu is also easy to use.
With the camera's low value, I rate the features 4/5, build quality 3/5 and value 3/5.
Summary: A good, cheap camera, although a Canon EOS 550D would be a better competitor at the same price.
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