Pentax K-5 digital SLR debuts at Photokina; Upgraded HDR, ISO up to 12800

Replacing the K-7 midrange digital SLR, Pentax has introduced the K-5 as its new flagship model at Photokina in Germany today.

Replacing the K-7 midrange digital SLR, Pentax has introduced the K-5 as its new flagship model at Photokina in Germany today.

With the exception of the almost identical weather-sealed magnesium alloy body, the K-5 is a huge upgrade from the K-7. Boasting a 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, the K-5 has an ISO range from 80 to 12800 (actually expandable to 51200 with a custom feature) and an improved High Dynamic Range system.

Some of the other highlights on the K-5 include:

  • Pentax Real Image Engine II imaging processor
  • 3-inch LCD screen (921k-dot resolution)
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • 11-point autofocus system
  • Shake reduction
  • Full HD 1080p video recording at 25fps (16:9 aspect ratio)

The Pentax K-5 will ship in October, with pricing starting at $1,600 for the body-only version, and then it jumps to $1,600 $1,750 with the weather-sealed 18-55mm kit lens.

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