Pentax K-5 in-depth review at DPReview


DPReview just finished their full in-depth review of Pentax K-5 DSLR. The camera got people attention last month when DXOmark results put Pentax K-5 above its closest rival : the Nikon D7000 . And still , from this review , Pentax K-5 is got better score than Nikon D7000. Overall score is 83 versus 80 ( Nikon D7000 ). And yes , despite the late issue about sensor stains , Pentax K-5 got the highest medal from DPReview : Gold Award ! This prove that the camera is worth to buy ! (Check Amazon)


DPReview review summaries:

The Pentax K-5’s compact, solid body, generally well thought-out ergonomics, comprehensive feature set and excellent image quality, in both still and movie modes make it one of the best APS-C DSLRs currently on the market.

Good for : enthusiast photographers who need a rugged body and and great low light performance.
Not so good for: shooters who need the quickest possible access to movie mode.

Yes list:

  • Good detail and dynamic range (even better in RAW)
  • Exceptionally low shadow noise in RAW files at low ISOs
  • One of the best APS-C DSLRs in terms of high ISO image quality
  • Very good build quality and handling
  • Maximum ISO of 51,200 at full resolution
  • 1080p HD video mode with basic editing built-in
  • Useful electronic level and composition adjustment functions
  • Comprehensive customization options including adjustable NR for each ISO
  • Large, bright viewfinder with 100% coverage
  • Fast contrast detect Auto Focus in Live View
  • Versatile (but poorly documented) auto ISO function

No list:

  • AF system not as versatile as Nikon D7000 (which is a cheaper camera)
  • Lockable exposure mode dial can be annoying
  • No dedicated movie shooting button
  • No AF during movie shooting
  • Poorly implemented live histogram in live view/manual exposure mode (doesn’t show final exposure)
  • No ‘live’ aperture control during movie shooting
  • Shadow Correction mode doesn’t take full advantage of K-5’s sensor
  • Jaggies can be a problem along very fine diagonal lines

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