PENTAX Imaging Systems is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-5 interchangeable lens digital SLR camera.
Encased in a compact but solid, functional body, this new model comes equipped with a host of advanced photographic tools for the easy creation of great pictures, while delivering high standards of image quality, data processing speed and operability.
Developed using the highly acclaimed PENTAX K-7 (introduced to the market in June 2009) as its base, the K-5 inherits the exceptional reliability, user-friendly operation, array of advanced features and compact, lightweight body of its predecessor.
However, it is more resourceful and flexible in photographic expression. Combining a new high-speed, low-noise CMOS image sensor with the high-performance PRIME II imaging engine, it produces super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels, even when shooting in the continuous shooting mode at a maximum speed of approximately seven images per second.
It also offers an extra-wide sensitivity range between ISO 80 and ISO 51200 (when expanded via a custom function) and full HD-proportion movie recording at 1920 x 1080 pixels to expand the boundaries of high-quality visual presentation.
Adding other improvements and refinements — such as a faster autofocusing speed, an upgraded HDR (High Dynamic Range) function now usable in handheld shooting, and better operability through an overall review of the design and shape of all components — the K-5 is designed to be more functional and manoeuverable in every detail, and in its response to the demands of the photographer.
- 16.3MP CMOS Sensor
- 7 fps frame rate
- ISO 80-12800 (expandable to ISO equivalent 51200)
- 1080p video at 25 fps
- Built-in Sensor-based Image Stabilization
- 3-inch 921k dot res LCD
- 0.92x Magnification VF w/ 100% Coverage
- External Audio Mini Plug
- 11-point AF System
- In-Camera HDR
- Magnesium Alloy Body (same as K-7)
- HDMI Out
- SDXC Memory Card Compatibility
The Pentax K-5 should be available in October 2010 at an initial retail price of USD1599.95 for body only and USD1749.95 with an 18-55mm kit lens.