General Description

Being the successor of the K-7, the K-5’s design remained almost unchanged. Internally, however, there were several changes. Notably, the K-5 features a new 16 MP image sensor with much improved low-light capabilities. The K-5 was the first Pentax DSLR to be able to record Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) videos.

In 2011 PENTAX announced that the K-5 SLR was available in limited quantities in “Limited Edition Silver”. The camera�s mode dial, control buttons and levers all feature the silver color. It has an redesigned grip that is thicker than with the standard K-5 model. Shock-resistant, scratchproof glass is used to protect the LCD monitor on the camera�s back panel and the status panel on the top. Along with the silver K-5, three silver Limited lens models were announced: smc PENTAX-DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited Silver, smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited Silver, and smc PENTAX-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited Silver. From each 500 were made.

In 2012, another silver-black version of the K5 was announced: The K5 Silver Special Edition was available only as a limited edition of 1,500 sets worldwide. The package consisted of the PENTAX K-5 Silver digital SLR camera body matched with the ultra thin, silver smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS lens.

Product Variations
Exact Name K-5 K-5 K-5
Color black silver-black silver-black
Year of Introduction 2010 2011 2012
Description &8212; “Limited Edition Silver” with thicker grip “Silver Special Edition” set with silver smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS lens
Catalog Number 14747 14892 unknown
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Technical Specifications

Lens Mount "crippled" KAF2
Mount Limitations digital A aperture or metered manual only
AF System (sensitivity) SAFOX IX+, 11 sensors, 9 cross-sensors (-1 ~ 18 EV)
AF with supersonic lenses yes
Power-Zoom Features auto-lens retract, power zoom
Self-Timer 12 / 2 sec
Mirror Lock-Up
Cable Release CS-205
Infra-Red Release remote control F
Custom Functions 27
Additional Features weather sealed, DOF preview, mirror lock-up
Width x Height x Depth 131 x 97 x 73 mm
Weight 664 g
Image Sensor
Effective Pixel Count 16.9 megapixel
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 15.7 x 23.7 mm
Focal-Length Multiplication Factor 1.53 x
Image Storage
Data-Storage Formats RAW (DNG, PEF), RAW + JPG, JPG
Storage Media Secure Digital (SD and SDHC)
Digital Features
Shake Reduction yes
Dust Removal yes
Live View yes
Orientation Sensor yes
Exposure System
Exposure Modes Av, HyM, HyP, P, Pgreen, Sv, TAv, Tv
Metering Modes with K and M Lenses center-weighted, spot
Metering Modes with A and newer Lenses 77-segment, center-weighted, spot
Meter Material SPD
Exposure Compensation (Step) +/-5 (1/2 or 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Lock yes
Meter Range 0 ~ 22 EV
ISO Range 80 ~ 51200 ASA
Construction electronic (vertical)
Material metal
Shutter Speeds 30 ~ 1/8000, B
Mechanical Speeds
Magnification [Coverage] 0.92x [100%]
Aperture Indication LED
Shutter-Speed Indication LED
Interchangeable Screens yes
Power Source
Batteries 1 x Lithium-Ion D-LI90 rechargeable
External Battery Grip D-BG4
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting 7 frames per second
Flash System
Command Protocol(s)
Features HS, P-TTL
Synchronization Speed(s) 1/180 ~ 30, B
Built-In Flash
Guide Number (GN) 13
Coverage (35mm equivalent) 28
Auto Pop-Up yes
Red-Eye Reduction yes
AF Assist yes
Fitting Case(s) soft case: O-CC55,
soft case: O-CC90