Pentax K-5 Digital SLR

Pentax Imaging Systems has announced the Pentax K-5 digital SLR camera. The K-5 DSLR offers a true high-end prosumer design and features normally found only on the most costly of professional cameras. With exceptional reliability, user-friendly operation, and the compact, lightweight body of its predecessor, the Pentax K-7, the new K-5 offers several important and improved features.

The pro-oriented “prosumer” features that take this latest Pentax DSLR to the next level include:
  • High resolution 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor.
  • Fast up to 7 FPS to capture fast action shots.
  • High sensitivity 80-12800 ISO range, expandable to 51200, with improved noise performance overall.
  • Widescreen 1080p HD video at 25 FPS with sound via built-in microphone or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack.
  • Newly improved, highly responsive and accurate 11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with dedicated AF assist lamp and light wavelength sensor.
  • Focus and shutter speed priority during AF-C.
  • Native support for both PENTAX PEF and Adobe DNG 14 bit RAW files.
  • Improved in-camera HDR image capture with more blending modes and better image alignment for handheld HDR shots.
  • SDXC memory card compatibility (via firmware update).
Additional important features on the new PENTAX K-5 digital SLR include:
  • A fully weather sealed and coldproof design.
  • A large 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution.
  • Durable magnesium alloy that surrounds a rugged stainless steel chassis.
  • Highly accurate 77 segment metering system.
  • Pentaprism viewfinder with 100% field of view and 0.92X magnification.
  • PENTAX body-based Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization system that works with every PENTAX lens ever made.
  • A maximum 1/8000 second shutter speed.
  • HDMI port outputs high definition images and video (and sound).
  • A wide range of in-camera image processing and special effects filters.
  • Customizable RAW/Fx button.
  • Built-in electronic level with tilt scale display in LCD panel.

These improvements and features are a direct result of customer feedback provided to PENTAX by dedicated “prosumer” Pentaxian shooters who have helped refine the K-5 to deliver a wide feature set and make it a perfect all-purpose camera for field or studio use. The K-5 is an excellent choice for advanced enthusiasts looking for a compact, yet highly advanced camera without spending thousands of dollars more. The PENTAX K-5 digital SLR will ship in October 2010 as a body kit only for $1,599.95 USD or as a lens kit with the 18-55mm WR for $1,749.95 USD.

PENTAX Imaging also announced the smc PENTAX-DA18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR lens designed exclusively for use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras. This interchangeable zoom lens features a simplified weather-resistant construction and extra-smooth autofocus operation using a built-in motor, in addition to its high 7.5X zoom ratio. This new lens will ship in October for $529.95 USD.

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