Pentax K-5 Gets All Official

Sure the Pentax K-5 was rumored to be quite a trooper, but do you think that there might be a Korejanairobot Limited Edition as well? The important specs: 16.3 CMOS sensor, 7fps shooting, ISO 80-12,800, 1080p HD video at 25p, 11 point AF, fully weathersealed, 3 inch 921,000 dot LCD, 100% viewfinder and will retail for $1,599.95 in October. Pentax has a first look at their Youtube and the pres release is after the jump.

PENTAX ANNOUNCES K-5 DIGITAL SLR
FOR ADVANCED AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHERS

GOLDEN, CO (September 20, 2010)…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 that help 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 for a true professional system.
The PENTAX K-5 digital SLR will ship in October 2010 in two options priced as follows:
K-5 Body Kit
$1,599.95
K-5 Lens Kit w 18-55mm WR
$1,749.95

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.

More information is available here:

www.pentaximaging.com and product images are available here:

www.pentaximaging.com/press/pressfiles.html

An informational video is available here: www.youtube.com/pentaxian1.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.