Pentax Unveils K-5 DSLR

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Pentax

introduced Monday a new mid-range high performance d-SLR.


Model K-5 (shipping in October at a $1,600 suggested retail for the body only, or $1,750 for a kit with an 188-55mm WR zoom lens) is targeted at the company's advanced and prosumer customers, bringing a range of feature advancements.

The camera marks the second advanced d-SLR system since the introduction of the K-7, as Pentax maintains its mission to re-establish a reputation as a developer of high quality advanced-level d-SLRs.

The camera features a 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, 80-12,800 ISO range with an improved noise reduction system, up to 7fps burst shooting, and an 11-point SAFOX IX AF system, FullHD 1080p video capture, HDMI output and a stereo mic jack.

Other features include a 77-segment metering system, pentaprism viewfinder with 100 percent field of view and 0.92x magnification, up to 1/8,000 sec. shutter speed, built-in electronic level with tilt scale display in the LCD panel, and an in-camera shake reduction stabilization system that works with every Pentax lens ever made.

It also features an SD card slot that will support larger capacity SDXC cards following a firmware update planned for shortly after the model begins shipping.

The K-5 continues the K-7's weatherproof, cold-proof and dust-resistant design and uses a magnesium alloy body for added durability.

The camera will capture both Pentax PEF and Adobe DNG 14-bit RAW files and includes in-camera HDR image processing capability.

At the same time, Pentax also introduced the smc Pentax DA18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR lens (shipping in October at a $530 suggested retail) for use on Pentax d-SLR camera bodies.

The interchangeable zoom lens is said to include a simplified weather-resistant construction and extra-smooth autofocus operation using a built-in motor, in addition to its high 7.5x zoom ratio.

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