News report Photokina - Pentax has announced the Pentax K-5 digital SLR camera. The new Pentax K-5 digital SLR camera 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 Pentax K-5 offers several important and improved features. The Pentax K-5 digital SLR camera will ship in October 2010 as a body kit only for $1,599.95 USD or as a lens kit with the Pentax 18-55mm WR for $1,749.95 USD.
Pentax K-5 Digital SLR camera
The improvements and features of the new Pentax K-5 are a direct result of customer feedback provided to Pentax by dedicated prosumer Pentaxian shooters who have helped refine the Pentax K-5 camera to deliver a wide feature set and make it a perfect all-purpose camera for field or studio use. The new Pentax K-5 digital SLR camera is an excellent choice for advanced enthusiasts looking for a compact, yet highly advanced camera without spending thousands of dollars more.
Pentax K-5 features
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.
Widescreen 1080p HD video at 25 FPS with sound.
Built-in microphone or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack.
11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with dedicated AF assist lamp.
Focus and shutter speed priority during AF-C.
Native support for both Pentax PEF and Adobe DNG 14 bit RAW files.
In-camera HDR image capture with more blending modes.
SDXC memory card compatibility (via firmware update).
Pentax 18-135mm lens
Pentax Imaging also announces the smc Pentax DA 18-135mm 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 Pentax lens will ship in October for $529.95 USD.
Pentax K-5 camera features
A fully weather sealed and coldproof design.
3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution.
Durable magnesium alloy and 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.
A maximum 1/8000 second shutter speed.
HDMI port outputs high definition images and video and sound.
In-camera image processing and special effects filters.
Customizable RAW / Fx button.
Built-in electronic level with tilt scale display in LCD panel.