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12-06-2011, 03:19 PM   #1
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K-5 Electronic Level

I just unboxed my new k-5 and started running through the tests. One thing I noticed is the electronic level is inaccurate. It is tilted left maybe 5 dots on the gauge. I've read through the threads here concerning this and it seems returning or even sending it for repair is a toss up whether the new camera will be accurate or fixed or whether it will stay fixed. I've had it less than 24 hours but so far everything looks good except the level.

I really do not want to part with the camera but....

So I'm looking for some advice:
1) Return it as defective and ask for a new one
2) Send it in for warranty repair
3) Turn it off and ignore it

What do you think?

12-06-2011, 03:21 PM   #2
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Well if you know by what degree it is off, you just compensate and tilt it to the right.

I vote for ignore the thing and just take pictures.
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Multiple threads going about this problem. I don't use it.
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Off by 5 dots is a lot. I would get it exchanged! because knowing it is not right, even if not using the feature, would bother me.

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I received my K-5 yesterday and mine has the same problem. At first, I just thought that I had no luck. However, after reading threads here, I noticed that this problem is more common than I thought. Electronic level itself is not a very important feature, but I’m worried that it might be related to misalignment of accelerometer axes that could affect shake reduction. I’m going to exchange mine, but not sure whether the next one would be fine.
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Is it not possible to calibrate the level somehow without having to just send the camera in for service?
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Nope. Must send in.
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Make sure you upgrade the firmware first.


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Is the level used for horizon correction?
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QuoteOriginally posted by vonBaloney Quote
Is the level used for horizon correction?
Yes it is
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Yes it is
Then the level needs to be calibrated correctly or it would make your pictures crooked, even the ones you took level.
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QuoteOriginally posted by vonBaloney Quote
Then the level needs to be calibrated correctly or it would make your pictures crooked, even the ones you took level.
Correct. There is a thread in this forum with some examples of a badly tilted horizon.

I haven't checked my K-5 level yet, I feel it may be off but only by a small amount. It's not an important feature to me and I don't use horizon correction. Although I do feel it is a let-down that the user can't calibrate this without sending it in for repair. I hope that they will add calibration in a future firmware.
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Just received a reply back from my inquiry at Pentax. They recommend returning it to the dealer for replacement. Wish I could be confident a replacement would be better. I really do not want to be without a camera for 2 weeks.
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I got a replacement K-5, but it's level meter is also off by 3 dots Now I'm not sure whether it's worth to spend two more weeks for another replacement.
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One of my most-used tools in Elements is...the level tool. Just draw a line across the image, and the software rotates the image to make the line horizontal.
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