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09-09-2010, 05:11 PM   #1
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Possible Complete K-5 Specs (Still rumour until the 22nd!)

I had this emailed to me today from a friend who works a camera store here, to be honest I am not entirely convinced as the layout and some wording looks VERY VERY similar to the K-r specs from


I take no responsibility for any of whats written below, as I said above i'm not fully convinced that my mate isn't having me on, but either way

• $1699 US Body Only
• $1999 AU Body Only

• Magnesium body with plastic and rubber exterior, 80 weather seals.
• Tempered glass top and rear LCD
• 16.2mp Sony EXEMOR Sensor • 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS sensor

• Dimensions 131 x 97 x 73mm
• Weight 770g

• Complete new AF system superior algorithms.
• 18-point wide autofocus system (SAFOX IX+)
• AF-Single
• AF-Continuous
• 4 Custom AF-C modes, auto, action, portrait, night
• Manual focus

• ISO standard : 200-12800
• Expanded ISO : 50 - 25,600

Movie mode • AVi (Motion JPEG)
• 1920 x 1080 25p, 30p
• 1280x720 25p, 30p
• 640 x 480, 25p, 30p
• Av, Sv, Tv and M modes for video.
• External stereo mic jack.
• Movie processing including Custom Image, Cross Process and selected Digital Filters


• penta-prism

• Hybrid VF utilizing translucent LCD to display focus points and framing grid.

• Angle of view coverage: 28mm wide-angle (35mm equivalent)
• Flash Exposure Compensation: -2 EV - +1EV (1/2EV steps)
• P-TTL (Is same P-ttl as in 645D)
• Hot shoe, sync-speed: 1/180 sec. (will have 1/250 available with new flashes to be released First half 2011)
• Wireless-sync with PENTAX dedicated flash and IrSimple.

Continuous shooting • Hi speed: 8fps

Connectivity • USB/Video
• USB 2.0


• Dual SD or SDHC card

09-09-2010, 05:13 PM   #2
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If that is the case, I really need to save my pennies to buy it. I'd buy it for the $1600 too. (Just thought I'd get ahead of those that tend to gripe about Pentax Prices). If it was a Canon or Nikon it'd be more than that.
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Sounds nifty if true.

It is a bit pricey, but I assume given a few months street price will be a couple hundred off of MSRP.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lurchlarson Quote
If that is the case, I really need to save my pennies to buy it. I'd buy it for the $1600 too. (Just thought I'd get ahead of those that tend to gripe about Pentax Prices). If it was a Canon or Nikon it'd be more than that.
Well it's definitely more expensive than the K-7 when I got it in July last year.

I paid $1999 for the unit inc Sigma 17-70.

But still if its feature set and AF systems are that good it would be worth it.

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Price is a bit high (but as always may not be indicative of actual street price) but these specs look *very* promising.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Christopher M.W.T Quote
Hybrid VF utilizing translucent LCD to display focus points and framing grid.

Hot shoe, sync-speed: 1/180 sec. (will have 1/250 available with new flashes to be released First half 2011)

Wireless-sync with PENTAX dedicated flash and IrSimple.

Is that last one wireless flash sync with IrSimple?
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Question is,where should be the af point no.18?
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130grams heavier?

09-09-2010, 05:24 PM   #9
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hard to say at this point, although the 16mp sensor is pretty much given and it should have more fps than the kr and k7 so 8 sounds reasonable.

1080p hd is to be expected to compete, hopefully with an option for a more compressed codec than mjpeg and 24fps rate. And will it have af or not, I guess not.

actually from these specs, true or not, this one seems like a cool idea
Hybrid VF utilizing translucent LCD to display focus points and framing grid.

actually putting a translucent lcd in the vf to display info on top of the optical view, although I would expect it would make the frame darker, if it somehow could be turned off and then didnt really affect the brightness of the vf then. it would be cool if they had some neat trick like that to set it apart from other cameras using the same sony sensor.

hopefully they will be focusing on the af system, actually the k7 system is quite good but only the single shot af, the continuous one is not good.

flash sync being 1/250 with certain flashes doesnt sound right. its a property of the camera shutter and not affected by which flash you put on it.

dual sd would be cool or at least a functioning slot in the grip, plenty of space in there for it, or maybe let the grip take 2 batteries, so u can get 3 in total.
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I would love the dual card slots especially if you have customizable options for how you want to use them. And new flash system and syncing at 1/250 would be great also. But if you can sync with new flash at 1/250 why wouldn't I be able to sync with other flashes at the same speed or with Cybersyncs using my Alien Bees which I can't do now?
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not a chance at $1600...nice camera but if I am dropping $1600 it better come with an attachement for head.
09-09-2010, 05:35 PM   #12
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This is the one for me! (salivating)

I've had a D700 on stand-by and held off having a fire sale because I was told by a Pentax service manager that the new Pentax flagship camera would match or exceed the D700 in terms of low light performance and so I'm really hyped about this one. Because it means, saving thousands of dollars and months of hassle as I'd have to sell off everything I own in order to start a new kit for work. However... if Pentax delivers(as promised), then I get to keep my beloved Pentax kit and step-up my game without all the hassles.

So should things pan out, replacing my K20's with K-5' will be a win win for me.
Oh and the wife is already pretty excited about the K-r as well. Though she did mention she'd miss the grip option she had with her K200D.

AND ISO 50... how about that!
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The dimensions are the same as the K-7, whew!......looks mighty enticing, wow!

P.S: Darn it, I was really wishing I wouldn't have to upgrade my k-7, but a man can only have so much self-control.........I am really curious to see how the expanded iso 100 and iso 50 perform.
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The even number of focuspoints and the x-sync depending on flash makes this sound fishy
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Does expandable mean some sort of loss of quality when you extend beyond the normal settings? I don't get why if it's 50-25,600 it shows as 200-12,800 plus the extendable range?

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