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Pentax K-5 Silver Special Edition revealed

Pentax has confirmed that it is to launch a limited edition version of its K-5 digital SLR camera, dubbed the K-5 Silver Special Edition.

Internally, the K-5 Special Edition is almost identical to its standard edition brethren: a 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor is linked to a Prime II imaging engine which provides enough power for a continuous shooting speed of 7 frames per second for 40 frames and ISO sensitivity of 100-3,200 expandable to 51,200 when loaded with the latest firmware - a free upgrade for existing cameras, and the default for the Special Edition.

In addition to the improved continuous shooting speed - up from around 5 frames per second - and ISO sensitivity, the new firmware version 1.13 offers enhanced auto-focus with an 11 point metering system.

Externally the camera has undergone some significant changes: the weatherproof body is now finished in a retro style silver, in keeping with the company's first limited-edition K-5 camera. The biggest change, however, comes from the bundled optics.

Rather than the traditional kit lens, the K-5 Silver Special Edition will come equipped with an ultra-thin Pentax-DA 40mm f2.8 XS pancake lens, reducing the overall size of the camera with lens equipped to barely a few millimetres more than the lensless body alone. It's a truly thin lens, too: according to Pentax, it's the world's thinnest unifocal lens model.

Pentax has confirmed that the K-5 Silver Special Edition with ultra-thin 40mm lens will be receiving a world-wide launch in April. A mere 1,500 units are to be produced, and while UK pricing has yet to be confirmed Pentax has stated the kit will be retail for $1,599.95 in the US (around £1,011 excluding taxes).

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