Pentax K-5 II, K-5 IIs and Q10 cameras announced

First outing for new autofocus engine

11 Sep 2012
Pentax  K-5 IIs

Imaging specialist Pentax has announced its latest digital SLR cameras, the K-5 II and K-5 IIs, alongside a new entry in its Q-system interchangeable lens camera family, the Q10.

The two new DSLR models are designed to be dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant and feature Pentax's new SAFOX X AF sensor for the first time. Designed to boost the camera's autofocus capabilities, the new sensor is claimed to have the widest autofocusing exposure range - -3EV to +18EV - in its class. The K-5 IIs also removes the anti-aliasing filter found on the K-5 II, making it suitable for commercial and professional photography.

Both models use the same compact magnesium alloy body design and 23.7mm by 15.7mm 16-megapixel CMOS sensor linked to the Pentax Real Image Engine (PRIME) II image processor. The result is a high-resolution camera capable of capturing stills from ISO 100 to 12,800 in standard mode or ISO 80 to 51,200 in expanded mode.

The rear of both DSLR cameras include a 3in wide-view LCD screen at the rear with a special air-gap-free production system, replacing the usual air gap between the anti-glare glass panel and the display itself with a solid resin layer. The result, Pentax claims, is a display with far fewer reflection and light dispersion issues.

As with previous Pentax DLSR models, both the K-5 II and K-5 IIs include the company's shake reduction system and a bright glass pentaprism viewfinder with a 100 per cent field of view and approximate 0.92-times magnification based on a 50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity.

Using the new PRIME engine, both models are able to capture up to 30 full-resolution images in continuous shooting mode at a speed of up to seven images per second, while in-body processing features in the K-5 II include Bleach Bypass, Cross Process and 18 other built-in digital filters.

Additional features common to both models include an electronic level function with vertical level scale, the Pentax Hyper Control user interface, a dynamic range expansion function, live view and a RAW data retrieve function which allows a RAW version of the last-captured JPEG image to be saved to the memory card.

The K-5 II and IIs are joined by the Q10, a compact system camera based on a 12.4-megapixel sensor. Designed to offer interchangeable lens flexibility in a compact package, the Q10 includes ISO 100 to 6,400 sensitivity, an in-body high dynamic range (HDR) function, a 3in LCD display and support for Full HD video recording.

UK pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed, with Pentax planning to launch the K-5 II and IIs in the US next month priced at $1,999.95 and $1,299.95 respectively body-only (around £1,249 and £812 respectively, excluding taxes) and the Q10 with kit lens for $599.95 (around £375 excluding taxes).

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