Photokina 2010: Pentax K-5

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Pentax K-5 DSLR camera

Pentax K-5 DSLR - on show at Photokina 2010

The Pentax K-5 is a mid-range digital SLR, with a sturdy magnesium alloy body that feels as though it will stand up to the odd knock or splash.

This solid frame and high-specs make the Pentax K-5 a heavyweight in more ways than one. It is packed with creative features and tips the scales at 750g without a lens.

16.3Mp stills and 1080 HD video

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It has a 16.3Mp CMOS sensor that is also able to render HD video at 1080 resolution. According to Pentax the K-5 can grab an impressive seven frames per second, and in our quick hands on test it certainly appeared to be a speedy piece of kit.

The viewfinder gives the user a 100% view of the shot being captured, but you can also compose photos on the 3-inch LCD using the Live View setting. The resolution of the screen is around 920k dots, which gives a nice sharp representation of the picture being taken.

Watch our First Look video on the Pentax K-5:


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High maximum ISO sensitivity to aid low light photography

The camera's sensitivity can be set between 80 and an impressive 25,600 ISO. There are 11 AF (auto focus) points to help get a crisp picture when not using the manual focus ring, and nine of the 11 points are the cross-type AF points that give a sharper automatic measurement.

There are a number of post-shooting digital filters that can be applied to create an interesting effect in the shots that you've taken, and there's also a superimposing setting that allows the user to lay up to nine shots over the top of each other.

We expect the Pentax K-5 to launch at around the £1,400 mark with the standard 18-55mm kit lens.

We'll put the K-5 through its paces in our lab shortly and shall bring you a first look video review soon. In the meantime, check out our in-depth digital SLR reviews.

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