Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs

Include newly developed SAFOX X AF sensor

Denver, CO (September 10, 2012) – PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS
CORPORATION today announced the introduction of its PENTAX K-5 II and
K-5 IIs flagship digital SLR cameras, designed to advance the company's
well-received K-5 camera, which launched in October 2010. These new
dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant cameras include a newly
developed SAFOX X AF sensor that delivers the broadest autofocusing EV
range (-3 EV to +18 EV) in its class. In addition, the PENTAX K-5 IIs is
offered without an anti-aliasing filter, making it the perfect solution
for photographers who practice commercial and studio photography where
camera settings, lens selection, lighting, and other shooting conditions
 

The new PENTAX K-5 II / K-5 IIs offer a
compact, solid body that delivers high quality image reproduction,
especially when working in low light conditions. The camera's new,
highly sensitive AF sensor enables photographers to work with a luminous
flux based on F2.8 levels in addition to F5.6, which increases the AF
accuracy when using fast lenses. The AF sensor also includes an upgraded
AF algorithm as well as the Select-Area Expansion feature, which
automatically tracks the subject when it deviates from a pre-assigned
selection point, by assessing data from neighboring sensors.

"The
new K-5 II and K-5 IIs deliver an extensive range of photographic
possibilities for the resolution-conscious photographer in all of us. As
a successor to our popular K-5 camera, these new models offer upgraded
features designed to produce superb image quality, including the new AF
sensor which is especially useful for photographers working in low light
conditions," said John Carlson, Sr. Manager of Sales and Marketing,
PENTAX.

Major features include:

High resolution CMOS sensor for true-to-life images with minimal noise
With
its large sensor measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm with approximately 16.28
effective megapixels, the K-5 II's latest-generation CMOS image sensor
ensures high-speed image data readout. By coupling the sensor with the
PRIME (PENTAX Real Image Engine) II imaging engine, the K-5 II delivers
super high resolution, rich gradation digital images free of digital
noise over a wide sensitivity range – from ISO 100 to ISO 12800 in the
standard setting, or from ISO 80 to ISO 51200 when expanded via a custom
function.

High quality LCD monitor with outstanding visibility outdoors
The K-5 II includes a 3.0 inch, wide-view, air-gap-free LCD display with
approximately 921,000 dots for excellent visibility when outdoors.
Situated between the front glass panel (which is coated with an
anti-glare film) and the LCD screen is a unique resin layer that
alleviates the reflection and dispersion of light to effectively prevent
ghost images and maintain image brightness. The LCD cover is also made
of tempered glass to keep it free of scratches and abrasions.


Anti-aliasing filter-free feature of the K-5 IIs
The
K-5 IIs is offered without an anti-aliasing filter, which is commonly
found in many DSLRs to smooth computer generated imagery by decreasing
high frequencies and distortion, but adversely reduces detail
resolution. Without this filter, the K-5 IIs creates deeply rich,
detailed imagery at supreme resolution levels.

Compact, solid body with dustproof, weather-resistant construction
The
K-5 II's exterior casing is made of sturdy and lightweight magnesium
alloy, while its chassis is made of highly rigid stainless steel. With
77 special seals in its body, the camera offers a dustproof,
weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction, assuring reliable
operation at temperatures as low as 14°F (-10°C). It also features a
dependable shutter unit for a top shutter speed of 1/8000 per second,
and the ability to withstand as many as 100,000 shutter releases.

PENTAX-original SR mechanism
The
camera features the PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism,
which compensates for the adverse effects of camera shake by
approximately three shutter steps for blur-free images. The SR mechanism
works with a variety of PENTAX interchangeable lenses – even those
designed for film-format cameras. Thanks to its flexible design, which
shifts the image sensor unit in all directions within the image place,
the K-5 II offers several useful features to assist the photographer
during shooting, such as auto level compensation and image composition
fine-adjustment functions.

Bright, clear optical viewfinder with a nearly 100-percent field of view
The
K-5 II features a glass pentaprism finder with a 100% field of view and
approximately 0.92-times magnification (with a 50mm F1.4 lens at
infinity) for an exceptional view of the entire image field and improved
accuracy while photographing. The camera is also equipped with the
Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen to facilitate manual-focus
operation.

High-speed, continuous shooting to capture up to seven images in one second
The
K-5 II's high-speed continuous shooting mode allows photographers to
record as many as 30 images (in the JPEG format) in a single sequence at
a maximum speed of approximately seven images per second. This is ideal
when shooting fast-moving subjects such as athletes and wildlife – all
with ease and precision.

Innovative image processing functions
A
custom image function allows users to easily select the desired
finishing touch for a particular image to help express their creativity.
This function provides a choice of nine distinctive custom image modes,
such as Bleach Bypass, which creates a solemn visual effect used in
motion pictures, and Cross Process, which produces eye-catching images
with unique, dramatic colors. The K-5 II also offers 18 built-in digital
filters, including sketch and posterization, to add distinctive visual
effects to images without the need for software-aided computer
re-touching.


Additional features of the PENTAX K-5 II / K-5 IIs include:

• Electronic Level function, with a vertical level scale
• Automatic compensation of distortion and lateral chromatic aberration
(available only with DA,D FA and FA Limited series lenses)
• CTE mode, to automatically adjust the white balance to emphasize the dominant colors of a specific scene
• DR II (Dust Removal II) mechanism, to effectively shake dust off the CMOS image sensor using ultrasonic vibration
• PENTAX-original Hyper Control system, to swiftly and accurately respond to the photographer's creative intentions
• Dynamic range expansion function, to compensate for both whitewashed (overexposed) highlight area and blackout (underexposed) shadow area
• RAW data retrieve function to save the original RAW data of a just-recorded JPEG format image
• RAW/Fx button, for single-action switching of image file format, as
well as for assignment and instant recall of a specific function
• A choice of three grid patterns while in Live View mode, including "Golden Section"
• Long battery life, for recording of approximately 980 images with a full recharge

Pricing and Availability
The
new PENTAX K-5 II will be available at retail outlets nationwide and
online in October 2012 with a suggested retail price of $1,199.95 for
body only, $1,349.95 for the K-5 II kit including the DA 18-55mm WR zoom
lens and $1,549.95 for the K-5 II kit including the DA 18-135mm WR zoom
lens. The K-5 IIs will also be available at retail outlets nationwide
and online in October with a suggested retail price of $1,299.95 for
body only.

About PENTAX
PENTAX is a leader in the production
of a variety of adventure ready digital cameras including
weather-resistant digital SLRs and stylish, compact, waterproof cameras,
as well as lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, and eyepieces. For
more than 90 years, PENTAX has developed durable, reliable products that
meet the needs of adventurous consumers and businesses. With new
headquarters in Denver, Colorado, PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS
CORPORATION is a subsidiary of PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
effective October 1, 2011. Additional details may be found here: www.pentaximaging.com/news

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