Pentax K-5 leaks again

Latest Pentax K-5 specs (see previous specs here):

  • 16,93 MP sensor (APS-C : 23,7 x 15,7 mm CMOS-Sensor)
  • Color depth: 8 Bit (JPEG) or [B]14 Bit (RAW)[B]
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (extended to ISO 80 till 51200)
  • 7 fps
  • Movie modes: Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9, 25 FPS)
    • HD-Movie 1280 x 720 Pixel (16:9, 30 or 25 FPS)
    • VGA 640 x 416 Pixel (4:3, 30 or 25 FPS.)
  • Viewfinder: 100% with a magnification of 0,92
  • LCD: 921.000 dots 3in.
  • Autofocus: 11 Points, SAFOX VIII+
  • Shutter: 1/8000s
  • Flash sync is still 1/180s

Yvon Bourqur mentioned on his blog that the new Pentax K-... will be announced "Monday morning, Sept 20th, 7:00 A.M California time. He even proudly mentioned that he "doesn't do rumors", so this is the real deal.

Update (via Ricehigh):

Sensor: 16.93MPs Total, 16.28MP Effective, 23.7 x 15.7mm APS-C
Number of Bits: 3 x 8-bit JPEG, 3 x 14-bit RAW
Maximum Resolution: 4928 x 3264 (16M)
ISO Range: Standard: ISO 100-12800, Expanded: ISO 80 and 51200
Movie Mode: Full HD: 1920 x 1080 at 25 fps (16:9) - Maximum 25 Minutes or 4GB
HD: 1280 x 720 at 30 or 25 fps (16:9)
VGA: 640 x 480 at 25 fps (4:3)
Movie Sound Recording: Stereo, Built-in Mic w/Option Mic-in
Memory Card: SDHC/SD Card Compliance, Supported Up to 32GB
Viewfinder: 100% 0.92X at 50mm, Diopter Adj. -2.5 to +1.5
Back LCD Monitor: 3.0" 921,000 Dots TFT, 160 Deg. View Angle, Anti-Reflection Coating
Electronic Level Meter: 3-Dimensional
Focusing System: SAFOX VIII+, 11 Points
Metering: 77-Segment
Shutter: 1/8000th - 30s, X-Sync: 1/180th sec.
Built-in Flash: G.N. 13 at ISO 100, 28mm Coverage (135 Film Equivalent), w/ Red-Eye Reduction Option
Continuous Frame Rate: 7 fps, Maximum 40 frames (JPEG) or 8 (DNG)
Digital Filter, WB, HDR etc. Settings: 16 Digital Filters with a Maximum of 135 Processing Options, Other Features Similar to Those of the K-7
Other Supports: DPOF, PIM III, PictBridge, USB 2.0 (Hi Speed), AV Out (NTSC and PAL), HDMI Out
Battery: D-LI90 with D-BG4 Support (Can Insert 6 AAs), CIPA: 980 Frames No Flash, 740 Frames with 50% Flash, 440 Minutes LiveView/Video
Software: Pentax Digital Camera Utility 4 (Photo Browser and RAW Converter)
Size and Weight: 130 x 96 x 72mm (W x H x D), 670g
Operating Temperature: Down to -10 Deg. Celsius
Weather Sealing: 77 Sealing Points
Kit Lenses: DA 18-55 WR, DA 18-135 WR
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  • AS

    They made a mistake, K5 wil use: SAFOX IX+, 11 Points Focusing System not SAFOX VIII+

  • AS

    And to confirm what I just sad, look at this:

  • K. Artur

    Very nice clean design. Reminds me of late Contaxes. I wish Nikon would go that way, instead of their recent curves and useless grooves… Their F6 was gorgeous.

  • http://www.kevinschoenmakers.nl Kevin Schoenmakers

    I’m not convinced these photos are real. They look way too much like the K-7 pressphotos, down to the shadows and the way the dioptre adjustment is set. Either Pentax got lazy or these are fake.

    • dmgabe

      The K5 uses the same body as the K7, just like the K20D used the same body as the K10D, pretty common for Pentax. It allows then to spread the development costs of the body across two generations.. The only changes are on the inside, with the exception of the model number.

  • Catastrophile

    Suffoxatingly low specs WRT the # of AF points!

  • PeterZheng

    Partially compared, — d7000 and K5

    –Metering:
    d7000, sensor — TTL exposure metering using 2016-pixel RGB sensor, 3D color matrix metering II
    Spot — Meters 3.5 mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area.
    (Spot metering can synchronize with a focusing point, and that a spot metering is movable position. When your d7000 is locked to a tripod’s top, that would be more helpful.)

    K5, metering sensor — like K7, Spot metering — only a spot fixed.

    –Autofocus:
    d7000, Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX sensor module, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensors), a larger coverage area! (And, Nikon has the more reliable AF system)

    K5, rumored a 18-point way, another rumored – that is still an 11-point.
    However, in any case also impossible to compete with d7000 39 points.

    –Flash
    d7000, up to 1/250 sec (up to 1/320 sec in Auto FP)

    K5, 1/180 sec. (will have 1/250 available with new flashes to be released First half 2011)

    –SD card
    d7000, dual SD cards.
    K5, unknown, but k7 is only a SD card.

    –remote control software
    d7000, Yes.
    K5, unknown, but k7 is no remote control software.

    –Continuous shooting
    D7000 — Max speed 6fps
    • Continuous shooting (CH) mode: approx. 6.0 frames per second.
    • Continuous shooting (CL) mode: selectable from 1-5 frames per second.

    K5 — rumored-1 Max speed: 8fps, rumored-2 Max speed: 7fps
    selectable fps speed — non

    – Pricing
    d7000 body — Nikon’s official Retail Price: 1200 USD, Street Price: unknown now, but a likely Street Price would be slightly less than 1000 USD.
    K5 — unknown (I think that the K5 is value less than 1000 USD. Street Price is value less than 900 USD.)

    about the FPS,
    I have to say, the continuous shooting 5fps were already sufficient. The d7000 and K5 both are primarily for advanced amateurs, and not a semi-pro grade DSLR, they did not need a machine-gun.

    However, the mirror/shutter’s oscillation must be lesser. Also, we are wanting the shutter’s lag is smaller. AF is a faster and reliably.

    In K7, its pre-focused’s shutter lag time is only 67ms, a not bad grade. But its oscillated amplitude is an unknown data. We would prefer K5 still be 5fps, and not an 8fps, K5 is having a smaller pixel size than K7, then a same oscillation amplitude would be a worse result. The worse luck — if the oscillation amplitude moves up.

    if K5 is finally with a 7fps or 8fps, then its menu must provide an optional item, 1-5fps or 8fps. d7000 has a selectable for 1-5 frames per second, which would be easy to get the lower oscillation amplitude than its 6fps, and its sound is more gentler.

    a faster fps and limiting of the oscillated amplitude, would be a higher cost. That is usually in a professional/semi-pro grade DSLR aspect, and not a K5, K7 or d7000.

    Pentax Z1p is only a 4fps speed, but Z1p is a good camera, nobody doubts it. Historically, Eos5 is a faster 5fps, but its mirror/shutter’s oscillation was very bad.

    PS.
    If you take into account that the Nikon lenses and accessories have more advantage and easier to buy. Well, d7000 is very worth buying!

    • muhmuh

      K7 has two fps modes, called “hi” and “lo” (who would have guessed^^), one with 5fps and the other one slightly slower(maybe 3?)
      i think the k5 will have a similar option

      • PeterZheng

        muhmuh,
        Thanks for your info!

    • Just A Thought

      D7000 – 9 cross type AF
      K5 – 11 cross type AF ssnsors
      It is foolish to claim that Nikon’s AF is more reliable since the K5 has not yet been announced let alone available for purchase to test and compare.

      D7000 – 6FPS
      K5 – 7FPS
      It is foolish to state that 5FPS is more than enough. If you shoot landscapes then your statement may apply. If you shoot Sports or say Birds in Flight then the higher the FPS the better. Discussing imagined shutter oscillations on a yet to be announced camera also makes no sense. Do you have shutter oscillation test results for the D7000 let alone the K5? How about a web link to the test results.

      Micro Adjusting the FPS beyond a high and low speed might be of use in a controlled environment. When shooting baseball or soccer you are not going to stand there and set your camera to say 2.25 FPS and possibly miss a photo of a lifetime. For example – when shooting baseball it is hard to catch the ball when using 3FPS. At 8FPS it is far easier get a shot of the ball in the photo – or the bat hitting the ball or someone about to catch the ball. If the subject moves then FPS matters and more often than not, the higher the FPS the better chance of getting a usable photo.

      D7000 – no built-in shake reduction
      K5 – built-in shake reduction – works with all lenses

      Pentax has had lots of weather seals on their high end bodies. We’ll wait for the K5 annoucement to see if that trend is continued.

      As for lenses – I suspect that the body lens kits will be similar – won’t know till the K5 is announced. The lens selection for the market that these two cameras are aimed at is about the same. A D7000 owner is not likely to buy super telephotos or super zooms (some might but then they also probably also own a D3S).

      More Nikon lenses can be found on the used market. Prior Pentax camera worked just fine with older manual focus lenses – even the old screw type with an adapter. Pentax cameras were able to meter with the manual focus lenses. Try using a wonderful pre-AI lens on your D7000 (you have to buy a Canon DSLR and an eBay adapter to mount the Nikkor on the Canon – works great). To get metering on newer AI and AIS manual focus lenses required Nikon’s top end cameras (not sure if the D7000 can meter with AI or AIS lensess). Nikon’s low end DSLRs would either not mount Nikon’s own AI or AIS lenses or if could mount then the body would not meter with a manual focus lens. Hopefully Pentax will continue to support old manual focus lenses with the K5 – won’t know till it’s announced. With the rumors 100% viewfinder on the K5, used Manual Focus Pentax and other brands would make a very cost effective pool of very high quality lenses available.

      I’m pretty sure that Soccer Moms and Dads will be able to take just as good photos with either the Nikon or the Pentax. One thing in my opinion that the D7000 will do is make Nikon D90 and D200 and D300 owners think twice about upgrading to a D300S instead of a D7000.

      • PeterZheng

        a downright foolish flam, – K5 – 11 cross type AF ssnsors. you want to hoodwink babys or yourself?

        Camera’s illiterate must see this:
        “SAFOX IX + wide-frame autofocus system brags 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors positioned in the middle)”

        about the Pentax AF trouble is below,
        http://www.petitiononline.com/593039/petition.html

        Also, Pentax AF troubles are proverbial!

        you must take into account that the Nikon lenses and accessories have more advantage and easier to buy, especially the FX lenses, and including third-party lenses. Well, d7000 is very worth buying!

      • PeterZheng

        about the manual focus lenses,
        This inconspicuous black tab is an Ai indexing tab, and is one of the small physical differences between the D7000 and D90 which distinguish the former as a definitively ‘high-end’ model. This tab allows aperture control with manual focus lenses of the Ai specification or later. Aperture data for up to 9 such lenses can be programmed into the D7000.
        http://a.img-dpreview.com/previews/NikonD7000/images/Aitab-001.jpg

        And, in OVF, Nikon d7000 has a better AF guiding, when you using the manual focus lenses.

        • muhmuh

          i can’t really see why that manual focus lens thing is that much of a reason for the d7000, just because it can handle AI lenses.
          you even mention you have to type in the lens information into the body to make it work properly.
          The pentax A lenses which were introduced only “shortly” after the AI ones (1983 instead of 1977). if the aperture on the lens is set on “A” (hence the name), they work on a modern pentax body just like any modern lens, minus the autofocusing. no need to manually punch in min/max aperture ;)

          is it about people wanting to select the aperture on the lens? in that sense the lens mount of K5 etc is crippled, you’d have to press the green button to get the correct metering, but who wants to do that if they have a A lens or later?

          http://kmp.bdimitrov.de/lenses/primes/normal/index.html

          • PeterZheng

            AI lenses are able to get a better compatibility, in d7000.

          • muhmuh

            for normal and tele primes i think it would be a reasonable strategy to buy FX lenses even for a DX body (because most of them are FX anyway), but FX wideangle primes or (wideangle to normal) zooms are just bulky and lose the interesting FOV

            there aren’t many FX lenses from pentax anymore because there simply isn’t a pentax FF body in production, and it isn’t very likely that one would be introduced in near future

      • PeterZheng

        a downright foolish flam, – “K5 – 11 cross type AF ssnsors”. you want to hoodwink babys or yourself?

        Camera’s illiterate must see this:
        “SAFOX IX + brags 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors positioned in the middle)”
        http://www.pentax.jp/english/news/2010/201008.html

        about the Pentax AF trouble is below,
        http://www.petitiononline.com/593039/petition.html

        Also, Pentax AF troubles are proverbial!

        About the manual focus lenses on d7000
        This inconspicuous black tab is an Ai indexing tab, and is one of the small physical differences between the D7000 and D90 which distinguish the former as a definitively ‘high-end’ model. This tab allows aperture control with manual focus lenses of the Ai specification or later. Aperture data for up to 9 such lenses can be programmed into the D7000.
        http://a.img-dpreview.com/previews/NikonD7000/images/Aitab-001.jpg

        And, in OVF, Nikon d7000 has a better AF guiding, when you using the manual focus lenses.

        you must take into account that the Nikon lenses and accessories have more advantage and easier to buy, especially the FX lenses, and including third-party lenses. Well, d7000 is very worth buying!

        • muhmuh

          Your last claim seems a little silly.first, why would you need a FX lens on a crop body? and i’m pretty sure you would have greater trouble finding a limited or limited-like lens(pancake/small, great build quality) for a D7000 than a K5 ;)

          that video hints that the AF-C has been improved quite a bit, in their (not so realistical) test the K7 achieved only 1.9 fps, where the K5 managed to do 3.4/3.9fps (priority on correct focus/priority on fps).
          we’ll have to see how it compares in real world to other brands :)

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4nv2QGktbw&feature=player_embedded

          • PeterZheng

            “Your last claim seems a little silly”,

            not a little silly. a good lens would be long time, you would be having it. I have some the Pentax’s FA lenses, it was already 15 years, still very good.

            When 3-year or 5-year later, you would have a full frame camera, and not a APS-c, that the FX lenses are needed.

  • Peter

    like it :)

  • dmgabe

    I had a K20D until replacing it a few weeks ago with an amazing D700. The ergonomics and build quality of the K20D was nearly perfect, but a little on the small side in my opinion. The new bodies, K7 and K5, are quite a bit smaller, and not comfortable in my hands, however the build quality remains outstanding. If Pentax would have released a higher end pro camera, I wouldn’t have though twice about staying with the brand.

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