Pentax announced the new K-5 digital SLR camera for “advanced amateur photographers”. As the successor to the K-7, the new K-5 gets a CMOS image sensor with a higer 16.3 Megapixel resolution. It features 80-12800 ISO sensitivity (expandable to 51200), 11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system, improve in-camera HDR image capture, up to 7fps shooting and 77 segment metering system.
The Pentax K-5 supports Full HD 1080p video at 25fps with sound via built-in microphone or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack. It sports Pentax body-based Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization system that works with every PENTAX lens ever made and offers a maximum 1/8000 second shutter speed. You can also find a pentaprism viewfinder with 100% field of view and 0.92X magnification and built-in electronic level with tilt scale display in LCD panel.
The DSLR camera has a fully weather sealed and coldproof design and durable magnesium alloy that surrounds a rugged stainless steel chassis. The K-5 includes native support for both PENTAX PEF and Adobe DNG 14 bit RAW files.
Pentax K-5 digital SLR will ship in October 2010 as a body kit only for $1,599.95 or as a lens kit with the 18-55mm WR for $1,749.95.