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Pentax Announces Its New Flagship K-5 II and K-5 IIs DSLRs


After leaking onto the web late last week, the Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs have now been officially announced. The cameras succeed the K-5 as Pentax’s flagship DSLR, and feature a 16.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 80-51200), an 11-point autofocus system, a 3-inch LCD screen, 1080p HD video recording, in-camera stabilization, RAW shooting, a 100% FOV viewfinder, full weather sealing, and 7fps continuous shooting.

A big feature in both cameras is the durable and weathersealed body. The camera contains 77 separate seals, making it dustproof, water resistant, and cold resistant.

The Pentax K-5 IIs is identical to the K-5 II, except for the fact that it eschews the anti-aliasing filter. The press release states,

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.

Both cameras will be available starting in October 2012. The K-5 II will cost $1,200 for the body only, while the K-5 IIs will cost $1,300.