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PENTAX K-5 IIProducts Information

Below is a list of frequently asked questions and corresponding answers for the K-5II/K-5IIs digital camera.


Basic Specifications and Functions

How do these models differ from the K-5?


Differences in main specifications include the following:
- Equipped with the newly developed AF module SAFOX X (“SAFOX Ten”). It works with a luminous flux based off of F2.8 levels, providing exceptional performance in low-light (low brightness limits of down to -3 EV) and low-contrast conditions and under manmade light sources.
- Equipped with a liquid crystal monitor with a highly visible, reinforced air gapless glass cover
- Image Comparison feature during image playback not included
- Compatible with SDXC Memory Cards and the GPS Unit O-GPS1 (K-5 model compatible after firmware update) All specifications other than the above are the same as for the K-5 model.
What is the difference between the K-5II and K-5IIs?


The K-5II model is equipped with a low-pass filter as with previous models in the series. The K-5IIs does not come with a low-pass filter. All other specifications are the same.
What is included in the K-5II kit?


The K-5II includes the following:
- Body mount cover(*)- ME Viewfinder Cap(*)
- Hot shoe cover FK(*)- USB Cable I-USB7(*)
- Sync socket 2P cap(*)- AV Cable I-AVC7(*)
- Eyecup FR(*)- Strap O-ST132(*)
- 2 Triangular rings (*)- Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90(*)
- 2 Protective covers (*)- Battery Charger D-BC90 and AC plug cord(*)
- Operating Manual 
- Software CD-ROM S-SW132 (PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4)
Items marked with a (*) can also be purchased separately.
Are there any other necessary items that are not included in the kit?


The kit does not come with an SD Memory Card, so please prepare an SD Memory Card with the necessary capacity.
You can use the provided AV Cable I-AVC7 or a commercially available mini HDMI cable (type C) to play back recorded images or movies on a TV screen or other AV device.
What optional accessories are available for this camera?


Available optional accessories are as follows:
- Hot Shoe Cover FK- Strap O-ST132
- Sync Socket 2P Cap- USB Cable I-USB7
- Eyecup FR- AV Cable I-AVC7
- ME Viewfinder Cap- Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90
- Battery Charger Kit K-BC90 (includes the Battery charger D-BC90 and an AC plug cord)
 The above optional accessories are the same as those supplied with the camera.

- Body Mount Cap K
 *The included body mount cover is not available as an optional accessory.
- AC Adapter Kit K-AC132 (includes the AC Adapter D-AC120 and an AC plug cord)
- Battery Grip D-BG4- Camera Case O-OC90
- Hand Strap O-ST128- Remote Control F
- Magnifying Eyecup O-ME53- Remote Control Waterproof O-RC1
- Cable Switch CS-205
What is the exterior of the camera made of?


The body exterior is made of a magnesium alloy.
Is the K-5II designed to be water-resistant/dust-proof?


The dials, buttons, joints, and retractable parts of the camera are dust-proof and water-resistant.
*For best protection against water or dust, use the camera with the Hot Shoe Cover FK and the Sync Socket 2P Cap attached.
How many bits is the A/D converter?


14 bits.
How long is the startup time?


The startup time is approximately 0.3 seconds. This is the time it takes from the camera being turned on to the camera being ready to record.
Does the K-5II have any features that help prevent dust from collecting on the image sensor?


The camera incorporates an image sensor cleaning system “DR II” that uses ultrasonic vibrations along with a Dust Alert function.
What image recording formats are used?


The camera records images in the versatile JPEG format or the high-quality and fully editable RAW (PEF/DNG) format. You can also select JPEG+RAW (PEF/DNG) and record in both formats simultaneously.
What are the magnification and field of view of the viewfinder?


Field of View: Approx. 100%, Magnification: Approx 0.92× (50mm/F1.4 lens at infinity).
What is the approximate distance of the viewfinder's eye relief (maximum distance between the user’s eye and the viewfinder at which the whole field is still visible)?


Approx. 21.7 mm from the view window, approx. 24.5 mm from the center of the lens.
Can I adjust the viewfinder diopter?


You can adjust the diopter from approximately -2.5 m-1 to +1.5 m-1.
Is the focusing screen interchangeable?


There are four screens available for use including the standard one.
1. AF Frame Matte MF-60 [Standard]
2. AF Divided Matte ML-60
3. AF Scale Matte MI-60
4. Plain Matte ME-60
*These focusing screens are compatible with the K-7/K-5 and K-30 models.
*These focusing screens are not compatible with the K20D/K10D or *istDS2/DS focusing screens.
What are the size and resolution of the LCD monitor?


The LCD monitor is a 3.0-inch monitor with approximately 921,000 dots, a wide viewing angle and brightness- and color-adjusting functions.
What is the field of view of the LCD monitor?


Approx. 100%.
Where is the audio microphone located?


The microphone is located on the top of the camera, just in front of the hot shoe.
What are the recommended specifications for an external microphone?


The following specifications are recommended:
- Format: Stereo electret condenser
- Plug-in Power Method
- Impedance: 2.2 kΩ
- Power: Guarantee of proper operation at 2.0 V
- Plug: Stereo mini plug (φ3.5 mm)
Can the Cable Switch CS-205 be used with this camera?


Yes.
Can Refconverter A/M be used with this camera?


Yes. Some vignetting may occur in the information display on the viewfinder when using the Refconverter M, however.
Can I use a battery grip with this camera?


The optional Battery Grip D-BG4 can be used with the K-5II.
If a Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90 is inserted into both the camera and the battery grip, the number of recordable images will be doubled. AA batteries (6 pcs) can be used if the tray is changed.
*The Battery Grip D-BG1 (for istD), D-BG2 (for K10D/K20D), or D-BG3 (for k200D) cannot be used with the K-5II.
Can polarizing filters be used with this camera?


Circular type polarizing filters (C-PL/Circular PL) can be used. Normal, non-circular polarizing filters may adversely affect the exposure and AF and thus cannot be used.
Can image rotation information be saved for images taken while the camera is held vertically or horizontally?


Yes.
What finishing touches settings are included in the Custom Image function?


Select from the following nine finishing touches: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Muted, Monochrome, Reversal Film, and Bleach Bypass. *The default setting is [Bright].
How effective is the Shake Reduction in terms of shutter speed steps?


The effect of Shake Reduction is equivalent to 3 EV steps in shutter speed.
*The Shake Reduction effect may vary depending on the focal length of the lens, distance to the subject, shooting conditions, and individual technique.
Are there any lenses with which the Shake Reduction (SR) function cannot be used?


No. This function can be used with all PENTAX lenses that can be attached to the camera.
What is the relationship between camera shake and shutter speed?


It is generally said that the slowest shutter speed to use to avoid blur is 1/(focal length) second (in 35mm format).
However, with cameras featuring an APS-C size image sensor (like the K-5II), please consider the focal length as 1.5 times longer.
For example, a 200 mm lens is equivalent to a 300 mm lens in 35 mm format, and thus, generally speaking, the slowest shutter speed for such a lens is 1/300 sec. You can expect Shake Reduction to be effective at shutter speeds 3 steps slower than 1/300.
Would it be better to leave the SR function always on?


It is recommended that the SR function be left on for manual shooting with the camera in hand.
*Turn off the Shake Reduction function when using the camera with a tripod.
Can the effect of the Shake Reduction function be checked before a picture is taken?


The effects of the Shake Reduction function cannot be checked beforehand from the viewfinder image. However, if Live View is displayed, the effects can be viewed on the image monitor before images are taken.
What is the Digital Filter?


This mode lets you change the color tone and perform special processing on an image. The Digital Filter can be applied when a picture is taken. You can also apply digital filter effects to images that have been shot in Playback mode.
Capture Mode Playback Mode
(for still pictures)
Filter Name Effects
Still Pictures Movies
Toy Camera Creates an image that looks as though it was shot with a toy camera.
- - Monochrome Creates a monochrome image such as a black-and-white photo.
Retro Creates an image with the look of an old photo.
- Color Adds a color filter to the image.
High Contrast Enhances the contrast in the image.
Extract Color Extracts specific colors and makes the rest of the image black and white.
- - Sketch Filter Creates an image that looks as though it was drawn with a pencil.
- Soft Creates an image with a soft focus throughout the image.
- Starburst Creates an image of night scenes or lights reflected on water with a special sparkling look by adding extra glitter to the highlights.
- - Water Color Creates an image that looks as though it was painted.
- Fish-eye Creates an image that looks as though it was shot with a fish-eye lens.
- - Pastel Creates an image that looks as though it was drawn with a crayon.
- - Posterization Lessens the tone of the image to create an image that looks as though it was hand-drawn.
- - Slim Changes the horizontal and vertical ratio of images.
- - Miniature Blurs part of the image to create a fake miniature scene.
- - HDR Creates an image that looks like a high dynamic range image.
- - Base Parameter Adj Adjusts the parameters to create the desired image.
- Custom Filter Customize and save a filter to your own preferences.
*It will take longer for images to be saved if a Digital Filter is selected when images are shot.
*Images shot using a Digital Filter at the time of shooting cannot later be converted into regular images that were taken without digital filter processing.
*Only JPEG and RAW files captured with the K-5II can be edited using the Digital Filter.
*The processed image is saved as a JPEG image.
Does the K-5II support P.I.M. (PRINT Image Matching III™) and Exif Print?


JPEG images captured with this camera support both. RAW images do not.
Does the K-5II support PictBridge?


No.

Lenses that Can Be Used

What lenses can be used with this camera?


Under factory default settings, a DA, a DA L, or an FA J lens, or a D FA, an FA , an F or an A lens that has an A (Auto) position can be attached to the camera. Set [Using Aperture Ring] to [Permitted] in the [Custom Setting] menu to use other lenses or D FA, FA , F, or A lenses not set to the A position with some restrictions.
: Functions are available when the aperture ring is set to the A position.
△: Some functions are restricted.
×: Functions are not available.
Lens/Function DA
DA L
D FA
FA J
FA *6
F *6 A M
P
Autofocus (lens only)
Autofocus (with AF adapter 1.7×) *1

-

-

-
-
*9
-
*9
Manual focus (with the focus indicator) *2
Manual focus (with matte field)





Quick-Shift Focus System *5 × × × ×
Eleven AF points/Five AF points × ×
Multi-segment metering ×
P / Sv / Tv / Av / TAv mode *10
M mode
P-TTL auto flash *3 × ×
Power Zoom - *7 - - -
Automatically obtaining the lens focal length information when using SR × ×
Lens Correction function*4 ×*8 × × ×
*1:Lenses with a maximum aperture of F2.8 or faster. Only available at the A position.
*2:Lenses with a maximum aperture of F5.6 or faster.
*3:The built-in flash, AF540FGZ, AF360FGZ, AF200FG, and/or AF160FC can be used.
*4:Aberration correction is available in [Lens Correction] from the [Rec. Mode] menu.
*5:Only available with compatible lenses.
*6:To use an FA SOFT 28mm F2.8 lens, FA SOFT 85mm F2.8 lens, or F SOFT 85mm F2.8 lens, set [Using Aperture Ring] to [Permitted]. Pictures can be taken with the aperture you set, but only within the manual aperture range.
*7:Only available with KAF2 mount FA lenses (power zoom compatible).
*8:Only available with compatible lenses (FA 31mm F1.8 Limited, FA 43mm F1.9 Limited, and FA 77mm F1.8 Limited lenses).
*9:The focusing area is fixed to the center.
*10:Av mode with the aperture open.
What exposure modes are available with combinations of different accessories?


The extension tubes and other accessories are not equipped with any linking mechanism that works when the aperture ring is set to the A position.
If these accessories are used in combination, the aperture ring is detected as being at a setting other than the A position or not recognized at all. Under default camera settings, [F - -] will appear on the aperture indicator on the display panel and in the viewfinder.
Set [Using Aperture Ring] to [2. Permitted] in the [Custom Setting] menu beforehand to enable them to be used.
The below restrictions apply depending on the accessory being used. Regular sales of the Extension Tubes have ended.

Metering/Automatic Exposure/Manual Exposure Auto Extension
Tube K(*1)
Extension tube K Helicoid Extension
Tube K
TTL open aperture, 77 segmented metering × × ×
Green/P/Sv/Tv/Av/TAv Automatic Exposure Av Av (Aperture) Av (Aperture)
M (Manual)
X (Flash X-sync Speed)
○: Pictures can be taken with a set aperture value and shutter speed.
The metering switch is turned on when the depth of field is checked (in Optical Preview), allowing the exposure to be checked. When the aperture ring is adjusted, the aperture blades close to adjust the aperture. (Minimum aperture light metering) Pictures are taken at the aperture value set by the aperture ring, but an exposure deviation may occur.
Av: Av Automatic Exposure is selected automatically no matter what automatic exposure mode is set on the Mode dial. Even if the aperture ring is adjusted, the aperture blades remain open. The shutter speed changes in relation to the open aperture, but an exposure deviation may occur.
Av (Aperture): Av Automatic Exposure is selected automatically no matter what automatic exposure mode is set on the Mode dial. When the aperture ring is adjusted, the aperture blades close to adjust the aperture.
The aperture blades move in relation to the position of the aperture ring. The shutter speed changes in relation to the set aperture, but an exposure deviation may occur. The viewfinder will go dark in response to the aperture setting.
×: Does not operate.
Can a 35mm manual focus (MF) lens be used with this camera?


Yes. The below restrictions apply, however, depending on the lens being used.
A lens: Can be used when the aperture ring is set to the A position.
Under the default settings, [F - - ] blinks and the shutter cannot be released with an M lens or a P lens. Set [Using Aperture Ring] to [Permitted] in the [Custom Setting] menu to use them.

  Lens Only With AF Adapter 1.7×
Lens A M P A M P
Autofocus (AF) Max. aperture: F2.8 or faster ◎/ △/ △/
Max. aperture: F2.8 or slower × × ×
Eleven AF points/Five AF points × × × × × ×
Manual focus (with the focus indicator) Max. aperture: F5.6 or faster
Max. aperture: F5.6 or slower × × ×
Manual focus (with matte field)
Automatically obtaining the lens focal length information when using SR × × × × × ×
Built-in flash/external flash
◎:Can be used.○:The focusing area is fixed to the center.
□:P-TTL auto flash when the aperture ring is set to the A position.
●:Fully discharged×:Not discharged (Even if discharged, adequate accuracy will not be obtained.)
*If the aperture ring is set at a position other than A even with an A lens, the lens will provide the same operation as an M lens or a P lens.
*For the Input Focal Length while SR is turned on with use in conjunction with the AF Adapter 1.7×, enter the value closest to 1.7× the focal length of the lens being used.
Can 35mm S (screw) mount lenses, PENTAX 67 lenses or PENTAX 645 lenses be used with this camera?


Yes. Use the appropriate Mount Adapter K, Mount Adapter K for PENTAX 67 lenses, or Mount Adapter K for PENTAX 645 lenses that corresponds to the lens being used.
Under the default settings, [F - - ] blinks and the shutter cannot be released. Set [Using Aperture Ring] to [2. Permitted] in the [Custom Setting] menu, and set the focus mode switch to [MF].
How does the area captured change when medium format lenses are used?


Focal length is a characteristic of the lens, whether it is used with 35 mm format or medium format (645 or 67) cameras.
In 35 mm equivalent terms, the area captured will be the same as that of an image captured using a lens with a focal length approximately 1.5 times longer than the lens used.
What kind of function is "Lens Correction"?


It reduces distortions and lateral chromatic aberrations that occur during digital processing due to lens properties.
*It will take longer to save images when [Lens Correction] is ON. The default setting is OFF.
*The corrected image is saved as a JPEG image.
*Lens Correction is not used on RAW files. When the camera or included software develops an image in the RAW format, Lens Correction is performed on the image and the results saved as a new JPEG file.
*Lens Correction may not be performed in all cases depending on the lens in use and selected settings.
Can I use other manufacturers' lenses with the K-5II? Will the Shake Reduction (SR) function work with such lenses?


We cannot recommend the use of lenses from other manufacturers under normal circumstances. We will assume no responsibility or liability for accidents, damages, and malfunctions resulting from the use of lenses made by other manufacturers. The Shake Reduction mechanism will function, but the effectiveness of the results cannot be guaranteed.

Camera Shooting Functions

How many frames/second can be shot in Continuous Shooting mode?


The approximate fps rates for various setting conditions are as listed below.

When the file format is JPEG, the recorded pixels is 16M, and the quality level is ★★★ (Best)
- Approx. 7.0 fps max./Up to approx. 30 frames for Continuous Hi
- Approx. 1.6 fps max./Until the SD Memory Card is full for Continuous Lo

When the file format is RAW
- Approx. 7.0 fps max./Up to approx. 20 frames for Continuous Hi
- Approx. 1.6 fps max./Up to approx. 40 frames for Continuous Lo

*The values given were collected under PENTAX measurement conditions using a sensitivity of ISO 100. The number of recordable images for continuous shooting may drop slightly depending on setting conditions such as the ISO setting.
*The continuous shooting speed of 7.0 fps does not depend on the writing speed of SD Memory Cards. However, the fps for continuous shooting may drop slightly with SD Memory Cards with a low writing speed.
Can a remote control be used with this camera?


Yes. The optional Remote Control Waterproof O-RC1 and Remote Control F are available for use with this camera.
You can select remote control shooting mode from [Remote control], [Remote Control (3s delay)] and [Remote Continuous Shooting].
Can Multi-exposure Shooting be used with this camera?


Yes. You can select a number of shots between 2 and 9.
*Multi-exposure is not available when HDR Capture (high dynamic range) is selected.
Can Interval Shooting be used with this camera?


Yes.
Select from 1 to 999 for Number of Shots, and from 1 sec. to 24 hrs. for Interval.
*Interval Shooting is not available when HDR Capture (high dynamic range) is selected.
What is the Autofocus system that is used during Live View shooting?


You can choose from the below settings.
Contrast AF + Face Detection
(Default setting)
Gives autofocus priority to detected faces and performs contrast autofocus based on the information obtained from the image sensor.
Contrast AF Displays Live View and performs autofocus based on the information obtained from the image sensor.
Phase Difference Cancels Live View and performs autofocus with the AF sensor.
*In [Contrast AF], autofocus is performed while the image is enlarged. The function used to enlarge images automatically cannot be turned Off.
*[Contrast AF] takes longer to focus on the subject than [Phase Difference].
Is Face Detection available in Live View mode, and how many faces can be detected?


When [Contrast AF] is set to [Face Detection] in Live View, Contrast AF + Face Detection mode is activated. Up to 16 faces can be detected at a time.
Does the K-5II have an AF assist light?


Yes. The AF assist light is activated when AF.S mode is selected.
What does the “Composition Adjustment” function do?


It adjusts the Shake Reduction unit in the X-Y direction or rotation direction for a better composition position and a more level camera. Use this when you want to adjust the composition, such as when using a tripod.
*The function provides an adjustment range of ±1.5 mm up, down, left, or right and a rotating range of ±1° with the image sensor.
*The condition of composition can be confirmed from Live View.
*Vignetting may occur depending on the lens being used.
*The saved adjustment value is reset when the Live View is ended because this function is for Live View mode.
What is [Slow Shutter Speed NR]?


When you use a digital camera with a long exposure to shoot pictures, image noise (image roughness or unevenness) becomes more noticeable.
K-5II has a Noise Reduction function that reduces image noise.
*When [Slow Shutter Speed NR] is ON, it will take longer to save images.
*The default setting is [Auto]. The camera determines conditions such as shutter speed, sensitivity, and internal temperature, and automatically applies Noise Reduction as necessary.
 On: Applies Noise Reduction when the exposure time is longer than 1 second.
 Off: Does not apply Noise Reduction.
What is [High-ISO NR]?


When you use a digital camera with a high sensitivity setting to shoot pictures, image noise (image roughness or unevenness) becomes noticeable.
K-5II has a Noise Reduction function that reduces image noise.
*When [High-ISO NR] is ON, it will take longer to save images.
*The default setting is [Auto]. The camera determines whether the Noise Reduction function is On (Low/Medium/High) or Off from the sensitivity.
 Custom: Applies Noise Reduction at user-defined levels for each ISO setting.
*It may take a slightly longer time for basic image processing in the high-sensitivity band of Expanded Sensitivity to be completed, independent of what the Noise Reduction settings are.
What is the sync speed of the K-5II?


1/180 second.
What is the guide number of the built-in flash?


The guide number is approximately 13 (ISO 100/m).
What is the maximum focal length covered by the built-in flash?


The flash covers the angle of view of an 18 mm lens (35 mm equivalent: 28 mm lens).
What flash adjustment method is used?


A pre-flash (P-TTL) is used to adjust the flash output.
Automatic TTL adjustment mode is not supported.
Can the flash output be compensated?


Yes, the output of the built-in flash can be changed in the range of -2.0 to +1.0 by pressing the four-way controller (down) to display the [Flash Mode] screen and turning the rear e-dial.
*If the maximum flash output is exceeded when corrected to the plus (+) side, the compensation will not be effective.
Are there any restrictions on the built-in flash that depend on which lens is used?


Vignetting may occur depending on the lens being used and the shooting conditions. We recommend that you take a test shot to check the compatibility.
*The built-in flash cannot be regulated and fully discharges when [Using Aperture Ring] is set to [Permitted] in the [Custom Setting] menu and the aperture ring is set to a setting other than the A position, or a lens without an A position or a soft focus lens is used.

The following lenses cannot be used with the built-in flash due to vignetting:
- PENTAX DA FISH-EYE 10-17mm F3.5-4.5ED (IF)
- PENTAX DA12-24mm F4ED AL
- PENTAX DA14mm F2.8ED (IF)
- PENTAX DA15mm F4ED AL
- PENTAX FA★300mm F2.8ED (IF) [*1]
- PENTAX FA★600mm F4ED (IF) [*1]
- PENTAX FA★250-600mm F5.6ED (IF) [*1]

The following lenses can be used with the built-in flash under certain conditions:
- PENTAX F FISH-EYE 17-28mm F3.5-4.5 [*1]
 Focal length: 20 mm or longer
- PENTAX DA16-45mm F4ED AL [*1]
 Focal length: 28 mm or longer. Focal length at 28 mm: Shooting distance is greater than 1 m.
- PENTAX DA★16-50mm F2.8ED AL (IF) SDM
 Focal length: 20 mm or longer. Focal length at 20-35 mm: Shooting distance is greater than 1.5 m.
- PENTAX DA18-250mm F3.5-6.3ED AL (IF) [*1]
 Focal length: 35 mm or longer  
- PENTAX FA★28-70mm F2.8AL [*1]
 Focal length at 28 mm: Shooting distance is greater than 1 m.
- The built-in flash always discharges fully when a PENTAX FA Soft 28mm F2.8 [*1] lens or PENTAX FA Soft 85mmF2.8 [*1] lens is used.
[*1] Regular sales of this product have ended.

*As of August 2012.
Can I use my external flash with the K-5II?


The functions that are available will depend on the external flash used. Use the table below as a reference.
(:Available △:Restricted ×:Not available)
Flash
/Camera Function
Built-in Flash AF540FGZ
AF360FGZ
AF200FG
AF160FC
Red-eye reduction flash
Auto flash discharge
After the flash is charged, the camera automatically switches to the flash sync speed.
Aperture value is automatically set in P mode and Tv mode
P-TTL auto flash
(appropriate sensitivity: ISO 100 to 3200)
*1 *1 *1
Slow-speed Sync
Flash exposure compensation
AF assist light of external flash × ×
Trailing Curtain Sync*2 ×
Contrast-control-sync flash mode *3 *4
Slave flash × ×
High-speed flash sync × ×
Wireless flash *4 *5 ×
*1 Available only when using a DA, a DA L, a D FA, an FA J, FA, an F or an A lens. The appropriate sensitivity for AF200FG is ISO 200 to 1600.
*2 Shutter speed of 1/90 sec. or slower.
*3 When combined with the AF540FGZ or AF360FGZ, 1/3 of the flash discharge can be set to be output by the built-in flash and 2/3 set to be output by the external flash.
*4 Available only when combined with the AF540FGZ or AF360FGZ.
*5 Multiple AF540FGZ or AF360FGZ units, or a combination of an AF540FGZ or AF360FGZ unit and the built-in flash is required.
Can the sync socket be used for professional flashes?


Yes. However, some professional flashes use extremely high voltages (hundreds of volts). The use of such flashes may cause the camera to breakdown. Before using the flash, check its specifications in advance.
Can wireless flash photography be used?


The flash can be synchronized wirelessly from the built-in flash using a dedicated external flash (AF540FGZ/AF360FGZ).

Movies

What are the specifications for movie recording?


- The recording format is AVI (Motion JPEG-compliant). Monaural sound is recorded (when the built-in microphone is used).
- The number of recorded pixels can be selected from Full HD (1920×1080, 16:9, 25 fps), HD (1280×720, 16:9, 30 fps/25 fps), and VGA (640×480, 4:3, 30 fps/25 fps).
- The quality level can be selected from ★★★ (Best), ★★ (Better), and ★ (Good).
*A movie can be recorded continuously for up to 4 GB or 25 minutes. When the SD Memory Card is full, recording stops and the movie is saved.
*If the internal temperature of the camera becomes high during movie recording, the recording may be terminated to protect the camera circuitry.
*When the built-in microphone (monaural) is used, camera operation sounds are also recorded. It is recommended that the camera be set up on a tripod or otherwise secured in a stable location and not touched while movies are being recorded to avoid this.
*You can record stereo sound by connecting a commercially available stereo microphone to the microphone terminal on the camera.
*There is no external stereo microphone available as an optional accessory. If wanting to use a stereo microphone, buy a commercially available one with the features you need.
Does the autofocus system operate while movies are being recorded?


No. The autofocus system does not operate while movies are being recorded
Can I adjust the exposure while recording a movie?


The aperture value can be changed with the rear e-dial when [Movie Aperture Control] is set to [Fixed].
You can adjust the EV compensation value by up to ±2EV using the EV compensation button and the rear e-dial.
Are there any restrictions on capacity or shooting time for recording movies?


You can record movies continuously up to 4 GB or 25 minutes.
If the internal temperature of the camera becomes too high during movie recording, the recording may be terminated to protect the camera circuitry.

Memory Cards

Does the K-5II support UHS Speed Class?


UHS Speed Class is not supported.
Which SD Memory Cards have been tested for compatibility?


Compatibility with the K-5II has been tested with memory cards from the following manufacturers.
- Panasonic, Toshiba, SanDisk
SD Memory Cards with capacities of 1 GB and 2 GB
SDHC Memory Cards with capacities of 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB
SDXC Memory Cards with capacities of 64 GB

- SanDisk
SDXC Memory Cards with capacities of 128 GB

As of August 2012.
*The information above is given for the convenience of customers and does not guarantee complete compatibility with the K-5II.
*Use a high-speed memory card when recording movies. If the write speed cannot keep up with the recording speed, writing may stop during recording.
Does the performance of the SD Memory Card used affect the shooting interval or other functions of the camera?


When using SD Memory Cards with slow transfer rates, the start-up time, the number of images for continuous shooting, and the continuous movie recording time may be affected.
Can a miniSD card or microSD card be used through a memory card adapter?


Proper operation of a memory card used through an adapter cannot be guaranteed.
Use a regular SD Memory Card (SD/SDHC/SDXC).
Approximately how many images can be stored on an SD Memory Card?


The number will vary according to the shooting conditions and subject or subjects being photographed. Below is a guide with details on number of recordable images and shooting time.

Still pictures
  RAW JPEG
Recorded Pixels 16M 16M 10M
(4928×3264) (4928×3264) (3936×2624)
Quality Level PEF DNG ★★★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★★ ★★★ ★★
 
1GB 28 28 65 105 186 368 102 163 289 564
2GB 58 58 134 214 379 749 208 332 585 1138
4GB 114 114 263 421 744 1471 409 652 1149 2234
8GB 233 232 536 858 1516 2995 832 1327 2339 4548
16GB 470 468 1079 1727 3050 6026 1675 2671 4706 9151
32GB 943 939 2164 3466 6119 12089 3360 5358 9441 18358

  JPEG
Recorded Pixels 6M 2M
(3072×2048) (1728×1152)
Quality Level ★★★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★★ ★★★ ★★
 
1GB 167 267 468 902 516 805 1373 2518
2GB 339 543 945 1807 1041 1617 2793 5121
4GB 666 1068 1856 3549 2045 3176 5485 10057
8GB 1356 2173 3778 7224 4162 6463 11164 20468
16GB 2730 4373 7602 14535 8376 13005 22463 41182
32GB 5477 8772 15251 29157 16802 26088 45061 82612

Compression ratio:
★★★★ (Premium) = 1/2.8, ★★★ (Best) = 1/4.5, ★★ (Better) = 1/8, ★ (Good) = 1/16
*When the number of storable images exceeds 500, captured images are divided into folders of 500 images each.
 However, in Auto Bracketing shooting, images will be stored in the same folder until shooting is completed, even if the number of images exceeds 500.

Movies
Recorded Pixels Full HD(16:9) 25fps HD(16:9) 30fps HD(16:9) 25fps
(1920×1080) (1280×720) (1280×720)
Quality Level ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★
 
1GB 00:01:19 00:01:44 00:02:25 00:02:08 00:03:16 00:04:33 00:02:33 00:03:54 00:05:26
2GB 00:02:41 00:03:32 00:04:56 00:04:20 00:06:39 00:09:13 00:05:11 00:07:56 00:11:00
4GB 00:05:17 00:06:57 00:09:43 00:08:31 00:13:03 00:18:07 00:10:12 00:15:35 00:21:37
8GB 00:10:46 00:14:09 00:19:46 00:17:20 00:26:34 00:36:52 00:20:46 00:31:44 00:44:01
16GB 00:21:40 00:28:30 00:39:47 00:34:54 00:53:29 01:14:12 00:41:48 01:03:50 01:28:33
32GB 00:43:28 00:57:10 01:19:49 01:10:00 01:47:17 02:28:51 01:23:52 02:08:04 02:57:39

Recorded Pixels VGA(4:3) 30fps VGA(4:3) 25fps
(640×480) (640×480)
Quality Level ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★
 
1GB 00:06:17 00:09:30 00:13:04 00:07:31 00:11:19 00:15:29
2GB 00:12:48 00:19:19 00:26:15 00:15:17 00:22:45 00:31:02
4GB 00:25:08 00:37:57 00:51:34 00:30:01 00:44:41 01:00:57
8GB 00:51:10 01:17:14 01:44:57 01:01:05 01:30:58 02:04:02
16GB 01:42:57 02:35:24 03:31:11 02:02:56 03:03:02 04:09:35
32GB 03:26:31 05:11:44 07:03:39 04:06:36 06:07:09 08:20:40

*A movie can be recorded continuously for up to 4 GB or 25 minutes.
Are there any precautions that need to be followed when using SD Memory Cards?


Please note the below points.
- Card that have not yet been used or that have been used on other devices, such as on another camera or a computer, must first be formatted on the K-5II.
- Do not remove an SD Memory Card or turn the camera off while you are recording data or playing back images or audio, or while the camera is connected to a computer via a USB cable.
- Do not bend an SD Memory Card or subject it to violent impacts. Do not leave cards in locations where they will be exposed to water, moisture, or high temperatures.
- Avoid using or storing cards in places where they may be exposed to static electricity or electrical interference.
- Data saved to SD Memory Cards that have been left unused for long periods of time or that have been damaged may become unreadable and lost. Important data should be backed up regularly.
Can the Eye-Fi function on an Eye-Fi SD Memory Card be used with this camera?


Proper operation of the Eye-Fi function on an Eye-Fi SD Memory Card cannot be guaranteed.

Battery and Power Sources

What type of batteries can be used with the K-5II? How many photos can I take when batteries are used? How long can I play back images?


Use the rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90 to power the camera. In addition to the rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90, AA batteries (6 pcs) can be used with the Battery Grip D-BG4 (optional) by changing the tray.

The approximate number of still pictures that can be shot and available playback time with the K-5II using the dedicated rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90 are given in the table below.
Number of still pictures shot Flash photography (50% Use) Approx. 740 images
Without flash Approx. 980 images
Playback time (Slide show) Approx. 440 minutes
*Tested in compliance with CIPA standard using a new rechargeable lithium-ion battery under a temperature of 23°C (73.4°F). Actual results may vary depending on the shooting conditions/circumstances. CIPA standards are standards formulated by the Camera and Imaging Products Association.
*The maximum charging time of the rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90 is approximately 320 minutes.
Is there a battery grip available?


Yes, the Battery Grip D-BG4 is available, sold separately.
In addition to the rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90, AA batteries (6 pcs) can be used with the battery grip if the tray is changed.
If a Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90 is inserted into both the camera and the battery grip, the number of recordable images will be doubled.

*The Battery Grip D-BG1 (for istD), D-BG2 (for K10D/K20D), or D-BG3 (for k200D) cannot be used with the K-5II.
How many shots can be taken and how much playback time is available when a battery grip is used with AA batteries?


It will depend on the type of batteries used. Below is a guide showing details.
Number of still pictures shot Flash photography (50% Use) AA lithium batteries Approx. 830 images
AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries [1900mAh] Approx. 520 images
AA alkaline batteries Approx. 180 images
Without flash AA lithium batteries Approx. 1100 images
AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries [1900mAh] Approx. 900 images
AA alkaline batteries Approx. 250 images
Playback time (Slide show) AA lithium batteries Approx. 600 minutes
AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries [1900mAh] Approx. 420 minutes
AA alkaline batteries Approx. 240 minutes
*The values were taken under conditions of usage with new batteries at a temperature of 23°C (73.4°F). Alkaline batteries should not be used at temperatures below freezing.
*The values shown are the results of measurements and cannot be guaranteed.
How do I use it when batteries are inserted into both the camera and the Battery Grip D-BG4?


If batteries are inserted into both the camera and battery grip, you can select which one to use first with the [Select Battery] setting in the [Set-up] menu.
When [Select Battery] is set to [Auto Select], the battery with more power is prioritized. This enables you to get optimal camera performance for a longer period of time.
Can I use the camera with a battery inserted into only the Battery Grip D-BG4?


Yes. You can use the camera by inserting a single battery in either the camera or the battery grip.
Is there an optional AC adapter available?


Yes, the AC Adapter Kit K-AC132 is available, sold separately.
*The battery in your camera or in Battery Grip D-BG4 cannot be charged by being connected with the AC adapter.

Playback and Editing

Can the camera be connected to external AV device for playback on said device?


You can connect the camera to a TV or other AV device with a video input terminal or HDMI terminal for playback of images on the connected TV or device.
Use a cable to connect the USB or AV terminals or mini HDMI terminal on the camera to the external (AV or HDMI) input terminals on the AV device. Use an HDMI cable for playback at high-definition quality.

*Make sure that the AV device is turned off before connecting the cable.
*HDMI cable is not available as an optional accessory. Use a commercially available mini HDMI cable (type C) that matches your AV device.
*If you want to view a movie on an external monitor while recording it, connect the camera to an AV device with a mini HDMI terminal. You cannot output a movie using the video input terminal while recording.
*You cannot output both composite and HDMI video signals at the same time.
Can images be resized or trimmed on the camera directly?


JPEG files captured on the K-5II can be resized and JPEG/RAW files captured on the K-5II can be cropped.
Images already resized to 0.3M or 0.2M with the K-5II cannot be resized or cropped, however.
What is the “Bright/Dark Area” warning?


When this function is activated, areas in the image that are too bright or too dark and have lost gradation detail will blink on the monitor during playback and instant review.
*Bright portions blink red on the monitor and dark portions blink yellow when [Bright/Dark area] is ON.
Can movies be edited on the camera?


Movies can be divided up and unwanted segments can be deleted directly on the camera.
Also, you can capture a single frame from a movie and save it as a JPEG still picture.

Computer Connections and Software

What are the system requirements for using the still pictures and movies captured with the K-5II on a computer?


We recommend the below system requirements for connecting the K-5II to a computer or using the “PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4" software.

- Windows
OS Windows XP (SP3 or later), Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (can be run as a 32-bit application on any x64 Edition of Windows.)
*To install the software, a user account with administrative rights is necessary.
CPU Pentium D 3.0 GHz equivalent or higher (Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2.0 GHz equivalent or higher recommended)
RAM 2.0GB or more (3.0GB or more recommended)
Free Disk Space 1 GB or more (8 GB or more recommended)
Monitor 1280×800 pixels or more (1920×1200 or more recommended) with 24-bit full color (approximately 16.77 million colors)
Others USB 2.0 port must be standard equipment

- Macintosh
OS Mac OS X 10.4.11, 10.5, 10.6, or 10.7
CPU PowerPC G5 Dual-core 2.0 GHz or higher (Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2.0 GHz or higher recommended. Universal Binary format.)
RAM 2.0 GB or more (4.0 GB or more recommended)
Free Disk Space 1 GB or more (8 GB or more recommended)
Monitor 1280×800 pixels or more (1920×1200 or more recommended) with 24-bit full color (approximately 16.77 million colors)
Others A USB 2.0 port must be included as standard equipment
What software is included with the camera?


"PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4" (Ver.4.40) is included on the CD-ROM (S-SW132).
Using the PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4, you can manage images saved on your computer and develop RAW files and edit the JPEG/RAW files taken with the K-5II.
Can JPEG files be edited using the included software?


JPEG file images captured with a PENTAX digital SLR camera other than a PENTAX Q, PENTAX Q10, K-01, or K-30 model camera can be edited using the PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4. JPEG files that have been edited using other software cannot be edited using the included PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4.
Can K-5II RAW (DNG) files be used in applications such as Photoshop that support the DNG file format?


Yes, they can.
Can the provided application software be used with *ist D series or with the K series cameras?


RAW file images and JPEG/RAW file images shot using a PENTAX digital SLR camera other than a PENTAX Q, PENTAX Q10, K-01, or K-30 model can be developed and edited, respectively, using the included PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4.
*K-5II RAW file images cannot be developed in Ver. 4.40 of the PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4 or earlier versions.
*The version of PENTAX Digital Camera Utility can be verified under the Help menu > About PENTAX Digital Camera Utility.
On Macintosh computers, check under "About the PENTAX Digital Camera Utility” from the Application menu to verify the version being used.

Troubleshooting

What should I do to use K-mount lenses that do not have an A position on the aperture ring?


First, set [Using Aperture Ring] to [2. Permitted] in the [Custom Setting] menu. You can then use the aforementioned lenses with some restrictions.
I accidentally selected the wrong language in the Initial Settings. How do I change the settings?


Press the MENU button in Capture/Playback mode, and use the four-way controller or e-dials to display the [Set-up 1] menu.
Select the desired language in the [Language/言語] screen, and press the OK button. Refer to the Operating Manual (p.61) for details.
Refer to p.63 for changing the date and time and p.226 for changing the video output format.
How can I set the sensitivity?


You can set the sensitivity to suit the brightness of the surroundings.
Press the ISO button in standby mode.
- Press the Green button while pressing the ISO button to set the sensitivity to [AUTO].
- Turn the rear e-dial while pressing the ISO button to set the sensitivity to ISO100 to 12800.
*The sensitivity range can be expanded to a range of ISO 80 to 51200 in the [Custom Setting] menu.
The [AUTO] sensitivity cannot be selected. Why is this, and how can it be activated?


ISO AUTO is not available when the mode dial is set to Sv (Sensitivity Priority), M (Manual Exposure), B (Bulb Exposure), or X (Flash X-sync Speed).
The [Input Focal Length] function cannot be selected. Why is this, and how can it be activated?


The [Input Focal Length] setting menu does not appear when lenses are used that support the automatic acquisition of lens information such as focal length (for example DA, DA L, D FA, FA, F lenses) because [Focal Length] is set automatically.
None of the [Input Focal Length] setting options matches the focal length of the lens. What setting should be used?


Use the closest setting to the actual focal length of the lens used.
(For example, select [18] for a 17 mm lens or [100] for a 105 mm lens.)
When the AF adapter 1.7× and an A lens are used, what should be entered for the Input Focal Length?


Enter the composite focal length.
(Lens focal length) × (1.7× for the AF adapter magnification) = Composite focal length
(Ex.: When an A 50 mm F1.4 lens is used → (50) × 1.7 = 85, so “85” should be entered.)
What [Input Focal Length] setting should be selected when MF zoom lenses are used?


Enter a focal length that is closest to the focal length that will be used during actual shooting.
Shake Reduction (SR) does not work.


[Shake Reduction] is automatically set to off and cannot be selected in the following situations:
1. Bulb shooting
2. Self-timer shooting
3. Self-timer (2 sec.) shooting
4. Remote control shooting, Remote control (3s delay), and Remote continuous shooting
5. Wireless mode with an external flash
6. Composition adjustment
7. HDR Capture (when [Auto Align] is OFF)
8. Mirror lock-up shooting
The shutter speed and aperture value indicators blink in the viewfinder. Why is this, and how can this be changed?


If the subject is too bright or too dark, the shutter speed and aperture value will blink in the viewfinder and on the LCD panel. In such situations, change the shutter speed and aperture. When the indication stops blinking, you can take a picture with the proper exposure.
*Use an ND (Neutral Density) filter if the subject is too bright. Use a flash if it is too dark.
How should I attach the Adapter K for 645 Lenses?


You may not be able to attach the Adapter K for 645 Lens (hereinafter the "Adapter K") due to direct contact with the locking screw. To attach the Adapter K to the K-5II you will need to align in advance the position of the mount unit.
*After loosening the locking screw for the Adapter K, you can rotate the mount unit; click-stops are located at 90-degree intervals.
Attaching the adapter:
1. Position the Adapter K so that the red dot mount index on the 35 mm side of the adapter is opposite the locking screw.
  Attach the Lens Mount Cap K to the Adapter K.
  Loosen the locking screw, rotate the Lens Mount Cap K so that the red dot mount index is on the opposite side, and tighten the lock screw.
  *Avoid holding onto the mount unit directly with your fingers.
2. Remove the Lens Mount Cap K from the Adapter K, and attach the adapter to the K-5II.
3. After the Adapter K is attached, the locking screw should be at the bottom. Loosen the locking screw, rotate the Adapter K 90 degrees counter-clockwise, and tighten the locking screw.
4. Mount the 645 lens to the Adapter K.

Removing the adapter:
- To remove the Adapter K, loosen the locking screw and rotate the adapter so that the locking screw is at the bottom. Tighten the locking screw and then remove the Adapter K.
*Set the lens to the maximum aperture before focusing.
 When shooting a picture, set the desired aperture value. (Minimum aperture light metering)
*When the aperture ring for 645 lenses is set to the A position, the minimum aperture will be used.
*The lens shutter for 645 LS 75mm F2.8 lenses and 645 LS 135mm F4 lenses cannot be used.
When the built-in flash is used, the exposure becomes overexposed. How can this be fixed?


The built-in flash cannot be regulated and fully discharges when [Using Aperture Ring] is set to [Permitted] in the [Custom Setting] menu and the aperture ring is set to a position other than the A position, or a lens without an A position or a soft focus lens is used.
*P-TTL Auto Flash is available when DA, DA L, FA J lenses or D FA, FA, F, or A lenses with the aperture ring set to the A position are used.
The message “Card is locked” appears.


The write-protect switch on the SD Memory Card is set to the "Lock" position.
You can still operate the menus, switch modes, and play back the images on the card in such cases.
The message “Card is not formatted” appears.


The SD Memory Card you have inserted is unformatted or has been formatted on a computer or another device and is not compatible with this camera. First format the SD Memory Card before attempting to use it with the camera.
The message “Memory card error” appears.


The camera cannot correctly recognize the SD Memory Card. Image capture/playback is impossible.
You may still be able to view the contents of the Memory Card on a computer, however.
Is there a user manual available for the included application software?


No.
*See [PENTAX Digital Camera Utility Help] for details on using the software program. Some functions may not be listed in the Help section, however.
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