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Press Release

February 8, 2011

PENTAX K-5 Limited Silver
An elegant, silver-color, special edition of the flagship
of the PENTAX K digital SLR camera series

PENTAX K-5 Limited Silver

HOYA CORPORATION PENTAX Imaging Systems Division is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-5 Limited Silver. Available in a limited quantity of just 1,500 units, this special-edition model of the PENTAX K-5 lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera comes with exclusive design features, such as an original exterior color scheme and a differently shaped grip.

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Major Features
  1. This special-edition model is finished in a silver color scheme, a design feature requested by many devoted users. The silver tone is meticulously matched with the silver color finish of the high-performance PENTAX FA-Limited interchangeable lens series, and that of the special-edition DA-Limited Silver-series lenses scheduled to be launched in April 2011. The camera’s mode dial, control buttons and levers are all in an elegant silver color. In addition, the "SR" (Shake Reduction) badge placed at the bottom of the front panel is originally designed, with silver "S" and "R" letters set against a jet-black background. Meticulous attention has been given even to the packaging, which is designed exclusively for this model.
  2. In order to improve holding comfort and assure more stable handling of the camera, this special-edition model comes with an exclusively designed grip, which is thicker than that of the standard K-5 model.
  3. Shock-resistant, scratch-proof reinforced glass has been used to protect the LCD monitor on the camera’s back panel and the status panel on the top panel, further enhancing the camera’s reliability and durability in demanding shooting conditions and assuring worry-free shooting.
  4. The firmware installed in the camera has been upgraded to the latest version (Ver. 1.02). Compatible with large-capacity SDXC memory cards, this firmware has been designed to increase the number of images that can be recorded in RAW-format shooting and during continuous shooting using high-sensitivity settings.
K-5 Limited Silver Specifications
Model Description Type TTL autofocus, auto-exposure SLR digital-still camera with built-in retractable P-TTL flash
Lens Mount PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount (AF coupler, lens information contacts, K-mount with power contacts)
Compatible Lens KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom compatible), KAF, KA mount lens
Image Capture Unit Image Sensor Primary color filter, CMOS. Size: 23.7 x 15.7 (mm)
Effective Pixels Approx. 16.28 megapixels
Total Pixels Approx. 16.93 megapixels
Dust Removal Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations "DR II" with the Dust Alert function
(Standard Output)
AUTO/100 to 12800 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV, or 1/3EV), expandable from ISO 80 to ISO 51200. Up to ISO 1600 in Bulb mode.
Motion blur
Type/construction CMOS image sensor shift
Compensation Range
Up to 4EV (depending on the used lens type and shooting conditions)
File Formats File format RAW (PEF/DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.21), DCF2.0 compliant
Recorded Pixel JPEG: 16M (4928x3264 pixels), 10M (3936x2624 pixels), 6M (3072x2048 pixels), 2M (1728x1152 pixels) RAW: 16M (4928x3264 pixels)
Quality Level RAW (14bit): PEF, DNG JPEG: starstarstarstar (Premium), starstarstar (Best), starstar (Better), star (Good), RAW + JPEG simultaneous capturing available
Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Storage Medium SD/SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card (not compatible with UHS Speed Class)
Storage Folder Date (100_1018,101_1019...) / PENTX (100PENTX, 101PENTX...)
View finder Type Pentaprism Finder
Coverage (FOV) Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.92x (50mmF1.4 at infinity)
Eye-Relief Length Approx. 21.7mm (from the view window), Approx 24.5mm (from the center of lens)
Diopter Adjustment Approx. -2.5m to + 1.5m-1
Focusing Screen Interchangeable Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen
Live View Type TTL method using CMOS image sensor
Focusing Mechanism Contrast detection + Face detection / Contrast detection / Phase matching
Display Field of View approx. 100%, Magnified view (AF mode: 2x, 4x, 6x / MF mode: 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x, 10x), Grid display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display), Bright/dark area warning, Histogram
LCD Monitor Type Wide viewing angle TFT color LCD with AR coating, Protective plate made from reinforced glass
Size 3.0 inch
Dots Approx. 921,000 dots
Adjustment Brightness and colors adjustable
Preview Type Optical preview, digital preview
White Balance Auto Method using a combination of the CMOS image sensor and the light source detection sensor
Preset Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D:Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White, L:Warm White), Tungsten Light, Flash, CTE, Manual, Color Temperature
Manual Configuration using the display screen (up to 3 settings can be saved),
Color Temperature settings (up to 3 settings can be saved),
Copying the white balance setting of a captured image
Fine Adjustment Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis
Autofocus System Type TTL: phase-matching autofocus
Focus Sensor SAFOX IX+, 11 point (9 cross type focus points in the center)
Brightness Range EV-1 to 18 (ISO 100)
AF mode Single AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C)
Focus priority or shutter priority mode for AF.S
Focus priority or FPS priority mode for AF.C
AF Point Selection Auto: 5 points, Auto: 11 points, Select, Center
AF Assist Light Dedicated LED AF assist light
Metering Type TTL open aperture, 77 segmented metering, center-weighted and spot metering
Exposure Compensation EV0 to 22 (ISO100 at 50mm F1.4)
Exposure Mode Green, Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb, Flash X-sync Speed
EV Compensation ±5EV (1/2EV steps or 1/3EV steps can be selected)
AE Lock Button type (timer type: two times the meter operating time set in Custom Setting); Continuous as long as the shutter button is halfway pressed
Shutter Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Shutter Speed Auto: 1/8000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV steps or 1/2EV steps), Bulb
Drive modes Mode Selection Single frame, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12s, 2s), Remote Control (immediately, 3 sec., continuous), Auto Bracketing (2, 3 or 5 frames), Auto Bracketing + Self-timer, Auto Bracketing + Remote Control, Mirror-up, Mirror-up + Remote Control
Continuous Shooting Max. approx. 7.0 fps, JPEG (16M: starstarstar at Continuous Hi): up to approx. 30 frames, RAW: up to approx. 20 frames
Max. approx. 1.6 fps, JPEG (16M: starstarstar at Continuous Lo): until SD Memory Card is full, RAW: up to approx. 40 frames
* Maximum burst for continuous shooting is a value at the time of setting sensitivity as ISO 100 in compliance with PENTAX standard. Maximum burst for continuous shooting may decresed depending on sensitivity setting condition.
Built-in Flash Type Built-in P-TTL flash with pop-up,
GN: approx. 13 (ISO100/m)
Angle of view: equivalent to angle of view of 28mm lens (35mm format equivalent)
Flash Mode P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync.
High-Speed Sync and Wireless Sync are also available with PENTAX dedicated external flash.
Sync Speed Range 1/180 sec.
Flash Exposure
-2.0 to + 1.0EV
Capture Functions Custom Image Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Muted, Monochrome, Reversal Film, Bleach Bypass
Noise Reduction Slow Shutter Speed NR, High-ISO NR
Dynamic Range
Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction
Lens Correction Distortion Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction
Cross Processing Randum, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3
Digital Filter Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Extract Color, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Custom Filter
HDR Auto, Standard, Strong 1, Strong 2, Strong 3, Automatic composition correction function
Multi-Exposure Select number of shots between 2 to 9. Auto EV adjustment available.
Horizon Correction SR On: correction up to 1 degrees, SR Off: correction up to 2 degrees
Adjustment range of ±1.5mm up, down, left or light (1mm when rotated); rotating range of 1 dehree
Extended Bracketing White Balance, Saturation, hue, high/low key adjustment, contrast and sharpness bracketing
Interval Shooting Capture Interval setting (1 sec. to 24 hours), Start Interval setting (Immediate, designated time), Captures up to 999 images
Electronic Level Displayed in viewfinder (horizontal direction only); displayed on LCD monitor (horizontal direction and vertical direction)
Movie File Format Motion JPEG (AVI)
Recorded Pixel Full HD (1920x1080, 16:9, 25 fps), HD (1280x720, 16:9, 30 fps/25 fps), VGA (640x480, 4:3, 30 fps/25 fps)
Quality Level starstarstar (Best), starstar (Better), star (Good)
Sound Built-in monaural microphone, external stereo microphone terminal
Recording Time Up to 25 minutes; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high.
Custom Images Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Muted, Monochrome, Reversal Film, Bleach Bypass
Cross Processing Randum, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3.
Digital Filter Toy Camera, Retro, High contrast, Extract Color, Color
Playback Playback view Single frame, Image comparison, multi-image display (4, 9, 16, 36, 81 segmentation), display magnification (up to 32x, scrolling and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), bright/dark area warning, detailed information display, copyright information display (photographer, copyright holder), folder display, calendar display, slideshow
Delete Delete single image, delete all, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant review image
Digital Filter Toy Camera, Monochrome, Retro, Color, High Contrast, Soft, Extract Color, Starburst, Sketch Filter, Water Color, Fisy-eye, Pastel, Slim, Miniature, HDR, Posterization, Base Parameter Adjustment, Custom Filter
RAW Development File Format (JPEG/TIFF), Custom Image, White Balance, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction, Distortion Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction, Color Space
Edit Resize, Cropping (Aspect ratio and Slant adjustment available), Index, Movie Edit (Divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie
Customization USER Mode Up to 5 settings can be saved
Custom Functions 27 items
Mode Memory 13 items
Custom Button RAW/Fx Button (One Push File Format, Exposure Bracketing, Digital Preview, Electronic Level, Composition Adjustment), AF button (Enable AF, Cancel AF) Various settings for the action of the e-dials in each exposure mode can also be saved.
Text Size Standard, Large
World Time World Time settings for 75 cities (28 time zones)
Language English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Chinese (Traditional/Simplified), Japanese
AF fine Adjustment ±10 step, Uniform adjustment, Individual adjustment (up to 20 can be saved)
Copyright Information Named of "Photographer" and "Copyright Holder" are embedded to the image file. Revision history can be checked using the provided software.
Power Supply Battery Type Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90
AC Adapter AC Adopter Kit K-AC50 (Optional)
Battery Life Number of recordable images:
(with 50% flash usage): approx. 740 images,
(without flash usage): approx: 980 images
Playback time: Approx. 440 minutes
* Tested in compliance with CIPA standard. Actual results may vary depending on the shooting conditions/circumstances.
Interfaces Connection Port USB2.0 (high-speed compatible) / AV output terminal, external power supply terminal, external release controller terminal, X-synch socket, HDMI output terminal, stereo miscrophone input terminal
USB Connection MSC/PTP
Video Output Format NTSC/PAL
and Weight
Dimensions Approx. 131mm (W) x 97mm (H) x 76mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 746g (Including dedicated battery and SD Memory Card), Approx. 666g (body only)
Accessories Included USB cable I-USB7, AV cable I-AVC7, Strap O-ST53, ME Viewfinder Cap, Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90, Battery Charger D-BC90, AC plug cord, Software (CD-ROM) S-SW110 <Mounted to the camera> Eyecup FR, Hot shoe cover FK, Body mount cover, sync socket 2P cap
Software PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4
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