Pentax K-5 Price Watch and Availability

First published on: Monday, 6 December 2010

Pentax K-5

The price of most digital cameras tend to trend downwards over time, and the same price drop should occur in the case of the Pentax K-5 Digital SLR camera.

The K5 was announced on Monday, Sep 20, 2010, and features a 16.2 MP (Megapixels), APS-C (1.5x crop factor) CMOS sensor, a Full HD movie mode with 1920 x 1080 (1080P, 16:9) @ 25 fps (frames per second) and 1280 x 720 (720P, 16:9) @ 30 fps capture capabilities. Approximate numbers for weight and dimensions (W x H x D) are 660 g (body only) or 740 g (including dedicated battery and SD Memory Card), and 131 mm (W) × 97 mm (H) × 73 mm (D) (excluding protrusions), respectively.

I’m not planning for any scheduled updates, but do check back here from time to time for the latest and best prices on the Pentax K-5 DSLR and related accessories.

The K-5 is available in a body only configuration, or as a kit (outfit) with the Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Weather Resistant lens.

Remember to check the price for the kit and compare that to the individual prices for the body only and lens. Most of the time, buying the kit saves you money, but it’s sometimes cheaper to buy the body and lens separately.

Click on the links to access the latest in-stock and availability information.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Pentax K-5 16.3 MP Digital SLR with 3-Inch LCD (Black Body Only): $1,516.57.

Pentax K-5 16.3 MP Digital SLR with DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Weather Resistant lens and 3-Inch LCD (Black): $1,599.95.

Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Weather Resistant lens: $134.68.

At the time of writing, it is cheaper to purchase the kit than buying the body and lens separately.

Typical accessories for the K5
Official Pentax D-Li90 Lithium Ion battery: $35.95. One unit of the D-Li90 is already provided in the box, but you might want to purchase additional batteries so that your K5 continues to have a backup power source during extended shooting sessions.

Pentax D-BG4 Battery Grip: $254.58. This vertical grip takes one, additional Rechargeable Li-ion Battery Pentax D-Li90, or six AA-size batteries. The grip helps you shoot more comfortably when holding the camera in a portrait orientation, in addition to providing additional battery power.

AA batteries for the D-BG4 battery grip — IMEDION or Sanyo Eneloop NiMH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries are your best bet, as they retain the charge for a very long period of time.

For storage, the K-5 uses SD or SDHC cards.

Refer to Rob Galbraith’s SD / SDHC card write speed tests (done on a Nikon D90) to get an idea on the relative write and read speeds of different brands of cards. At the time of writing (Oct 29, 2009), the SanDisk Extreme III SDHC cards occupy the top two spots.

To ensure smooth recording of video clips / movies / footage, go for Class 6 or faster cards.

For remote control of the K-5, consider purchasing a wired / cable switch (Pentax CS-205), wireless infrared remotes (Pentax Remote Control F), or wireless RF / Radio Frequency remotes (third-party, compatible units, such as the Satechi WR-C100).

The main difference between IR (infrared) remotes and RF (Radio Frequency) remotes is this: IR remotes require line-of-sight between the remote and the front or rear IR sensors on the K-5, while line-of-sight is not needed between the RF remote and the receiver module that is connected to the camera’s cable release terminal (located on the lower right hand side of the camera).

While waiting for your K5 to arrive, download and read the Pentax K-5 Manual to familiarize yourself with the camera’s features and capabilities. Some general pointers in Photography Tips might be of additional help.

Good luck shopping for your Pentax K-5!

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