Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Cameras

Gear Review: Pentax K-5 Camera

A tough DSLR that's perfect for shooting wildlife thanks to its quiet shutter.

DSLR

Whether you’re ready to go pro or just shoot like one, go for the Pentax K-5. It’s tough–our tester strapped it to a bumper to film his drive to the trailhead, splashed it in the Atlantic, and even dropped it into the Arkansas River. It still shoots: seven frames per second with 14 stops (great for wildly varying light, from sunrise to harsh midday sun to a backlit hiker). It shoots 1080p video, too. “And its shutter is the quietest I’ve heard,” says our photo editor, “a perfect feature for shooting wildlife.” Pair it with JOBY’s Gorillapod SLR-Zoom ($50; 14 oz.; joby.com) to create an all-terrain backcountry studio. $1,600 (body kit); 1lb. 10 oz. (body with battery); pentaximaging.com

See all “essential” reviews from the 2011 Gear

Guide

When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small commission. We do not accept money for editorial gear reviews. Read more about our policy.