Picture copyright: DxO MarkI just found out that the respected DxO Mark website (devoted to the analysis of the raw sensor performances from all kind of DSLR cameras in the market) has published its latest results, including those for the brand new Pentax flagship, the K5.
And the surprise is there: in their just updated ranking, the sensor of the Pentax K5 is at position number 5, topping ALL of Canon DSLR sensors, and preceded only by such prestigious cameras as the Phase One (P65 and P40), Nikon D3X and D3S and Pentax 645 D.
In other words: putting apart the medium format cameras, only the two top Nikon models are giving better results than the Pentax K5 (and those cameras are full frame, unlike the K5).
If that is not an accomplishment, I don't know what it is. Much props to Pentax for a work well done.
The excellent Spanish website DSLR Magazine has posted an article analyzing these results (they are collaborators of DxO Mark), and they couldn't be more enthusiastic: here's their conclusion:
¡En esta cámara réflex monocular de alta gama, Pentax monta el que –por el momento– podemos considerar, simplemente, el mejor captor APS-C de los que hemos evaluado hasta la fecha!