froazen image and nothing works on my pentax k5!!


Link Posted 17/08/2011 - 13:01
hi, ive just had an image freeze in my lcd screen of my pentax k5, it still there even when i turn the camera off!! - no buttons are working!! - what do i do?- please help!


Link Posted 17/08/2011 - 13:03
First thing would be to try removing the battery.
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Link Posted 17/08/2011 - 13:04
Take the battery out.

Have a cup of tea (or coffee).

Cross fingers.

Replace battery and switch on.

Come back and tell us all's well



Link Posted 17/08/2011 - 13:13
phew!- thanks guys, it worked!, but wondering why it happened in first place? ive only got the camera 5 days was starting to panic! - also, (while im here), ive noticed a kind of rattle coming from inside the camera when its tilted from side to side. the guy in shop said it was nothing to worry about. ive read posts that this can be normal in pentax slrs, any thoughts?


Link Posted 17/08/2011 - 13:17
It's the anti shake mounting that allows movement of the sensor. All recent Pentaxes do that. Th salesman should have known that!



Link Posted 17/08/2011 - 13:21
thanks bill, thats given me piece of mind (sales guy knew absolutely nothing about pentax cameras). thank you.


Link Posted 17/08/2011 - 19:56
Whilst the old 'battery out, battery back in' trick seems to have worked for you, given the short time you've had your camera you might want to consider getting the supplier to swap it for another one.

That said, I've read a few reports of K5's freezing, 'normally' associated with intense processing, ie HDR, but in conjunction with a dodgy SD card.

To-days DSLR's are complex pieces of electronics, and stuff does happen.
Last Edited by JohnX on 17/08/2011 - 20:03


Link Posted 17/08/2011 - 20:30
hi, johnx,- you have me worried now! - i havnt done any intense processing/hdr and i am using a brand new sandisk extreme 16gb, class 10 sdhc, memory card. im hoping todays camera freezing is a complete one off,(at worst the faulty memory card) and so no need for the trauma of getting a replacement!.my fingers are well and truly crossed!!!


Link Posted 17/08/2011 - 21:20
Have a look at this thread from


If it happens again suggest take it back to your dealer.

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Link Posted 18/08/2011 - 07:25
I've seen mine freeze a couple of times when using USB connections and PKTether. Apart from that, nothing. And a battery removal has fixed those.

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