Pentax X-5

$180
  • 15.9 MP
  • 26x f/3.1
  • 1/2.5" CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Released September, 2012
Behind the lens is a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor for faster shooting and better low-light performance than the CCD sensors found in past Pentax megazooms.
by c|net (Aug, 2012)

Conclusion Check out the Pentax X-5

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First reviewed September, 2012

Features Key features of the Pentax X-5

Angle view of Pentax X-5
The Pentax X-5 is a new super-zoom compact camera featuring a 26x image-stabilized zoom lens with a focal range of 22.3-580mm.
Rated 80% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)

megapixels

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12.1 MP

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The X-5 also offers a 16 megapixel sensor, 3-inch tilting LCD screen, 1080p HD movies and 10fps burst shooting.
Pentax X-5 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)
All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 4.5Mb.
Pentax X-5 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)

sensor size

Pentax X-5
Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR
Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR
Image quality isn't one of the X-5's stand-out highlights, with the typically-sized compact camera sensor inside suffering from obvious noise at relatively low ISO speeds, rather limiting the camera's versatility in low-light situations.
Pentax X-5 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)
It recorded noise-free images at ISO 100-200, but there's already some noise at the relatively slow speed of ISO 400.
Pentax X-5 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)

wide angle lens

Pentax X-5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
So, while having such a broad focal range, equivalent to a wide-angle 22.3-580mm in 35mm terms, never fails to come in useful, do we still want another choice of camera that outwardly resembles an entry-level DSLR - yet isn't, in that among other things said lens cannot be swapped?
Pentax X-5 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)
The camera also has plenty of automatic options, too, including a scene-recognition Auto mode that selects settings based on 16 scene types including macro.
Pentax X-5 by c|net (Aug, 2012)

aperture size

Pentax X-5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
Fujifilm FinePix HS25 EXR
On back you'll find an electronic viewfinder and a 3-inch tilting LCD and a thumb dial for manual control of shutter speed and aperture in the camera's manual mode.
Pentax X-5 by c|net (Aug, 2012)
The X-5 can be viewed as a 'DSLR Lite' for those aspiring photographers who would like more control over their images than a regular compact will allow - and obviously a whopping zoom range to go with it - without a steeply pronounced learning curve.
Pentax X-5 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)

zoom range

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Retailing for £199.99 / $279.99, read our Pentax X-5 review to find out if it can take on its superzoom rivals... The Pentax X-5 is a super-zoom digital bridge camera that looks and feels very much like a DSLR.
Pentax X-5 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)
Though its 26x zoom isn't as long as competing models' (and that's really not a bad thing since longer lenses don't make for better photos), it does start at an ultrawide-angle 22.3mm and zooms in to 580mm.
Pentax X-5 by c|net (Aug, 2012)

body size

119.4 x 86.4 x 106.7 mm
104 x 69.5 x 80.2 mm
131 x 97 x 126 mm
Looking at first glance like a fully-fledged DSLR with its pretend lens ring and hotshoe flash cover, the Pentax X-5 soon reveals itself to be something of a wolf in sheep's clothing, leaning much more to the point-and-shoot end of the compact camera spectrum.
Pentax X-5 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)
 

Performance Real world tests of Pentax X-5

max continuous shooting

Other features you'll find include full HD movie capture at 30 frames per second and high-speed burst shooting at 10fps; 12 digital filters such as Miniature and Toy Camera; and time-lapse and high-speed movie modes.
Pentax X-5 by c|net (Aug, 2012)
Also on offer are a 16 megapixel sensor, 1080p HD movies with an HDMI port, electronic viewfinder and a 3-inch tilting LCD screen, fully Manual shooting mode, 10fps burst shooting and a 1cm macro mode.
Pentax X-5 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
  • 22.3 mm
  • Yes
  • Great for recording movies
  • 10 fps
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
  • 10 mm

cons

  • 26x
  • 75.23%
  • No automatic 3D
  • No automatic HDR
  • Lacks the ability to create slow motion video
  • Aug, 2012
  • 4 s
  • 106.7 mm
  • 119.4 x 86.4 x 106.7 mm

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 80%
Read the review (Oct, 2012)
The 16 effective megapixel X-5 is a digital SLR-styled 26x optical zoom camera.

Lens

For those who like to shoot close-ups, the X-5 can focus as close as 0.4 inch from a subject.
Pentax X-5 | by c|net (Aug, 2012)
Featuring a 26x, 22.3-580mm lens with a sensor-shift Shake Reduction system, the X-5 should cover most photographic bases.
Pentax X-5 | Rated 80% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)

Battery

4AA Lithium batteries) * Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing.
Pentax X-5 | Rated 80% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)

Photography

Ultimately that means that the bargain Pentax X-5 gets a Photography Blog Recommended award - just don't expect all the manual controls that its design so misleadingly hints at... Ratings (out of 5).
Pentax X-5 | Rated 80% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)

Video

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Pentax X-5 | Rated 80% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)

Focus

Face Detection AF&AE is available at all mode.
Pentax X-5 | Rated 80% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)

Competition What else you should consider

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Editions Editions of the Pentax X-5

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26x 1/2.5" 22.3 mm f/3.1
 
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