Summary: While it took Pentax longer than most to get into the compact digital ultrazoom class, their X70 was by most accounts a worthy addition to that field. Pentax has improved on the original a bit and the new X90 has corrected some of the X70 deficiencies, notably battery life and AF acquisition time at wide angle. Still image quality got generally good reviews in the first camera and the X90 follows suit with good image and color reproduction.
Pros: Good image and color quality, Very good shutter lag and AF acquisition time (wide angle), Nice array of user inputs available in many shooting modes
Cons: AF acquisition time at telephoto a bit slower than average, Video quality disappointing
Excerpt: Pentax's X90 is a Super-Zoom digicam sporting a 26x optical zoom lens, 12.1-Megapixel imaging sensor, sensor shift image stabilization, 11fps burst shooting, 2.7-inch LCD and 720p video capture with an HDMI output. This incredibly versatile zoom range allows you to use this camera to frame just about any subject, whether you are after a distant object, or shooting macro images using the 1cm Super Macro mode.
Conclusion: The Pentax X90 is up against some very strong competition in this category. It offers plenty of features to get your teeth into, but picture quality struggles in comparison to other super zoom models that have really got their act together.
Pros: Long Lens - General Features
Cons: Picture Quality - Noise in Lowlight - Loss of Detail in Light Objects - Shutter Lag with Flash
Excerpt: Not to be confused with the waterproof W90 or standard H90 snapshots also from Pentax, this latest 12.1 effective megapixel X90 is a digital SLR-styled 26x optical zoom model, a step up from the 24x X70.
Conclusion: The Pentax X90 is all about shoehorning as broad a focal range as possible into a DSLR-like chassis, and as such it largely succeeds as a catch all device, being as adept at shooting expansive landscapes as intimate portraits and everything else in between. The trade off is that it is more plastic-y of build than an actual DSLR and of course by being an all-in-one there's no access to a broad DSLR system accessory range.
Pros: Broad focal range throws up a wealth of compositional choices, well placed and responsive buttons and controls, speedy in operation
Cons: Optical zoom not accessible when recording movies, average low light performance, plastic-y if solid feel
Excerpt: Venu assez récemment au bridge, Pentax propose des modèles aux ambitions limitées mais au prix attractif. Un peu plus compact et franchement plus léger que nombre de ses concurrents, le X90 pourra déjà séduire par ces caractéristiques !
Pros: Bon zoom relativement lumineux, Bonne qualité d'image aux sensibilités de base, Prix attractif