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 has produced some excellent DSLRs like the Pentax K-7 and Pentax K-M, but not everyone wants to invest in a camera with interchangeable lenses. The X90 is a bridge camera with an integrated 26x optical zoom, it bucks the trend for black livery with a gunmetal grey makeover.
Excerpt: Having a larger than average zoom always comes in useful, but the bulk that often comes with it means it's not always practical, or portable. One solution is Pentax's X90. Clearly with a look and feel inspired by a digital SLR, the camera welds a non-swappable 26x optical zoom to a sensor producing 12 effective megapixel still images and 1280 x 720 pixels high-definition video at 30 frames per second, with continuous shooting of up to 11fps.
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