Summary: On the whole, images produced by the X-5 are of a respectable level, although there are certain issues that are worth highlighting. If you’re looking for an affordable bridge camera, the chances are that the X-5 will be on your shortlist.
Pros: Well designed body; Good handling; Affordable price
Cons: Poor LCD screen performance; Choice of AA batteries won’t please all; Image quality issues; No Raw
Summary: Line up these specs against the asking price for an X-5 and you'll see it's an absolute bargain. Naturally some corners have had to be cut to keep the price so low, but not to a degree that would leave a hobby photographer disappointed with the results.
Pros: Long zoom; Low price; Articulated screen.
Cons: No optical zoom when recording movies; Some noise in flat colours.
Summary: Set to impress the bridge market with a gigantic zoom range
Pros: Huge focal range, DSLR aesthetics, Plenty of auto options, Manual mode, The eye-popping focal range is perhaps the main draw of the Pentax X-5, while the camera's incorporated manual mode will also seek to interest more advanced users - although it can be a tad trickier to operate than other bran...
Cons: No AP or SP modes, No raw support, Requires 4 AA batteries, Purple glare in some images, While a manual mode is included, aperture priority and shutter priority are sadly forgotten, as is support for raw file shooting. Although image quality is of a solid level, there were slight issues with glar...
Summary: There is no doubt that Pentax has made radical improvements across the board to the X90 in producing the X-5. Those who tend to shoot landscapes should appreciate the camera's class leading wideangle focal length, and the camera feels good in the hand, too.
Summary: 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.