Summary: If you're looking for an affordable bridge camera, the chances are that the X-5 will be on your shortlist. The good news is that the X-5 is certainly a capable camera, and one which handles well and offers a decent level of performance in a generally well designed package. There are drawbacks - the LCD screen is poor, as is the EVF, while there are some image quality issues and the use of AA batteries will disappoint some.
Conclusion: The problem that some people will have is that, other than an extraordinary focal range, this bridge camera doesn't really offer anything new or exciting. Plus elsewhere it feels a little rushed or unfinished, with obvious features missing such as semi-manual shooting modes and support for raw shooting.
Conclusion: The 16MP Pentax X-5 may look and feel like a digital SLR, but it clearly belongs in the entry-level superzoom class. Photo enthusiasts who have shot with a DSLR and who may be drawn to the X-5's serious-looking but compact design -- it reminds us of a shrunken Pentax K-30 -- might want to look elsewhere, unless they're seeking an all-in-one, superzoom camera with a massive focal range they can throw in their bags for casual use.
Pros: Comfortable, digital SLR-like styling with nice ergonomics that should appeal to both novices and more advanced users, Very light and portable design despite the large 26x optical zoom lens, Highly versatile superzoom range (22-580mm equivalent) is useful for many different photo opportunities, 22mm equivalent is much wider than most cameras, The fast burst mode is very fun to use (but images are only 5 megapixels), Very low geometric distortion, Very close Macro mode...
Cons: Comfortable, digital SLR-like styling with nice ergonomics that should appeal to both novices and more advanced users, Very light and portable design despite the large 26x optical zoom lens, Highly versatile superzoom range (22-580mm equivalent) is useful for many different photo opportunities, 22mm equivalent is much wider than most cameras, The fast burst mode is very fun to use (but images are only 5 megapixels), Very low geometric distortion, Very close Macro mode...
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. At its affordable price point, this is a very competitve camera. However, in a market where manufacturers have included so many new features to make them stand out from the crowd, the X-5 sinks into the background.
Conclusion: While this is a neat little package, you should be aware that there are many other premium compact cameras fulfilling a similar need and producing stronger image quality, offering faster lenses and heavier feature sets, albeit at a slightly higher price point. The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS and Panasonic Lumix FZ200 , for example.
Excerpt: The Pentax X-5 was released in August 2012 and is the latest bridge camera from Pentax, featuring a tilt-able screen, 26x optical zoom and 16 megapixel sensor. It is available for around £190.00 in either black or silver.
Pros: Feature packed, Great value for money, Takes good pictures, Tilting screen, Manual controls, Body has ample rubber grip
Cons: 10 fps high-speed shooting only capable at a lower resolution, No aperture or shutter priority modes, Alkaline battery life wasn't as long as hoped
Excerpt: The 16 effective megapixel X-5 is a digital SLR-styled 26x optical zoom camera. It is, in fact, the kind of semi-chunky bridge camera that was all the rage before Compact System Cameras came along and introduced another meeting point between compact user-friendly snapshot and fully-featured DSLR.
Summary: Ingenting utenpå avslører at X-5 er testens nest billigste kamera. Design og materialvalg ligger nært Pentax’ speilreflekser, og i motsetning til testens andre billige deltaker, Olympus, har Pentax både elektronisk søker og en fleksibel skjerm, som kan vippe loddrett opp og 45 grader ned. Oppstartstiden er langsom. Hele 3,3 sekunder tar det første gang man slår det på. Skjermen er god og lys.
Summary: Inget på utsidan avslöjar att X-5 är testets billigaste kamera. Design och materialval ligger ganska nära Pentax spegelreflexer, och till skillnad från testets andra billiga deltagare, Olympus, har Pentax både elektronisk sökare och en skärm som går att vinkla lodrätt uppåt och 45 grader neråt.