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Pentax X-5

26X Zoom lens (22.3-580mm) Backlit 16 megapixel CMOS sensor Read more

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Overall 6
6.0

Pentax X-5 Review

Digital Photography School
23 April 2013
  • Conclusion: average, although you may find atmospheric haze at at long tele settings.
  • Pros: nice long 26x zoom range; 16 megapixels capture.
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Overall 8
8.4
Design 9
8.5
Value for money 9
8.5
Features 9
8.5
Performance 9
8.5
Picture quality 8
8.0

Pentax X-5 review

What Digital Camera
7 April 2013
  • 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.
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Expert Review

PhotoRadar
12 March 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 7
7.2

Expert Review

TopTenREVIEWS
15 February 2013
  • Excerpt: A bridge camera like the Pentax X-5 has many of the features you will look for if you're more of a photographer hobbyist than a professional. There is a long optical zoom and several automatic shooting options. Plus, when in video mode, the camera adjustment is quick and effective if the lighting shifts. The focal length is limited and the camera has an aperture that doesn't stand out amongst the competition. The price is great, but the specs fall a bit short.
  • Pros: The painted silver finish and retro design give this camera a sleek, clean look and feel.
  • Cons: The X-5 has a lower focal length than other digital bridge cameras.
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax X-5

imaging-resource.com
22 August 2012
  • 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...
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax X-5

CNET
17 June 2011
  • 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. Overall, a good performance and a great zoom make it a very tempting entry-level camera.
  • Cons: No optical zoom when recording movies; Some noise in flat colours.
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Overall 6
6.0

Pentax X-5 review

Amateur Photographer
3 April 2014
  • 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.
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Pentax X-5

TechRadar UK
12 March 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax X-5

CNET
18 December 2012
  • 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. Overall, a good performance and a great zoom make it a very tempting entry-level camera.
  • Pros: Long zoom; Low price; Articulated screen.
  • Cons: No optical zoom when recording movies; Some noise in flat colours.
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax X-5 Bridge Camera Review

ePHOTOzine
14 November 2012
  • 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
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