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.
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.
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
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: Knapperne er solide, reagerer prompte, og det store håndgreb giver et solidt tag. Der benyttes fire styk almindelige AA batterier og det betyder, at vægten er oppe på næsten 600 gram. Det er altså ret tungt. Men du får til gengæld 16 megapixels opløsning og solide 26x optisk zoom til en pris, der ligger langt under de øvrige i testen.