Summary: Dissapointed! The camera is bulky and not so easy to handle. The real downer is the processing speed. With a 'Class 10' sd card there is about a 2 or 3 second lag. Go for a Nikon point and shoot instead. Sold it on eBay almost immediately.
Summary: I was looking for a small point and shoot with a viewfinder. I am a Nikon person but thought this might work for a throw-in-the-bag for quick stuff. But I was not impressed. I did not like having to use separate batteries as opposed to the rechargeable battery packs. It doesn't say anything bad about the camera, my mistake for not researching further, just not what I was looking for. But customer service was quick as far as my return...no questions asked.
Summary: I believe I would have rated this camera at 4 stars, except it was defective and needed to be returned. The problem was it froze repeatedly. I would press the button to release the shutter, capturing the shot in the view finder, but nothing happened after that. That image remained in the viewfinder indefinitely. The only way I found to unfreeze it was to remove the batteries.
Excerpt: I came across this camera when shopping for the Panasonic FZ200 and being a Ricoh/Pentax admirer, I checked it out, seem to have good reviews but planned to get the Panasonic FZ200 anyway. But then I found it on sale for $149 so I bought it. At that price I could give up a nicer EVF and the wider aperture of the Panasonic. My first impressions were similar to other reviews. I don't mind double A batteries but the fall out easily when removing the SD card.
Summary: I didn't like it. It's inability to shoot fast as advertised is false even though there is a setting for it and even using a class 10 SD card. I don't use it and replaced it with a Pentax K5! For me it was a waste of money.
Summary: This camera is something of a disappointment. I've been a Pentax used for 40 years and have always loved them. Well built, incredible SMC lenses, rugged perfection. But this one just isn't. I realize I'm comparing apples and oranges putting a Spotmatic up against a modern, low end digital, but I still expected the quality and dependability that Pentax has always represented. This camera (X5) takes beautiful photographs. Every camera does.
Excerpt: This works fine for taking pictures of people but it tries to focus on whatever it thinks is a face even though that is not what I want to take a picture of. It is possible to force it to focus on the center of the frame but no way to default to that so it has to be reset every time the camera sleeps or is turned off.<br /><br />Only the digital zoom is avaliable during video filming so if you zoom during video the picture gets grainy and pixalated.
Pros: Easy to use, Good quality pictures, Most Buttons Make Sense
Cons: Does not focus well, Does Not Refocus In Video, No Optical Zoom With Vide
Summary: Caught a sale at a brick & mortar. First thing I noticed was the size as it's a pretty chubby unit. It has to be for the size of the lens and to hold the 4 AA batteries. Parts, like the popup flash and battery door, felt flimsy. A serviceable neck strap, lens cover and batteries were included along with a manual and CD. I took it to Desert Botanical Garden for some trial shots. An Optical Viewfinder, I feel, is a must have for those of us who benefit from bifocals.
Summary: The camera is loaded with features, but so what? It's slow focusing, the optical (?) zoom during video is really, really bad. The camera hates and refuses to focus in low light. The EVF is really grainy and barely useable. I returned it.