Summary: The X-5 is a GREAT camera, except at night with the flash. The pictures were clear and crisp. The color was fine. The start-up and shutter speeds were OK and it has a hell of a telephoto ability. The sliding screen in the back makes for easy awkward-angle pictures. The options were sufficient for most people's point 'n shoot needs or for something a touch more sophisticated. Why just three stars, then?
Summary: I got this to replace my SP-560UZ 8.0 megapixel with18x zoom, which just fits in my pants pocket. This camera is a little too large to fit. I do a lot of outdoor shots so both have the eye piece to get good shots. The on/off button on this camera is quite difficult to find and activate, especially in a rush to take a shot. I have to remove the cover to look at shots I took, which is a hinderance, because I have to put it back on, when done, to protect the lens.
Summary: After 5 months of infrequent use, the lens stopped working and camera shut down. The lens did not retract into housing at shut down, then would not turn on. Error message. Sent to Pentax for warranty repair, no charge repair. Overall easy to use for beginner and many functions to use as my daughter learns more about photography.
Nice handling camera, but with strong reservations
James G. Towns "tech corner", Amazon
13 February 2013
Summary: Having been a professional photographer with experience in Pentax quality, the X-5 is a mixed blessing to me. I like very much the design and layout of controls, the dual viewing screens (eye and tiltable 3 inch) and the overall feel in your hands. It gives you the DSLR feel, although on a smaller scale. The software is very logical and easy to figure out, plus the large instruction manual explains things nicely.
Summary: Pentax X-5 Waterproof Digital Camera with 26x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD i bougth this camera, last mont-4 th oct. i want to learn that this camera really Waterproof Digital Camera or not. to days deals i show that only ;Pentax X-5 16 Digital Camera with 26x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD (S ...so i want to know that camera realy waterproof or not?
Excerpt: I am using one myself as a main camera for event photography. So far I found out that this camera is too fiddly. I have to fiddle with the menu to get to the setting I want to get to. No raw and only two aperture settings on the manual settings, no accessorize lens adapter for filter attachment. Focusing is pretty sketchy but over all, The camera is great.
Pros: easy to understand menu, small and easy to carry, easy to acquire power source, can do manual exposure
Cons: only two aperture settings, no raw format, no custom function, no ae/af lock command dial cannot be use to change settings.