Summary: I like this camera. I carry it to work on a construction site to take pictures of work conditions and equipment and I also use it for more artistic work. The viewfinder is pretty good for one thing as it has a good diopter adjust and it is easy to use. I have other cameras without viewfinders and often they are sort of unusable in the bright daylight. This camera has that issue solved.
Summary: I use this camera as a back up to 2 others that I have. I wanted a camera that would take good scenery shots. I did not get it intending to use it for action shots and that is a good thing because there is significant shutter lag in between shots. I use a class 10 SD card and there is still a 1-2 second delay after the shutter releases and you can take another shot. It does not have a shutter/aperture priority setting.
Summary: I was very surprised by the image quality of this camera. My intent with the camera was to have something light and portable when I didn't want to lug around my DSLR and its lenses. If fulfills that requirement nicely. I didn't expect to see quality like my K-5 but I do believe you can make decent 11x14 prints as long as cropping on the images into too severe. The images have fewer negative sharpening effects than my compact Nikon with the same megapixel count.
Summary: I was looking for a better point & shoot camera with a view finder. Frankly there aren't many out there. The x-5 is a great camera for the price. Controls are easy to use and the instructions are easy to follow. I've had mine for 5 days now and I am still finding more features. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the first time I used it it "froze up" on me 3 times. All I had to do was open and close battery cover and turn it back on but still a pita.
Pros: Ease of Use, Electronic View Finder, Light Weight, Looks Of A Dslr, Tilting Led Screen
Pretty great deal for a mega-zoom bridge digital camera
R. Alfonso "rixmac", Amazon
29 November 2013
Summary: If you've moved back to slrs of the digital kind, you will probably think this is one slugglsh and low light hating camera. If you have stayed mostly with the altoid container-sized point and shoots, you will probably find this to be quite an amazing sub $200 camera. Stay away from full zoom in in medium to low light and you'll be pleased with the pictures.
Summary: At this point I don't know if I even qualify as a hobbyist but I did want a dependable camera in the bridge category for special events and vacation photography and with due acknowledgement of the ego factor, at least look like I might have some photographic skills without taking on the full challenges of a DSLR.
Summary: My brother has always used Pentax camera equipment. He was very particular in what he used. I like this camera very much. I must agree with other reviewers about the door to the batteries and Memory Card. I wish the door was easier to open and close. Seems kind of flimsy, but overall, real nice camera. Thanks.
Summary: The battery compartment latch is very, very, very flimsy. I have had another camera with a similar latch, and it broke. This camera requires four batteries. Other equally good cameras require only two batteries with the same ability to hold the charge and take numerous pictures over time. Be prepared to purchase several quads of rechargeable batteries to feed the camera. It is slow to obtain an initial image (missed that picture!