Summary: I purchased this camera to try to upgrade another very good camera, one that didn't have a viewfinder. After having used this Pentax X-5 for a few weeks or so, I'm convinced it's the best camera I've had. I got such a good buy on this, a number of people would like to find the same buy.
Truly great point and shoot digital camera. Outstanding performance.
25 July 2014
Summary: This is an amazing camera for a point and shoot digital camera. The versatility, resolving capability and macro range is outstanding. I would recommend this camera to both beginner and advanced photographer as a camera for those times when you don't want to carry a lot of gear.
Summary: I read a ton of reviews prior buying this camera. The only thing that seemed to stand out as a negative was the flimsy battery door. I disagree with this. As long as you have four fingers and one thumb on each hand this ought not be a problem. The only problem I can see is that you do not get an owners manual. Never fear, you can print out your own 228-page manual off the internet! So by the time you are done doing this you might want to consider buying a new printer.
One of the most overlooked and underrated bridge zoom cameras
Just a Guy, Amazon
1 July 2014
Summary: Absolutely terrific camera; one of the most overlooked and underrated bridge zoom cameras. A true bargain! Easy to use, easy to adjust, easy to hold. Feels substantial in the hand. Great images! Uses AA batteries. I use Lithium; they seem to last forever in this camera. If you're the kind of person who puts a camera on the shelf and wants it to be ready at a moment's notice to take family photos, then this is for you. No need to plan ahead for battery charging.
Summary: This was a starter camera for my daughter. The Pentax X5 is a great bridge camera...easy enough for a child to use, but versatile enough for a budding photo enthusiast as well. I liked it so much, I just bought one for myself!