Summary: I have had this camera for 2 years. I like the styling because it looks a more expensive DSLR. It takes very good pictures in any light. There are lots of features that make this camera fun to use even for beginners. Great for trips, parties, kids and pets. I would have liked a hot shoe but the flash puts out enough light for most shots. It is very lightweight and the tilting screen has spoiled me to the point I look for it on other cameras. The macro is incredible.
Summary: Great cammera for the price. A lot of functions and great features like the detachable display and the night visor. It also boots very fast and has an incredible zoom and a great stabilizer. I'm adding three photos. The first one its a view and there is a mark where in the second photo we use the optical zoom and in the third optical+digital zoom.
Summary: Saturday night I realized the Pentax was in the Post Office. Given that the Post Office is 100 feet up the Alley, I walked over and discovered it had arrived. It came with charged batteries, I had an extra 2Gig Sandisk so it way show time.Sunday I drove to the Wind Generators , putting the X-5 to the test. Later in the evening I returned photographing them at Sundown. This camera has an excellent night application.
Summary: I am a longtime Canon fan and was afraid that this camera (which I bought because I wanted a bridge camera with a viewfinder and it was one of the few) would disappoint me in terms of the quality of the images. Quite the contrary. Its zoom is amazing (though you have to be careful not to have something in the foreground that it's focusing on), and the macro function is a delight to use.
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.
Summary: Nice camera! It has a nice feel to it. I'd say it is more for an intermediate photographer than a beginner, though. I'm having problems with the software that came with it but hope I can get that ironed out soon.
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.