Pentax Optio X90

Last Updated (17 November’10):
– Review & Sample Photos @ DCI

Pentax Optio X90 is a 12.1-megapixel digital camera features 26x super-telephoto lens (26-676mm equivalent), Eye-Fi wireless SD memory card connectivity for built-in Wi-Fi capability, Powerful automatic operation or creative manual and priority modes, Triple Shake Reduction technology includes a mechanical sensor-shift mechanism, Fast Face Detection technology quickly finds up to 32 faces; Super Macro mode, ISO 80 – 6400, and 2.7-inch LCD with anti-reflection coating; electronic viewfinder with diopter adjustment. The camera measures approx. 4.4(W) × 3.3(H) × 4.3(D) inches (excluding the operation parts and protrusion. ) and weighs 15.1 oz (with battery and SD memory card).

Pentax Optio X90
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Pentax Optio X90 Reviews

DCI reviews the Pentax Optio X90 and writes;
“The X90 is also quite easy to use, with great button implementation and a simple, easy-to-navigate menu system. One significant downside to the camera is its diminutive size, which is great for portability, but not for comfort. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Pentax Optio X90 and writes;
“In the end, even though I wanted to love it for its design, the Pentax X90’s performance stifled any affection. Any way you spell it, the Pentax X90 is close but gets no cigar. The Pentax X90 is not a bad camera by any means, but we’d steer you toward others for better quality and performance for the price.”
Rating: N/A

MacWorld reviews the Pentax Optio X90 and writes;
“In terms of picture quality, sensor shift anti-shake is fairly good at preventing blur when shooting at the maximum optical telephoto setting or in low light, although images appear quite noisy and lose detail at ISO1600 and above.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ePhotozine reviews the Pentax Optio X90 and writes;
“Overall, it is a very interesting camera, that works well, but does have it’s weaknesses, such as the ISO performance at high sensitivities, slow autofocus at the telephoto end and barrel distortion at the wide end of the zoom range.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

T3 reviews the Pentax Optio X90 and writes;
“exposures are even and metering is generally spot on, with striking colours giving rise to some particularly lush looking landscapes. There is some barrel distortion at 26mm wide angle setting, and although shots at the telephoto end occasionally lack critical sharpness”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalCameraReview reviews the Pentax Optio X90 and writes;
“While video got upgraded to include a 30 fps capture rate, overall quality seems only average at best. Considering how good the still images look, this was probably the most surprising aspect of the X90 performance.”
Rating: N/A

TrustedReviews reviews the Pentax Optio X90 and writes;
“Although it is only a relatively minor upgrade over the X70, it’s enough to put the Pentax X90 into the top bracket of superzoom cameras. Build quality, design and handling are right up there with the best, and the improved performance and battery duration are very welcome. There’s still room for further improvement in image quality, but the results are far from disappointing.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Pentax Optio X90 and writes;
“Overall the camera can capture nice photos, but suffers from noise and an inaccurate white balance system under certain conditions. Performance is great, matching up well to other Super-Zoom cameras with higher price tags. “
Rating: N/A

Pocket-lint reviews the Pentax Optio X90 and writes;
“In operation the X90’s 9-point AF takes just over a second to determine focus and exposure with a half press of its shutter release button… Like its zoom range, ISO sensitivity is also respectably broad, stretching from ISO 80 through to ISO 6400, though performance is in fact fairly average.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Pentax Optio X90 and writes;
“The Pentax Optio X90 handled chromatic aberrations excellently during the review, with very limited purple fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations… in terms of light sensitivity, up to ISO 800 the X90’s performance is pretty good, though detail is beginning to soften at ISO 800.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Pentax Optio X90 User Reviews

Comfortable yet awkward | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The pictures come out really well and almost professional looking. The camera responds well, feels really comfortable in the hand, with the controls easily accessible and responsive….” – By V. Vanderbent

The best point and shoot i ever had, close to a slr, | Rating: ★★★★★
“i finally have found a great point and shoot camera, i have owned many cameras including the panasonic f35 which has great ratings, how ever the pentax has gone a few steps forward. Its great having an electic view finder as well as a nice size screen, the 26 xx zoom is fantastic.” – By Cynthia E. Castellaneta

Pentax X90 | Rating: ★★★★★
“For the price and performance I was quite delighted. I had wanted a small sized camera with a SLR and also with see through viewing. LCD screens have their place but they can be difficult in light/shadow environments. Simply put, it was simple to use and served ny needs. ” – By Dr. Henry Pang

Love it! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I ordered this to take pics of the kids playing baseball, getting awards, and all of the other fun stuff kids do. I received the camera in my hand less than 24 hours after ordering it. It has a slight learning curve, but only took a little time to get. I am so pleased, I recommended the camera to a co worker, and she ordred one as well.” – By James Wesley Thompson

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Pentax Optio X90 User Manual (PDF)

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Pentax Optio X90 Features

Versatile optical 26x zoom lens to accommodate a range of subjects
With a compact, lightweight body, the Pentax X90 features a high-magnification optical 26x zoom lens offering a focal-length coverage between 26mm wide angle to 676mm super telephoto (in the 35mm format). Combined with a Macro mode to capture images of subjects less than an inch away, the X90 captures images near and far. The X90 also features an Intelligent Zoom function, which extends the zoom coverage to approximately 162.5 times (for a focal length of an 4225mm in the 35mm format) without compromising the optical performance of the zoom lens.

Dependable shake-reduction system for sharp, blur-free images
The X90 incorporates the Pentax-original CCD-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) system to assure sharply focused, blur-free images even under demanding photographic conditions prone to camera shake, such as when using the zoom lens’s super-telephoto range or when shooting a sunset or indoor scene with natural light only. By accurately detecting the amount of camera shake using a high-performance gyro sensor and shifting the CCD image sensor vertically and horizontally at high speed, the X90 offers an outstanding camera-shake compensation effect, equivalent to approximately three shutter steps.
** The degree of shake-reduction effect may vary, depending on the photographic conditions.

Extra-powerful battery for extended shooting sessions
With a large-capacity lithium-ion battery, the X90’s battery life has improved by 50 percent over the previous Pentax megazoom. The camera records approximately 255 images* on a full battery charge.
* Based on measurement conditions conforming to CIPA specifications using the exclusive D-LI106 Lithium-ion Battery.

Electronic viewfinder with diopter adjustment
The X90 comes equipped with an electronic viewfinder with a diopter adjustment mechanism for clear views of subject and electronic indicators.

Eye-Fi wireless SD memory card connectivity
Eye-Fi SD memory cards store media and offer built-in Wi-Fi capability that accesses an assigned wireless network to effortlessly transfer photos and videos from the camera to a computer and online sharing site such as Picasaweb, Flickr, Facebook and YouTube. Equipped with an Eye-Fi Card, the Pentax X90 allows users to enable/disable the Eye-Fi Card’s Wi-Fi connectivity via the camera menu and provides an on-screen card activity indicator. (Eye-fi cards sold separately.)

Movie shooting in high-definition TV image quality, with anti-shake protection
The X90 captures high-quality movie clips, equivalent in image quality to high-definition TV (1280 x 720 pixels). The camera features Movie SR (Shake Reduction) mode* to minimize camera shake during movie shooting through the use of exclusive software. As a result, the photographer enjoys high-quality, blur-free movie shooting with minimal effort. An HDMI micro terminal for audio/video signal output supports high-resolution movie viewing on a high-definition TV monitor.
* When the Movie SR mode is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.

Multi-mode exposure system to accommodate different applications
In addition to the advanced Programmed AE mode, which automatically selects the optimal combination of aperture and shutter speed for a given subject, the X90 offers Aperture-Priority AE, Shutter-Priority AE and Metered Manual modes.

High image quality
With 12.1 effective megapixels, a sophisticated imaging engine and a high-quality Pentax zoom lens, the X90 delivers super-clear, high-quality images with a Bright, Natural or Monotone finishing touch option.

Auto Picture mode for hands-off selection of seven different shooting modes
The X90 features the advanced Auto Picture mode, which selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene by detecting the subject’s lighting and other conditions. This user-friendly feature selects the best mode from a choice of Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Flower, Sport or Standard modes and features an Auto Macro mode, which automatically switches the camera’s focus range to macro in close-range applications.

Face Detection AF & AE function
Feauring an upgraded Face Detection AF & AE function, the X90 automatically detects up to 32 faces in the image field in a mere 0.03 seconds and captures each with precision, even when the faces are tilted or turned sideways. In addition, the X90 offers other user-friendly functions designed to produce beautiful portraits with ease: the Smile Capture function, which automatically releases the shutter the instant it detects the subject’s smile; and the Blinking Detection function, which warns the photographer when the subject’s eyes close at the time of shutter release.

High-sensitivity anti-shake mode to minimize camera/subject shake
The X90 comes equipped with the advanced High-Sensitivity anti-shake (Digital SR) mode,* which allows the photographer to use higher shutter speeds in dimly lit locations by automatically shifting the sensitivity level to as high as ISO 6400 based on the subject’s lighting condition. By coupling this function with the dependable CCD-shift-type SR system, the photographer can effectively minimize adverse effects of camera shake and subject shake, even when shooting at such demanding locations as concert halls and indoor sports arenas.
* When the High-Sensitivity anti-shake mode is selected, the image size is fixed at 5M (2592 x 1944 pixels).

Additional features

* The Burst shooting* at a maximum speed of approximately 11 images per second to capture decisive moments
* Choice of image format: 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 or 1:1 proportions
* Large 2.7 inch color LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots, treated withAR (Anti-Reflection) coating to minimize reflections
* Shooting mode palette for easy selection of a desired shooting mode from 20 different options, including a new Baby mode programmed to capture the healthy, lively face of a baby D-Range setting to minimize excessively overexposed and underexposed areas in the image
* A selection of digital filters, including Toy Camera and Retro, to add creative visual effects
* MediaImpression 2.0 for Pentax image viewing, editing and filing software included (compatible with latest operation systems, including Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6)

*When the continuous-shooting mode is selected, the image size is fixed at 5 MP (2592 x 1944 pixels).

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