Pentax X-5

Last Updated (25 June’13):
– Review & Sample Photos @ Imaging-resource

Pentax X-5 is a 16.0-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor digital camera with a large 26X optical zoom (22.3-580mm equivalent) lens. It features Full HD 1080p Video recording, Triple Shake Reduction Technology, Super Macro Mode Focuses to 1 cm, Auto Picture and Fast Face Detection, HDMI Output for HDTV Screening, 260K Dot Electronic Viewfinder, and a Large 3.0″ Tiltable LCD Screen. The camera measures (W x H x D) 4.7 x 3.4 x 4.2″ / 11.94 x 8.64 x 10.67 cm and weight 17.9 oz / 507 g without battery or memory card.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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Pentax X-5 Reviews

Imaging-resource reviews the Pentax X-5 and writes;
“Images shot with the Pentax X-5 are metered with a TTL multi-segment metering system that also offers center-weighted and spot modes, and shutter speeds vary from 1/1,500 to a rather short 1/4 second by default.. ISO sensitivity varies from 100 to 6,400 equivalents. Eight white balance modes are available, including Auto, six presets, and manual. As well as stills, the X-5 can also capture Full HD video at a rate of 30 frames per second, or 720p high-def video at a choice of 30 or 60 fps.”
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Photographyblog reviews the Pentax X-5 and writes;
“It’s arguably easier to use than a compact system or ‘hybrid’ camera too. The attached big zoom capability, giving amateurs the equivalent reach of a paparazzi, is also eminently affordable, making the X-5 one of the cheaper super-zooms on the market.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Ephotozine reviews the Pentax X-5 and writes;
“Images are well exposed with good colour reproduction. Portraits have good skin tones and are free of red-eye, allow even when using the flash the camera tended to choose a higher ISO which reduced their quality when viewing large. Landscapes have good blues and green and thanks to manual mode, it’s possible to set the camera to a high enough shutter speed to capture fast moving objects.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Pentax X-5 and writes;
“The X-5 can shoot at 1,080p, 30fps, 720p at 60 or 30fps and 640×480 at 30fps. I chose the best of those options for my tests — 1,920×1,080 at 30fps. The results were impressive. It maintained an accurate balance between various light levels, and compensated very quickly for changes in the level of incoming light. This largely masked the fact that the compensation was slightly stepped.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Amateurphotographer reviews the Pentax X-5 and writes;
“There is no doubt that Pentax has made radical improvements across the board to the X90 in producing the X-5. Those who tend to shoot landscapes should appreciate the camera’s class leading wideangle focal length, and the camera feels good in the hand, too. At its affordable price point, this is a very competitve camera.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Digitalcamerainfo reviews the Pentax X-5 and writes;
“Most other vital specifications are pretty ho-hum, with a few bright spots. The CMOS sensor has potential, clocking in a 16 megapixels, and ISO 6400 is decent under $300. Video shooting is Full HD, and aside from long-distance shots, the camera is also capable of focusing close-up at less than a half-inch. We tested out this claim and, sure enough, it works.”
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Pocket-lint reviews the Pentax X-5 and writes;
“In lower light there’s also a Handheld Night Scene mode that can snap multiple images at once before processing the shots into one final image, with lower image noise than a single snap would otherwise produce.”
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CNET reviews the Pentax X-5 and writes;
“Behind the lens sits a 16-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, and Pentax has fit the camera with a dual shake-reduction (image stabilisation) system to help alleviate camera shake. The combination of sensor-shift and digital image stabilisation sounds like a good idea on paper, so we’ll wait and see how it stacks up in real-world situations.”
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Pentax X-5 Sample Photos

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Pentax X-5 User Manual (PDF)

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Pentax X-5 Features

The Pentax X-5 comes with high performance of 16.0-megapixel CMOS image sensor which offers advanced image processing engine and back-illuminated to capture exceptional images quality, even when it used to capture images in low-light situations. While the super-telephoto 26X zoom lens (22.3-580mm equivalent), lets you get closer images from faraway subject by zoom in the images. The camera also use triple shake reduction system couples which ensures images captured in sharp, blur-free, even when you’re shooting in low-light situations.

This camera enables you to record full HD 1080p widescreen video at 30fps with high quality h.264 compression. You can also use High-speed Movie mode for slow-motion playback or Time-lapse Movie mode for fast-forward playback. There is a HDMI port which lets you share your photos and videos into your HDTV. Moreover, the 260,000 dot resolution electronic viewfinder provides clear view of your subject when you’re shooting them.

Pentax X-5 also offer Fast Face Detection technology lets you take a perfect group or a gorgeous portrait with fast focused. With Super Macro Mode, it lets you capture the smallest details of your subject such as flowers, insects, and more, from as near as 1cm.


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