Pentax X-5 review

October 27, 2012

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Pentax X-5

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Pentax introduces the X-5 bridge camera to its range, featuring a wide 22-580mm lens that benefits from the company’s sensor shift shake-reduction. Read the Pentax X-5 review...


Pentax X-5 at a glance:

  • 16-million-pixel back illuminated CMOS sensor
  • 26x zoom (22-580mm equivalent)
  • 3in, 460,000-dot tilt LCD screen
  • Full HD 1080p, 30fps video recording
  • 10fps burst mode
  • Street price around £200

Pentax X-5 review – Introduction

Almost three years ago when Pentax’s last bridge camera, the X90, was released, it featured a class leading 26x optical zoom. Fast forward to 2012 and we have seen a 50x zoom in the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, a constant f/2.8 aperture in the 24x optical zoom of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200, and an imaging sensor in the Fujifilm X-S1 that is about twice the size of those used in other models. Manufacturers are including many new features in their cameras in order to get them noticed. Therefore, the new Pentax X-5, which replaces the X90, has much to build on in order to get up to speed in this competitive part of the market.

  • Video: Full HD 1080p 30fps video recording
  • White Balance: Auto WB, 6 presets, manual
  • Memory Card: SDHC, SDXC, SD
  • Viewfinder Type: Yes, 230,000-dot EVF
  • Output Size: 4608x3456 pixels
  • LCD: 3in tilt LCD with 460,000 dots
  • Sensor: 1/2.3in (6.08x4.56mm), 16-million-pixel CMOS
  • Exposure Modes: Programme, Manual, auto, custom, sport, landscap, portrait, handheld night snap and 20 Scene modes including HDR
  • Weight: 599g (including card and battery)
  • Power: 4x AA batteries (approx 500 shots)
  • Lens: 26x zoom lens, 4-104mm (22.3-580mm effective) f/3.1-5.9, 1cm close focus macro mode
  • File Format: JPEG only
  • AF array: 9-point, spot, tracking, infinity landscape, manual, AF point switching
  • Shutter Speeds: 4-1/2000sec
  • Dimensions: 86.5x120x106.5mm
  • Metering System: Multi-segment. centreweighted, spot
  • RRP: £229.99
  • ISO: ISO 100-6400

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