Pentax X-5

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Pentax X-5
Type Bridge digital camera
Sensor 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) BSI-CMOS
Maximum resolution 4608x3456 (15.9 megapixels)
Lens 4mm-104mm (22.3-580mm 35mm equivalent; 26x optical zoom) f/3.1 to f/5.9
Flash Built-in pop up
Shutter Manual
Shutter speed range 1/1500 sec up to 4 sec
Exposure metering Manual
Focus areas 9 focus points
Continuous shooting 10 frame/s
Viewfinder EVF and 3.0 inch colour LCD (460,000 pixels)
ASA/ISO range ISO 100-6400
Storage Secure Digital Card
SDHC
SDXC
Battery 4 AA batteries (alkaline, lithium, nickel, or NiMH rechargeables)
Weight 595g

The Pentax X-5 is a digital "bridge" and superzoom camera from Japanese camera maker Pentax, featuring a 16 megapixel sensor and 26 times zoom for a final 35mm focal length equivalent of 580mm, as well as 1080p video capability. It was announced in August 2012 and became available in September 2012.[1] The previous X-designated camera in Pentax' line-up was the Pentax X90.

The Pentax X-5 furthermore includes a tiltable LCD display, uses standard AA batteries (four at a time for an estimated 330 images per battery charge)[2] and shoots continuous images at up to 10 frames per second.[3]

Video modes[edit]

The Pentax X-5 allows recording 1080p video at 30 frames per second as well as a high-speed mode (120 frames per second, VGA, for maximum 15 seconds duration). It also has inbuilt functionality to record time-lapse video at 15 frames per second and VGA resolution (25 minutes maximum duration).[4]

Reception[edit]

DigitalCameraInfo.com says the Pentax X-5 may be "the most comfortable ultrazoom ever" (to hold), and lauds its "half-sized price tag". However, it also suggests that the X-5's image stabilisation is ineffective at longer focal lengths, and criticises the lack of controls on the lens barrel,[5] which puts focus adjustment under automatic or camera-menu[4] control.a In closing, the reviewer requests that Pentax should "stick with that K-5 body shape no matter what".[5]

ePhotoZine describes the camera as "stylish", and mentions the "ample rubber grips".[2] Steve's Digicams cites "low noise up to 6400 ISO" and macro down to 0.4 inches (1 cm) as features of the camera.[3]

Notes[edit]

a. ^ Zoom is controlled by a dedicated lever surrounding the shutter button.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PENTAX - PENTAX Introduces New X-5 Digital Camera". Pentaximaging.com. 2012-08-22. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Pentax X-5 Hands-On Preview". Ephotozine.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Pentax X-5 Review: Overview". Steves-digicams.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  4. ^ a b "PENTAX X-5 Operating Manual". PENTAX RICOH IMAGING CO., LTD. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  5. ^ a b Snow, Christopher (2012-11-01). "Pentax X-5 First Impressions Review". DigitalCamerainfo.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07.