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Pentax X-5

Ephotozine Recommended
An award winning bridge camera with good features
Bridge 16MP 26x Yes Aug 2012
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
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Pentax X-5 Review

With excellent reviews but good features, we have ranked the Pentax X-5 number 695 across all digital cameras.
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108 Reviews + 1 Award
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Good Features
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5 Years Old
Overall Score
44
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 44?

It has not bad expert reviews and outstanding user reviews with an average overall rating of 80%, based on 108 reviews. This digital camera has received a "Recommended" award from Ephotozine. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However this Pentax digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2017.
Customers report it is fairly priced, superior product quality and good picture quality.
The X-5 has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Quite big optical zoom
1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution
Heavy
Does not feature bluetooth
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Pentax X-5 Video Reviews


How Big is the Pentax X-5?

The Pentax X-5 is 119.3mm wide and 86.3mm tall. It is 106.6mm deep and weighs 507.4g.

Pentax X-5 front dimensions

Pentax X-5 size in context

Pentax X-5 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

One Industry Award

This Pentax camera received a "Recommended" award from website Ephotozine who decided that this camera was very good.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on eight expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, Ephotozine, Techradar and Digital Versus the average expert rating of this digital camera is 72%.

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User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, people who bought this camera rated it as terrific. Over 95% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars. This means that users think this digital camera is one of the better cameras.

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Users Report That it is Reasonably Priced

28 owners who purchased the Pentax X-5 reckoned that it was good value for money.

Customers Report Excellent Product Quality

21 owners concluded that the product was good quality.

Customers Report Good Picture Quality

35 owners concluded that the product was able to produce good images and two people who purchased it concluded that it had a good picture resolution.

  • While this is a neat little package, you should be aware that there are many other premium compact cameras fulfilling a similar need and producing stronger image quality, offering faster lenses…
  • Not to a degree that would leave a hobby photographer disappointed with the results…
    CNET.co.uk December 2012
  • This camera is very impressive in quality, takes great pictures and video…
  • It straight forward to use and once you have mastered the settings you get great photos…
    John Ryder (Amazon) - February 2014
  • Maybe this one had a faulty lens barrel not aligning the frame up properly with the sensor…
    P. D. H "PDH" (Amazon) - December 2013
  • Great zoom and fine quality images and video…
  • Excellent photos from a very versatile camera…
  • For me well worth the price, bought re chargeable batteries which again gives me enough hours for taking pictures…
  • The image quality seemed very good to me…
    GGDay (Amazon) - June 2014
  • For a camera at this price it's spec is quite remarkable and the quality of the photos is excellent…

Users Report it is Easy to Use

23 customers said in their reviews that it was easy to use, six customers who reviewed it thought it was easy to use the menus and four customers who bought it considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

Pentax Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 2,542 user and expert reviews (including 474 verified purchases) for Pentax digital cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent ratings. We also found that Pentax has excellent ratings specifically within its digital cameras range. 98% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report it is Robust

Five customers who bought it thought it was well made.

Customers Report Good Video Capture

Four people said in their reviews that it was good for video recording.

  • Hey! - and a quick video GO button so that when you see the squirrel…
    Hopkirk (Amazon) - March 2014
  • It also took great movie of the fireworks - the only downside being that using the movie function drains the battery very quickly…
  • Videos are excellent…
    Tony Wrench (Amazon) - November 2013
  • Here you have a viewfinder so it makes such videos much easier to achieve…
    T Lee (Amazon) - May 2015

Users Report Good Technical Features

Five customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had good features.

  • With plenty of features to learn and produce even better results…
  • Aside from the manual issue this is a great camera offering many features and the quality of the product is high as are the results obtained…
  • This is a wonderful camera, very flexible from ultra wide angle to ultra telephoto lens, all in one, full features, which takes very good photos…
  • This camera is excellent being neat & compact with easy to use features…
    Del (Amazon) - June 2013
  • Buy it because it has some of the best features, because it is very user friendly…

Customers Report Nice Design

Four owners who purchased this digital camera considered that it was good looking and three people who bought it considered that it was neat.

  • While this is a neat little package, you should be aware that there are many other premium compact cameras fulfilling a similar need…
  • Despite the numerous manual and over-ride features) it seems to work best when left in the Auto Scene Select mode, which is pretty foolproof…
  • This is pretty normal to be honest with digital cameras…
  • This camera is excellent being neat & compact with easy to use features…
    Del (Amazon) - June 2013
  • The main downside is the internal memory of the camera is relatively small so if you want to go off on a jaunt and shoot to your heart's content immediately upon taking the camera out of the box you must, absolutely must invest in a memory card when you purchase this neat and sweet little package…
    Elmsyrup (Amazon) - March 2013
  • The quality of the photographs are beautiful, crisp and clear…
    Amy (Amazon) - August 2013
  • Focusing is pretty quick and it's accurate - you can be confident that you will get your shots in focus with this camera without it being hit…
    T Lee (Amazon) - May 2015
  • The shutter button has a good precise feel and the zoom lever is smooth and responsive…
    T Lee (Amazon) - May 2015

Users Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Six people mentioned in their reviews that the Pentax X-5 had a good screen and two people reckoned that this digital camera had a good viewfinder.

Users Report Excellent Battery Life

Four people who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good battery life.

  • The connectors and battery covers seem a little flimsy so care is needed to close these correctly…
    Steve D (Amazon) - February 2014
  • It also took great movie of the fireworks - the only downside being that using the movie function drains the battery very quickly…
  • Indeed, battery life better than expected…
    Richard Green (Amazon) - September 2013
  • At least it has one and using it saves a lot of battery life…
    Richard Green (Amazon) - September 2013

Users Report Helpful Technical Guidance

Two people who purchased the product reckoned that it had good technical guidance.

Customers Report it is a Good Size

Seven owners who purchased this digital camera considered that it was compact.

  • Owing to the combination of a large focal range, compact body, full manual control…
  • While this is a neat little package, you should be aware that there are many other premium compact cameras fulfilling a similar need…
  • My son had been asking for a camera and he had been using a compact for a few years…
    Steve D (Amazon) - February 2014
  • For general views of static objects, its a brilliant compact camera with a good focal length…
    LR1TEN (Amazon) - December 2013
  • The camera body is comfortable to hold…
  • This camera was recommended to us for our daughter by photographers who run a club at her school; it was for the next stage after her compact which has been great…
    Emski6 (Amazon) - March 2014
  • This camera is excellent being neat & compact with easy to use features…
    Del (Amazon) - June 2013
  • The sensor is only of the normal compact dimensions…
  • Compared to its peers in the same bridge and compact camera class it is as good as any of them…
    T Lee (Amazon) - May 2015

Customers Report a Good Flash

Three people who bought it thought it had a good flash.

  • This feature is very effective and allows photos to be taken hand-held with low shutter speeds, so photos can be taken in dull situations where flash is not permitted, or would not be effective…
  • Nice fold away flash, easy play back…
  • Can be remedied by using the flash - fairly normal practice at night…
  • The results of relying on auto focus and auto flash are impressive enough by themselves to justify a purchase…
    Elmsyrup (Amazon) - March 2013
  • The pictures are great, especially at night, with or without the powerful flash…
    Simila Cyprus (Amazon) - December 2012

Users Report Good Lens Quality

15 customers who reviewed the product said that it had a good zoom, four customers wrote that it had a good lens and three owners who purchased the product said that it had a good autofocus.


Features

Average Megapixels

The megapixels of the Pentax X-5 of 16MP is fairly average compared to most other cameras. It is in the lowest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The optical zoom of the Pentax X-5 of 26x is quite big compared to most other cameras. It is in the biggest 20% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 is known as "Full HD".

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax X-5 has an image stabilizer. 77% of cameras also have an image stabilizer.

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Average Minimum Aperture Number

The minimum aperture number of the Pentax X-5 of 3.1 is relatively standard compared to most other cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Pentax X-5 has a built-in flash, as do 66% of digital cameras.

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Heavy

The weight of the Pentax X-5 of 507g is in the heaviest 17% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. The weights of digital cameras range from 50g to 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

Like most other digital cameras, the Pentax X-5 does not feature bluetooth. 96% of cameras do not feature bluetooth.

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Features Date Imprinting

The Pentax X-5 features date imprinting. 93% of cameras do not feature date imprinting.

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Has a Handheld Remote Control

The Pentax X-5 has a handheld remote control. 99% of digital cameras do not have a handheld remote control.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The Pentax X-5 features multi burst mode, unlike 87% of digital cameras which do not feature multi burst mode.

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Features Smile Detection

The Pentax X-5 features smile detection, which is unusual. 89% of digital cameras do not feature smile detection.

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Quite Small Image Sensor Size

The image sensor sizes of digital cameras range from 0.25" to 1.5", and the average image sensor size is 0.5". The image sensor size of the Pentax X-5 of only 0.429" is fairly small compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 9% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Pentax X-5 has an HDMI port, unlike 71% of digital cameras which do not have an HDMI port.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Pentax X-5 has a vari-angle LCD display. 84% of cameras do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax X-5 features flash exposure compensation, which is unusual. 80% of digital cameras do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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Features Face Detection

The Pentax X-5 features face detection, unlike 89% of digital cameras which do not feature face detection.

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Supports Video Capability

video capability

The Pentax X-5 supports video capability, unlike 67% of cameras which do not support video capability.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

Digital cameras have digital zooms of between 0.72x and 810x, and the average digital zoom is 11x. The digital zoom of the Pentax X-5 of 7.2x is in the biggest 15% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Pentax X-5's display diagonal of 3" is pretty average compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Supports Dioptic Correction

The Pentax X-5 supports dioptic correction, which is unusual. 90% of cameras do not support dioptic correction.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Pentax X-5 does not support Wi-Fi, although it is worth noting that 72% of digital cameras also do not support Wi-Fi.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The Pentax X-5 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. 75% of digital cameras do not support Full HD video.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Still Image Resolution

This camera supports a still image resolution of 4608 x 3456|4608 x 2592|3456 x 3456|3072 x 2304|3072 x 1728|2592 x 1944|2592 x 1464|2048 x 1536|1920 x 1080|1024 x 768|640 x 480 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080|1280 x 720|640 x 480 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The average internal memory of all cameras is 390MB, with the smallest being 1MB and the biggest being 32GB. The internal memory of the Pentax X-5 of 75.3MB is quite big compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the biggest 22% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Age

Released Over Five Years Ago

This Pentax camera was released in August 2012.


Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027075206434, 00027075219199, 00027075219304, 04549212219214, 05053973128160

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Pentax X-5

Vastly larger maximum aperture number
Longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)
Lighter
Smaller digital zoom
Lighter
27.1 larger maximum aperture number
Nine aspherical lenses
Significantly smaller digital zoom

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