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Pentax X-5 Digital Camera

Bridge Camera 16MP 26x Aug 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Excellent owner reviews
Reasonably priced
Good quality pictures
100 Reviews
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Price

Reasonably Priced

Twenty-eight people concluded that the Pentax X-5 was good value for money. A D Gillespie wrote on expert website Amazon “Really good value for money” in their review of this digital camera. Five years ago North of England Way said “Great Camera At A Great Price” in their review of this digital camera. Four years ago New Pete mentioned on expert review site Amazon “Easy to use and good value” in their review of this digital camera.


Reviews

Excellent Owner Reviews

On average, people who bought this camera rated it as marvellous. 70 reviewers (95% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars. This puts this medium megapixel digital camera in the top 18% of all the digital cameras of a similar age and type when ranked by average owner review score.

Pentax Has Excellent Digital Camera Reviews

We checked 2,040 expert and user reviews (including 123 verified purchases) for Pentax digital cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Pentax has excellent ratings specifically within its medium megapixel cameras range. 97% of those that bought a Pentax camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Good Product Quality

Twenty-one owners wrote in their reviews that the product was good quality. Mr. Peter Jackson mentioned on expert website Amazon two years ago “More important than high pixel count, is the quality of the lens”. New Pete wrote in their Pentax X-5 review on expert review site Amazon “The picture quality is as good as one could hope for” and rated the product 5 stars out of 5. Me "geoff" said on expert review site Amazon “The screen is bright and clear with a nice quality” in their review of this digital camera.

Easy to Use

Twenty-two owners wrote in their reviews that the Pentax X-5 was easy to use. Me "geoff" wrote on expert website Amazon “What it makes up for in ease of use and size is to my mind what gives it such great appeal”. They also mentioned “This camera has a wonderful set of easy to use functions” in their review. Mr. Anthony P. Domaille said “It's easy to use straight out of the box” in his review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Six owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Muddy 1 said on expert website Amazon four years ago “In my opinion using on the auto settings is easy with excellent results” in their review of this digital camera and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. New Pete mentioned “It is convenient to be able to access many common functions directly by button, again this is difficult if you are trying to read a screen menu in bright sunshine” in their review of this digital camera and scored this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars. Me "geoff" scored the product 5 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “The external buttons to change settings are superb and it negates the need to wade through menus so much of the time”.

Four customers considered that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold. Steve Moore said “It is a comfortable weight” in his review of this digital camera and scored the product 80 out of 100. Three years ago Witty007 wrote in their review of this digital camera “Perfect size to hold and looks great”. T Lee said “A pleasure to hold”.

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Robust

Five customers who reviewed the Pentax X-5 reckoned that it was well made. Alan Smith mentioned on expert review site Amazon “A solid easy to use bridge camera”. Amazon Customer said on expert review site Amazon “Well made quality product at a great price” in their review of this digital camera. Del mentioned on expert review site Amazon four years ago “It has many built in options which should suit most amateur users”.

Nice Design

Four owners considered that the product was good looking. Five years ago North of England Way rated the Pentax X-5 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “This is pretty normal to be honest with digital cameras”. T Lee wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “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”. Amy said “The quality of the photographs are beautiful, crisp and clear” in her review of this digital camera.

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was neat. Del gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and he mentioned in his review of this digital camera “This camera is excellent being neat & compact with easy to use features”.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Five customers who bought this digital camera thought it had good features. Three years ago Mr. Anthony P. Domaille mentioned on expert website Amazon “With plenty of features to learn and produce even better results”. John Mcdermott said in his review of the Pentax X-5 “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” . James mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “Buy it because it has some of the best features, because it is very user friendly”.


Power

Good Battery Life

Four people mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good battery life. Steve D rated it 4 stars out of 5 and he said “The connectors and battery covers seem a little flimsy so care is needed to close these correctly”. Richard Green mentioned four years ago “Indeed, battery life better than expected” in his review of this digital camera. He also said “At least it has one and using it saves a lot of battery life” in his review.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

Two owners who bought it agreed that it had good technical guidance. Mr Paul Savory wrote on expert website Amazon “There are 2 set of instructions”. Jayemp mentioned on expert website Amazon “The instructions are easy to read”.


Good Quality Pictures

Thirty-five owners who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was able to produce good images. North of England Way wrote “In normal light conditions the camera offers superb photographs, rich, vibrant, with superb black levels”. Two years ago Mr. Peter Jackson scored the product 80 out of 100 and he said “Excellent photos from a very versatile camera” in his review of this digital camera. Me "geoff" gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert review site Amazon “When used wisely it creates wonderful images and is so very versatile”.

Two customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Ed.f wrote “16 mega pixels” .

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Good Video Capture

Six people who reviewed it mentioned that it was good for video recording. Three years ago Mr. Anthony P. Domaille wrote “This camera is very impressive in quality, takes great pictures and video and the zoom is something else”. Four years ago Stephen J Allerton scored the product a maximum of 5 stars and he said on expert website Amazon “Great zoom and fine quality images and video” in his review of this digital camera. Tony Wrench mentioned in his review of this digital camera also four years ago “Videos are excellent” .

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Five owners who bought the product concluded that it had a good screen. Robert Simpson gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he said “The screen resolution is decent” in his review of the Pentax X-5. James rated it 5 stars out of 5 and he mentioned on expert website Amazon “The tilt screen is genius - my previous Canon had a flip out reversible screen.”. Francis Cochrane gave the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote on expert website Amazon “Despite the fact the screen is movable, in bright conditions the screen is difficult to see, unless you have perfect eyesight”.

Two people wrote in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. T Lee said two years ago “The viewfinder is bright and clear, better than the viewfinder on some cameras costing a lot more” in their review of this digital camera and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

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Good Flash

Three people reckoned that the product had a good flash. North of England Way scored it 5 stars out of 5 and said on expert review site Amazon “Can be remedied by using the flash - fairly normal practice at night” in their review of this digital camera. David Benham scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he wrote “Nice fold away flash, easy play back”. Elmsyrup said on expert website Amazon “The results of relying on auto focus and auto flash are impressive enough by themselves to justify a purchase”.

Good Quality Lens

Fifteen people wrote that it had a good zoom. Muddy 1 scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The digital zoom is also useful even up to the max”. They also said “It`s a versatile camera with a very adequate optical zoom” in their review. Lr1ten wrote “It is not easy to keep a lock on the subject matter, especially at mid to full zoom”.

Four customers who reviewed it considered that it had a good lens. Mr. Peter Jackson wrote “In my opinion this lens is first class” in his review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5. Four years ago Me "geoff" mentioned “It has a great lens and takes superb photographs”. Harry1 wrote “Very sharp lens with a great range” and rated it 5 stars out of 5.

Three customers who purchased the product thought it had a good autofocus. P. D. H rated the Pentax X-5 80 out of 100 and mentioned on expert website Amazon “The focusing is fast and most of the time accurately meters the scene”. Four years ago Amazon Customer gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert review site Amazon “The viewfinder made it easy to focus and cut out glare”.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

Pentax released the X-5 in August 2012.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Five owners thought it was compact. New Pete wrote four years ago “The sensor is only of the normal compact dimensions” in their review of this digital camera and scored this digital camera 5 stars out of 5. Lr1ten gave the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said on expert review site Amazon “For general views of static objects, its a brilliant compact camera with a good focal length” in their review of this digital camera. T Lee wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon two years ago “Compared to its peers in the same bridge and compact camera class it is as good as any of them”.

Two owners said in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky. Mr. Peter Jackson mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “The camera body is comfortable to hold and although quite chunky” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. Steve Moore wrote “Have had enough of carrying around a heavy bag” in his review of this digital camera.

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Heavy

With a weight of 507.4 grams, the Pentax X-5 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. Across all the medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera the weights range from 20g to 1.3kg, and the average weight is 250g.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Pentax X-5 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Nikon D3100 which has better reviews.

If you want a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Df (£2,039) (3.2" and higher rated), the D4 (£4,225) (3.2" and higher rated), or the D4S (£3,379.99) (3.2" and higher rated) all from Nikon.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Pentax X-5 has a vari-angle LCD display, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras that were launched more than two years ago do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Pentax X-5 does not support Wi-Fi, unlike most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support Wi-Fi that you might want to consider including the Samsung 150F which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The Pentax X-5 does not feature bluetooth. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also do not feature bluetooth.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The Pentax X-5 has one of the bigger digital zooms (7.2 times zoom factor) amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age. Across all the cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera the digital zooms range from 1x to 120x.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The Pentax X-5 has a fairly big optical zoom (26 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera. The optical zooms of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 0.34x to 65x.

If you are looking for a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Coolpix S9700 (£282.13) (30x and higher rated), or the L820 (£143.99) (30x and higher rated) both from Nikon.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the medium megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 18mm to 1,500mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 350mm. The Pentax X-5 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (580 millimeters) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the medium megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 4.5mm to 40mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm. The Pentax X-5 has one of the shortest minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (only 22.3 millimeters) amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Pentax X-5 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera do not support Full HD video.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Pentax X-5 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this Pentax camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

A 320 x 120 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Pentax X-5 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution across all digital cameras of this type and age.

The worst video resolution across comparable types of digital camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Pentax X-5 supports video capability, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras which support video capability and we think the Canon 140 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax X-5 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to look at include because of its better review score, the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm.

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Features Date Imprinting

The Pentax X-5 features date imprinting. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also feature date imprinting.

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Features Face Detection

The Pentax X-5 features face detection, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Pentax X-5 has an HDMI port. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Pentax X-5 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax X-5 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years also have an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of their better review scores, the GE J1455, or the Panasonic DMC-TZ35.

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Only 1/2.33"" Optical Sensor Size

The Pentax X-5 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.33"". That's 1% less optical sensor size than a 1/2.3"" camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size.

This camera's optical sensor size (1/2.33"") is actually the worst optical sensor size across all cameras of this spec and age.

The best optical sensor size amongst similar types of camera is 2/3"".

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax X-5 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most medium megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s) of 1024 x 768, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536, 2592 x 1464, 2592 x 1944, 3072 x 1728, 3072 x 2304 and 3456 x 3456 and 4608 x 2592. Across all digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 4928 x 3264.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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16 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16 megapixels camera.

Alternative 16MP cameras currently available which you might want to consider include because of its better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR (£228).

If this Pentax digital camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to look at the Lumix DMC-G6 (16.05MP and higher rated), the DMC-GH3EC-K (16.05MP and higher rated), or the Lumix G5 (£788) (16.05MP and higher rated) all from Panasonic.

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Camera

Has a Dioptre Correction

The Pentax X-5 has a dioptre correction. Most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also have a dioptre correction.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The Pentax X-5 features multi burst mode. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera also feature multi burst mode.

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax X-5 has a flash exposure compensation. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have a flash exposure compensation.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The Pentax X-5 features smile detection. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also feature smile detection.

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Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The Pentax X-5 has a handheld remote control. Most of the other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago do not have a handheld remote control.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Pentax X-5 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Pentax X-5 has a hand strap. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera also have a hand strap.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Pentax X-5 has a batteries included, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Memory

Quite Big Internal Memory

The average internal memory of medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera is 220MB, and the internal memory range from 8MB to 8GB. At 75.3 megabytes, the Pentax X-5 has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax X-5 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also have a built-in microphone.

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Battery

330 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Pentax X-5 is a digital camera that takes 330 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago take between 105 and 1,499 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax x5silver, pentax x5black, pentax x5sl
Barcodes 00027075206434, 00027075219182, 00027075219199, 00027075219298, 00027075219304, 00163120712526, 04549212219214, 04549212219320, 05053973128160

Pentax X-5 Review Sources

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