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The Pentax X-5 was released in August 2012 and is the latest bridge camera from Pentax, featuring a tilt-able screen, 26x optical zoom and 16 megapixel sensor. It is available for around £190.00 in either black or silver.
There is a 3 inch LCD monitor, with a 460,000 dot resolution which can be tilted up and down to create an easier angle for viewing. You can also compose your shots using the electronic viewfinder which has diopter adjustment.
The X-5 has 10 modes which include Auto Picture, Scene, Program, Manual, Landscape and Handheld Night Snap. You can record at up to 10 fps for a maximum of 30 shots. When you've finished shooting you can apply one of 12 digital filters as well as creative improving tools such as Stretch filter, Small Face filter and Collage function.
Movies are recorded in full 1080p HD resolution at 30 fps. There are other video feature such as High-speed Movie mode for slow-motion playback and Time-lapse Movie mode for fast-forward playback (both restricted to 640 x 480 pixels). There is a micro-HDMI terminal for connection to a HDTV.
- 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor
- 26x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 22.3-580mm)
- Dual shake-reduction system
- 3.0 inch 460,000 dots tilt-able LCD monitor
- Electronic viewfinder with diopter adjustment
- Full 1080p HD video recording
- ISO 100-6400
- 1cm minimum focusing distance
- High-speed burst shooting of up to 10 fps
- Available in silver and black
On the rear are buttons for display, EVF, movie recording, playback, drive mode / continuous shooting, macro, flash, mode, menu. There is also a green button which has two functions - green mode which automatically sets the camera settings for you, or you can use it as a function button to give options to certain settings such as ISO and white balance. If you're a more advanced user, it's likely you'll prefer the option to use it as a function button.
The EVF is a little on the bright side, after a period of sustained use it feels like you've been looking into bright lights and is therefore a little blinding. Other than that is has a decent resolution, although it's quite small. The screen is a good size and resolutions and it's handy that it rotates, making it easy to shoot with the camera held in the air or low down. The menu system is easy to navigate.
The camera requires 4 AA batteries, with alkaline battery life is rated at 330 shots according CIPA test results, we were unable to reach this amount with two sets of batteries though. If you want to be able to take more picture with each charge, rechargeable Ni-MH batteries have a CIPA rating of 500 shots and lithium AA batteries rated at 950 shots.
We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.5 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.6 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||3.0 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||4.0 secs|
|Continuous Shooting||0.9 fps
|Burst Shooting (L)
|Burst Shooting (H)||13.8 fps|
For both the burst shooting modes, file size is limited to 5 or 4 megapixels.
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Pentax X-5 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/40 sec | f/4.6 | 18.4 mm | ISO 800
Landscape | 1/1000 sec | f/3.1 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
Fast Shutter Speed | 1/1250 sec | f/3.4 | 6.2 mm | ISO 1600
Pet Portrait | 1/100 sec | f/5.4 | 34.9 mm | ISO 100
Sample Photos - 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.
Pentax X-5 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/640 sec | f/3.1 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
Some Optical Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/5.5 | 39.1 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/60 sec | f/5.9 | 104.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 10.7 mm | ISO 160
Lens Performance - Detail is OK at both ends of the lens, but there is quite commonly purple fringing in contrasting areas of the image. With a minimum focusing distance of just 1cm, you can take some good macro shots with a good amount of detail.
|ISO 100 | 1/10 sec | f/4.2 | 12.8 mm High-Res||ISO 200 | 1/25 sec | f/4.2 | 12.8 mm High-Res||ISO 400 | 1/45 sec | f/4.2 | 12.8 mm High-Res|
|ISO 800 | 1/100 sec | f/4.2 | 12.8 mm High-Res||ISO 1600 | 1/200 sec | f/4.2 | 12.8 mm High-Res|
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 100, with only a little appearing at ISO 200. ISO 400 sees a little softening appearing and becoming even softer at ISO 800. The highest ISO setting is ISO 1600, although the noise creates very soft looking images, colour is still good enough for decent enough pictures.
Pentax X-5 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/50 sec | f/3.4 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/50 sec | f/3.4 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/6 sec | f/3.4 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/6 sec | f/3.4 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights, there is an orange cast when using the AWB setting, the incandescent preset takes a much better picture. Under the fluorescent lighting there isn't much difference, with the AWB setting and fluorescent presets both taking good shots.
Panorama | 1/640 sec | f/3.1 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
Panorama mode When viewing full size, detail isn't fantastic but they are well stitched together and look great when sharing on the web.
Pentax X-5 Digital filters
Black And White | 1/30 sec | f/5.2 | 27.8 mm | ISO 1000
Colour | 1/30 sec | f/5.2 | 27.8 mm | ISO 1000
Colour Emphasis | 1/30 sec | f/5.2 | 27.8 mm | ISO 1000
Extract Colour | 1/30 sec | f/5.2 | 27.8 mm | ISO 1000
Fish Eye | 1/30 sec | f/5.2 | 27.8 mm | ISO 1000
High Contrast | 1/30 sec | f/5.2 | 27.8 mm | ISO 1000
Miniature | 1/30 sec | f/5.2 | 27.8 mm | ISO 1000
Retro | 1/30 sec | f/5.2 | 27.8 mm | ISO 1000
Sepia | 1/30 sec | f/5.2 | 27.8 mm | ISO 1000
Soft | 1/30 sec | f/5.2 | 27.8 mm | ISO 1000
Toy Camera | 1/30 sec | f/5.2 | 27.8 mm | ISO 1000
HDR | 1/30 sec | f/5.2 | 27.8 mm | ISO 1000
Stretch Filter | 1/30 sec | f/5.2 | 27.8 mm | ISO 1000
Digital Filters - When you enter playback on the X-5, there are a number of editing options such as rotating, stretch filter, small face filter, digital filters and HDR. There are examples of some of these above.
Video - Below is a video recorded in full 1080p HD, quality is good but you can't use the optical zoom during recording. Over on the ePHOTOzine Youtube Channel there are example videos using the Time-Lapse video mode and High-Speed video mode.
Value For MoneyThe Pentax X-5 is available for around £190.00, it's one of the lower priced super-zoom cameras around, but there are options for all budgets.
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You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
|The Pentax X-5 is feature packed and great value for money.
Pentax X-5 ProsFeature packed
Great value for money
Takes good pictures
Body has ample rubber grip
Pentax X-5 Cons10 fps high-speed shooting only capable at a lower resolution
No aperture or shutter priority modes
Alkaline battery life wasn't as long as hoped
|VALUE FOR MONEY|
Pentax X-5 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.1 - f/5.9|
|35mm equivalent||22.3mm - 580mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.33 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/1500sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 6400|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No|
|Battery Type||4 AA batteries (Alkaline, Lithium, Nickel and Rechargeable Ni-MH)|
|Box Contents||PENTAX USB Cable IÂ– USB7, AA Alkaline battery for X-5, Lens cap O-LC129 & Strap O-ST92|