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Pentax X-5 Hands-On Preview

We go hands-on with the new Pentax X-5, the stylish bridge camera from Pentax with SLR styling.

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Pentax X 5 Hands On (5)

The Pentax X-5 is a new ultra zoom bridge camera from Pentax with a 26x optical zoom lens, built in shake reduction, and SLR like styling, with the camera looking a lot like a mini-Digital SLR.

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The camera has a tilting rear screen, and ample rubber grips for both hands, including a rubber grip surrounding the lens. It also features Pentax's trade-mark green ring around the lens. The Pentax X-5 is available in silver or black, and takes 4 AA batteries.

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Pentax X-5 Hands On Tilting rear screen.

Pentax X-5 Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Pentax X-5 Specifications

Max Aperturef/3.1 - f/5.9
35mm equivalent22.3mm - 580mm
Optical Zoom26x
Image Sensor
Pixels16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size1/2.33 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution460000
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • AF Tracking
  • Infinity
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/1500sec
Shutter speeds longest4sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • A
  • Manual
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 6400
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting1fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoNo
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery Type4 AA batteries (Alkaline, Lithium, Nickel and Rechargeable Ni-MH)
Battery Life (CIPA rating)330shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsPENTAX USB Cable I– USB7, AA Alkaline battery for X-5, Lens cap O-LC129 & Strap O-ST92

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Photographs taken using the Pentax X-5

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