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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
Good quality pictures
Good product quality
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Reviews

Excellent Owner Reviews

On average, based on 100 owner reviews the average owner rating of this camera is terrific. 70 reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars. That puts this medium megapixel camera in the top 18% of all the digital cameras of a similar spec and age.

Pentax Has Excellent Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 2,026 expert and user reviews (including 121 verified purchases), Pentax has excellent reviews for its digital cameras. Pentax also has excellent reviews specifically within its medium megapixel digital cameras range compared to other brands. 97% of those that bought a Pentax camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax X-5 has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

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Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Pentax X-5 does not support Wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras that were launched more than two years ago do support Wi-Fi.

We compared all the other cameras which also support Wi-Fi to this camera and we think the Samsung 200, or the Fujifilm X-M1 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec, the Pentax X-5 does not feature bluetooth.

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Support

Good Support

Ten owners who reviewed it said that it had good technical guidance. Mr Paul Savory wrote in his Pentax X-5 review on Amazon “There are 2 set of instructions” and gave the product a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Mr Paul Savory also mentioned “1, Quick Guide - paper booklet (also on enclosed CD rom) 2, Operating Manuals on enclosed disc” in his review. Tony Wrench wrote on Amazon four years ago “I am still exploring the best way to take good macro shots of insects qnd the manual function is good for this” in his review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.


Power

Good Battery Life

Nine owners who bought it reckoned that it had a good battery life. Mark A. Warner mentioned “Then given the price thats no great surprise! Battery life is good” and scored it 4 stars out of 5. Steve D he wrote “The connectors and battery covers seem a little flimsy so care is needed to close these correctly” in his review of the Pentax X-5. P. D. H mentioned on Amazon “After 6 months of use, in which the camera has performed brilliantly (only critismise is high battery drain) it has developed a fault” and gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars out of 5.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Twelve owners wrote that it was compact. Mr. Michael Latham said on Amazon four years ago “For a compact SLR it serves my requirements very well” in his review of this digital camera. New Pete gave the product a score of a maximum of 5 stars and said “The sensor is only of the normal compact dimensions”. Lr1ten said on Amazon “For general views of static objects, its a brilliant compact camera with a good focal length” in their Pentax X-5 review and rated it a maximum of 5 stars.

Seven people who bought it reckoned that it was heavy and bulky. Mr. Peter Jackson wrote “The camera body is comfortable to hold and although quite chunky” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Four years ago New Pete wrote “The Pentax X5 is a chunky camera, roughly the same size as a 35mm SLR.”. Steve Moore wrote on Amazon “Have had enough of carrying around a heavy bag”.

Two owners who reviewed it said that it was a good body shape. Four years ago Gillian Fantazi wrote “A camera you would pay three times as much for with a metal body and the build was better on the battery cover.I wanted to give it 5” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

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Heavy

With a weight of 507.4 grams, the Pentax X-5 is one of the heavier cameras of this age and type amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. The lightest medium megapixel camera that has been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera is 20g and the heaviest is 1.3kg.

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Battery

330 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera take between 105 and 1,499 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Pentax X-5 which takes 330 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax X-5 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer who reviewed the product said that it was noisy. Four years ago Esk mentioned on Amazon “Has a lot of noise in low light pictures, colour reproduction can be washed out in artificial lighting, easily goes into candle setting”.


Memory

Quite Big Internal Memory

At 75.3 megabytes, the Pentax X-5 has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years. The average internal memory of similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera is 220MB.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The Pentax X-5 features smile detection. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera also feature smile detection.

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Display

Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Pentax X-5 has a vari-angle LCD display, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Pentax X-5 has a fairly typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Df ($1,995.95) (3.2" and higher rated), the D4 ($4,299.99) (3.2" and higher rated), or the D4S (3.2" and higher rated) all from Nikon.

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Design

Good Product Quality

Thirty-six owners concluded that it was good quality. Two years ago Mr. Peter Jackson said in his Pentax X-5 review on Amazon “More important than high pixel count, is the quality of the lens”. New Pete said on Amazon “The picture quality is as good as one could hope for”. Mjwaite mentioned in their review of this digital camera “I love it the zoom is simply amazing and the picture and video quality is awesome”.

Easy to Use

Fourty-six owners who reviewed it thought it was easy to use. Mr. Peter Jackson said in his review of this digital camera “I prefer to use Program (P on the dial) mode, which gives the user more choice over settings - particularly ISO value” and rated it 80 out of 100. Mr. Peter Jackson also said “The menu button brings up a 4-page menu that is clear and easy to use” in his review. Mr. Michael Latham gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and he said on Amazon “It's convenient and practical without being cumbersome like many orthodox SLR's”.

Nine owners who purchased it mentioned that it was easy to use the menus. Four years ago Muddy 1 gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of the Pentax X-5 “In my opinion using on the auto settings is easy with excellent results”. New Pete said “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 gave this digital camera a score of a maximum of 5 stars. Me "geoff" mentioned on Amazon “The external buttons to change settings are superb and it negates the need to wade through menus so much of the time”.

Six customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Three years ago Steve Moore said on Amazon “It is a comfortable weight” in his review of this digital camera. Witty007 mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Perfect size to hold and looks great” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. T Lee said “A pleasure to hold”.

One owner wrote in their reviews that it was easy to setup. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Is very easy to set up” and rated it 80 out of 100.

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Nice Design

Seven owners who purchased it reckoned that it was good looking. North of England Way wrote on Amazon five years ago “This is pretty normal to be honest with digital cameras”. North of England Way also mentioned “I'd highly recommend buying some rechargeable batteries and charger, these can be pretty cheap compared to constantly buying new batteries-No manual zoom (the zoom is motorised” in their review. Four years ago Mr. Francis V. J. Hyde he mentioned on Amazon “This camera takes beautiful, pin-sharp pictures”.

Three owners who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was neat. Michael Hunt mentioned “A small, neat SLR style camera that is bursting with features” in his review of the Pentax X-5. Del wrote “This camera is excellent being neat & compact with easy to use features”.

One owner thought it was smooth. Two years ago T Lee wrote “The shutter button has a good precise feel and the zoom lever is smooth and responsive”.

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Robust

Nine people said in their reviews that it was well made. Mr Paul Savory mentioned in his review of the Pentax X-5 “Pentax X-5 has a 26x superzoom built around a 16MP backlit CMOS sensor” . Amazon Customer mentioned four years ago “Well made quality product at a great price” in their review of this digital camera and scored this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Alan Smith mentioned on Amazon “A solid easy to use bridge camera”.

Two owners reckoned that the product was strong and durable. New Pete gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and said on Amazon four years ago “It gives the impression of being mechanically sturdy”. Ed.f said “The camera takes 4 AA batteries which is frankly brilliant since I never go anywhere too far from AA batteries (shops are common” in their review of this digital camera.

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Camera

Has a Dioptre Correction

The Pentax X-5 has a dioptre correction. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec 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 digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also feature multi burst mode.

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Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The Pentax X-5 has a handheld remote control. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera 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 cameras of this spec and age 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 medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years 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 cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax X-5 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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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 digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. In addition, this Pentax digital 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 that have been around for more than two years the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4928 x 3264 (best).

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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 of this spec and age.

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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"" digital camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size.

This digital camera's optical sensor size (1/2.33"") is in fact the worst optical sensor size amongst all similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

A 2/3"" optical sensor size is the best optical sensor size amongst comparable types of digital camera.

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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 digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

We compared this 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 digital cameras of this spec and age.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the GE J1455 is also worth considering.

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Features Date Imprinting

The Pentax X-5 features date imprinting. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and 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 similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Pentax X-5 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

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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 digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Lens System

Quite Big Digital Zoom

Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera the digital zooms range from 1x to 120x, and the average digital zoom is 6.6x. At 7.2 times zoom factor, the Pentax X-5 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

At 26 times zoom factor, the Pentax X-5 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera. The average optical zoom of comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 14x.

If you are looking for a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Coolpix S9700 (30x), or the L820 (30x) both from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At 580 millimeters, the Pentax X-5 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera is 350mm, and the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 18mm to 1,500mm.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

When compared to other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera that we have checked, the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the Pentax X-5 of only 22.3 millimeters is one of the shortest. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of this spec and age is 4.5mm and the longest is 40mm.

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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 comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera do not support Full HD video.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Pentax K-01 ($511.92).

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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 Pentax digital camera). In addition, this 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 in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras of this spec and age.

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

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Pentax X-5 is 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution across all digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution across similar types of camera.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Twelve people who purchased it agreed that it had good features. Mjwaite gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “I eventually decided to go with the Pentax X5 based on user reviews and the amount of features such as tilt screen, 1080p video recording”. Mr. Anthony P. Domaille gave the Pentax X-5 a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and he said on Amazon “With plenty of features to learn and produce even better results”. Witty007 mentioned “Has other features which I hope to learn over time” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars.


Good Quality Pictures

Seventy customers wrote in their reviews that the Pentax X-5 was able to produce good images. Two years ago Mr. Peter Jackson wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “Excellent photos from a very versatile camera” and scored the product 4 stars out of 5. Mr. Peter Jackson also wrote “The button controls are well-placed and when you have taken your photo, you can immediately review it on the LCD screen” in his review. North of England Way wrote “In normal light conditions the camera offers superb photographs, rich, vibrant, with superb black levels” in their review of this digital camera and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Four people who reviewed it considered that it had a good picture resolution. Robert Simpson wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “The screen resolution is decent”. Alessandro wrote in their review of this digital camera “I found a great camera, with a high resolution, incredible zoom, Shake Reduction System, tiltable LCD monitor” . Ed.f wrote on Amazon “16 mega pixels” in their review of this digital camera.

Three customers thought this digital camera was good in low light. Four years ago Me "geoff" gave the product a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned “I have posted a photo taken of a young blackbird that was taken in low light at full optical zoom, then cropped a little” in their review of this digital camera. Witty007 wrote in their review of this digital camera “The photos in low light levels are bright”. Ed.f said on Amazon five years ago “The auto-focus is fast, even in low light and the facial recognition thing supporting the multi point focusing is a real treat” in their review of this digital camera and rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Two owners who purchased it concluded that it was able to produce clear pictures. Tony Wrench mentioned on Amazon four years ago “The lens gives great clarity on optical zoom” in his review of this digital camera. One customer reckoned that it had a good ISO range. Mr. Peter Jackson said “The first and most obvious Fn mode to assign is ISO sensitivity, to bypass the menu” in his review of this digital camera.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Eleven customers who purchased this digital camera considered that it had a good screen. Me "geoff" said on Amazon “The screen is bright and clear with a nice quality”. Peter wrote on Amazon “The Pentax X5 is the ideal camera for disabled people too! The tiltable screen is a fantastic aid for users that have difficulty raising a camera to eye level”. Robert Simpson mentioned in his review of this digital camera four years ago “It looks handsome and as its a Pentax, I know all the controls! Thanks Ricoh for saving a classic (my favorite) camera brand! The swivel screen is good” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.

Ten people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. T Lee said “The viewfinder is bright and clear, better than the viewfinder on some cameras costing a lot more”. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “The viewfinder made it easy to focus”. Coloin Cousins said on Amazon “I like it a lot and the viewfinder option is most useful- as is the ability to angle the lcd screen”.

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Good Video Capture

Twelve owners who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was good for video recording. Mr. Anthony P. Domaille rated the product a maximum of 5 stars and he said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “This camera is very impressive in quality, takes great pictures and video and the zoom is something else”. Stephen J Allerton wrote “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 on Amazon “Videos are excellent” and rated the product 80 out of 100.

Good Flash

Five people wrote in their reviews that the product had a good flash. Five years ago North of England Way mentioned “Can be remedied by using the flash - fairly normal practice at night” in their review of this digital camera. Robert Simpson mentioned on Amazon “The flash is strong and finally the 1080p video recording is excellent” in his review of this digital camera. Colin James wrote “Even in the dark with the flash the pics are great, I went outside”.

Good Quality Lens

Thirty-four owners who bought the product agreed that it had a good zoom. Muddy 1 said “It`s a versatile camera with a very adequate optical zoom”. Muddy 1 also wrote “The digital zoom is also useful even up to the max” in their review. New Pete wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The zoom lens is versatile”.

Eight people mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good lens. Mrs E Evans said “The lens is amazing and I am looking forward to many hours of enjoyment with it” in her review of this digital camera. Mr. Peter Jackson said in his review of this digital camera “In my opinion this lens is first class” and scored it 80 out of 100. Me "geoff" wrote “It has a great lens and takes superb photographs”.

Five owners who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good autofocus. Two years ago T Lee mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Focusing is pretty quick” and gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. T Lee also wrote “You can use the autofocus instead if you prefer though” in their review. P. D. H mentioned “The focusing is fast and most of the time accurately meters the scene” in their review of this digital camera.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This medium megapixel camera was released in April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax 40mm104mm
Barcodes 00027075206434, 00027075219199, 00027075219304, 04549212219214, 05053973128160

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