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Pentax X-5

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Pentax X-5 Review

With excellent reviews but mediocre features, we have ranked the Pentax X-5 number 286 across all digital cameras.
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108 Reviews + 1 Award
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Overall Score
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Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 38?

It has good expert reviews and excellent user reviews with an average overall rating of 86%, based on 108 reviews.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2017.
Customers report it is reasonably priced, good product quality and picture quality.
This Pentax digital camera has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Fairly big optical zoom
1" image sensor size
Heavy
Does not feature bluetooth

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared the X-5 with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is excellent for sports photography. It is also excellent for everyday photography as well being very good for portrait photography.
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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

The editor of one expert review site concluded that they would recommend this camera. This Pentax camera received a "Recommended" award from Ephotozine.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on eight expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, Ephotozine, Techradar and Digital Versus the average expert rating of this camera is 72 out of 100.

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Excellent Owner Reviews

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

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Customers Report That it is Fairly Priced

28 customers wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money.

Customers Report Superior Product Quality

21 people who reviewed the Pentax X-5 agreed that it was good quality.

Customers Report Good Picture Quality

35 customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images and two people who bought the product considered 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…

Customers Report it is Easy to Use

23 people who purchased it considered that it was easy to use, six owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use the menus and four owners who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

Pentax Digital Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

Based on 2,538 user and expert reviews (including 473 verified purchases), Pentax has excellent reviews for its digital cameras. Pentax also has excellent reviews specifically for its cameras. 98% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report it is Robust

Five owners said in their reviews that the Pentax X-5 was well made.

Users Report Good Video Capture

Four owners who reviewed the Pentax X-5 mentioned 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 people who bought the product thought it 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…

Users Report Nice Design

Four customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good looking and three people concluded 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 customers agreed that it had a good screen and two owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder.

Customers Report Excellent Battery Life

Four customers 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

Customers Report Helpful Technical Guidance

Two people who reviewed the Pentax X-5 thought it had good technical guidance.

Users Report it is a Good Size

Seven owners wrote in their reviews 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 purchased this digital camera wrote that 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 people who bought it agreed that it had a good zoom, four owners who purchased this digital camera concluded that it had a good lens and three customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good autofocus.


Features

Average Megapixel

The Pentax X-5 has a fairly standard megapixel (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras.

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Heavy

The lightest camera is 1g , the heaviest is 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g. With a weight of 507.4 grams, the Pentax X-5 is quite heavy compared to most of the other digital cameras.

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1" Image Sensor Size

This digital camera has an 1|1/2.3|1/2.33" image sensor size, which is the most commonly found image sensor size on digital cameras.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 26 times zoom factor, the Pentax X-5 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras. The average optical zoom of cameras is 12x, and the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 83x.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Pentax X-5 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Pentax X-5 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras.

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2/3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 2/3"|1/2"|1/2.3"|1/2.33"" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on cameras. 8.80 x 6.60mm.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

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

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Pentax X-5 has a vari-angle LCD display. Most of the other cameras also have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The Pentax X-5 features multi burst mode, as do most of the other cameras.

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Supports Dioptic Correction

The Pentax X-5 supports dioptic correction, as do most of the other cameras.

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Features Date Imprinting

The Pentax X-5 features date imprinting. Most of the other digital cameras also feature date imprinting.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The Pentax X-5 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on digital cameras.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Pentax X-5 has an HDMI port. Most of the other cameras also have an HDMI port.

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Supports Video Capability

video capability

The Pentax X-5 supports video capability. Most of the other cameras also support video capability.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The Pentax X-5 has a quite big internal memory (75.3 megabytes) compared to most of the other cameras. Digital cameras have internal memory of between 1MB and 32GB, and the average internal memory is 420MB.

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Features Face Detection

The Pentax X-5 features face detection. Most of the other cameras also feature face detection.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax X-5 has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other cameras.

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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 two times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this digital camera). In addition, this Pentax camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480 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. The best video resolution of all cameras is 4096 x 2160 pixels and the worst is 320 x 120 pixels.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Cameras have minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 2.3mm and 75mm. The Pentax X-5 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 22.3 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of cameras range from 0.72x to 810x. With a digital zoom of 7.2 times zoom factor, the Pentax X-5 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras.

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Has a Handheld Remote Control

The Pentax X-5 has a handheld remote control, unlike most of the other digital cameras which do not have a handheld remote control.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax X-5 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras also have an image stabilizer.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Pentax X-5 does not support Wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras do support Wi-Fi.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax X-5 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this digital camera have still image resolution(s) of 3456 x 3456, 4608 x 2592, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2592 x 1944, 2592 x 1464, 2048 x 1536 and 1920 x 1080 and 1024 x 768. Across all cameras the still image resolution ranges from S: (3:2) 2496 x 1664 / (16:9) 2496 x 1408 / (1:1) 1664 x 1664 to 6016 x 4000.

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Features Smile Detection

The Pentax X-5 features smile detection, as do most of the other digital cameras.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the cameras the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 2.3mm to 2,000mm. The Pentax X-5 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (580 millimeters) amongst cameras of this age.

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Age

Released Over Four Years Ago

Pentax released the X-5 in August 2012.


Value for Money

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