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Pentax announces X-5 DSLR-like 26x zoom 16MP CMOS superzoom

By dpreview staff on Aug 22, 2012 at 22:00 GMT

Pentax has announced the X-5, a 26x superzoom built around a 16MP backlit CMOS sensor. The X-5 is designed to closely resemble the company's K-5 DSLR, despite being based around a 1/2.3"-type sensor. The lens offers a 22.3-580mm equivalent range, backed up with sensor-shift image stabilization. It can capture 1080p30 movies and features a selection of the multi-shot and image processing modes that have become common on CMOS-based cameras. It features a tilting 460k dot rear LCD and 230k dot electronic viewfinder. It is powered by AA batteries, giving around 500 shots per charge when used with NiMh rechargeable cells.

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Press Release:

PENTAX Introduces New X-5 Digital Camera

Versatile 16 megapixel BSI CMOS point-and-shoot digital camera features a powerful 26X super-telephoto zoom lens as well as convenient tiltable LCD monitor

Denver, CO (August 22, 2012) – PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION today announced the introduction of its PENTAX X-5 digital camera, an ideal choice for photographers who want to easily capture beautiful, high-quality images of a wide variety of subjects and scenes. Featuring a powerful high-magnification optical 26X super-telephoto zoom lens, the new PENTAX X-5 provides photographers with a focal length of 4mm-104mm (22.3mm ultra-wide angle to 580mm super telephoto 35mm equivalent). Coupled with the camera’s Macro mode, which allows photographers to capture dramatic close-up images of subjects as near to the lens as 0.4 inches, the X-5 delivers an extensive range of creative photographic possibilities.

“The new X-5 features classic PENTAX styling. It is the ideal compact travel companion for photo enthusiasts who want a digital camera with them wherever they go that’s capable of taking every type of image from gorgeous portraits, to scenic landscapes to extreme close-ups and more,” said John Carlson, Sr. Manager of Sales and Marketing, PENTAX.

And for effortless image composition and image playback, the PENTAX X-5 also features a large tiltable 3.0-inch, high-definition LCD screen that offers sharp image viewing, even in bright sunlight, while allowing users to shoot from high and low angles to keep the subject neatly framed in the image area. By combining a state-of-the-art image processing engine and back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with low-noise, even up to ISO 6400, and approximately 16.0 effective megapixels, the PENTAX X-5 provides users with very high-resolution images.

Additional features include:

State-of-the-art imaging engine, supported by Super Resolution technology
Supported by the latest Super Resolution technology, the X-5’s imaging engine offers outstanding image-processing performance to produce clear, high-quality images with well-defined details. In addition, the camera’s Handheld Night Scene shooting mode helps the photographer capture blur-free nighttime images by taking multiple images at once and blending them into a single composite picture.

Triple shake-reduction technology for sharp, blur-free images and video
The X-5’s triple shake-reduction system couples the PENTAX-developed mechanical sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism with a digital SR mode for stills or movie SR mode for video to more effectively compensate for camera shake. This hybrid system assures the photographer of sharp, blur-free images and video even under demanding, camera-shake-prone shooting conditions, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting with incident light in poorly lit locations, or photographing sunset scenes.

Electronic viewfinder
The X-5 features an electronic viewfinder with diopter adjustment for a clear view of the subject even under bright sunshine. This comes in handy when shooting a subject in harsh backlight or when the photographer needs a more solid hold of the camera. Its diopter adjustment mechanism assures the user of the clearest view of both subject and viewfinder display, while minimizing eye fatigue during extended shooting sessions.

Full HD-standard movie recording for extended recording of high-quality movies
The X-5 features a Full HD movie recording function employing the h.264 recording format. The user can capture high quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels at a 16:9 aspect ratio) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. The camera also offers creative movie playback features, such as High-speed Movie mode for slow-motion playback and Time-lapse Movie mode for fast-forward playback, and features a micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) for the output of recorded movies and sound to external devices.

User-friendly Auto Picture mode for hands-off selection of the best shooting mode
The X-5 features the PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode, which automatically assesses the subject’s conditions and selects the most appropriate shooting mode from 16 distinctive shooting options, including Landscape, Portrait, Candlelight and Pet. It even comes with an Auto Macro function, which automatically switches the focus mode to Macro when it detects the subject is close to the lens.

Quick-set mode dial for delay-free selection of a desired shooting mode
The X-5 lets the user quickly and effortlessly select the desired shooting mode — from a total of 10 modes including the hands-off Auto Picture, Scene, Program, Manual, Landscape, and Handheld Night Snap — with a single turn of the mode dial, without having to access the on-screen menu.

Additional features of the PENTAX X-5 include:

  • Powered by easy-to-obtain AA batteries
  • Remote control operation using a PENTAX optional remote controller
  • High-speed burst shooting of up to 10 images per second, for a maximum of 30 images in a single sequence
  • 12 digital filters including Miniature and Toy Camera to add creative touches to captured images
  • A range of creative image processing tools including Stretch filter, Small Face filter and Collage function
  • A choice of three aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9 and 1:1) to accommodate specific applications
  • Image viewing, editing and filing software included: MediaImpression 3.5 for PENTAX (Windows version compatible with Windows 7) and MediaImpression 2.1 for PENTAX (Macintosh version compatible with Mac OS X 10.7)
  • Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards

Pricing and Availability
The new PENTAX X-5 will be available at retail outlets nationwide and online in September 2012 with a suggested retail price of $279.95

Pentax X-5 specifications

Body type
Body typeSLR-like (bridge)
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 2592, 3456 x 3456, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2592 x 1944, 2592 x 1464, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors16 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400,800, 1600, 3200, 6400
White balance presets8
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsBest, Better, Good
File format
  • JPG (EXIF 2.2)
  • DCF 2.0, DPOF
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)22–580 mm
Optical zoom26×
Maximum apertureF3.1 - F5.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoomYes (7.2x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range40 cm (15.75)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder resolution230,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/1500 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
  • Movie
  • Scene
  • Custom
Scene modes
  • Flower
  • Blue Sky
  • Sunset
  • Night Scene
  • Night Scene Portrait
  • Fireworks
  • HDR
  • Surf & Snow
  • Baby
  • Kids
  • Pet
  • Food
  • Digital SR
  • Stage Lighting
  • Text
  • Museum
  • Digital Wide
  • Digital Panorama
  • Frame Composite
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range9.10 m
External flashNo
Drive modes
  • One shot
  • Continuous Shooting
  • Burst Shooting (L/H)
  • Self-timer
  • Remote Control
  • Auto Bracketing
Continuous drive10 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMotion JPEG
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included75. 3 MB Internal
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Type D)
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (Optional Remote O-RC1)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery description4 x AA batteries (Alkaline, Lithium, Nickel and Rechargeable Ni-MH)
Battery Life (CIPA)330
Weight (inc. batteries)595 g (1.31 lb / 20.99 oz)
Dimensions119 x 86 x 107 mm (4.69 x 3.39 x 4.21)
Other features
GPSNone

Additional images

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I want it
0
I had it
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Comments

Total comments: 408
123
andy amos
By andy amos (Aug 23, 2012)

Is that a mechanical zoom ring round the lens or am I just dreaming?

Comment edited 34 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 23, 2012)

Dreaming.

0 upvotes
Matt1645f4
By Matt1645f4 (Aug 23, 2012)

Some think people should remember that just because it doesn't match your needs or specs, for some one on a budget or elderly or disabled these cameras provide a lifeline to those wanting to take pictures with out the need to carry around a rucksack containing lenses, spare body, batteries, filters etc.

5 upvotes
Knallberto
By Knallberto (Aug 23, 2012)

So it is! Some people think you only can make photos with DSLR. Making holidays in my package is a Sony TX7/9/100 or a Sony HX100. SLRs stay at home.

2 upvotes
VLampa
By VLampa (Aug 23, 2012)

My only disappointment with this is that it isn't weather-sealed. Yes, that's probably impossible with a superzoom, but hey, a guy can dream. :D

I held my breath when I saw the camera photos. I thought it also had the K-5's toughness. :P

4 upvotes
Alizarine
By Alizarine (Aug 23, 2012)

Pentax probably thought about that, but doing so would probably add a lot more $$$ to its selling price, and doing so would perhaps make one think, "why not just get a K-30 then?"

1 upvote
onkelboffen
By onkelboffen (Aug 23, 2012)

the amont of canikon crybabies on this site is really annoying.

6 upvotes
Marty4650
By Marty4650 (Aug 23, 2012)

A superzoom that looks like a DSLR!

The next thing you know, Pentax will make an ILC that looks just like a P&S camera. Then they can call it something cute like the "Pentax Q."

I'm really amazed that there are so many new superzoom cameras coming out. I thought this market had died four years ago. I guess it must be back.

I guess there must be an awful lot of consumers who want one camera that can do everything, even if it doesn't do everything well.

Different strokes for different folks....

2 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (Aug 23, 2012)

I guess this one should be in Ultrazoom category already.

0 upvotes
CFynn
By CFynn (Aug 23, 2012)

For people who want to take family snapshots and mostly make 4x6" or 5x7" prints or post their pictures on Facebook this kind of camera is fine.

0 upvotes
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (Aug 23, 2012)

No camera does everything well, because something is always compromised. So what's the point — stop making them in this form, or add something new to current similar form?
Many people don't want to admit, but these kind of cameras are maybe most versatile, and all what *many* of us will ever need — only vanity prohibiting to admit that in a geek tech big camera fetish forum like this.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
1 upvote
TacticDesigns
By TacticDesigns (Aug 23, 2012)

If you're only going to get one camera, might as well get something versatile. You might have more opportunities to capture that keeper. When you start to find limitations, then you can explore how to get around those limitations. Then it's time for more gear. [grin]

0 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (Aug 23, 2012)

You should really touch/use a Q before you make such a statement about it Marty. The Q has proven as a tool to be far more capable than a lot of people think.

Start here and the next page:

http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/pentax/33158-fun-q-3.html

1 upvote
Marty4650
By Marty4650 (Aug 23, 2012)

Ricardo... I am certain the Pentax Q is the best tiny sensored camera made. But it cost something like $700, and only has five lenses available, two of which are labeled "toy lenses."

If it were a $200 camera, I might buy one just to keep in my glove compartment.

For $700, there are just so many other better options.

It really isn't shocking that the best shots on that thread were the ones posted by you. This just proves that skill always trumps gear....

A good photographer can get good photos from a Kodak Easyshare camera... which incidentally shares the same size sensor as a Pentax Q.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 5 minutes after posting
1 upvote
Raist3d
By Raist3d (Aug 24, 2012)

Marty, the Pentax Q does not cost $700 anymore. It has come as low as $380 USD even and right now you can get it for $399 *right now* at Amazon ($400 USD).

You can't just say "if it were a $200" because the Q quite frankly *IS NOT* a $200 USD camera. You need to pick one up and see how well built it is, see how good the Prime lens is and how well thought out the ergonomics are. All these things add value and cost money.

You may be surprised to find for example, the external flash sync is 1/250th of a second. Well? That's semi pro DSLR territory.

The lens you get is fast and good. Most importantly, you get all this in an interchangeable lens camera that is the smallest out there. That by itself again, has its own value. I wear mine all the time.

You need to get past the sensor size, because the sensor does better than people think. Better than the LX5 sensor for example which is bigger.

Finally as the photographer taking those shots and having other cameras….

1 upvote
Raist3d
By Raist3d (Aug 24, 2012)

I can tell you that the camera does much better as a tool than you are honestly giving it credit for. You got the wrong price, you got the idea of a sensor spec = bad. You need to see it for yourself and pick one up in your hands. It's very very different.

It *is not* like "another P&S" at all.

Comment edited 21 seconds after posting
1 upvote
aardvark7
By aardvark7 (Aug 23, 2012)

This is a modern-day Minolta A1/A2/A200 with a worse lens!!

I know there are still people who remember those Minoltas (and use them, including me) with passion and many often said that they had everything except the best sensor.

Why someone couldn't have taken that ball and run with it beats me!
Indeed, this has the same size sensor so it should have been a piece of cake.

Hats off to Pentax for at least tip-toeing down the same path, but if only for that decent fast lens...

0 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (Aug 23, 2012)

This isn't a modern day A2 etc. those cameras had a 2/3" sensor and could shoot RAW and cost more than a decent SLR these days. Closest thing to that would be the Fuji X-S1, which is kind of a one-of-kind nowadays.

The best of that breed ever was probably the Sony R1, which has a fantastic lens and a sensor that is far better than any of those 2/3" sensors. Well worth tracking one down if that is the sort of thing you're after. The Fuji seems ok too I guess, though not a big seller.

0 upvotes
abolit
By abolit (Aug 23, 2012)

how come pentax has not applied for chapter 11 yet?

0 upvotes
Michael H
By Michael H (Aug 23, 2012)

Maybe because they are owned by Ricoh now.

4 upvotes
TacticDesigns
By TacticDesigns (Aug 23, 2012)

And Pentax seems to be unleashing some pretty interesting cameras. This one kinda has some of the look of my dad's Pentax Super Program. Brings back some great vacation memories.

Comment edited 8 minutes after posting
2 upvotes
Alizarine
By Alizarine (Aug 23, 2012)

@abolt

Because for some reason, they're selling well for a company that Canikon fanboys have been declaring dead for more than 5 years already. Maybe that's why they're not filing for Chapter 11 yet.

Guess how many Microsoft fanboys also talked about Apple during those darker days before the "i-craze"

2 upvotes
aris14
By aris14 (Aug 23, 2012)

Nice price, smashing looks for the people they care about such looks, AA batteries, more than descent IQ I guess, a bridge cam offering all those most people needs, aiming in this particular segment of market, filling the low end of bridge cams with a brand name more than recognizable...
A slow seller and a more than a welcomed gift for youngsters...
Not bad...

4 upvotes
schaki
By schaki (Aug 23, 2012)

As bulky as a entry level Dslr or wrose and only 1/2.3" cmos and a short zoom compared to the Coolpix P510 and some others that it probably are about to struggle to compete successfully with. Pentax are out to make fun of themselves again it seems like.
Maybe Pentax should have focused on something that might make better sense like small pancakes to that mirrorless Q, which was another mistake from their side.

2 upvotes
Camediadude
By Camediadude (Aug 23, 2012)

But the X 5 and the P510 are almost the same size
http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=nikon_cpp510&products=pentax_x5
(and the P510 msrp is 430, it is selling for about 400 now)
Both are smaller than any DSLR that I know of.

2 upvotes
Jon Ragnarsson
By Jon Ragnarsson (Aug 23, 2012)

26x is now short zoom?

5 upvotes
daMatrix
By daMatrix (Aug 23, 2012)

Looks like Pentax came up with a smoke confusion camera;
It s dressed up as a serious beast but specs show it will be difficult to achieve the 2012 quality with this cam.

The 'low' pricetag will help sales (there are people who buy because of price instead of what they need), however the weight and size of camera will reduce that small group.

My guess when looking at the specs; This is a cool looking brick.
(A second hand Canon eos 450D comes in same price, weight and size with a lot more sensor power and glass choice)

0 upvotes
hobbit mob
By hobbit mob (Aug 23, 2012)

so what lens set-up would you recommend to get the same 22.3 - 580mm range (at the same price and weight as the Pentax)?

3 upvotes
daMatrix
By daMatrix (Aug 23, 2012)

None.

Or better said; two
- tamron 18-200 mm lens. (secondhand possible included with camera)
- Opteka 500mm- 1000mm mirror lens $150

Ok the weight and price may be a bit higher but so will image quality.

And since 99% of the extreme tele zooms are gathering dust after a month of use (whatever their glass quality, they only perform well in combination with a heavy tripod): The dslr route still leaves the user with a good camera with allround zoom.

0 upvotes
andy amos
By andy amos (Aug 23, 2012)

I have to admit to being old school when it comes to looks, and this hits right on the sweet button for K-5-serious-camera style! Nothing wrong in overstated looks if it sells! like it or not, we consumers do judge a lot on exterior style. Maybe an inhouse job with the guys who have a fair few camera bodies under their belt rather than a novice design guro?! (Sorry, I still put my head in my hand on thinking about the K-01, oh no, I'm doing it right now!)
Exterior wise, at least, it gets a thumbs up.
Spec wise, maybe another story, but if the price is right and real world use proves it out, could be a goer!

3 upvotes
CAClark
By CAClark (Aug 23, 2012)

I think it's easy to forget the target market. I'm not so sure that all the whining about the low res evf and feeling daft carrying around a fake K5 is going to concern the people who just take snaps, but fancy having a slightly more serious go at it than a pocket P&S.

i think people need to keep it real a bit.

13 upvotes
Camediadude
By Camediadude (Aug 23, 2012)

I could not have said it better myself..

3 upvotes
George Veltchev
By George Veltchev (Aug 23, 2012)

Well the next move should be a medium format like body style with a huge f/2.8 bright lens ... and a 1/2.3"-type sensor to keep the cost down!!!! I would buy one ...

3 upvotes
Camediadude
By Camediadude (Aug 23, 2012)

I have to admit that was funny!

1 upvote
Marty4650
By Marty4650 (Aug 23, 2012)

Or... perhaps an 8"x10" view camera with a 1/2.3" sensor?

The camera could have a large internal storage space in it, so you could store your laptop, your lunch, and a few other odds and ends.

It could be the perfect convergence of the P&S camera and the camera backpack!

2 upvotes
xoio
By xoio (Aug 23, 2012)

Alas it's only redeeming feature is that it is dirt cheap.
It is clearly a thrown together 'me too' bridge cam, with no innovation .. a 230k EVF? come on! - I suppose though, as least it still HAS an EVF, when compared to the current trend of omitting them, thus turning the other cameras into a wavy-iPhone.
With a function & feature list that is mediocre at best. - NO Hot shoe!!?
You can tell this is Pentax saying... yeah, i suppose we can enter the bridge cam sector too, but mustn't in any way make a cam that would loose us a DSLR sale in favour of it.
Therefore ... why bother making this cam really, when it doesn't stack up against any of the other current bridge cams.
16MP in a pinhead low grade CMOS!?, you just know the image quality is going to be toot!

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
2 upvotes
RaZZ3R Death
By RaZZ3R Death (Aug 23, 2012)

This isnt the first entry to bridge camera for Pentax, search for Pentax X-70 and X-90. And Pentax allways redeeming quality was price when it comes to its compacts (and no so more for the bridge section) cameras. There are good compacts from Pentax WG-1/2 wich may not give the best IQ but it has a lot of features and there not just gimmics

3 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (Aug 23, 2012)

I don't think you now about the image quality. It could very well be one of the new Sony sensors. These sensors are getting better and better, just like most sensors. I would be more worried about the lens than the sensor to be honest. Ultrazoom lenses are always a compromise, and the camera being that cheap, doesn't seem to me the lens may be all that good.

1 upvote
D1N0
By D1N0 (Aug 23, 2012)

Only 279,95 so i won't bitch about the small sensor. Articulated screen and viewfinder. You can tell it's not a dslr because of the dedicated movie button :p.

3 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (Aug 23, 2012)

Actually DSLR's are starting to come out with dedicated movie buttons nowadays ;-)

4 upvotes
viking79
By viking79 (Aug 23, 2012)

Yes, my D7000 skipped the very important AF button in place of the movie button. The worst part is they don't let me remap the video button for AF, instead I have to take the AEL button which is in a bad location and I might want AEL as well...

0 upvotes
bb42
By bb42 (Aug 23, 2012)

The Fuji Briges (HS + S1) were the only cams to have a 24mm - Tele Superzoom with manual control up to now. Now it's great to see another offer in this field, and the 22 mm is another plus.

About that 'wanna-be-DSLR' mockery - nonsense.
A large grip makes always sense, once the lens makes the camera too large to put it in a pocket; EVF the same. That many systems cameras nowadays defy this lesson does not make it wrong.

Stop judging a camera by its social value - go out in the world and you may find situations where being able to quickly frame your subject with a manual superzoom provides you with some unique results. I do a have a system camera, but I was happy to also have a HS-10 on my last journey.

2 upvotes
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Aug 23, 2012)

As I wrote in my first reply - Pentax succeeded in surprising me. But ... sleeping on it and thinking about it this way, it is maybe not a bad choice for many.

PLUS

* Looks cool
* Fantastic lens specs
* Full of features
* Cheap
* Probably good ergonomics

GOOD ENOUGH

* The sensor IQ
* Probably the lens IQ (not sure about this one though)

BAD

* Too heavy and large for the sensor and lens quality
* I would feel sill carrying it around :) Pretending o have a K-5!

4 upvotes
kff
By kff (Aug 23, 2012)

... biigger problem would be a minimum shutter speed 4 sec. than senzor size (more than enough for A4 print) ... if we want to get some features like DSLR which smartphones don't have .... RAW format would have suited, too :)

0 upvotes
Ropo16
By Ropo16 (Aug 23, 2012)

Raist3D.
Exactly what you have spent years doing on 4/3 forum!

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
1 upvote
Raist3d
By Raist3d (Aug 23, 2012)

Don't think so son. I have posted more than my share of photographs in the 4/3rds forum. Look at the threads I have started. Almost like once a month for years. Of course, when I was giving the e-330 and e-420 glowing reviews, we were all high fives there.

Never mind that I always spoke my mind and what I felt was the truth instead of accepting whatever Olympus did as the ultimate gospel - good idea or not.

Of course I never saw photos from you. Maybe you have some awesome gallery of photos somewhere. I have no problems showing my own.

A lot of 4/3rds shots here!

http://raist3d.typepad.com/photos/small_portfolio_sample/index.html

2 upvotes
Ropo16
By Ropo16 (Aug 23, 2012)

Most saw through your token interest as a ploy to save yourself from being completely ostracised.
Now you spend your time defending the mickey mouse Pentax Q you purchased.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
1 upvote
marike6
By marike6 (Aug 23, 2012)

Have you ever seen the wonderful images he's made with his Q? Less like "Mickey" and more light "Mighty".

3 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (Aug 23, 2012)

"Most" is meaningless. Look at the history of threads I have posted and you will realize that when I was "praising" the brand it was all good friends. There is no "token interest"- I said the EM5 would be a big seller way before it was, even if it had the GX1 sensor.

I don't need to "save myself" - those people in the forum are pretty harmless nor do I care about them. There are people in the forum that appreciate my contribution and personally, I think it's good to put truth forward on the brand. I am glad Olympus is doing much better now.

As for the Pentax Q, nah, again, you like many others completely overstate any attachment I have with tools. If I was attached to brands I would have never bought Olympus and would have stayed with Fuji or Canon. Of course, to see this requires a modicum of ability to think, which is some work….

However, still waiting for what matters- photos! Where's your gallery?

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
2 upvotes
iudex
By iudex (Aug 23, 2012)

If this is what the crowd desires, so let the crowd have it. If ultrazooms are so popular, why shouldn´t Pentax offer one?
We can look at the camera from the perspective that it has no RAW, has slow lens, low-res (read useless) EVF. On the other hand it offers DSLR ergonomics, ultra-wide angle, PASM modes and all this for a nice price.
I believe it deserves the right to exist.

1 upvote
George Veltchev
By George Veltchev (Aug 23, 2012)

there is nothing like cheap and cheerful, there is only cheap and nasty .... but we still love it!

2 upvotes
Esa Tuunanen
By Esa Tuunanen (Aug 23, 2012)

At most entry-level DSLR ergonomics. Any DSLR above that has more controls.

In fact that one dial isn't so unusual in better compacts so camera of this size should definitely offer more.

1 upvote
iudex
By iudex (Aug 23, 2012)

Ergonomics involves more than just number of dials (and as you wrote, most entry-level DSLR´s have only one mode dial). Important is also the grip and ease of handling and this seems to be good.

2 upvotes
George Veltchev
By George Veltchev (Aug 23, 2012)

Fantastic concept Pentax ....I am sure that many of us will be quite happy with this "DSLR-like"design. Well, despite the fact that it has a 1/2.3"-type sensor, which can match the image quality of a cellphone, the concept is truly great I think. Now ... imagine a car with the shape of an BMW M5 and pedals inside .... yep ... can work ....with all those road restrictions :)

4 upvotes
iudex
By iudex (Aug 23, 2012)

No, the example should be a BMW M5 with a 1,2 R4 engine inside. Sufficient for normal traffic and pretending to be something more. ;-)

2 upvotes
TacticDesigns
By TacticDesigns (Aug 23, 2012)

Not unlike bimmer owners that get a 2.0 engine and then slap on the "M" on their bimmer. The thing is, you can still have loads of fun in a 2.0 bimmer. [grin]

0 upvotes
JacobSR
By JacobSR (Aug 23, 2012)

It's a bridge camera, it's suppose to look like a DSLR. Don't they all? So what's all the fuss here.

3 upvotes
Esa Tuunanen
By Esa Tuunanen (Aug 23, 2012)

If you want to see what real bridge camera is about check Minolta Dimage A2 from 2004.
It had 922k pixel EVF already then and front and rear dials with high end DSLR amount of direct menu free controls (+top status LCD) instead of todays on screen menu games.

Since coming of cheap consumer DSLRs there hasn't been real prosumer brigde cameras but these standard level ultrazooms with grip and big zoom installed into just better compact with heavily on screen menu controls.
Even so fashionable mirrorless bodies have failed to reach controls and ergonomics of those best bridge cameras.

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Rachotilko
By Rachotilko (Aug 23, 2012)

@Esa Tuunanen

You missed one thing from your comparison: IQ. I am sure A2 would fall short in this respect to modern CMOS sensors. It was 2004-generation CCD.

Regarding ergonomics & prosumer feel: I am sure Sony X-S1 would be at least a good match to it.

0 upvotes
Camediadude
By Camediadude (Aug 23, 2012)

Do you mean the Fujifilm X-S1? (I would love to try one, drool..)

0 upvotes
kff
By kff (Aug 23, 2012)

It has a good price ... some people would get what they want to get ... an universal camera look like DSLR with friendly price :)

And now, we are waitintg to get tilt display on the Petax' DSLR / ILC ... :)

1 upvote
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Aug 23, 2012)

"DSLR-like" seems to be a sector that's booming, was booming, and/or will boom, take your pick.

Do you own a "DSLR-like" camera?

No, but I own a "Mug-like" lens that I drink coffee from...

.

3 upvotes
gl2k
By gl2k (Aug 23, 2012)

22 mm wide angle = pretty impressive. that's a unique selling point. if it had an 1'' sensor I'd buy it immediately.

0 upvotes
iudex
By iudex (Aug 23, 2012)

If it had a 1" sensor and the same focal length (eq.) it would weigh some 3 kg. ;-)

1 upvote
Raist3d
By Raist3d (Aug 23, 2012)

Again a set of people that just look at the sensor size and immediately brush it away. Of course they want it also APS-C sensored at $280 or something, while ignoring how much the little sensors can do now.

But that would surely then point to themselves- the "photographers" as to where the real improvement needs to come from. So let's blame the sensor of an unreviewed camera instead and think that all you need for that sublime image quality is a Full Frame camera sensor.

Funny nobody seems to worry about the lens. I would be more worried about the lens than the sensor, given the range if has and the price.

3 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (Aug 23, 2012)

Good camera for the son or daughter who want Daddy's K5.

Correct me if I've missed something.

:)

3 upvotes
TacticDesigns
By TacticDesigns (Aug 23, 2012)

Or for people that want a bit more but admit to themselves that they are never going to want a full blown dSLR. Or a fun camera for when you don't want to take your dSLR with you. Lots of different ways to look at this camera. [grin]

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Aug 23, 2012)

Wow, the second camera today starting at 22 mm! Looks like it becomes a new standard to beat. Except the lens in Oly SP-820UZ is a lot longer (while still being faster at the long end), while the camera itself is lighter. I guess EVF and the tilting screen don't come for free.
But what I don't understand that why this thing is heavier than Panasonic FZ200?

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ogl
By ogl (Aug 23, 2012)

АА batteries are heavier than LiIon.

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TacticDesigns
By TacticDesigns (Aug 23, 2012)

That 22mm (equiv) thing may be a marketing thing, but the way I look at it is when taking those vacation location shots where you try to capture the magnificent view to show your friends, the 28mm (equiv) did it better than the 35mm (equiv) that was the norm just a few years back. Now that 22mm is coming in, it'll seem more impactful compared to other people's shots at 28mm. A cheap way to get more impact. Ok. I need 22mm. [grin] hehehe

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ogl
By ogl (Aug 23, 2012)

The price is really low, thats why any criticism has no any sense. IMO.

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TacticDesigns
By TacticDesigns (Aug 23, 2012)

Another way to say that is its a good bang for the buck. [grin]

1 upvote
3a
By 3a (Aug 23, 2012)

Minimum shutter speed - 4 sec, Maximum shutter speed - 1/1500 sec ... seriously ?

0 upvotes
DanK7
By DanK7 (Aug 23, 2012)

Do the side-by-side with the Fujifilm X-S1

http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=pentax_x5&products=fujifilm_xs1

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Roberts_J
By Roberts_J (Aug 23, 2012)

595g vs. 920g
$280 vs $800

Absolutely different price point. Theren is no reason to compare.

6 upvotes
Alizarine
By Alizarine (Aug 26, 2012)

Cool, that's like comparing a fleaBay Casio to an glass-boxed Rolex.

0 upvotes
SW Anderson
By SW Anderson (Aug 23, 2012)

I'm very interested. If IQ measures up, I'm in. I just wish the sensor size was larger or pixel count was less. But I will withhold judgment until review results are in.

2 upvotes
drummercam
By drummercam (Aug 23, 2012)

Pop pop pop, K-01, K-30, X-5. Clearly Pentax is on the move.

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Promit
By Promit (Aug 23, 2012)

That's for sure. Trouble is, they appear to be moving right out of the market. I don't "get" Pentax.

2 upvotes
philo123
By philo123 (Aug 23, 2012)

This camera is not for me but I like Pentax. They dare to do something different. It might not work all the time but good on them for trying. The K30 is the best camera in it's class by far and the Pentax Q since the price reduction is really a cracking little camera that also has a small sensor.

5 upvotes
Heie2
By Heie2 (Aug 23, 2012)

I don't understand people...I mean I do, but I don't. Because the badge says PENTAX and not CANON/NIKON, the Q is discarded as a wasted effort better put into paid lunch breaks. Ask those who have used one though? For the sensor size, the IQ is amazing, and it's a macro and telephoto MONSTER. And it's just fun :)

But no...it's still a worthless Pentax, which apparently takes priority over quality, workmanship, and uniqueness - offering that something different everyone keeps bitching about while they keep buying the same exact cameras.

7 upvotes
Alizarine
By Alizarine (Aug 23, 2012)

Looking forward to sample photos from this camera before judging. I've always liked the way Pentax lenses rendered color, so I expect that it will have the same look as DA lenses make.

Funny how people judge something they haven't even seen or tried.

8 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (Aug 23, 2012)

EVF doesn't really seem any lower than other similar cameras of this type? Seems about on par with Sony HX200v etc.

Yeah it isn't too exciting, but for it's price it is actually pretty amazing!

Pentax have a long history of having built in intervalometers, does anyone know if this model does as well - couldn't see anything in the specs, but other Pentax's that have had it haven't been mentioned in the DPR specs either.

4 upvotes
Prairie Pal
By Prairie Pal (Aug 23, 2012)

The monitors are a little short on resolution, but otherwise....wow for Pentax. I'm not in the market for a camera with this sensor size, but there are many who are and this Pentax will be seriously considered by some of them. An electronic viewfinder in this price range? Tilting monitor in this price range? Wow and wow. 26X lens? Nice. 16mp....hmmm we'll see. AA batteries? Ding-Ding!! Bonus. Who wants to buy yet ANOTHER battery format that will never fit another camera. As nice as this camera is, it's not a lifetime camera, the battery will probably outlast it, and who wants to buy a second back up battery at 50 bucks that you will throw away with the camera in 3 years? This is a well thought out release by both designers and marketers. As for a DSLR look-alike...so what? The people who buy it will be aware they are not fooling anyone. They're buying it because it's all that it is PLUS it's cute and something to play with and it just might take pretty good pictures !!

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SW Anderson
By SW Anderson (Aug 23, 2012)

I wish camera makers would ensconce every lithium ion battery within a module that could be swapped out for an AA batteries module should the proper lithiums no longer be available. Of course, lithium batteries for cameras using this design approach would have to be 3 volt or 6 volt and of appropriate amperage to make this workable.

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (Aug 23, 2012)

I like your thinking!

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Heie2
By Heie2 (Aug 23, 2012)

Oh you mean like Pentax does with it's AA battery compatability in DSLR bodies (not grips - in the body itself - see the K-x, K-r, and K-30) via a $10 adapter, giving you the choice of proprietary batteries and accessible-anywhere-in-the-world AA's?

7 upvotes
johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (Aug 23, 2012)

Can fhe lens be manually zoomed like a dslr lens or is it power zoomed via a toggle?

0 upvotes
Camediadude
By Camediadude (Aug 23, 2012)

It seems like, as ManuH pointed out just recently below, the toggle around the shutter release would make this possibly nothing more than a grip (I hope not, though! holding out hope..), the only saving grace would be if Pentax made it a control ring of some kind, but the closer I look at it in the press release photos, the less optimistic I am about such prospects :(
Edit, hmm as can be seen in this photo http://c758710.r10.cf2.rackcdn.com/img/press_images/1345569001_X-5_SILVER_LeftSideView_TranspBckgrnd_sm_large.jpg
and these other official press photos http://www.pentaximaging.com/about/press#!press-image-vault
.. I am pretty sure that my hopes are dashed. It looks like a grip on one solid piece of lens housing. sob! Onwards, to Photokina, then. The search continues...

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kewlguy
By kewlguy (Aug 23, 2012)

Why does Pentax put Toy Camera filter on a toy camera?

2 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (Aug 23, 2012)

LOL that struck me as really funny.

1 upvote
techmine
By techmine (Aug 23, 2012)

I am actually in the market for a superzoom. Most likely it's going to be Panasonic fz200. Its a camera cut above the rest with constant f2.0 aperture. That feature alone is enough for me.

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abortabort
By abortabort (Aug 23, 2012)

It is a constant f2.8 not f2. The Panny certainly looks to be the best of the bunch by a fair margin and if it is your main camera, or a camera you will use a lot then it will be well worth it. The lens is only one plus for the FZ200, the much much better EVF, the RAW capability and so on will be great. But this is less than half the price, they aren't really competitors.

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nekrosoft13
By nekrosoft13 (Aug 23, 2012)

and that panny has even smaller sensor then all these other consumer cameras that already have smaller sensor.

so you trande n constant 2.8 for even smaller sensor.

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jin feng goh
By jin feng goh (Aug 23, 2012)

Yeah? even smaller sensor? please read the specs before commenting...

http://www.dpreview.com/products/panasonic/compacts/panasonic_dmcfz200

My complaint is that after people have seen what Panasonic has come up with, why continue with offering slow superzoom lenses? :O

1 upvote
VLampa
By VLampa (Aug 23, 2012)

Jin, all those cameras have been in development alongside the FZ200. I'm pretty sure they're all floored by the Panny, but they've already sunk too much money to just cancel the launch of what they already have.

Also, the looks might matter for some. :)

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JacobSR
By JacobSR (Aug 23, 2012)

Yes F/2.8 is nice but does it hold well throughout the zoom range? is it really usable? with today high ISO's, I don't need lens speed as much as optical quality. IMO slower lenses can allow higher quality glass in a compact design.

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CG33
By CG33 (Aug 23, 2012)

IMO, with mediocre cameras like this one, the Nikon P7700 and the Olympus SP-820UZ, we will end buying phones to take our pictures, better pictures...

0 upvotes
NetMage
By NetMage (Aug 23, 2012)

Let me know how that 0.8 MP crop from the center of your phone camera looks...

7 upvotes
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (Aug 23, 2012)

Words from a true, self-respecting photographer, I must say.

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CG33
By CG33 (Aug 23, 2012)

Soon, soon.
For the record, people take more digital pictures with their Ipad and phones than with their digital cameras. And the market for Ipads and camera-phones is growing at a faster pace.
If the so called "enthusiast camera" segment does not improve, it will soon disappear.
I have two sons, daughter and wife. I used to buy compact and super-zoom cameras for them. Not anymore. They like to take pictures, but they prefer to use their iphones or tablets....
By the way, I rarely do cropping on my pictures.
Greetings

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pomoville
By pomoville (Aug 23, 2012)

Camera phones are getting better, but they will never approach this kind of versatility. I've never had a super-zoom but the recent pack have a lot to like about them. I don't mind lack of DOF for wide-angle, and the telephoto end would have plenty, anyway. Only big negative is in the normal to portrait range.

Course there are other negatives as well, but...

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VLampa
By VLampa (Aug 23, 2012)

What does it need to improve? The quality and flexibility of the enthusiast segment is still leaps and bounds over what camera phones have to offer.

The only reason why more photos are taken with phones nowadays is simply because those people are not that invested enough with photography to bring cameras with them. Those aren't the target market of cameras aimed at enthusiasts.

If you like to be shoeboxed with just your phone, that's your prerogative. But don't assume that your shooting habits (including your reluctance to bring cameras along) is shared by the rest of society.

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Nightwings
By Nightwings (Aug 23, 2012)

I don't know why there's so many negative comments about this little camera. It looks like a K-5, one quarter of the price of a K-5, and it will probably AF / expose better too. :)

10 upvotes
Camediadude
By Camediadude (Aug 23, 2012)

I too am baffled by the negativity. I mean, It's a budget cam for newbies (like me) with a healthy looking feature set. It is like there is massive, rampant insecurity on here. Perhaps the fact that they modelled it a bit to look like their dslrs is angering people? To me, it still looks more like a superzoom bridge than a K5 (but I can see the design cues), but whatever. Lighten up, people!

13 upvotes
Alizarine
By Alizarine (Aug 23, 2012)

Most people don't like it because it's a Pentax. They can't accept that the camera-maker they've declared dead for years is still alive and kicking and making good stuff.

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Ray Chen
By Ray Chen (Aug 23, 2012)

On the contrary, my friends, there's no in insecurity here. I want a DSLR that looks like a point and shoot, not the other way around. All bark and no bite makes the X-5 a dull camera. A sleeper, however, would get my nod and attention.

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abortabort
By abortabort (Aug 23, 2012)

And Ray, that would be a completely different camera, aimed at completely different buyer. Just because something isn't what you want doesn't mean it is bad.

For what it is, this seems like a fairly ok camera.

3 upvotes
Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (Aug 23, 2012)

The more I see stuff like this the more I think that it woudn't be too difficult to start a camera company and compete in this market. People are actually buying this stuff and the they are making money off this... There seems to be a serious lack of good camera designers in the world, or these companies are simply not willing to hire them.

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T3
By T3 (Aug 23, 2012)

Everyone is an armchair quarterback who thinks they can "start a camera company and compete in this market." LOL. I think it's more a sign of how self-delusional, egotistical and arrogant people on the internet have become. Every product that is introduced, every movie that is released, every book that is written, etc, has people filling the internet with how *they* could do it so much better.

That's just the nature of today's Facebook and Twitter internet culture where everyone tends to think that what they had for lunch is important enough to be broadcast to the world. Internet forums also feed into this ego-boosting culture, too, where people with absolutely no expertise can pretend like they have all the expertise in the world on these forums.

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Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (Aug 23, 2012)

T3 - Thank you for confirming what I said. We DO live in a culture that everyone thinks they can do it better. And we live in a world now where those people are being discovered literaly over night because they did it better and posted their work on the internet somewhere and someone found it and helped them make something out of it or they got a million views or they sold a million copies. It won't be long until people will be able to custom order most product since maufacturing is becoming more automated and customizable. People will be avle to design their own camera soon wether you believe it or not.

1 upvote
straylightrun
By straylightrun (Aug 23, 2012)

T3, you are very correct. But don't worry. It's all just talk, nothing more.

1 upvote
JohnBee
By JohnBee (Aug 23, 2012)

I recently upgraded my chair with a third arm rest.
Not sure what I'm going to use it for atm. but it seemed like a good idea at the time :p

0 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Aug 23, 2012)

@Vitruvius - sorry to burst your over-inflated bubble, but starting your own camera company and competing in this market is easier said than done. Plus, making your own one-off product is a far cry from running your own company and competing in the market. Heck even simple Kick-starter-funded products like a simple camera case or simple electronic doohickie run into all kinds of hurdles to the point that a lot of them never even make it to market in spite of being successfully funded through Kick-starter. And all these thing are all more rudimentary than a fully functional camera. Like I said, easier said than done. Especially when you have to *compete* in the market against other companies.

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Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (Aug 23, 2012)

T3 - You don't get it, I am talking about the fact that the way products are designed is changing. For example Apple doesn't need to hire people to design apps. Thousands of people design apps for free in the hopes that theirs will be popular. Why? because they get royalties. And of course the best apps get more downloads and more profits because they are better. The true democratic economic system. And all the up-front expense of design and martket research is done for free. Now this model is shifting to products. Look up companies like Tokyoflash and then look up Mass Customization, Open Innovation, and Crowd Sourcing. The world is changing in spite of you. Doesn't that just make you mad? Imagine people designing their own dream cameras? And the best design gets made into a production model. Of course that will never happen because you don't agree. Whatever!

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Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Aug 23, 2012)

>I recently upgraded my chair with a third arm rest.
>Not sure what I'm going to use it for atm.

I use mine for my tentacle.

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T3
By T3 (Aug 23, 2012)

Everyone's an armchair camera company CEO! LOL! Wheeee! Sure, hobble together your own camera, then put it out in the market and *compete*, while trying to deal with manufacturing costs, distribution costs, payrolls, and turning a reasonable profit. So easy! Wheeee!!!

The real world of the photography industry is a bit more challenging than you might think. But it all seems so easy in the fantasy world of the internet.

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iamphil
By iamphil (Aug 23, 2012)

Hahaha good one. It would cost you several hundred thousand dollars just to buy the first set of cast molds for one camera. Good luck with your venture.

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VLampa
By VLampa (Aug 23, 2012)

Vitruvius, talk is cheap. I suggest you go out and make a kick-starter for your super camera design and see if it gets off the ground. Or, if you're filthy rich, start the company right now. Then come back and let us know of your products and how they fared in the market.

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Ray Chen
By Ray Chen (Aug 23, 2012)

Where's the fake lens release button?

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JohnBee
By JohnBee (Aug 23, 2012)

I could say something totally descr4iminatory like: It probably fell off! - But I won't go there.

Sorry it was just to good to pass up on :p

0 upvotes
Prairie Pal
By Prairie Pal (Aug 23, 2012)

Next to the DOF preview button.

0 upvotes
Justin Francis
By Justin Francis (Aug 23, 2012)

Pentax has lost the plot. Compact quality in dslr body? No wonder it needs to be cheap. Buying second hand mft would make more sense.

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JohnBee
By JohnBee (Aug 23, 2012)

They are covering there bases(think about it).
These are the first signs of the new Ricoh merger at work. And we can expect them to cover much broader competitive product range in the months to come as they position themselves to compete.

1 upvote
VLampa
By VLampa (Aug 23, 2012)

Why do some people always assume that the superzoom market is also the same people who'd be interested in m4/3? Different cameras for different people, really.

0 upvotes
Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Aug 23, 2012)

Aha! I got it. With such a price and all the features (even though low specification and probably low-performance), it is perfect for primary schools in third-world countries to teach children photography.

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Aug 23, 2012)

And by that I think you mean that kindergarteners in first-world countries learn photography with Leica's, for their prices and all the features (because they are highly-specced and high-performing).

I think I got that one too. Never thought the M9 was such a common camera.

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ManuH
By ManuH (Aug 23, 2012)

For 280$ That's quite a lot of camera. I like that they included a remote sensor (not even the 650$ RX100 has this important feature for any tripod work), a viewfinder (even at low res, but at this price it's good to have one), an useful zoom range (love the 22mm). More intriguing is the apparently mechanical zoom, or is it just a dial like the Canon S90?

4 upvotes
Camediadude
By Camediadude (Aug 23, 2012)

You beat me! I was JUST about to ask that here, do you know, dpreview or anyone, if this is a manual mechanically linked zoom ring or an electric, "drive by wire" affair? That is one of the things I am most curious about, aside from the image quality of course! Pentax make solid lenses and has well-received processing, from everything I have seen and heard.

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ManuH
By ManuH (Aug 23, 2012)

Alas the suspense is over, it's not mechanical and there's no ring:
http://www.photographyblog.com/images/uploads_news/pentax_x5_2.jpg
The picture of the top is clear.

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (Aug 23, 2012)

Huh .. (good eye).. well, there goes my buzz! Excitement ... waning. Camera lust.. subsiding. If this proves to be nothing more than gripping surface, and not even an electronic manual focus ring ( I know, I am dreaming) then... indeed, it looks like Pentax may have just missed a chance to create my ideal camera. Oh well! I may still get it, if the image quality holds up, we shall see.

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TheCyberKnight
By TheCyberKnight (Aug 23, 2012)

What is Pentax thinking?
This camera has almost every single spec worse than the old Panasonic FZ-150. When you release something this late in the game, at least make sure it has an advantage over the reference device.

Aside from the low price, this camera is totally boring.

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vapentaxuser
By vapentaxuser (Aug 23, 2012)

I'm not sure why Pentax would try to out-spec the FZ150 in a $280 camera. A better comparison to this camera would be the FZ60 or the Canon SX500IS.

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JohnBee
By JohnBee (Aug 23, 2012)

These will make excellent entry level systems for newbies looking to play the part without having to invest in an interchangeable system. It'll be interesting to see how this unit stacks up against the competition.

4 upvotes
Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Aug 22, 2012)

The specs look like a 3-year-old Fuji superzoom model. Ha ha.

Not funny, however, if you look at how it compares with the current Fuji - the HS-30.

A cheap knock-off of Fuji's old camera?

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Aug 22, 2012)

At least Pentax made the right decision to follow Fuji footsteps. =D

I bet Fisher-Price will stop making toyzoom cameras now.

2 upvotes
Tape5
By Tape5 (Aug 22, 2012)

What a great compact beautifully designed affordable light and capable piece of garbage.

9 upvotes
Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Aug 22, 2012)

Does anybody still buy Pentax? , the new Nikon PS with WiFi is more exciting than this and I’m being sarcastic.

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Tee1up
By Tee1up (Aug 23, 2012)

LOL. thanks! That really made be chuckle.

0 upvotes
Alizarine
By Alizarine (Aug 23, 2012)

I assume everyone like Tape5 owns a Hasselblad to speak out like that.

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Professor999
By Professor999 (Aug 23, 2012)

Got my Kr and K5 and they work like a dream.
The K30 also looks great.
The nikon with wifi costs 350, the Pentax 280.
It's also about half the price of some other bridge cameras.

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kevindar
By kevindar (Aug 22, 2012)

wow, a crappy sensor and and a slow lens in an over sized body. How could ask for more?

4 upvotes
viking79
By viking79 (Aug 22, 2012)

It is cheap, the sensor is BSI which means it will actually perform fairly well for the size, and it will appeal to some people (probably not many regulars of this site).

11 upvotes
Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Aug 22, 2012)

Get a clue, it's a $279 26x 22.3-580mm eqiv superzoom P&S camera . The Nikkor 18-300mm F3.5-5.6 16.7x zoom lens equivalent to a focal length of 27mm to 450mm for APS-C bodies is $1,000 .

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (Aug 22, 2012)

I am a longtime regular here who salivates over camera specs, and I am a total gadget lover. This looks like it will be just the ticket for me for birding, (for one thing). To each their own! If I could afford (and carry lol) huge lenses and bodies, I would possibly go with that...

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