Pentax X-5

Announced Aug 22, 2012 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | 22 – 580 mm (26×)

I bought a Pentax X5 three years ago.  It has been VERY disappointing - let me count the ways: The electronic viewfinder gives a very poor rendition of the scene and is quite unreliable. BAttery consumption is gargantuan - and on one trip I found myself forever buying new batteries.  However, these issues are minor compared to the problem with the electronics. Sometimes in flash mode it goes into a grey screen mode - where all the controls lock and the shot is lost.  You have to re-boot by ...

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very nice colors, bokeh and very good sharpness. (wgen sharpening after shooting similar to SLR) for €150 nozting better available you don't need a video cam, separately (50 pc possible), very good stabilisation. slow motion and time lapse possible. very much fun.

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I came across this camera when shopping for the Panasonic FZ200 and being a Ricoh/Pentax admirer, I checked it out, seem to have good reviews but planned to get the Panasonic FZ200 anyway.  But then I found it on sale for $149 so I bought it.  At that price I could give up a nicer EVF and the wider aperture of the Panasonic. My first impressions were similar to other reviews.  I don't mind double A batteries but the fall out easily when removing the SD card.  But my main problem with camera ...

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Todd E
 

Of all the camera's attributes, the one that caught my attention was that it has an actual viewfinder, in addition to the LCD screen. Now, I don't have to worry about glare when there's a lot of ambient light, nor disturbing people around me when I shoot without flash in clubs and other relatively dark situations. All the settings are visible in the viewfinder, as they are on the LCD screen. What's wrong with the X-5 (which I recommend anyway, especially at the price)? While the camera seems ...

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Much fun is involved using the X-5, definitely more than its serious dSLR-like looks might suggest. X-5 is fast and responsive, so very smooth that you never really need to wait for it. Lens range is impressive and incredibly usable even at both extreme range limits. Shake reduction (SR) is very well implemented and freehand shots are possible in the supertele range. On the other hand, SR helps to keep ISO & noise down while still being able to catch a blur free shot. Tilting 3" LCD-screen ...

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Much fun is involved using the X-5, definitely more than its serious dSLR-like looks might suggest. X-5 is fast and responsive, so very smooth that you never really need to wait for it. Lens range is impressive and incredibly usable even at both extreme range limits. Shake reduction (SR) is very well implemented and freehand shots are possible in the supertele range. On the other hand, SR helps to keep ISO & noise down while still being able to catch a blur free shot. Tilting 3" LCD-screen ...

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Much fun is involved using the X-5, definitely more than its serious dSLR-like looks might suggest. X-5 is fast and responsive, so very smooth that you never really need to wait for it. Lens range is impressive and incredibly usable even at both extreme range limits. Shake reduction (SR) is very well implemented and freehand shots are possible in the supertele range. On the other hand, SR helps to keep ISO & noise down while still being able to catch a blur free shot. Tilting 3" LCD-screen ...

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schipp
 

amazing good camera for its price (€ 220-250 in EU) Good lens, even at the max zoom (optical) Low noise up to 1600 ISO Good video cap. Ergonomics ok Battery life : keep some spare at hand Problems: aperture only 2-3 steps

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For $280 this camera is the best value today. A larger sensor would make it even better, but I love it as is. Nice zoom range, AA batteries, wide angle, 1 cm macro, tilting LCD, HD video recording accompanied with a nice price are all I ever wanted for travel photography. And it takes fantastic photos... Problems: nada

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