Pentax X-5

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