x5 review on AP plus my quick impressions.
Magazine tests are tricky because their intention is to be absolute - they are trying to find the absolute truth about a certain camera. The problem is that the same camera can appear relatively different to different photographers. That's because people have different needs and expectations from each other.
I got the X-5 because I didn't want to use my dSLRs all the time and because my other compact cameras are to limited in their capabilities. X-5 is in fact, like the magazine says, representing the middle of the superzoom bunch. I'd say it's the golden middle in the specs, while the price is rather low.
X-5 is more than average in real life use. IQ is a bit better than I've expected and SR works excellent, much better than I expected. It makes the long end of the zoom really usable! You can see how effective the SR works while recording video! A nice touch is the customization option for the green button.
Yes, I've had some AF glitches, but slowly I am getting the grip on this. The AF-issue occurs mostly in portrait orientation and only when centre-AF-spot is active. When you reframe to landcape and/or change the focus point the AF is back on track again, but you might miss the shot during this process, so think twice!
Although this occasional AF-glitch is a bit frustrating, I'm very pleased with the X-5 performance. At low light (without focus assist) AF works rock solid. Baterry life with Eneloops is about 450 shots per charge, which is okay for my needs. Note: this is not a pocketable camera, you should store it in a proper bag.
tell me what your 3 favorite lenses are - and I'll tell you what kind of a photographer you are...
- Canon EOS M58.8%
- Panasonic G85/G803.3%
- Panasonic FZ2500/FZ20001.9%
- Panasonic LX10/LX151.2%
- Panasonic GH5 development3.6%
- Sony a99 II15.9%
- Nikon KeyMission 170 and 801.0%
- Fujifilm GFX 50S development28.3%
- Olympus E-M1 II development18.7%
- Olympus E-PL80.1%
- Olympus 25mm F1.2 Pro1.5%
- Olympus 12-100mm F4 IS Pro1.9%
- Olympus 30mm F3.5 Macro0.1%
- Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art3.6%
- Sigma 12-24mm F4 Art2.6%
- Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport2.4%
- YI M12.2%
- GoPro Hero50.8%
- GoPro Karma drone2.2%
|Sunflower Field by GrannyMeg|
from An impressionist piece
|Flag from Staten Island Ferry by wam7|
|SAND SCULPTURE by duskman|
from Landscape - Black and White #4