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Pentax X-5 review

Set to impress the bridge market with a gigantic zoom range

Pentax X 5 review

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The Pentax X-5 comes with 16 presets in Auto Picture mode, including a Landscape option that appears to enrich colours, helping to make the greens, yellows and blues in this seascape pop.

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The X-5's smc Pentax lens offers an aperture range of f/3.1-5.9, enabling portrait fans to make good use of even and low light.

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Touting an impressive focal range equivalent of 22-580mm, the affordably priced Pentax X-5 provides shooters with a great deal of scope for their money.

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The Pentax bridge provides photographers with a range of focus modes, including: Contrast Detect, Multi-area, Tracking, Single and Face Detection, helping you to creatively progress your shooting skills by attempting new challenges and subjects.

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Thanks to the Pentax X-5 including manual and semi manual shooting modes, you can experiment with aperture to generate interesting scenes.

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A macro mode is installed on the Pentax X-5 to help you get up close and personal with smaller and intricately detailed subjects.

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We found that a purple glare was apparent in the majority of scenes where a light source is present.

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As an affordable bridge camera, we were suitably impressed by the level of detail attained, even in images taken at great focal lengths.

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Colour accuracy appears to be on the mark, but there is a set of digital filters included if photographers feel the urge to spice scenes up.

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Like most modern bridge cameras, the Pentax X-5 includes a plastic thread to accommodate a tripod mount.

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While some users may applaud the decision to power the Pentax X-5 with AA batteries, others may lament it. But the extra weight does make the camera feel reliably secure in the hand.

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The Pentax X-5's macro mode offers you the chance to capture some amazing close up shots, with fantastic results.

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Colours and details remain strong even when taking advantage of the camera's f/3.1 aperture.

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The Pentax X-5's maximum shutter speed ensured this close up macro shot was as crisp as possible, since it was taken during a heavy gust of wind.

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Taken as a landscape shot, this image was framed at 22mm to encompass the great deal of land in front of us.

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Using the Pentax X-5's 26x optical zoom, we were able to zoom in to the town on the horizon and achieve fairly balanced results.

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Using the Intelligent Zoom feature, we were able to zoom in close enough to pick out the clock face on the church in the distance. The fact it could achieve this distance is clearly rather impressive, yet the results were far less so.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedAA
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Eye-Fi Card
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourSilver
Optical Zoom26x
Digital Zoom7.2x
Brand NamePentax
FeaturesBlink Detection, Face Recognition, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Pet Detection, Live View, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)507 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.33" (6.13 mm x 4.60 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height86.5 mm
Width120 mm
Depth106.5 mm
Focal Length4 mm to 104 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
External FlashNo
Focus ModesManual, Auto
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product ModelX-5
Product NameX-5 Bridge Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number12773
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.ricoh.co.uk
Marketing Information

Within its compact, easy-to-carry body, the PENTAX X-5 features a high-magnification optical 26-times zoom lens offering a focal-length coverage from 22.3mm ultra-wide angle to 580mm super telephoto (in the 35mm format). Coupled with the 1cm Macro mode, which lets the photographer capture dramatic close-up images of a subject from just one centimeter away, it offers quick, effortless shooting in a wide range of photographic situations. It also provides the Intelligent Zoom function, which extends the camera's zoom coverage to approximately 187.2 times (for a focal length of 4174mm in the 35mm format) without compromising image quality.

Package Contents
  • X-5 Bridge Camera
  • USB Cable I- USB7
  • 4 x AA Alkaline battery for X-5
  • Lens Cap O-LC129
  • Strap O-ST92
Limited Warranty1 Year