Pentax Optio X90 Brief Review


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  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 26x optical zoom
  • Triple shake reduction
  • 2.7-inch LCD monitor
  • 720p HD video
  • Continuous shooting at 11fps
  • HDMI output
  • Captures to SD/SDHC memory cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries
  • Release Date: 2010-04-15
  • Final Grade: 84 4.2 Star Rating: Recommended

Pentax Optio X90
12.1 megapixels; 26x optical zoom; Triple shake reduction; 2.7-inch LCD monitor; 720p HD video; Continuous shooting at 11fps; HDMI output; Captures to SD/SDHC memory cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

Pentax makes great dSLRs, no doubt, but their fixed-lens cameras are rather uninspiring. The X90 does little to break the monotony -- it's a serviceable superzoom with a big lens, but simply that zoom factor can only do so much to offset the ho-hum image quality. Simply put, there are better superzooms out there.

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