Pentax X-5 Brief Review


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  • 16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
  • 26x manually-operated optical zoom with 22mm wide-angle
  • 1080/30p HD video with mono sound
  • 3-inch tilting LCD with 460,000 dots
  • 10fps continuous burst
  • Image stabilization
  • Manual modes
  • 4 AA batteries
  • Release Date: 2012-09-05
  • Final Grade: 88 4.4 Star Rating: Recommended

Pentax X-5
16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor; 26x manually-operated optical zoom with 22mm wide-angle; 1080/30p HD video with mono sound; 3-inch tilting LCD with 460,000 dots; 10fps continuous burst; Image stabilization; Manual modes; 4 AA batteries
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

In a nod to it's top-end K-5's styling, Pentax's X-5 looks like a DSLR but trades the APS-C sensor for a smaller 16 megapixel sensor and 26x manually operated zoom. Other key features include a 10fps burst mode, 1080/30p HD video capture, electronic viewfinder, tilting LCD screen, dual control wheels and manual modes. With enthusiast DSLR handling, the X-5 promises exceptional usability at a very affordable price point, but does so in a much larger package than most of the competition. It's nice to see an extended zoom camera that does something different, and we look forward to seeing how well it all comes together.

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