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Pentax X5 Bridge Camera - Black (16MP, 26x Wide Angle Optical Zoom) 3 inch Tilt LCD

by Pentax
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

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  • 26 x Wide Angle Zoom Bridge Camera
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full HD (1080p) Video
  • Back Illuminated 16MP CMOS Sensor
  • Sensor Shift Shake Reduction System

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 12 x 8.7 cm ; 508 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
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  • Batteries 4 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: X5 - Black
  • ASIN: B00911YEAQ
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 23 Aug 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,518 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Product Description

Versatile optical 26X zoom lens with 22.3mm ultra-wide-angle coverage to accommodate diversified subjects

Within its compact, easy-to-carry body, the PENTAX X-5 features a high-magnification optical 26-times zoom lens offering 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 centimetre 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.

Back-illuminated CMOS image sensor to optimise image quality in high-sensitivity shooting

The X-5 incorporates a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor. With its top sensitivity of ISO 6400 and approximately 16.0 effective megapixels, it demonstrates remarkable high-sensitivity, low-noise characteristics and assures high-speed image data readout to deliver super-high-resolution images. The X-5 also features a state-of-the-art imaging engine. Supported by the latest Super Resolution technology, this engine offers outstanding image-processing performance to produce clear, high-quality images with well-defined details. In addition, its unique Handheld Night Scene shooting mode helps the photographer capture a blur-free night-time image by taking multiple images at once and synthesising them into a single composite picture.

Dual Shift Shake Reduction
Dual Shift Shake Reduction
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Dual shake-reduction system to assure sharp, blur-free images

The X-5’s dual shake-reduction system couples the PENTAX-developed sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism with a digital SR mode to more effectively compensate for annoying camera shake. This hybrid system assures the photographer of sharp, blur-free images even under demanding, camera-shake-prone shooting conditions, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting with incident light only in poorly lit locations, or photographing sunset scenes.

3inch Tiltable LCD Screen
3inch Tiltable LCD Screen
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Large, tilt-able LCD monitor

The X-5 comes equipped with a large 3.0-inch, high-definition LCD monitor with approximately 460,000 dots. Its tilt-able construction allows the photographer to tilt the monitor up and down and set it at angle easiest for viewing. It also provides a clear view of images and menus displayed on the screen to assure a quick, effortless check of recorded images and swift, error-free setting changes.

Electronic Viewfinder
Electronic Viewfinder
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Electronic viewfinder with diopter adjustment for clear view of the subject even under bright sunshine

The X-5 features an electronic viewfinder, which comes in handy when shooting a subject in harsh backlight or when the photographer needs a more solid hold of the camera. Its diopter adjustment mechanism assures the user of the clearest view of both subject and viewfinder display, while minimising eye fatigue during extended shooting sessions.

Full HD-standard movie recording for extended recording of high-quality movies

The X-5 features the Full HD movie recording function employing the H-264 recording format. The user can capture high-quality; extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels at a 16:9 aspect ratio) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. It also offers creative movie playback features, such as High-speed Movie mode for slow-motion playback and Time-lapse Movie mode for fast-forward playback. A micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) is also provided on the camera body for the output of recorded movies and sound to external devices.

Powered by AA batteries

Since the X-5 is powered by four AA-size batteries, there’s no worry about battery shortages, even when on the road. Thanks to its power-efficient design, the X-5 can capture approximately 330 images with a fresh set of alkaline batteries, eliminating the need for frequent battery changes, particularly in the middle of important shooting sessions.

User-friendly Auto Picture mode for hands-off selection of the best shooting mode

The X-5 features the PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode, which automatically assesses the subject’s conditions and selects the most appropriate shooting mode from 16 distinctive shooting modes, including Landscape, Portrait, Candlelight and Pet. It even comes with the Auto Macro function, which automatically switches the focus mode to Macro when it detects the subject positioned a short distance away.

Quick-set mode dial for delay-free selection of a desired shooting mode

The X-5 lets the user quickly and effortlessly select the desired shooting mode — from a total of 10 modes including the hands-off Auto Picture, Scene, Program, Manual, Landscape and Handheld Night Snap — with a single turn of the mode dial, without having to access the on-screen menu.

Box Contains

AA Alkaline battery for X-5
Lens cap
Pentax X5 Bridge Camera

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Customer Reviews

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260 of 262 people found the following review helpful
By Composerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Colour Name:Black
In purchasing a new camera, I had two main criteria to balance - firstly, that it must be able to take good quality photographs of our baby; and secondly, that it should be able to take reasonable to good quality video footage. Anything else was really going to be a bonus, perhaps with the exception of budget, which was not to exceed 200. With these factors in mind, I set about researching cameras on Amazon that met these criteria, and had received a good quantity of positive reviews.

I almost wrote off the Pentax X-5 based on the fact that there were only a few (albeit good) reviews - I am very glad that I did not, and it took me a while to realise why I was having difficulty finding reviews and sample photos - the camera had only been released in September 2012! Having researched a bit more into this camera, including looking up sample photos, online video reviews and forum comments, I was quickly persuaded that this bridge camera would be the way to go - just looking at the 1cm Macro sample photos of insects flashed images into my head about being the next David Attenborough, and the optical zoom range had me daydreaming about snapping birds for the latest countryfile calendar! Combined with the possibilily of FULL HD 1080p video recording, I was sold!

So, what do I think of the camera now that I have purchased it? In a sentence - it has surpassed (and continues to surpass) my expectations. It easily ticks my two intitial requirements, and there are so may extra features onboard (requiring a manual on CD of over 200 pages) that I will be discovering them for days after - just today I experimented with slow-motion (albeit at 30fps and 640 x 400 resolution), timelapse, panoramic photographs, and post-photograph filters.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
I am not expert in cameras, I asked a friend to give me a good tip, but my budget was too low for a certain kind of cameras,,,I know Canon or Fuji offer high quality, but for a really high price. I found a great camera, with a high resolution, incredible zoom, Shake Reduction System, tiltable LCD monitor...and what about the Pentax lens!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 15 May 2013
Colour Name:Black
This is an amazing camera, being affordable and amazing for what I needed it to do. It's got great image quality and options included in the camera, and is very easy to set up. My only issue is that it runs on batteries (4 AA batteries) which are included when you buy the camera, but I would have rathered a rechargeable camera that charged by a wall socket or USB. Other than that, it is an amazing camera and I highly recommend it. Another issue was buying a case for it separately, but I found that the 'Gem Compact Easy Access Camera Case for Pentax K-01, X-5' case on amazon was a perfect fit. If you get the camera, I suggest buying the case at the same time! Overall, it's an amazing camera, and though it needs batteries to run, the cost of it far make up for that. Plus, running on batteries makes taking photos while travelling the better choice. I highly recommend it to anyone.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable for the price I paid 149.99 14 Mar 2013
Colour Name:Silver|Verified Purchase
Ive been around cameras for lots of years so I do know what I am talking about. Over the years you gain
experience from using all kinds of stuff and you get to know all the ins and outs of cameras.
My first thoughts were the build quality - which is plastic. Not in its self a bad thing as it keeps the weight down. The first thing i did was to insert the batteries and noticed a very loose sliding battery lid which felt as if it was going to full off at any moment. However, I dismissed this as probably OK as Pentax would have obviously tested it for strength and usability.
The feel of the camera is very good with a nice rubber hand grip. It also has a wide rubber band of TEXTURED rubber on the lens barrel but this is purely cosmetic and is for holding the camera only - it dosn't turn the the lens. That is done in manual focus mode which is electronically activated.(takes a bit of getting used to)
As for the menu system on this camera - it is probably the simplest I have ever come across and for me is a bonus. Its logical and it works as you would hope - easily!
I am not going into the technical side of things here as you can read all about that elsewhere. Everthing as far as I can tell is hunky dorry so from my experience you can rest assured that if you buy this camera you will not be disappointed as it does everything it says on the tin.
The picture quality is fine. The menu is fine, the price is AMAZING for what you get. The diopter adjustment on the electronic viewfinder is a great convenience, and you have the ordinary batteries (or re-chargeables) which is great for when you are out and about. A great zoom lens. And its a nice weight to carry.
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121 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had bought one earlier 28 Oct 2012
Colour Name:Silver
I have always loved my old film SLR. And even with, digital versions being available for some time now, I have never been convinced by them: either I had to navigate through a complex menu to get to the settings I wanted or the purchase of a DSLR would have left me seriously out of pocket.

Two weeks ago, I finally took the plunge and went for the Pentax X-5. The main selling points for me were that there are specific buttons to adjust the white balance and shoot mode (drive v. single shot), and that the camera takes standard AA batteries that are easily available. When comparing to pricier models (Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm), I still had to navigate through different menus for quite some time before I could make adjustments - and when taking pictures you want to spend time on the shot, not the menu.

The camera arrived just in time for my trip to India, and it has been absolutely brilliant so far. The shake reduction has been great for taking pics on the move, be it out of a car window or from the back of a tuk tuk. The simplicity with which you can make adjustments to cater for the lighting has been fab and has allowed me to take some great shots in the mountains.

Granted the AA batteries do not last as long - all in all I had to change them after four days heavy use, but I could get replacement batteries (for pennies) even in some very remote locations in the Indian countryside - and only had to buy new ones because I forgot my spare set of rechargeable ones.

All in all, the perfect camera for me!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great camera
Published 15 days ago by ChrissyB
5.0 out of 5 stars Not much to complian about with the Pentax X5
This appears to be the last of this type of camera (at a reasonable price) to have both a screen and a viewfinder, this was my main reason for choosing this camera. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Francis Cochrane
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you an amazing product. I'm very much happy to have chosen ...
Thank you an amazing product. I'm very much happy to have chosen this as my first camera to go into professional photography.
Published 17 days ago by saira bano mufti
5.0 out of 5 stars it's a great camera and easy to use
This camera was bought for my daughter for her photography GCSE course, it's a great camera and easy to use, the pictures come out very clear too. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Mrs L E CONNELL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very very good camera
Published 23 days ago by RICHARD JONES
5.0 out of 5 stars Execellent choice for a first time user.
I have to say this is a camera that fits the bill for me. I bought this camera mainly for the macro and telephoto use, was going to buy a lens with macro a telephoto function for... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Anthony T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Lot of camera for the money
I'm very impressed with the speedy delivery, the features of the camera and the price.....20 less than found elsewhere. However, I can't give 5 points because

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Published 26 days ago by Mr. Laurence J. H. Coombs
5.0 out of 5 stars Pentax X5 Camera
Really pleased with camera, my only resavations at the moment is that the battery lid seems a little flimsey and the card is inside so have to open every time I want to download sd... Read more
Published 26 days ago by wingman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money
I have not had the camera long enough to use all the features but so far very pleased with the results. Easy to use on auto setting. Like the face and smile setting. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Mrs J Faill
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
fits comfortably top the hand and allows a novice to intuitively adjust settings
Published 1 month ago by Mr. G. Glover
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