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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only arrived yesterday and I have just been setting it up and trying it out today, I am really pleased with it, its easy to set up and does not take long to get used to it, I can... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Oxley
Pentax X5 Bridge Camera is one excellent working camera which I bought for one main reason the viewfinder. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Petra "I love to read"
The Pentax X5 Bridge Camera is perfect for my Husband who find it very easy to use and enjoys the results.Published 12 days ago by Angela Reed
Very pleased with this camera. I have only given 4 stars because I find the zoom facility rather too quick to adjust. Otherwise perfect, and the hinged screen is a great assetPublished 12 days ago by Dr. John Pickworth
Loving this camera. Easy to use and excellent picture qualityPublished 13 days ago by Antoinette Costin
Generally loving it. Great to have eye viewfinder so I don't have to mess about with glasses. Slight disappointment with manual focus.Published 20 days ago by David Thomas