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4.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable for the price I paid £149.99, 14 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Pentax X5 Bridge Camera - Silver (16MP, 26x Wide Angle Optical Zoom) 3 inch Tilt LCD (Camera)
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.
All in all, a camera you would pay three times as much for with a metal body and the build was better on the battery cover.
I wanted to give it 5 but 4 is fair- because of this obvious fault. BUT dont let it put you off buying it. Its a marvelous piece of kit FOR A PENNY LESS THAN 150 QUID THE PRICE IS A REAL BARGAIN - IT REALLY IS!
Note: The manual is on a cd which is supplied together with Arcsoft software - Arcsoft do very good photo manipulation software and is very enjoyable to use - a bonus!
Last thoughs.........You can use it in remote control mode but the remote is an extra expense. I want one!
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Initial post: 4 May 2013 23:04:47 BDT
P. Strange says:
Hi
Can you comment on hard copy at all - I am interested in producing A4 and even A3 prints - any thoughts welcome
Thank you
Phil

Posted on 13 Sep 2013 19:19:46 BDT
C. Powers says:
Agreed that battery cover is worrying, the viewfinder is a bit low quality and it's absurd to have to remove the lens cap to review pictures taken. Other than that a good workhorse for situations I can't use the DSLR

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2013 20:50:41 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2013 20:52:32 GMT
Dustin says:
You can review photos without removing the lens cap by pressing and holding the playback button until the screen activates, rather than using the on/off button.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Apr 2014 09:29:41 BDT
Me says:
I have this camera and the only way I can do that is by having the camera turned on with lens operating firstly....and then hold the review button in and then the lens finally retracts , which is sort of putting the cart before the horse, if you know what I mean. I still think it is s a great camera though.
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