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4.0 out of 5 stars A Grumpy Old Man says:-, 20 July 2013
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This review is from: Pentax X5 Bridge Camera - Black (16MP, 26x Wide Angle Optical Zoom) 3 inch Tilt LCD (Camera)
An excellent camera for the target market; the problem is that the multi-multi-page manual does not rise to the occasion and the target market may be more extensive than is usually considered.
What is the target market? I think that the answer is not simple because the camera offers many of the features of an advanced DSLR camera without the need to carry a range of extra, expensive, costly, heavy detachable lenses. Thus, it is ideal for 'beginner' photographers especially when they are interested in family and pet photography. However such a group may find that the manual, with its multitude of options, is difficult to comprehend; better, like myself, to have a daughter experienced in the practical use of a 'real' dslr. It is at this point that I claim there is a potential market which is not considered by anyone nor addressed by any manufacturer; furthermore, I claim to be a part of such a market. I refer to 'disabled' people; many such individuals may be experienced, ambitious camera operatives who, maybe elderly, cannot use an eye-level camera let hold it at arms length to look at the lcd screen. This camera has a 3" long lcd screen that is mounted on a bracket that can be extended and manipulated so that the user eye-line sighting is at right angles to the screen even when the user is sitting in a power-wheelchair with the camera cradled in their lap; since one of my interests is flower photography this is very useful indeed, as is the provision of 1cm macro plus more usual macro performance. At the other end of the scale, the x26 zoom capability is very useful. That zoom is especially useful for anyone on mobility scooter or wheelchair since it enables close-ups of objects positioned to prevent close approach by users in this category of mobility.
In summary then:- Just because you may be inconvenienced physically do not accept that there is any reason not to become capable of a wide range of photographic expertise and adventure. THIS COULD BE THE CAMERA FOR YOU TOO!
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