Pentax X90 Digital Camera - Metallic Blue (12MP, 26x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD
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- 12.1 Megapixel CCD sensor
- Wide angle 26x super telezoom (equ. to 26 676mm in 35mm)
- Video recording in HDTV compatible (1280x720 pixels, 30 fps)
- CCD shift shake reduction
- High Speed continuous shooting: up to 11 fps (at 5MP)
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In my opinion, the Pentax X90's strengths are as follows:
1) Obviously - the zoom power, which makes taking long distance pics of the natural world (and zooming to avoid obstructions in compositions) very easy. As far as I can tell, the 26x is all without compromising picture quality; beyond that it becomes a digital zoom and the quality becomes more grainy. A tripod is needed at that level for stability.
2) Ease of use - the camera is easily operable without many, or any, checks of the manual, and on the whole, works intuitively in taking photos reviewing them, and altering them etc.
3) The X-90 has built in software to allow black and white, colour-emphasis and other tints, and other special effects on photos you have taken.
4) Picture quality is pretty good - colours are reasonably vivid. It pales, as expected, in any comparison with SLR cameras - my girlfriend's
Olympus PEN pictures are always deeper in colour and visual depth - but for a camera half the price and with its own strengths, this is acceptable.
5) There are a very wide range of Mode settings (sunset, low light, landscape, sports etc etc) and video is easy to shoot.
1) There may be a way around this but it's not at all obvious how to set the camera *always* to revert to a narrower ISO range on start up - it constantly defaults to 100-800 and this produces far too much brightness in resulting photos. I have had to manually set the camera each time I switch it on to 200 max, which is not ideal.
2) Start up is not super-quick and, I think, has slowed from perhaps 5 seconds fro pressing ON to being ready to shoot, to 7 or 8 as my memory card fills up. Frustrating if you need to take a very quick image.
3) In review mode, you can rotate images to view them but when transferred to a computer they remain un-rotated.
4) The casing for the X90 feels a little too plasticky and light for my liking.
Overall I do recommend this camera as great value for money and a solid performer. If you can put up with the slight weaknesses I list above then this is a very good choice at under £300.
It is capable of taking very good quality pictures - I have only two small niggles with it:
The shutter lag is quite noticeable and is worse than my Lumix TZ3.
Picture quality in low light situations leaves a lot to be desired and is often very grainy.
Video quality is quite good and the ability to use digital zoom while shooting video is useful ( the Lumix does not allow zoom with video at all) - though I would have preferred optical zoom :-)
I hoped that the time between pushing a button and taking the picture was far quicker.
I would recommend this camera to anyone. A friend has bought one and is very happy with it.
As a slight criticism - the zoom does not work in video mode.
Overall - I am pleased with it.
It's EXACTLY what I hoped it would be, very easy to use, great quality shots, can't wait to take it on holiday! thanks again
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