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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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Colour Blue black black black black Black
Connectivity Technology Yes Yes Bluetooth
Digital Zoom 6x 4x 126x 70x 5x 4x
Display Size 2.7 inches 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches 0.2 inch 3 inches
Effective Still Resolution 12.1 megapixels 20.2 20.1 20.1 16.1 16 megapixels
Has Image Stabilization Yes Yes Yes Yes
Item Dimensions 10.9 x 11.1 x 8.38 cm 8.33 x 11.1 x 7.62 cm 71.7 x 6.1 x 42.9 cm 73.5 x 6 x 44.6 cm 11.82 x 13.02 x 9.7 cm 11.35 x 9.49 x 7.83 cm
Item Weight 400 grams 426 grams 0.63 kg 495 grams 0.56 kg 0.54 kg
Max Focal Length 676 mm 630 mm 1,550 mm 954 mm 1,200 mm 160 mm
Min Focal Length 26 mm 22 mm 24 mm 157.5 mm 20 mm 4 mm
Model Year 2010 2015 2014 2014 2016
Optical Sensor Resolution 12 megapixels 20.48 20.1 20.1 16.8 16 megapixels
Optical Zoom 26x 28x 63x 35x 60x 40x
Removable Memory Secure Digital card Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card Memory Stick Memory Stick; Secure Digital card Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card
Special Feature Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority Serial Shot Mode - Serial Shot Mode^Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority Auto focusing (AF) modes: Contrast Detection Auto Focus; Bluetooth; Built-in microphone; Flash range (tele):0 - 3.5 m; Flash range (wide):0.5 - 6.9 m; Hand strap; Operating temperature range:0 - 40 °C; PictBridge; Self-timer:Copper ethernet cabling technology: 2,5,10 s; Sill image capture resolution:4608 x 3456, 3264 x 2448, 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200, 4608 x 2592, 3456 x 3456; Touch sensitive screen; Tripod mountable; Video recording; bluetooth: 4.1; lens structure:12/9

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  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 10.9 x 8.4 cm ; 399 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Item model number: X90
  • ASIN: B0035WT7ZY
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 25 Feb. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,771 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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We had spent a long time checking out cameras as our old point and click was dying slowly ... I had finally settled on Panasonic's similar one to this: loads of excellent reviews and obviously well-used by a large number of people. In fact I had virtually ignored this particular camera as there was only a small handful of reviews ... hence I'm writing this to boost the numbers as the world needs to know how good it is!!
The Pentax X90 is amazing! We are pretty hopeless knowing SLR type manual settings, but the automatic settings plus the huge range of various possible modes where you need a little extra help, (sunsets, night time, sports etc) are wonderful. We can't believe some of the shots we've taken - needless to say our favourites are the incredible telephoto ones (clear in spite of wobbly hands due to the Shake Reduction function - even without a tripod most of the time) and also the macro shots that show such detail ... not sure I always want to see insects like that!
Frankly, we are amazed at the great pictures we are getting with little effort. The other thing is that we are looking at our world differently now - looking for new angles, interesting views, plants and insects that we wouldn't normally look at. The zoom is simply phenomenal. We have an excellent pair of binoculars, but the Pentax zoom is even better than these as, short of using a tripod, the binoculars are always shaking at long distances - we can take a photo and, Abracadabra, the photos is solid and un-blurred! Neat!
Light and easy to carry - not sure how robust it is as we've only had it 6 weeks and we've been treating it very, very gently - never had a camera as good as this!
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I have used Canon cameras for quite a long time and when my son decided that he needed to "borrow" my Canon supershot I looked around to see what I could replace it with. All the cameras in that range seemed to have dispensed with the view finder, something which I find invaluable in framing a picture. I looked at the Pentax X90 and liked what I saw.
I have had this camera for some six weeks now and overall I am very happy with it. Battery life is good, lasting for just under 300 frames of fine standard. The quality of images produced is excellent,sharp and clear.The range of options within the menu is staggering. My only gripe is that the zoom facility does not allow you to zoom back if you need to without going all the way and then having to re frame to get the image you want. It would be better if you could go partially back to change rather than going the whole hog!!
Overall I would recommend this camera despite not being too sure about the colour!!
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I bought this versatile camera a few months back to take with me on travels, and so far have been very pleased with it. I have held off on reviewing until now so that I know its pros and cons well, and these may be of interest to people, like myself, who want to good superzoom camera with plenty of functionality but without the cost of an SLR.

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.

Weaknesses:

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.
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It does what it promised. I purchased it for my wife who is the family photographer. She finds it simple to use and it produces excellent family photos.
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I have had this camera for a couple of months now and i love it!
I have produced great close ups when in Rome recently, without a tripod. Panorama photos are quite difficult in bright light but i`ve taken some good ones. I`m an amateur and havent really used all the settings, ie xposure, shutter speed etc.
I have found it a bit hard taking photos of my grandson as he wont stay still, but need to master the manual controls really.
I would recommend this camera for a starter Slr, or for someone with a keen interest in photography.
The price is really good and worth the money, i dont feel its cheap and plasticky.
^6 months on......
the shutter/zoom button has started to stick which means i have to turn the camera off and on to reset it to enable me to take a photo. If this continues, i will be returning the camera
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