Pentax X-5 26x 16MP CMOS superzoom

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The Pentax X-5 is Really a Camera That Can do it All

DSLR-like 26x zoom 16MP CMOS superzoom - Aug 22, 2012
Pentax X-5 26x 16MP CMOS superzoom A stylish 26x megazoom digital camera for photographers who want to shoot a wide variety of subjects in an equally wide variety of styles, from portraiture to expansive landscapes to extreme close-ups. With its powerful zoom lens that can range from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto (22.3-580mm equivalent), there is nothing that cannot be captured. The X-5 even offers a macro mode that allows sharp focus as close as 0.4" (1 cm)!

When shooting in super telephoto or in low light situations, the camera's triple shake-reduction technology compensates for hand movement or vibration and assures the photographer a crisp, blur-free image. The hybrid triple shake-reduction technology goes the extra step toward total image stabilization by combining mechanical sensor-shift-type SR (shake reduction) with digital high-ISO still and video shake reduction. No matter how difficult the shot, the ample zoom range of the X-5 combined with its triple shake-reduction will get it for you and get it crystal clear.

Supported by a state-of-the-art image processor with Super Resolution technology and a 16MP sensor, the X-5 guarantees high resolution images and performance speeds to match. Even at ISOs up to 6400, the camera produces well-defined, low-noise photos. And in terms of video, the X-5 features Full HD 1080p recording with h.264 compression at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. Movies can be played with creative touches such as slow motion and fast-forward playback and with micro-HDMI output, screening your movies on devices and HDTVs is as simple as connecting a cable.

Of course, both photo and video playback are benefitted by the camera's 3.0" tiltable, high-definition LCD screen. Its tiltability allows for viewing and image composition from various angles. This is helpful when shooting or viewing in bright sunlight but more so, it allows your creativity to flow as you shoot from high or low angles and discreetly capture the exuberance and serenity of life's un-posed moments.

The handsome DSLR-like design of the X-5 also houses an electronic viewfinder with diopter adjustment that creates a clear view of your subject no matter the lighting conditions. The EVF is ideal when shooting in very bright or dim lighting and also when you need the stability that comes from holding camera to eye. The diopter adjustment mechanism offers the clearest view of both subject and viewfinder display, while minimizing eye fatigue during long shooting sessions.

The Pentax X-5 will give you professional quality images ready for post-production touches and print enlargements, but it is also a camera that offers the shooting ease of Auto Picture Mode and Fast Face Detection. Auto Picture Mode allows the camera to recognize the scene it is shooting and select the camera's settings accordingly. You simply point and shoot. Fast Face Detection recognizes up to 32 faces within the scene and focuses and exposes automatically to create the perfect portrait. The X-5's auto functions even include Auto Macro which detects when a subject is very close to the lens and switches into macro for extreme close-up focus, great for shooting flowers, cherished items or artistic details. Ease of function includes a Quick-set Mode Dial which allows you to quickly switch between modes -- Auto, Manual, Landscape, Handheld Night, for example -- without going into the menu.

The Pentax X-5 is really a camera that can do it all-- from high speed burst shooting of up to 10 images per second to fun processing tools and filters. It is designed like an SLR for ergonomic handling but compact enough for everyday shooting and travel. It also comes with viewing and editing software included! For photo enthusiasts and travelers who want a camera that can easily shoot just about everything and do so in sharp, high resolution quality, the X-5 is the camera for you.

Body type SLR-like (bridge)  
Max resolution 4608 x 3456  
Other resolutions 4608 x 2592, 3456 x 3456, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2592 x 1944, 2592 x 1464, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480  
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 16:9  
Effective pixels 16.0 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 16.4 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)  
Sensor type BSI-CMOS  
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400,800, 1600, 3200, 6400  
White balance presets 8  
Custom white balance Yes  
Image stabilization Sensor-shift  
Uncompressed format No  
JPEG quality levels Best, Better, Good  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 22 580 mm  
Optical zoom 26  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (7.2x)  
Manual focus Yes  
Normal focus range 40 cm (15.75")  
Macro focus range 1 cm (.39")  
Number of focus points 9  
Lens mount Unknown  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting  
Screen size 3"  
Screen dots 460,000  
Touch screen No  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type Electronic  
Viewfinder resolution 230,000  
Photography features
Maximum aperture F3.1 - F5.9  
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/1500 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)  
Flash range 9.1 m  
External flash No  
Continuous drive Yes (10 fps)  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)  
Videography features
  • Motion JPEG
Microphone Mono  
Speaker Mono  
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Storage included 75. 3 MB Internal  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (Type D)  
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected  
Remote control Yes (Optional Remote O-RC1)  
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description 4 x AA batteries (Alkaline, Lithium, Nickel and Rechargeable Ni-MH)  
Battery Life (CIPA) 330  
Weight (inc. batteries) 595 g (1.31 lb / 20.99 oz)  
Dimensions 119 x 86 x 107 mm (4.69 x 3.39 x 4.21")  
Other features
GPS None


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