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Pentax X-5 Digital Camera (Black)

B&H # PEX5B Mfr # 12761
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • 16MP 'Bridge' Digital Camera
  • 26x Megazoom Lens, 22.3-580mm Equivalent
  • Large 3.0" Tilt LCD Screen
  • 260K Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full HD 1080p Widescreen Video
  • Triple Shake Reduction Technology
  • Super Macro Mode Focuses to 1 cm
  • Auto Picture and Fast Face Detection
  • HDMI Output for HDTV Screening

The X-5 Digital Camera (Black) from Pentax is 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 high-definition 3.0" tilt 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 unposed 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.  

16MP Sensor and State-of the-Art Image Processor
Supported by the latest Super Resolution technology, the X-5's image processing engine offers outstanding performance to produce clear, high-quality images with well-defined details and the 16MP sensor provides low-noise, high resolution photos and videos.
26x Megazoom Lens with Macro Mode
A 26x super-telephoto optical zoom lens (22.3-580mm equivalent) ensures extreme flexibility for any subject, near or far. Super Macro mode allows for dramatically detailed close-ups as close as 0.4"(1 cm).
Triple Shake-Reduction Technology
The X-5's triple shake-reduction system couples the Pentax-developed mechanical sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) with a digital high ISO SR mode for stills or movie SR mode for video. This hybrid system assures the photographer of sharp, blur-free images and video even under demanding shooting conditions, such as when using a telephoto lens or shooting in poorly lit locations.
Electronic Viewfinder
The X-5 features a 260,000 dot high resolution electronic viewfinder with diopter adjustment for a clear view of the subject even under difficult lighting conditions. This comes in handy when shooting a subject in strong backlight or when you need more stable control of the camera. The diopter adjustment mechanism assures the photographer of the clearest view of both subject and viewfinder display.
3.0" Tilt LCD Screen
For effortless image composition and playback, the X-5 features a large tilt 3.0" high-definition LCD screen that offers sharp image viewing even in bright sunlight while allowing users to creatively shoot from high and low angles to keep the subject neatly in frame
Full HD Video at 30fps with HDMI Output
The X-5 has a Full HD movie capture function with high quality h.264 recording compression. You can shoot HD quality extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels at a 16:9 aspect ratio) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. The camera also offers creative playback features, such as High-speed Movie mode for slow-motion playback and Time-lapse Movie mode for fast-forward playback. A micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) for the output of recorded movies and sound to HDTVs or other compatible devices is easily accessed on the camera body.
Auto Picture Mode and Fast Face Detection
Auto Picture mode automatically assesses the scene and selects the most appropriate shooting mode from 16 distinctive shooting options, including Landscape, Portrait, Candlelight and Pet. It even comes with an Auto Macro function, which automatically switches the focus mode to Macro when it detects the subject is close to the lens. Fast Face Detection technology quickly finds up to 32 faces for perfectly focused and exposed portraits.
Handheld Night Scene
Handheld Night Scene shooting mode helps the photographer capture blur-free nighttime images by taking multiple images at once and blending them into a single composite picture.
Quick-set Mode Dial
The X-5 lets the user quickly and effortlessly select the desired shooting mode - from a total of 10 modes including Auto Picture, Scene, Program, Manual, Landscape, and Handheld Night Snap - with a single turn of the Mode Dial, without having to access the on-screen menu.
Creative Processing and Filters
Twelve digital filters including Miniature and Toy Camera add creative touches to captured images and a range of image processing tools including Stretch filter, Small Face filter and Collage function offer creative ways to jazz-up your photos.
Burst Shooting
High-speed continuous shooting of up to 10 images per second is achievable, for a maximum of 30 images in a single sequence. Never miss an action shot or the perfect expression.
Aspect Ratio
The X-5 offers a choice of three aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9 and 1:1) to accommodate specific applications and creative whims.
Memory Cards
The Pentax X-5 can utilize SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards and is compatible with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards.
Power
Powered by convenient AA batteries.
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 16.37 Megapixel
Effective: 16 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.33"
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: AVI, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: WAV
Max Resolution 16MP: 4608 x 3456
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 4:3, 16:9
Optics
Lens 12 elements in 9 groups
3 Aspherical
EFL: 4-104 mm (35 mm equivalent: 22.3-580 mm)
Aperture: f/3.1 (W) - 5.9 (T)
Filter Thread None
Zoom Optical: 26x
Digital: 7.2x
Intelligent Zoom: 39x
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-6400
Shutter Type: Charge-coupled Electronic
Speed: 1/4 - 1/1500 sec
Type: Charge-coupled Electronic
Speed: 4 - 1/1500 sec in Night Scene Mode
Type: Charge-coupled Electronic
Speed: 4 - 1/1500 sec in Manual Mode
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Multi, Spot, TTL 256-zones
Exposure Modes Modes: Manual, Programmed Auto
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Manual, Shade, Tungsten
Burst Rate Up to 10 fps at 5 MP for up to 30 frames
Self Timer 2 Seconds, 10 Seconds
Interval Recording No
Remote Control Optional
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Flash On
Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction
Off
Slow Sync
Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 0.66 - 38' (0.20 - 11.58 m)
Telephoto: 4.9 - 20' (1.49 - 6.10 m)
External Flash Connection None
Memory
Built-in Memory 75.3MB
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC 1
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Eye-Fi Compatible

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Still Images per GB JPEG: 182 @ Highest Resolution - 7544 @ Lowest Resolution
Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video
Video Clip Length Up to 25 Minutes
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic 2
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230000 dots

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Diopter Adjustment Not Specified By Manufacturer
Viewfinder Coverage Not Specified By Manufacturer
Screen 3" LCD Rear Screen Tilt (460,000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity AV Output
DC Input
HDMI D (Micro)
USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP1), Vista
Mac: OS X 10.3.9 or later
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Power
Battery 4x AA Batteries
AC Power Adapter K-AC106 (Optional)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.7 x 3.4 x 4.2" / 11.9 x 8.6 x 10.7 cm
Weight 17.9 oz / 507 g without battery or memory card
Pentax X-5 Digital Camera (Black)
  • O-ST92 Strap
  • O-LC129 Lens Cap
  • I-USB7 USB Cable
  • S-SW129 Software (CD-ROM)
  • 4 x AA Batteries
  • One Year Limited Warranty
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    PentaxX-5 Digital Camera (Black)
     
    4.7

    (based on 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (24)
    • Large clear LCD (23)
    • Zoom range/performance (20)
    • Good in low light (14)
    • Great resolution (14)

    Cons

    • Lag / shutter delay (6)

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (21)
    • Travel (21)
    • Wildlife (14)
    • Low light (11)
    • Landscape/scenery (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (15), Casual photographer (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (24), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Not bad for the price

    This is one bridge camera that does what its name suggest
    It takes high quality photo images without the need of multiple interchangeable lenses
    Was in the market looking for a NICE digital...Read complete review

    This is one bridge camera that does what its name suggest
    It takes high quality photo images without the need of multiple interchangeable lenses
    Was in the market looking for a NICE digital Bridge camera BUT I have been disappointed with what was out there in the over crowded field
    One of the main reasons I purchased the Pentax camera was because it did not feel like it was made out of cheap thin plastic (The same type you find on water pistol guns made in China)
    There are a lot of Bridge cameras out on the market today to choose from that have 20 x plus optical zoom lens BUT what I liked best with the Pentax was that it felt like I was not holding a kids toy. Not that I like to abuse my cameras and all BUT I will leave it in the trunk of my car and or pack it with a lot of other stuff in my luggage Most of all the other cameras out there felt like the body would crack with one small drop or slip where as the X-5 felt like it could absorb some minor abuse and be somewhat forgiving.
    The image quality is not bad and the color reproduction is close to accurate to what was seen with the human eye
    What impressed me the most so far has been the image stabilizer and how good the photos look with the max digital zoom fully in use.
    Now this camera like, ALL the other bridge camera is not being used for professional images BUT to just take photos of high quality and post them on our company's web site or to share with friends, co-workers and family.
    One has to understand what you are buying with a bridge camera. This is a camera where as the quality and capabilities are better than that of you I phone digital camera BUT not up to that of that with what one finds in a true SLR. Hence the name "bridge" The image quality from this camera if used right should be good enough for the above average photo bug to take a photo and be able to print the image out and frame it on ones wall to be seen (and so far with the photos I have taken it has done this)

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good For Point an Shoot Fans

    I have had this camera for a couple of weeks, and used it everyday. Very fast zoom, good quality pictures, and I enjoy using it. However there are a couple of things...Read complete review

    I have had this camera for a couple of weeks, and used it everyday. Very fast zoom, good quality pictures, and I enjoy using it. However there are a couple of things that I don't like at all. The first is that the lens cap must be removed before the unit is turned on. Otherwise you get a warning message or the lens pops the cap off (not good). Why take the lens cap off just to download to a computer using a docking cable, or review your shots. The second is the lack of two very useful shooting modes: AV and TV. It has a P mode which picks the AV and TV and enables you to adjust the EV. But AV and TV would be a welcome addition to what is otherwise a fun camera to play with. What I like most is the clarity, and accurate capture of color. Focus speed is pretty good also. I would have given it 4 stars if it wasn't for the "lens cap thing".

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    5.0

    Truely Point and Shoot

    By The Professor

    from Detroit, Michigan

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

      Comments about X-5 Digital Camera (Silver):

      I use the camera to take pictures of 'happenings' and in particular places where we have not been before. The camera is simple to use and as a big plus, uses AA batteries. It is a bit heavy and reminds me of my last 35 mm camera, except much easier to use. It is a very good 'point and shoot' camera.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Amazing camera!!

      By Eugenio

      from São Paulo, Brazil

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Battery Life
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Travel

        Comments about X-5 Digital Camera (Silver):

        Amazing camera, high quality images and perfect design.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Good camera for the price

        By Trini Al

        from Trinidad and Tobago

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Battery Life
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom
        • Poor Image Stabilization
        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about X-5 Digital Camera (Black):

        This camera is great for vacation pictures and video.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Nice camera, but too many frills

        By rower

        from Maine

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Macro Focusing

        Cons

        • Too Many Frills

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Travel

        Comments about X-5 Digital Camera (Silver):

        I've only used this camera a few times, but I can say that it is much better than the 2mb loin-and-shoot I've had for many years.

        I got it for the close-up/macro capabilities, which work well. While I haven't used it outdoors yet, I expect the other functions of this camera will work as well there too.

        Overall, I'm pleased with the camera.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Love it!

        By Diana

        from Tennessee

        Comments about X-5 Digital Camera (Silver):

        I really like the fact that it's easy for me to hold. I have severe arthritis and all the controls are easy to use. Plus, the pictures are beautiful.

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        5.0

        Christmas Gift

        By sgilbert83

        from kingsport, tenn

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about X-5 Digital Camera (Silver):

          Amateur when it comes to photography. Had a couple of digital cameras before this one that cost approx. the same price. So far very satisfied. Did not know I shook that much, but the triple stabilization works wonders and the zoom is better than I expected. Look forward to using it this spring on motorcycle trips.

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          GREAT CAMERA FOR THE PRICE

          By Mr. Mudd

          from Palm Springs, CA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Evf
          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel

          Comments about X-5 Digital Camera (Silver):

          Purchased as a replacement for a Canon Powershot Pro 1. The Pentax is faster and as accurate in focusing and with less shutter lag. The EVF with metering brackets is very useful. Photos taken to date are to learn how to use the numerous options available. I have been surprised at the clarity and precision of color rendition. I am an amateur digital photographer just pleased with the results of full size reproductions of the experimental shots.

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          5.0

          pentax x5

          By jb

          from fl

          Comments about X-5 Digital Camera (Silver):

          Great camera for the price and for what it can do.
          Amazing clear pictures in dark with flash. Still learning about its features.
          It could make a better amature picture taker..

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          5.0

          This camera is a keeper

          By Grammia

          from NM

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Battery Life
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Macro Photography
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about X-5 Digital Camera (Black):

            I spent a lot of time reviewing possible bridge cameras and had narrowed it down to this one and one that was twice as expensive. Right out of the box, I knew it was the one to fit my hand. The zoom went waaay past 26x and worked wonderfully hand held and I had to hold the camera at arms length way over my head to get shots while in a crowd, so that meant the anti-shake feature is super. The macro is sharp and clear, with color distortion only when at the closest distance so there is very little light. I DID follow a suggestion made in the reviews to purchase the SanDisk 16GB SDHC Card Extreme Class 10 UHS-1. The battery life was good. I spent four days with the camera "on" most of the time for about 10 to 12 hrs a day, shooting all types of photos and only changed out the batteries twice and probably didn't need to do so the first time but was worried I'd miss something important if they died during use. (Was photographing graduation activities at MCRD.) I couldn't say fast shutter speed because it IS a bridge camera, not a SLR. Much better speed than my previous EXPENSIVE camera, though.

            I can't check anything about sports or video photograpy because I haven't done anything there, yet. I did make a lot of use of the burst feature while photographing an continual moving 8 yr old and wildlife on the bay.

            The case will get a separate review, but is exactly what I needed.

            This really is worth more than 5 stars.

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            5.0

            Perfect for All-Purpose Photography

            By RWS in Pittsburgh

            from Pittsburgh, PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Battery Life
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Macro Photography
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about X-5 Digital Camera (Black):

            My initial experience with the Pentax X-5 I purchased from B&H has been extremely positive. Features correspond to the adjustments you want to make in typical shooting situations, controls are intuitive and readily accessible, and photo quality is remarkably good. Availability of a viewfinder and excellent utilization of power from rechargeable AAs make the camera a genuine pleasure. Buying it from a shop as responsive, efficient and cost-competitive as B&H adds to the enjoyment of using an X-5.If it blows up in my hands in a few months, appraisal might change. But based on results from a series of heavy-duty shootings, this consumer couldn't be happier with his purchase. I have no personal connection to either Pentax or B&H: just trying to provide some honest feedback for other shoppers.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Pentax X-5

            By Jaimie

            from New Bern NC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Battery Life
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about X-5 Digital Camera (Silver):

                Great camera!

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Exactly what I was looking for.

                By Rochdalian

                from Brooklyn

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Battery Life
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about X-5 Digital Camera (Silver):

                    I used a Pentax 35 mm camera for may years and wanted a digital camera that would match it in reliability. The X-5 was that for me.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 10
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Amazing camera so far!

                    By Kel

                    from Lincolnville, Maine

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about X-5 Digital Camera (Black):

                      Love this camera so far! It is easy to use, the different settings aren't complicated and the manual is easy to read and understand. So far I have taken pictures of wild animals and a portrait shot with the simple twist of a knob. It is a great "jack of all trades" camera for simple point and shoot shots or complicated portraits. The only drawback I've found is that you have to remove the lens cap to turn the camera on for any reason, which isn't much of a hassle anyway.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Decent

                      By Bez

                      from Atlantic City,NJ

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about X-5 Digital Camera (Silver):

                        I am strictly an amateur when it comes to photography, but I know when a camera takes great picture and this one does! While trying out the camera for the first time I took a picture of a bird and was blown away by the details one could see. able to see the individual feathers. I had a Cannon Powershot g10 and as far as I am concerned this Pentax puts both the Nikon and Cannon cameras that fall into this category to shame as far as quality of picture.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 10
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        I positively love it!

                        By The Little Red Hen

                        from Meridian, ID

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Light weight
                        • Shaped To Fit Your Hand
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about X-5 Digital Camera (Silver):

                          I have had many Pentax cameras over the years, actually have 3 K-1000's. They have never disappointed! This X-5 Digital is wonderful. I love how it is shaped to fit your hand making it east to hold. It is light weight and a great camera for the price! I will shop B & H Photo again for other photo needs!

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                          • No

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Perfect For My Needs

                          By JoeG

                          from Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Great Resolution
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about X-5 Digital Camera (Black):

                            I consider myself to be a novice photographer and wanted to move up from a simple point & shoot. Considering all the possibilities, I decided to purchase a bridge camera. After reading numerous reviews, watching demos on YouTube, and personally evaluating several brands / models at photoshops; I decided to purchase the Pentax X-5.

                            The main points that that swayed me to the X-5 were; its simplicity of use, sturdy construction, its feel in the hand, and the number of features for the price. To date I am very pleased with my selection and have been shooting primarily in the Auto Mode. The pictures are consistantly crisp and clear with very good color balance. The 26x zoom works extremely well, as does the image stabilization. To date I have not uncovered any negatives or flaws. Over the next few weeks I plan to move out of the Auto Mode and begin experimenting with several of the manual options / settings. I will provide an update if anything changes.

                            Obviously there are other bridge cameras with better technical specs and features on the market, be it at much higher prices. That said, for the current state of my photography skills vs picture taking requirements the Pentax X-5 is doing a great job.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 10
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Outstanding Photo/Video Camera

                            By CJ

                            from Oldsmar, Florida

                            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Large Clear LCD

                            Cons

                            • Flash Ejection

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about X-5 Digital Camera (Silver):

                            If you are like me...A Photographer/Videographer who has better than average skills but not Quite a Pro yet, this camera is the answer to your prayers. For a Non-DSLR it does both photos and video very well indeed...A true "Bridge" camera. Also, the whining out there about the battery door is a bunch of baloney. A little practice with the door and you will not have any problems, trust me, I have seen much worse. For around $ bucks this camera is a no-brainer and a steal! The only thing that kept it from 5 stars is I am not to enamored with the way the flash pops up, a very minor gripe on my part. Buy it...you wont be sorry!

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 10
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            A tough one

                            By DG

                            from Cayenne French Guiana

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Great Resolution
                            • Great Zoom

                            Cons

                            • Lag / Shutter Delay

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography
                            • Travel
                            • Video

                            Comments about X-5 Digital Camera (Black):

                            The x-5 is strongly build and it is a pleasure to use.
                            Of course it is just a bridge but for the price you get more than you could expect.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 7
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Good For Point an Shoot Fans

                            By neandersloth

                            from Corpus Christi,Tx

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good Battery Life

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about X-5 Digital Camera (Black):

                              I have had this camera for a couple of weeks, and used it everyday. Very fast zoom, good quality pictures, and I enjoy using it. However there are a couple of things that I don't like at all. The first is that the lens cap must be removed before the unit is turned on. Otherwise you get a warning message or the lens pops the cap off (not good). Why take the lens cap off just to download to a computer using a docking cable, or review your shots. The second is the lack of two very useful shooting modes: AV and TV. It has a P mode which picks the AV and TV and enables you to adjust the EV. But AV and TV would be a welcome addition to what is otherwise a fun camera to play with. What I like most is the clarity, and accurate capture of color. Focus speed is pretty good also. I would have given it 4 stars if it wasn't for the "lens cap thing".

                              • Ease of Operation:
                              • 9
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Just what I wanted!

                              By MARIAN

                              from ARGENTINA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Large Clear LCD

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel
                                • Wildlife photos

                                Comments about X-5 Digital Camera (Black):

                                While I am not professional, good looking camera optical zoom, sharpness, with correction of movement, good colors, easy to use and very well filmed! Not only that, the price .. pay a value much more convenient than those that compete at that level of performance, and I found what I needed. Looking small, but evidently it is not easy for those caracteristis. Buy a card faster to copy and read, and do not delay in saving the data

                                • Ease of Operation:
                                • 9
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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