Pentax X-5 Review

Overall 39
Imaging 11
Features 34
Size 71
Price 1

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP 1/2.33" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 119 x 86 x 107 mm
  • Weight: 595 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Pentax X-5 Summary

This review is devoted to X-5 that Pentax has first introduced to the public in Aug 22, 2012. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #159 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 39/100 and it takes a rank of #1020 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Pentax X-5 Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Pentax X-5 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Continuous Shooting: 10.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Battery Life: 330 shots

CONs

  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Pentax X-5 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Pentax X-5. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Pentax X-5

Pentax X-5 has the following external dimensions 119 x 119 x 107 mm (46.85 x 33.86 x 42.13″) with the weight of 595 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Pentax X-5, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Pentax X-5 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 107mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Pentax X-5 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Pentax X-5 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Pentax X-5 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Pentax X-5 — 330 shots
Min: 120 shots
Average: 316 shots
Max: 600 shots

Thickness

Pentax X-5 — 107 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Pentax X-5 — 595 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Pentax X-5 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Pentax X-5 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Pentax X-5 Photo and Sensor Features

Pentax X-5 boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Pentax X-5 has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Pentax X-5. However, if you are looking specifically for a SLR-like (bridge) camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Pentax X-5 features a 16.0 MP 1/2.33" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Pentax X-5 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.33" sensor featured in Pentax X-5 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Pentax X-5

LCD and ViewFinder

Pentax X-5 is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Pentax X-5’s embedded viewfinder comes with a resolution of 230k dots.

% coverage ensures that that the resulting photo will capture the scene a bit differently from what you could see in the viewfinder while shooting.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Pentax X-5 are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/1500 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, X-5 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/1500 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, X-5 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, X-5 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Pentax X-5, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Pentax X-5 allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.

Pentax X-5 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Pentax X-5 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect X-5 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Pentax X-5 provides a shooting life of 330, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.

Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Superzoom category, Pentax X-5 offers the highest battery life that reaches 330 shots.

How Good is Pentax X-5 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Pentax X-5’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Pentax X-5’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the X-5 to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Pentax X-5 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax X-5 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 53. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax X-5 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor

Pentax X-5 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax X-5 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 61. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax X-5 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (119 x 86 x 107 mm)
  • Small 1/2.33"(6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Pentax X-5 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax X-5 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 77. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax X-5 can be called a 77 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (119 x 86 x 107 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (10.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/1500s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (330 shots)

Pentax X-5 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax X-5 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 75. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax X-5 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (595 g)
  • Big size (119 x 86 x 107 mm)

Pentax X-5 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax X-5 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 44. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax X-5 can be called a 44 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Pentax X-5 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Pentax
Model X-5
Announced Aug 22, 2012
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 230k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 4 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/1500 s
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 9.1
Flash Modes
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.33"
Sensor Dimensions 6.08 x 4.56 mm
Sensor Area 27.72 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4608 x 3456
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 595 g
Physical Dimensions 119 x 86 x 107 mm
Battery Life 330 shots
Battery Type 330 shots
Battery Model 4 x AA
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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