Pentax X90 Review

Overall 37
Imaging 9
Features 22
Size 72
Price 0

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/2.33" CCD sensor
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 2.7″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 111 x 85 x 110 mm
  • Weight: 428 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Pentax X90 Summary

This review is devoted to X90 that Pentax has first introduced to the public in Jul 06, 2010. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #201 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 37/100 and it takes a rank of #1093 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Pentax X90 Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Pentax X90 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

  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Pentax X90 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 X90. 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 X90

Pentax X90 has the following external dimensions 111 x 111 x 110 mm (43.7 x 33.46 x 43.31″) with the weight of 428 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Pentax X90, 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 X90 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 110mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Pentax X90 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 X90 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 X90 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Pentax X90 — 110 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Pentax X90 — 428 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Pentax X90 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 X90 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 X90 Photo and Sensor Features

Pentax X90 comes with Prime processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Pentax X90 has the following ISO range 80 - 6400 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Pentax X90. 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 X90 features a 12.0 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 X90 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 X90 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Pentax X90

LCD and ViewFinder

Pentax X90 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.7" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

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

% 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 X90 are its fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, X90 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 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, X90 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Pentax X90, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Pentax X90 allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.

Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.

Pentax X90 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect X90 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

How Good is Pentax X90 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Pentax X90’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Pentax X90’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the X90 to the average SuperZoom camera.

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

Pentax X90 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax X90 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 31. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax X90 can be called a Intermediate 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

Disadvantages:

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

Pentax X90 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax X90 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 61. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax X90 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

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

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (111 x 85 x 110 mm)
  • Small 1/2.33"(6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Pentax X90 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax X90 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 61. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax X90 can be called a 61 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (111 x 85 x 110 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting ( fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Pentax X90 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax X90 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 74. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax X90 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 (428 g)
  • Big size (111 x 85 x 110 mm)

Pentax X90 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax X90 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 21. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax X90 can be called a 21 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 (12 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Pentax X90 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Pentax
Model X90
Announced Jul 06, 2010
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 Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.7″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 4 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 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 CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.33"
Sensor Dimensions 6.08 x 4.56 mm
Sensor Area 27.72 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
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 No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
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 428 g
Physical Dimensions 111 x 85 x 110 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model D-L106
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage Slots 1

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