Pentax, with today’s introduction of the X-5, is aiming its camera towards casual shooters looking for a more flexible focal range and an eye-level viewfinder.
The Pentax X-5, which will be available in September from Adorama, is the first Pentax EVF camera in quite a while, and offers state-of-the-art features for snapshooters looking to upgrade and more advanced photographers looking for a longer focal range in a compact camera that’s well suited for travel photography.
The Pentax X-5 sports a 22.3-580mm (35mm equivalent) optical zoom lens with macro mode focusing to 0.4 inches, and a 16MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor. Pentax claims the X-5’s image processing will produce low noise, even up to ISO 6400. This may be possible using Handheld Night Scene, a shooting mode that combines multiple images into a composite picture that is said to reduce or eliminate camera shake blur and noise.
The X-5 offers a full choice of shooting modes, from Auto Picture (the camera chooses the most appropriate scene mode based on the shooting situation) to Program or Manual, custom settings, movie, and several scene modes.
For videographers, the X-5 can shoot full 1080p HD movie in h.264 recording format at 30fps. High-speed, slow-motion, and time-lapse record and playback modes are available.
Additional features include:
- High speed burst mode up to 10fps, total 30 images per sequence
- 12 digital filters
- Creative image processing tools (stretch, small face, collage)
- Compatible with Eye-Fi cards
- Quick set dial
- Electronic viewfinder
- Three aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9, 1:1)
- Triple Shake Reduction system
- AA batteries
The Pentax X-5 will be available at Adorama in September for $299.95.