Pentax X-5 at a glance:

  • 16-million-pixel back illuminated CMOS sensor
  • 26x zoom (22-580mm equivalent)
  • 3in, 460,000-dot tilt LCD screen
  • Full HD 1080p, 30fps video recording
  • 10fps burst mode
  • Street price around £200

Pentax X-5 review – Introduction

Almost three years ago when Pentax’s last bridge camera, the X90, was released, it featured a class leading 26x optical zoom. Fast forward to 2012 and we have seen a 50x zoom in the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, a constant f/2.8 aperture in the 24x optical zoom of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200, and an imaging sensor in the Fujifilm X-S1 that is about twice the size of those used in other models. Manufacturers are including many new features in their cameras in order to get them noticed. Therefore, the new Pentax X-5, which replaces the X90, has much to build on in order to get up to speed in this competitive part of the market.

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