Pentax X-5 announced

The Pentax X-5 ultra zoom compact camera is now official. The price is set at $279.95 (black version is also available)  The basic specifications:

  • 16MP 'Bridge' Digital Camera
  • 26x Megazoom Lens, 22.3-580mm Equivalent
  • Large 3.0" Tiltable 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

Press release:

Versatile 16 megapixel BSI CMOS point-and-shoot digital camera features a powerful 26X super-telephoto zoom lens as well as convenient tiltable LCD monitor

Denver, CO (August 22, 2012) – PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION today announced the introduction of its PENTAX X-5 digital camera, an ideal choice for photographers who want to easily capture beautiful, high-quality images of a wide variety of subjects and scenes. Featuring a powerful high-magnification optical 26X super-telephoto zoom lens, the new PENTAX X-5 provides photographers with a focal length of 4mm-104mm (22.3mm ultra-wide angle to 580mm super telephoto 35mm equivalent). Coupled with the camera’s Macro mode, which allows photographers to capture dramatic close-up images of subjects as near to the lens as 0.4 inches, the X-5 delivers an extensive range of creative photographic possibilities.

“The new X-5 features classic PENTAX styling. It is the ideal compact travel companion for photo enthusiasts who want a digital camera with them wherever they go that’s capable of taking every type of image from gorgeous portraits, to scenic landscapes to extreme close-ups and more,” said John Carlson, Sr. Manager of Sales and Marketing, PENTAX.

And for effortless image composition and image playback, the PENTAX X-5 also features a large tiltable 3.0-inch, high-definition LCD screen that offers sharp image viewing, even in bright sunlight, while allowing users to shoot from high and low angles to keep the subject neatly framed in the image area. By combining a state-of-the-art image processing engine and back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with low-noise, even up to ISO 6400, and approximately 16.0 effective megapixels, the PENTAX X-5 provides users with very high-resolution images.

Additional features include:

State-of-the-art imaging engine, supported by Super Resolution technology
Supported by the latest Super Resolution technology, the X-5’s imaging engine offers outstanding image-processing performance to produce clear, high-quality images with well-defined details. In addition, the camera’s 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.

Triple shake-reduction technology for sharp, blur-free images and video
The X-5’s triple Shake Reduction (SR) system couples the PENTAX-developed mechanical sensor-shift-type SR mechanism with a digital SR mode for stills or movie SR mode for video to more effectively compensate for camera shake. This hybrid system assures the photographer of sharp, blur-free images and video even under demanding, camera-shake-prone shooting conditions, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting with incident light in poorly lit locations, or photographing sunset scenes.

Electronic viewfinder
The X-5 features an electronic viewfinder with diopter adjustment for a clear view of the subject even under bright sunshine. This comes in handy when shooting a subject in harsh backlight or when the photographer needs a more solid hold of the camera. Its diopter adjustment mechanism assures the user of the clearest view of both subject and viewfinder display, while minimizing eye fatigue during extended shooting sessions.

Full HD-standard movie recording for extended recording of high-quality movies
The X-5 features a Full HD movie recording function employing the h.264 recording format. The user can capture high 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 movie playback features, such as High-speed Movie mode for slow-motion playback and Time-lapse Movie mode for fast-forward playback, and features a micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) for the output of recorded movies and sound to external devices.

User-friendly Auto Picture mode for hands-off selection of the best shooting mode
The X-5 features the PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode, which automatically assesses the subject’s conditions 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.

Quick-set mode dial for delay-free selection of a desired shooting mode
The X-5 lets the user quickly and effortlessly select the desired shooting mode — from a total of 10 modes including the hands-off 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.

Additional features of the PENTAX X-5 include:
• Powered by easy-to-obtain AA batteries
• Remote control operation using a PENTAX optional remote controller
• High-speed burst shooting of up to 10 images per second, for a maximum of 30 images in a single sequence
• 12 digital filters including Miniature and Toy Camera to add creative touches to captured images
• A range of creative image processing tools including Stretch filter, Small Face filter and Collage function
• A choice of three aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9 and 1:1) to accommodate specific applications
• Image viewing, editing and filing software included: MediaImpression 3.5 for PENTAX (Windows version compatible with Windows 7) and MediaImpression 2.1 for PENTAX (Macintosh version compatible with Mac OS X 10.7)
• Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards

Pricing and Availability
The new PENTAX X-5 will be available at retail outlets nationwide and online in September 2012 with a suggested retail price of $279.95.

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  • rich in tx

    super ugly. must take awesome photos or something cause it’s not much in the looks dept lol

    • Stu

      Yeah, cause that’s why we buy cameras, because they look good. :rollseyes;

      • To find out what perfect silence sounds like, tell that joke in a Leica forum

      • Soeren

        Rolleyes back at you, look and feel is important, that’s why I’m not bothered with cheap chinese crap.

        • Josh

          Are looks that important? It’s a tool for creating art, capturing memories. I can agree though that the feel is important, very important. You want something that is comfortable in your hands, feels solid, feels familiar.

          • Pablo Ricasso

            I’ll bet that ugly thing feels real comfortable and becomes familiar in about five seconds.

    • Ha ha ha

      If you think that’s ugly you haven’t seen Canon’s P&S and bridge camera line up. Now those things are real blobs.

    • Alex

      It looks like a DSLR, but hey, anything Pentax is bad 😉

      • spam

        Except for the Pentax Q!

      • fab

        K10D ? K-7 ? K-5 ? K30 ? Each of them were or are still the best DSLRs in their range.

      • Josh

        I come here just to see people fight over Pentax. It’s funny to watch. I’m disappointed when people aren’t in endless, futile, arguments. :p Pentax sucks! Or if you dislike Pentax already, than Pentax rocks!

  • BP2012

    Hm, looks very similar and also have extremly similar specifications to some Fuji low-end bridge cameras just with a few Pentax specific add-ons. Waste of time and money.

    Btw, what is the purpose of a green button on this type of camera? General purpose custom button or something else?

  • Pentax trio

    Pentax Q, K-01, X-5, Pentax trio

  • fab

    I hope this means that the K-02 with have EVF and articulated screen as well, with touchscreen. I want a APS-C concurrent to the OMD EM-5 which is an awesome body, but m43 :/

    • d0n

      I agree a newer cheaper k-01 with evf must be in the works… otherwise it would only make sense to have released this camera in a q-mount.. this body, this zoom lens and a q mount would have really been great for the q system BUT it would compete with Pentax’s own k-01 series…..

    • Karen G’

      fab +10

  • Warpig

    22mm equivalent at wide end, that’s nice.

  • icywindow

    This reminds me a lot of the styling and color on the old MZ-7 bodies. It’s an interesting throwback design given the articulating LCD display.

  • Ross

    Oh no! Not another X camera! 😉

  • a4

    Instead of “X” should have been marked “Y”. Y, oh, Why!?

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