Pentax X-5 Review

October 24, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |


Camera Type Bridge
Type 1/2.33" CMOS
Total Pixels 16.37 megapixels
Effective Pixels 16.0 megapixels

Formats: JPEG (conforms to Exif 2.3), conforms to DCF2.0, DPOF, PRINT Image Matching III

16M(4608x3456), 12M[1:1](3456x3456), 12M[16:9](4608x2592), 7M(3072x2304), 5M(2592x1944), 4M(16:9)(2592x1464), 3M(2048x1536), 2M[16:9](1920x1080),
102(1024x768), 640(640x480)

3 Quality levels of JPEG: good, better, best

Sensitivity Auto, Manual (ISO 100 - 6400)
Shake Reduction Sensor-Shift-Type (SR : Shake Reduction), Dual (SR & Pixel Track SR), High-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)
Focal Length

4.0 - 104mm(35mm equivalent focal length: 22.3 - 580mm)

Aperture: F3.1 - F5.9

Digital Zoom

Digital zoom: Approx. 7.2x

Intelligent zoom: Approx. 39x at 7MP, approx. 187.2x at 640 (including optical zoom)

Construction smc PENTAX zoom lens, 12 elements in 9 groups (3 aspherical elements)
Focusing System
Type TTL contrast detection autofocus system

9-point AF, Spot AF, Auto tracking AF

Infinity-landscape, Manual Focus, AF Point switching

Focus Range (automatic)

Standard: 0.4m - infinity (at wide setting), 1.5m - infinity (at tele setting)

Macro: 0.1 - 0.5m(from wide to the middle zoom position)

Super Macro: 0.01m - 0.2m (middle zoom position)

AF assist AF assist lamp at front
Type Electronic Viewfinder, approx. 230K dots.
Diopter adjustment Yes
Type 3.0-inch tiltable LCD with acrylic protection
Resolution approx. 460K dots
Speed 1/1500- 1/4 sec.  4 sec at most (Manual, Night Scene mode setting)
Exposure system
Metering Multi-segment metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes

Modes: Program, Manual

Scene modes: Auto Picture, USER, Movie, Handheld Night Snap, Sport, Landscape, Portrait, SCN (Flower, Blue Sky, Sunset, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Fireworks, HDR, Surf & Snow, Baby, Kids, Pet, Food, Digital SR, Stage Lighting, Text, Museum, Digital Wide, Digital Panorama, Frame Composite), Green

Compensation ± 2EV (1/3EV steps)
Type Integrated auto flash control

Flash-on and Flash-off modes.

"Red-eye" compensation function employs a pre-discharge.

Low-speed synchro, Low-speed synchro + Red-eye

Automatic activation in low light conditions

Effective Range

Wide: approx. 0.2 - 11.6 m (ISO Auto)

Tele: approx. 1.5 - 6.1 m (ISO Auto)

Exposure Parameters
Modes One shot, Continuous Shooting (approx. 1.0 frame/sec, Burst Shooting (L/H), Self-timer (10 sec., 2 sec.), Remote Control (0, 3 sec.), Auto Bracketing
Face Recognition Face Detection AF&AE is available at all mode. 32 people at most. Smile Capture. Blinking Detection. Pet detection: Detect up to 1 pet's face(auto or select from pre-registered three faces)
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light (D,N, W), Manual setting
Digital Filter

B&W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis,  High Contrast, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature Filter


Sound: Yes

Shake reduction Mode (Movie SR)

Video format:MPEG?4 AVC/H.264

Resolution: 1920(1920x1080): approx. 30fps,
1280(1280x720):approx. 60/30fps,
640(640x480): approx. 30fps

Duration: approx. 75 min. ( 4AA Alkaline batteries), approx. 150 min (4AA Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries), approx. 280 min. (4AA Lithium batteries)

Editing Save as still image, Divide movies, Adding title picture

Slideshow, Image Rotation, Stretch Filter, Small Face Filter, Collage, Digital Filter (B&W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature Filter), HDR Filter, Frame Composite, Movie Editing, Red-eye Compensation, Resize, Cropping, Image Copy, Protect, DPOF, Start-up Screen

Internal approx. 75.3 MB
External Compatible with SD, SDHC, SDXC Memory cards
File Format

Photo: JPEG (conforms to Exif 2.3), conforms to DCF2.0, DPOF, PRINT Image Matching III

Video format: MPEG?4 AVC/H.264

Sound format: WAV (PCM), mono

Special Features

World time: 75 cities, 28 time zones


English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese


Video output: PC / AV terminal (PAL/NTSC)

Connection Port: USB2.0(Hi-Speed) PC/AV terminal, HDMI terminal (Type D), DC Input terminal

Source 4 AA batteries (Alkaline, Lithium, Nickel and Rechargeable Ni-MH).
Performance Still *: approx. 330 shots ( 4AA Alkaline batteries), approx. 500 shots (4AA Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries), approx. 950 shots (4AA Lithium batteries)

Playback **: approx. 420 min. ( 4AA Alkaline batteries), approx. 500 min (4AA Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries), approx. 950 min. (4AA Lithium batteries)

* Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing.  Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions.

** According to the result of PENTAX in-house testing.
Height 86.5mm
Width 120mm
Depth 106.5mm
Weight approx. 599g   (loaded and ready)
approx. 507g (without battery and SD memory card) 
PC Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Vista and 7
Mac Mac OS X 10.3.9 or above
Included Software Software S-SW129
Kit Content PENTAX USB Cable I– USB7    
AA Alkaline battery for X-5    
Lens cap O-LC129        
Strap O-ST92
Optional PENTAX AV Cable I-AVC7  
AC adapter K-AC129  
Black neoprene case   
Remote Control E   
Remote Control F   
PENTAX Remote Control O-RC1