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Pentax X-5 review

Set to impress the bridge market with a gigantic zoom range

As part of our image quality testing for the Pentax X-5, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Pentax X-5 is capable of resolving up to around 18 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our full explanation of our camera testing resolution charts.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Pentax X 5 review

Full ISO 100 image, see the cropped (100%) versions below.

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ISO 100, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 200, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 400, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 800, score: 16 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 1600, score: 12 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 3200, score: 10 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 6400, score: n/a (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedAA
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourSilver
Optical Zoom26x
Digital Zoom7.2x
Brand NamePentax
FeaturesBlink Detection, Face Recognition, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Pet Detection, Live View, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)507 g
Flash Memory Capacity75.30 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported4
Battery Built-inNo
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.4 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Eye-Fi Card
Height86.5 mm
Width120 mm
Depth106.5 mm
Autofocus Points9
Focal Length4 mm to 104 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsWAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync
Focus ModesManual, Auto
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product ModelX-5
Product NameX-5 Bridge Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number12773
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.ricoh.co.uk
Marketing Information

Within its compact, easy-to-carry body, the PENTAX X-5 features a high-magnification optical 26-times zoom lens offering a focal-length coverage from 22.3mm ultra-wide angle to 580mm super telephoto (in the 35mm format). Coupled with the 1cm Macro mode, which lets the photographer capture dramatic close-up images of a subject from just one centimeter away, it offers quick, effortless shooting in a wide range of photographic situations. It also provides the Intelligent Zoom function, which extends the camera's zoom coverage to approximately 187.2 times (for a focal length of 4174mm in the 35mm format) without compromising image quality.

Battery Life330 Shot
Package Contents
  • X-5 Bridge Camera
  • USB Cable I- USB7
  • 4 x AA Alkaline battery for X-5
  • Lens Cap O-LC129
  • Strap O-ST92
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker