Very large focal range.
A lot of auto options.
Takes good pictures.
Body has ample rubber grip.
No AP or SP modes.
Lacks RAW format.
Requires 4 AA batteries.
Alkaline battery life wasn't as long as hoped.
There is a purple glare in some images.
10 fps high-speed shooting only capable at a lower resolution.
No aperture or shutter priority modes.
By TopTenREVIEWS on May 31, 2013
The low price tag means that some corners had to be cut, but for a bridge camera, the Pentax X-5 is definitely a step up in quality compared to pocket...72
By The Imaging Resource on April 13, 2013
The 16MP Pentax X-5 may look and feel like a digital SLR, but it clearly belongs in the entry-level superzoom class. Photo enthusiasts who have shot with a DSLR and who may be drawn to the X-5's serious-looking but compact design -- it reminds us of...-
By TechRadar on March 12, 2013
The problem that some people will have is that, other than an extraordinary focal range, this bridge camera doesn't really offer anything new or exciting. Plus elsewhere it feels a little rushed or unfinished, with obvious features missing such as semi-manual shooting modes and support for raw shooting.60
By TechRadar on March 12, 2013
While this is a neat little package, you should be aware that there are many other premium compact cameras fulfilling a similar need and producing stronger image quality, offering faster lenses and heavier feature sets, albeit at a slightly higher price...60
By Digital Photography School on February 01, 2013
After unpacking this long-awaited camera my first impression of the Pentax X-5 was that it looked startlingly like a DSLR! Prominent speed grip, big lens, eyepiece, same feel.But it is of course a bridge camera, with a magnificent 26x zoom lens reach,...-
By DigitalVersus on January 29, 2013
For a bridge camera with this kind of price tag, the Pentax X-5 doesn't to a bad job of things, offering a passable lens, a BSI CMOS sensor, a viewfinder and a tilt screen. However, there's still a big difference in performance between a...60
By What Digital Camera on January 15, 2013
If you're looking for an affordable bridge camera, the chances are that the X-5 will be on your shortlist. The good news is that the X-5 is certainly a capable camera, and one which handles well and offers a decent level of performance in a...84
By CNET UK on December 18, 2012
Line up these specs against the asking price for an X-5 and you'll see it's an absolute bargain. Naturally some corners have had to be cut to keep the price so low, but not to a degree that would leave a hobby photographer disappointed with the...80
By ePhotoZine on November 14, 2012
Detail isn't all that you'd hope for from a 16 megapixel camera, particularly if you have to shoot at ISO 800 and 1600, but colour reproduction is good, so if you are more likely to take pictures to share on the web or print in smaller sizes, the X-5 isn't going to let you down.80
By AmateurPhotographer on October 27, 2012
At its affordable price point, this is a very competitve camera. However, in a market where manufacturers have included so many new features to make them stand out from the crowd, the X-5 sinks into the background.80