Pentax X-5

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The Pentax X-5 camera has a back-illuminated 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, 26x optical zoom lens, Full HD movie capture and an electronic viewfinder with diopter adjustment.

It’s powered by AA batteries.

The lens covers quite the range, beginning at an ultra-wide 22.3 mm and ranging up to 580 mm (equivalent). It also offers 1cm Macro mode, which, as its name implies, allows the photographer to capture close-up images from just one centimeter away.

The Intelligent Zoom function extends the camera’s zoom coverage to approximately 187.2 times (for a focal length equivalent of 4174 mm – better use a tripod!) without compromising image quality, says Pentax.

Top sensitivity is ISO 6400. Pentax says the sensor delivers high-sensitivity, low-noise characteristics.

The X-5 also features a state-of-the-art imaging engine. Supported by the latest Super Resolution technology, this engine offers outstanding image-processing performance, says the company, to produce clear, high-quality images with well-defined details.

The Handheld Night Scene shooting mode helps capture blur-free night-time images by taking multiple images at once and synthesizing them into a single composite picture.

The tiltable LCD monitor is 3.0-inches.

The camera’s dual shake-reduction system couples the sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism with a digital SR mode to more effectively compensate for camera shake. This hybrid system is said to assure sharp, blur-free images even under demanding shooting conditions.

The X-5 has an electronic viewfinder.

Full HD movie recording employs the H-264 recording format. Users can capture high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels at a 16:9 aspect ratio) at a frame rate of 30 fps. 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.

A micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) is also provided on the camera.

Auto Picture mode automatically assesses the subject and selects the most appropriate shooting mode from 16 different shooting modes, including Landscape, Portrait, Candlelight, and Pet, based on the subject distance, degree of movement and focal length, among other factors. Auto Macro function automatically switches the focus to macro when it detects the subject positioned a short distance away.

There are 10 user-selectable shooting modes via a quick-set mode dial. These modes range from Auto Picture, Scene, Program, and Manual, to Landscape and Handheld Night Snap.

Other features: high-speed burst shooting of up to 10 images per second, for a maximum of 30 images in a single sequence; 12 digital filters; a range of image-processing tools including Stretch filter, Small Face filter and Collage function.

The Pentax X5, available in black or silver,will be available in September.

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