Pentax X-5

Pentax X-5 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 22-580mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 595g - 119 x 86 x 107mm
  • Introduced August 2012
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Pentax X-5 summary

Pentax X-5 is Pentax's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first introduced on August of 2012. The camera includes a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The X-5 is positioned #72 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over-all #559 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should test our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your customized criteria.

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Below is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.

Pentax X-5 history

The Pentax X-5 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can view all older and the latest models as well as key features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Pentax-XG-1 front thumbnailPentax XG-1
X-5 vs XG-1
Pentax-X-5 front thumbnailPentax X-522-580mm
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Pentax-X90 front thumbnailPentax X90
X-5 vs X90
Pentax-X70 front thumbnailPentax X70
X-5 vs X70

Pentax X-5 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of pluses and minuses of the Pentax X-5 based on aspects that are oftentimes considered important in a digital camera.

built-in flash
comes with HDMI support
decent MP (16 megapixels)
excellent zoom range (22-580mm 26.4 x zoom)
good minimum ISO (100)
great reach (580mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has manual focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
pretty good screen size (3")
pretty wide (22mm)
screen tilts up and down
supports face detect autofocus
supports tracking focus
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have mic jack
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
does not feature selfie friendly screen
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
heavier than average (595 grams)
no external flash support
no phase detect autofocus
no RAW support
screen has low resolution (460 k dot)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
sluggish at long end (f5.9)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Pentax X-5 Sensor information

The sensor spec in the Pentax X-5 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved so the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The picture below displays the X-5's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The X-5 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is outlined in green.

Pentax X-5 sensor size Body cameras now worn by bakery staff to deter stealing

To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Pentax X-5 dimensions

Pentax X-5 has a weight of 1.31 pounds (595 grams or 20.99 ounces) and features outside dimensions of 119mm x 86mm x 107mm (4.7" x 3.4" x 4.2"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams so the Pentax X-5 is heavier than other rivals.

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Below is a visual of the Pentax X-5 next to a soft drink so you're able to have a sense of its size.

Pentax X-5 dimensions scale

The top view here will show you the button design on the X-5.

Pentax X-5 topview buttons dials

Pentax X-5 Lens information

The X-5 has got a built in lens with a focal range of 22-580mm giving it a 26.4 x zoom which is ideal and could allow you to zoom right in.

At it's widest 22mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.1 which is pretty sluggish and not good in low light situations and you will find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You will also need to boost your ISO which results in noisy shots. With the long end, 580mm is phenomenal zoom and comes at f5.9 which is fairly slow and you may have to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Pentax X-5 Connectivity

The X-5 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras which include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer images and oftentimes alter settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Many apps also provide a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external monitor. A good number of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Pentax X-5 Video information

The max video quality in the Pentax X-5 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in Motion JPEG file format. 1080p quality gives you an excellent balance between video quality and file size but 1080p isn't going to give you much room to crop. The body does not have a mic and / or headphone socket so you have got zero control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to get another camera in case you need better sound in your videos.

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Pentax X-5 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing on the Pentax X-5 so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.

Pentax X-5 Screen and Viewfinder

The Pentax X-5 includes a 3" tilting display with a resolution of 460k dots.

Sadly the display isn't a touch screen.

Pentax X-5 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The ViewFinder details regarding Pentax X-5 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 230k dots

In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders are particularly useful.

Pentax X-5 Shutter information

Pentax X-5 has the capability to shoot continuously at 10.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/1500 seconds.

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Pentax X-5 Flash and Hot shoe information

Pentax X-5 has got just in-built flash without external flash support.

Pentax X-5 Autofocus information

Pentax X-5 has got only Contrast Based AF and lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier and precise than Contrast Based focusing. The camera includes Face detection which is valuable for portraits.

The Sensor includes 9 focus points to select from. It also includes Tracking AF for things on the move. Pentax X-5 includes manual focusing when needed during low light situations or you need more accurate focusing control.

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Pentax X-5 Battery life

The battery pack (4 x AA) on the Pentax X-5 is made to last for 330 clicks with respect to the CIPA specifications which is about the same as its rivals. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the maximum (600) battery life within this category of cameras.

Following is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the highest battery life:

Pentax X-5 for different styles of photography

The following bar chart provides a rundown of the Pentax X-5 for different styles of photography. To see more, browse to the specific section below.

Pentax X-5 as a Portrait photography camera

The Pentax X-5 has a rating of 44 which is subpar, meaning that it is not really suitable for portraits. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support together with the option to use off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
includes face detect focus
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Street photography with Pentax X-5

With a average rating of 50, the Pentax X-5 is reasonably suitable to use in street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
heavier than competition in class (595 grams)

Pentax X-5 Sports photography info

A decent sports photography points total of 53 suggests the Pentax X-5 is somewhat suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs excellent autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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long zoom range (22-580mm 26.4 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (16MP)
features tracking focus
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus

Pentax X-5 Travel photography factors

Size is really important when selecting a travel camera. All things considered, the Pentax X-5 gets a reasonable 54 as a travel camera which is relatively suitable to take with you on your travels.

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megapixel count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
really wide (22mm)
long zoom (580mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (595 grams)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)

Pentax X-5 as a Landscape photography camera

In case you're planning to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most vital aspect will be image quality. The Pentax X-5 with it's decent rating of 47 as a landscape camera is relatively acceptable compared to it's competitors.

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you can focus manually
quite wide (22mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
missing Timelapse function

Vlogging with Pentax X-5

A camera for vlogging should really have a articulating display screen, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Pentax X-5 is not really suitable for vlogging as it receives a subpar score of 27.

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decently wide (22mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have external mic port
heavier than others in class (595 grams)

Pentax X-5 Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the X-5, here is a number of the highest scored cameras which fall into the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line graph here gives you a bird's eye view of the X-5 vs it's highest rated competitors suggested previously.

There are more cameras you might regard as alternatives. To go through a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.

Photography Glossary


General Information
Model type
Pentax X-5
Small Sensor Superzoom
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
22-580mm (26.4x)
Max aperture
Macro focusing distance
Crop factor
Range of screen
Screen size
Resolution of screen
460k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
230k dot
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
4 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/1500 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
9.10 m
External flash
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
595 gr (1.31 pounds)
Physical dimensions
119 x 86 x 107mm (4.7" x 3.4" x 4.2")
Battery life
330 photographs
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery ID
4 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
Storage slots
Price at release