An all-purpose digital bridge camera, featuring a versatile optical
26x zoom lens and a tilting LCD monitor
PENTAX RICOH IMAGING UK LTD. has announced the launch of the PENTAX X-5 a 16.0 effective megapixels digital bridge camera. The X-5 has a 26x optical zoom lens which has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 22.3mm (ultra-wide angle) to 580mm (super-telephoto). The lens also has an 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), which Pentax claims does not compromise image quality. The lens also features a 1cm Macro mode, for ultra close-up photos of a subject from just one centimetre away.
Other features include: a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with a top sensitivity of ISO 6400. Handheld Night Scene shooting mode for capturing a blur-free night-time image by taking multiple images at once and synthesizing them into a single composite picture.
A large 3.0-inch, high-definition LCD monitor with approximately 460,000 dots. Its construction allows the photographer to tilt the monitor up and down and set it at the angle easiest for viewing.
The dual shake-reduction system couples the PENTAX- developed sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism with a digital SR mode to effectively compensate for annoying camera shake.
An electronic viewfinder, handy for shooting a subject in harsh backlight or when the photographer needs a more solid hold of the camera. A dioptre adjustment mechanism gives the user a clear view of both subject and viewfinder display,
The X-5 is powered by four AA-size batteries, which can be easily obtained almost anywhere around the world. a fresh set of alkaline batteries can capture approximately 330 images
The X-5 features a Full HD movie recording function using 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 frames per second. The camera also offers creative movie playback features, such as High-speed Movie mode for slow-motion playback and Time-lapse Movie mode