26x optical zoom Pentax X-5 price and release date details revealed

Pentax X-5

The Pentax X-5 price and release date details have been divulged by the Japanese company. The digital camera can boast of a ‘super-telephoto’ 26x optical zoom lens and a 3-inch tiltable LCD screen, while a 16MP sensor helps leverage these traits for a wide range of high-quality images. And in the frantic run up to Photokina, it seems Pentax is one of the last among the recent camera reveals.

Besides the colossal zoom capabilities, among the camera’s strengths are a back-illuminated CMOS sensor and a ‘state-of-the-art’ image processing engine which team up to deliver images with low noise even at ISO 6400. In addition, full 1080p HD video recording in h.264 format is possible at a 16:9 aspect ratio and at a frame rate of 30fps. Plus there is a high-speed movie mode for slow motion playback, although exact details on the capture rate haven’t been mentioned, and a time-lapse movie mode.

“The new X-5 features classic Pentax styling. It is the ideal compact travel companion for photo enthusiasts who want a digital camera with them wherever they go that’s capable of taking every type of image from gorgeous portraits, to scenic landscapes to extreme close-ups and more,” John Carlson, Sr. Manager of Sales and Marketing, Pentax, shared.


Other features of the X-5 include a triple shake-reduction system for clearer pictures, a user-friendly auto mode for easy stills and a quick-set mode dial which should make selecting a shooting mode seamless. The camera also offers high-speed burst shooting at 10 images per second and can be remotely operated, but is powered by AA batteries.

The Pentax X-5 price stands at $279.95. It will be made available in September 2012 at retail outlets across the US and online.