Pentax rolls out X-5 superzoom digital camera

The digital camera market has been dominated by point-and-shoot cameras and much more expensive DSLR digital cameras as of lately. Now Pentax is trying to close this huge gap by offering the X-5 superzoom camera, which combines point-and-shoot functions with DSLR features.

The Pentax X-5 offers a 16 MP BSI CMOS sensor, 26x optical telephoto zoom lens, a Macro mode that can take pictures of objects as close as 0.4 inches, a tiltable 3-inch LCD monitor and a focal length of 4 mm – 104 mm (22.3 mm ultra-wide angle to 580 mm super telephoto 35 mm equivalent).

“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,” said John Carlson, Sr. Manager of Sales and Marketing, Pentax.

Pentax X-5

The X-5 also comes with a state-of-the-art imaging engine supported by Super Resolution technology for clear and high-quality images with well-defined details. Additionally the camera offers triple-shake reduction technology for sharp and blur-free images and video. There’s also ISO sensitivity of up to 6400 and a 1080p movie mode that can shoot up to 30 frames per second and an electronic viewfinder.

The Pentax X-5 gets powered by two AA batteries and even offers remote control operation via an optional Pentax remote controller. Not surprisingly the camera works with SD memory cards and has 12 digital filters including Miniature and Toy Camera to add creative touches to captured images.

The Pentax X-5 will become commercially available in September 2012. The camera will sell for 279.95 USD in the United States.

Source: Hot Hardware

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