Playback and Editing Features
26x Optical Zoom Lens: The Pentax X-5 is a long-zoom digital camera with a
26x optical zoom lens. The X-5's super-telephoto lens has a focal length of
4-104mm, which is equivalent to 22.3-580mm (35mm). This gives you the ability to
shoot most any subject, either near or far.
3.0" Tiltable LCD Monitor: The camera features a large, bright 3.0" LCD monitor
for viewing the camera settings, framing your shots, and playing
back recorded still images and movies. The monitor's 460,000-dot resolution
gives you crystal clear images. The tiltable monitor can be lowered down to
approximately 60° or raised upward to
Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" LCD monitor, the X-5 has
an electronic viewfinder with approximately 230,000 dots. A diopter adjustment
lets you focus the viewfinder to your personal eyesight, if needed.
Image Sensor: The X-5 is equipped with a 1/2.33" CMOS image sensor. It has 16.37 million total
pixels and 16 million effective pixels.
Shake Reduction (SR): The X-5 is equipped with the Pentax
Shake Reduction (SR) system, which uses a magnetic force to move the image
sensor at high speeds, compensating for camera shake. In addition, Electronic
Shake Reduction can be added, if needed (Dual). Movie Shake Reduction is also available for
Internal Memory/Recording Media: The camera can record still images and movies onto
its 75.3 MB internal memory, or SD
Memory Cards, SDHC Memory Cards, and SDXC Memory Cards. The camera is also
compatible with Eye-Fi cards that can transfer images wireless to a computer or
similar device via Wi-Fi.
Still Image Formats: The X-5 can shoot JPEG still images in
in 4:3, 16:9 or 1:1 aspect ratios. You can set the image quality level
(compression ratio) for each size to Best, Better, or Good. Image sizes include:
- 16M (4:3): 4608 x 3456
- 12M (1:1): 3456 x 3456
- 12M (16:9): 4608 x 2592
- 7M (4:3): 3072 x 2304
- 5M (16:9): 3072 x 1728
- 5M (4:3): 2592 x 1944
- 4M (16:9): 2592 x 1464
- 3M (4:3): 2048 x 1536
- 2M (16:9): 1920 x 1080
- 1024 (4:3): 1024 x 768
- 640 (4:3): 640 x 480
Movie Recording: High Definition movies can be recorded in
the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format with audio recorded with the built-in monaural
microphone. You can choose from Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 30 frames per second, or 1280 x 720 at 60
or 30 fps. Standard def
movies can also be recorded at 640 x 480 pixels (4:3) at 30 fps. The
Quality Level is fixed at "Better."
Focus Modes: You can set the focus mode to one of the
- AF (standard): Used when distance to subject is 16" or
- Macro: Used when the distance to the subject is 4" to
- 1cm Macro: Used when the distance to the subject is
0.4" to 8"
- Infinity: Used for taking distant objects.
- MF (manual focus): Lets you adjust the focus manually.
- AF Area Selection: Lets you select an area of the
subject to focus on.
Drive Modes: The X-5 offers multiple Drive Mode options,
- Single Frame: The camera takes a single photograph each
time the shutter release button is pressed.
- Continuous Shooting: Multiple photos are taken while the shutter release
button is pressed fully at approximately 1.12 frames per second at full
- Burst Shooting: Burst Shooting at higher frame rates
(than Continuous Shooting) is available at reduced resolution (5M: 2592 x
1944 or 4M: 2592 x 1464).
- Self-Timer: A single photo is taken after approximately 1
seconds to allow the photographer to get into the picture. A 2-second self
timer can be used to avoid camera shake when the shutter release button is
- Remote Control: Using the optional remote control, the shutter is
released immediately after the shutter release button on the remote is
pressed. You can
also use the remote control for continuous shooting. Pentax
offers the optional Remote Control F or Waterproof Remote Control
- Auto Bracketing: You can take three consecutive images
at different exposure levels when the shutter release button is pressed. The
selected images are saved with each release: at standard exposure, one
underexposed, and one overexposed.
Metering: You can select the portion of the image sensor to use for
measuring brightness and determining exposure:
- Multi-segment: The sensor meters the brightness in multiple
zones (256 areas).
- Center-weighted: Metering is weighted at the center of the
- Spot: The brightness is measured only within a limited area at
the center of the sensor.
Exposure Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you set the desired
Exposure Mode. You can select from the following:
- Auto Picture: Automatically selects the optimal capture mode
for the subject. Possible modes include Standard, Portrait, Landscape,
Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene, Night Scene, Flower, Sport, Candlelight, Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky,
Group Photograph, and Text.
- Scene Mode: Lets you choose the capture mode from
various scene styles. Scenes include: Flower, Blue Sky, Sunset, Night Scene,
Night Scene Portrait, Fireworks, HDR Filter, Surf & Snow, Baby, Kids, Pet,
Food, Digital SR, Stage Lighting, Text, Museum, Digital Wide, Digital
Panorama, and Frame Composite.
- Portrait: For capturing portraits; reproduces a healthy
and bright skin tone.
- Landscape: For capturing landscape views; enhances
colors of sky and foliage.
- Sport: For a fast moving subject; tracks the subject
until the picture is taken.
- Handheld Night Snap: Minimizes camera shake for
shooting at night or other low light settings.
- Movie: Lets you record movies in High or Standard
Definition with sound.
- User: You can save exposure settings and recall them
- Manual Exposure (M): After the shutter speed and aperture are
automatically set for the proper exposure, you can change both settings to
obtain the effect you desire.
- Program AE (P): The camera automatically sets the shutter
speed and aperture value to obtain a proper exposure.
EV Compensation: You can deliberately overexpose or underexpose a
picture using EV Compensation. The compensation value can be set between -2 and +2 EV
at 1/3 EV steps.
White Balance: White Balance is a function for adjusting the color of
an image so that white objects appear white. You can choose Automatic White
Balance (AWB), or a preset White Balance depending upon the lighting source:
Daylight, Shade, Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light (3 types), or Manual. You can save three settings in the Manual
and Color Temperature white balance modes.
ISO Sensitivity: You can set the sensitivity to suit the
brightness of the surroundings. The sensitivity can be set to ISO AUTO or
manually to ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, or 6400. The Auto Sensitivity
Range can be set to 100-200, 100-400, 100-800, 100-1600, and 100-6400.
Flash: The X-5 has a built-in pop-up flash for use in low-light
situations. There are several Flash Modes to choose from:
- Auto Flash: the flash automatically fires based on brightness of
- Flash Off: the flash does not fire regardless of subject
- Flash On: the flash fires with each picture when manually popped up; does not
charge when retracted
- Auto + Red-eye Reduction: the flash fires automatically with a
pre-flash for red-eye reduction
- Flash On + Red-eye Reduction: the flash fires when popped up with a
pre-flash for red-eye reduction
- Slow-speed Sync: the flash fires during a slow shutter speed;
lights foreground subject while maintaining a distant lit background
- Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye Reduction: the flash fires during a
slow shutter speed, with a pre-flash for red-eye reduction
Playback and Editing Features
Quick Zoom: Single images can be magnified up to
10 times in
playback mode. While the image is magnified, you can use the 4-way controller to move around in
the magnified area.
Multiple Image Display: You can display four or nine images
on the LCD monitor at once. Images can also be displayed by folder or in a
Image Editing: The Playback Mode Palette lets you perform playback and
editing functions on recorded images and movies. Some of the functions include:
- Resize: Change the number of recorded
pixels and quality level and save it as a new image.
- Cropping: Cuts out only the desired area of the
selected image and saves it as a new image.
- Stretch Filter: You can stretch a user-selected area of
a 4:3 image and store it as a 16:9 image.
- Face Processing: Images can be processed to reduce the
size of a person's face. The faces must be detected by Face Detection
- Digital Filter: You can edit images using
the following digital filters: B&W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color,
Color Emphasis, High Contrast,
Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, and Miniature.
- HDR Filter: You can adjust parts of an image that are
too bright or too dark, and process images to simulate an HDR effect.
- Collage: You can create a collage image by placing
captured images on a selected pattern.
- Red Eye Correction: You can correct images where the
flash has caused the subject to appear with red eyes.
- Frame Composite: You can add a decorative frame to
still pictures. You can choose from three frames already stored in the
camera, or get additional frames from the supplied software disc or from the
PC/AV Terminal: The proprietary PC/AV terminal can be used to connect the
camera to your computer via the supplied I-USB7 cable. The terminal is USB 2.0
High-Speed compatible. You can also connect the camera to a TV using an optional
I-AVC7 AV cable. The cable has composite video and mono RCA audio plugs. The AV
output is automatically set based upon the hometown entered at the time of
initial setup, in accordance with that region. The video output format can be
manually set to NTSC or PAL, if necessary.
HDMI: You can connect the camera to a high definition TV
(HDTV) via the Micro HDMI terminal (Type D), located on the side of the camera.
A commercially available
HDMI cable is required. The camera's default HDMI output is set to Auto. You
can set it 1080i or 720p, if desired.
DC-In: If you intend to operate the camera continuously for
a long period of time, you should plug the camera into ordinary household
current using the optional K-AC129 AC adapter kit. The AC adapter plugs into the
dedicated DC-In jack on the side of the camera.
Battery Requirements: The Pentax X-5 is powered by 4 "AA"
batteries. You can use Alkaline (supplied), Ni-MH rechargeable, or Lithium. You
will need to set the "AA" battery type in the menu (Auto, Li, Ni-MH, Al). The image storage capacity with a fully
charged battery is as follows:
AA Battery Type
Movie Recording Time
Pentax S-SW129: The X-5 comes with the Pentax S-SW129
software CD-ROM disc with the following applications:
- ArcSoft MediaImpression 3.5 (Windows) / 2.1 (Macintosh) for
Pentax: software for viewing, managing, and editing images and
- Data for Frame Composite: additional frames for the
Frame Composite function; these frames can be saved to the camera's built-in
memory (along with the three frames already in the memory). Even more frames
can be downloaded from the Pentax website.
Compatible Operating Systems: The supplied
software is compatible with the following operating systems:
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP SP3
- Macintosh: Mac OS X Ver.10.4, 10.5, 10.6, or 10.7