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Pentax X90

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Pentax X90

Pentax X90
Pentax X90
Pentax X90

The PENTAX X90 is a mirrorless super-zoom camera with a non-interchangeable lens. Compared to the X70, the X90 features an extra-wide zoom and longer battery life. It has an electronic viewfinder.
The key feature of the PENTAX X90 is the 26X megazoom, super-telephoto lens (26-676mm equivalent) also designed with a Macro mode that focuses to less than one inch away to capture images of subjects that are near or far.

Other important features of the PENTAX X90 include:

- 12.1 megapixel sensor, ideal for large prints or cropping flexibility

- 2.7 inch LCD with anti-reflection coating or electronic viewfinder with new diopter adjustment for composing and playback of images and video

- Eye-Fi wireless SD memory card connectivity for built-in Wi-Fi capability to transfer photos and videos from the camera to a computer or an online sharing site such as Picasaweb, Flickr, Facebook and YouTube (Eye-fi cards sold separately.)

- HDMI port plays back beautiful high resolution images and video on HDTVs

- A perfect blend of digital compact and SLR technology including powerful automatic operation or creative manual and priority modes

- Triple Shake Reduction technology includes a high quality mechanical sensor-shift SR mechanism, Digital Pixel Track and high ISO SR, and Movie SR

- High speed continuous shooting up to 11 frames per second

- Fast Face Detection technology quickly finds up to 32 faces

- Powerful, lightweight Lithium Ion battery and improved power efficiency

- Priced at $399.95 USD, the PENTAX X90 started shipping in April 2010.
Megapixels: 12 MP 1/2.3 inch CCD
ISO Range: HD (1280 x 720), VGA (640 x 480), QVGA (320 x 240), all at 15 and 30 fps.
Weight: 428 g with battery
FPS: 26x optical zoom, 4.6 - 119.6 mm (26 - 676 mm equivalent), F2.8 - F5
LCD: 2.7 inch, 230,000 dots
In Production: No

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Registered: July, 2012
Location: Perth, Australia
Posts: 17
Review Date: August 31, 2013 I can recommend the Pentax X90: Yes | Price: $300.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: lightweight, awesome macro, great flash, zoom, time lapse capable
Cons: Relative Low IQ, default iso settings. Low light performance
New or Used: New   

This camera does not provide wonderful image quality and therefore won't win any landscape photography awards when shots are blown up. When it turns on, it automatically defaults to auto iso, which means at the hint of poor light it increases iso to the 800 range pretty quickly. Anything above is resulting in poor quality photos.

That's one of my few gripes, as for the value at the time, it gave pretty good features, as do most Pentax products in this compact range while not topping the lists of best cameras in their class.

What it does do well is Macro....typical wonderful Pentax macro!! The flash even performs really well when doing close up night shots of bugs and insects. It focus' to 1cm and this is where it shines. It has the usual range of scene modes and easy to understand Pentax system. It zooms to 26x and then goes way beyond that with a digital zoom function, when say, shooting the moon can bring some reasonable results, especially for a new photographer.

It also has a time lapse function (easily stitched together in Picasa) and auto exposure bracketing, giving quite a lot of control and fun.

This camera is great for the first time photographer and someone wanting a lightweight walkabout option offering OK image quality and a degree of creativity. Plenty available now very cheap second hand as the predecessor the Pentax X5.
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