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09-19-2012, 04:40 AM   #1
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Anyone got an X5?

Hi all,
Just wondering if anyone has a new Pentax X5 bridge camera yet?
I'm thinking about getting one for a travel camera, as there's a Hawaii trip planned, and I don't really want to lug the K7 around everywhere. I just sold an X70, and I wasn't impressed with the tiny battery and hard-to-control zoom.
Any thoughts?

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I can't find any listed as for sale yet through a Google Shopping search. I don't think they are in stores yet.
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They are listed on Digital Camera Warehouse website (Sydney), for $269AUD, so I thought there might be some 'out there'. Coincidentally, I have exactly that amount burning a hole in my pocket......

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QuoteOriginally posted by sam-joseph Quote
They are listed on Digital Camera Warehouse website (Sydney), for $269AUD, so I thought there might be some 'out there'. Coincidentally, I have exactly that amount burning a hole in my pocket......

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Good luck, I hope you find one in time for your trip.

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Was able to use one at Photokina. It's nice but think of it as a mere upgrade over the X70 which doesn't bring any new features to the table. What annoyed me the most was that there are no controls on the lens whatsoever...

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x-5

I bought one from B&H last week.
Still testing it out.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Chazs Quote
I bought one from B&H last week.
Still testing it out.
Wow, it's not indexed by Google yet. Congratulations on your purchase.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/887284-REG/Pentax_12761_X_5_Digital_Camera_Black.html
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The X-5 is listed as available at B&H... and as "New Item, Arriving Soon" at the local camera stores.... quick question... does anyone have a link to a PDF version of the Owner's Manual?

Thinking it might be a good choice for a trip "Down Under" in Feb 2013 (as a back up to the K-r of course... or perhaps a K-30 if I save my allowance... )

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Due to a lack of reviews, and a fear that it might be too similar to the X70 that I wasn't happy with, I'm now considering a Panasonic FZ150 or FZ200 (constant f2.8 zoom!)

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I just ordered it from B&H, and it's on the way. Will share the information in the future
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I just ordered it from B&H, and it's on the way. Will share the information in the future

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QuoteOriginally posted by sam-joseph Quote
Due to a lack of reviews, and a fear that it might be too similar to the X70 that I wasn't happy with, I'm now considering a Panasonic FZ150 or FZ200 (constant f2.8 zoom!)
The FZ200 seems a great camera on paper (I haven't seen any images from one), but it is twice the price of the X-5 at $550. The FZ200's zoom is also controlled by a switch rather than a lens ring, so I don't see that its zooming ability will be any more precise than the X-5 or the X-70 you previously owned. Besides, for $550 you have got a wide choice of some pretty good cameras.
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Besides, for $550 you have got a wide choice of some pretty good cameras.
I know, I know... With that much money in the kitty I'd rather buy a Sigma 30 for the K7, or a Samyang 8mm, or a macro lens....

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The fence

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Hope I don't get booted for this. There is one owner review for the X-5 on DPReview, though not much detail. The owner gave it 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. I'm getting close to losing my balance and dropping off this fence and onto/into one of these X-5s. My take will be to use it to do a shootout with my old Canon SX20 IS. The SX20 has been a good rig and very handy, it has done well at what it does. About the same zoom range, decent IQ and easy to lug around. It did cost a lot more when it was new, and that's partly the point. I don't want to take my K-5 out boating again and don't want to leave it in my car while I'm out and about. The X-5 just has a lot to offer for this price and I'm sure it will do even better than my old SX20 when I need a mega-zoom, portable camera that, if something really bad happens, I'm not out several hundred $s to over 1K $s. Well post the outcome. Canon is coming out with their new SX40 HS this month, it's nice but for over twice the price of an X-5, and you still get a P&S sensor and fixed lens. OK, I fell.....
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I did find one more good user review, on Amazon. The poster of that review came across as quite knowledgeable and genuine. As a result of this gentleman's valuable input and frank opinion, my new X-5 is on order. And, hey, it's a Pentax!

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