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03-08-2014, 06:08 PM   #1
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X-5 I'm pretty impressed

My son's fiancée wanted a nice camera for her birthday this month.
His budget was $200 max.
I researched and thought the X-5 would be perfect for her, and found a factory refurb, with warranty for $150.

It came today, so I put in one of my cards, set it on auto, and snapped a few pics.
Not too shabby!
The tilt display is really neat, and the evf isn't too bad.
I won't be selling my K-5, or 01 anytime soon, but think she will be thrilled.

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03-08-2014, 06:56 PM   #2
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Anything larger?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Steve.Ledger Quote
Anything larger?
Here's a crop, if that's what you're asking for.

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Anything larger than 640x480px I meant
Photos from almost any camera/phone can look good a 640x480. I just can't tell if the X-5 produces good photos from such small samples.
Shame it doesn't save RAW, would be a cheap superzoom otherwise. I hear the build quality is very good.

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Sorry, I'm just an old snap-shooter, and not very tech savvy.
Have only heard of 640x480 referred to with video.
They were posted from a Picasa album which states the photo is "1600×1200 pixels – 122KB" for what that's worth.

The camera feels somewhat plasticky, but the 4 AA batteries gives it some heft.
Ergonomics, to me, are very nice.

The recipient lives near a rather large population of wintering bald eagles, and would like to photograph them, hence my recommendation of the X-5.
I think it will be a nice move up from her iphone photos.
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QuoteOriginally posted by robtcorl Quote
They were posted from a Picasa album which states the photo is "1600×1200 pixels – 122KB" for what that's worth.
Looks like Picasa has resized them for posting here as those above are 640x480 pixels.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-XYRFr0S5L9M/UxvUq5xEaoI/AAAAAAAALnk/mY3dmBaWgCY/s640/IMGP0003-001.JPG

Never mind, I was just curious if you could post the full sized image from the camera..
Certainly the 26x zoom will be of great use for shooting birds. Might need a tripod though

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I must have gotten a bad one. I bought mine in late 2012 and fortunately didn't pay much for it. I have quite a few cameras, DSLRs, a new MFT system, and P&S's and zoomers. I hadn't used this one much and I got it out and I really want to like it, but red berries come out pink, whether I choose bright or natural. Macros are so-so. It overexposes erratically and unpredictably. You have to wait for it to clear the buffer on a JPEG. Pictures are just so-so. I really need a zoomer that is up to date and this would fill the bill, but I would call mine mediocre. My X-5 seems built very well. Very solid. I like the layout of the settings. I just keep hoping I have a setting wrong or something. I am going to go over the settings again. My little Olympus XZ-10 that I paid $199 for is 100 times better than this camera image quality wise. I do get some good pictures from it now and then but it is too iffy to rely on for me even at moderate zoom. Back to my FZ35 and my ancient Nikon 8800, I guess.

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Let me just say that I worked with it some and got some decent pictures. I think the problem for me is that this camera feels, while it may be plastic, so good in the hands and maybe I am expecting too much from it. So, it's OK for what it is.

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On a 5 star scale, so far my X-5 experience compared to my K-30 DSLR setup has been:

1. Macros and near object sharpness: good (4/5), example flower macro.
2. Far object sharpness: poor (2/5), example girls on the beach.
**** Update: I now suspect it's motion blur that I'm experiencing causing the poor sharpness. I did see much better sharpness
at longest FL (580mm eq.) when I took a shot with the camera on a stable surface with 2 second timer vs. handheld.

3. 10 FPS 5 MP burst shooting: decent (3/5), framing needs to be perfect, really hard to track objects in EVF due to lag, example surfer.

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Those are some good pictures. I'll keep working with mine. Thanks.
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That flower macro is pretty good, and the surfer pic isn't bad either!
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Update,
My future daughter-in-law is loving the X-5.
She just bought a red, $50 camera bag for it.
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I ordered a refurbished silver X-5 for $119, a belated Mother's Day gift for my wife.
I hope it will work for her as a good point and shoot for nature and bird photography.

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I got one too and I really like it! I also have a Panasonic fz28 and other cameras but what I like about the Pentax is the ergonomics are great, it has the flip out screen and it has a viewfinder. I like the menu system and how the green button menu can bring up the items you want to adjust.

I have no idea what the IQ enhancer does and am curious if anyone knows?
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
I ordered a refurbished silver X-5 for $119, a belated Mother's Day gift for my wife.
I hope it will work for her as a good point and shoot for nature and bird photography.

Chris
For that price I ordered a refurb also. My wife wants us to have matching compacts, we have two Q but I'm thinking this is more spouse-friendly with tip screen and viewfinder. If she prefers this I will seek a black one!
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the black ones tend to cost more I think. This X-5 is way way heavier than my panasonic fz-28. I don't know what the heck is in it that makes it so heavy. I assume its the lens. Its not the batteries. There's not much information anywhere on how to really optimize results with this camera. I guess its playing around with it. Its no Q, as far as speed of burst or variety of controls etc... but its really a one piece camera that can shoot from macro to superzoom (which the q has neither of).... and I think I would take the rest to post processing. Thing is its about the price of the fisheye lens on the Q.

I have two Q bodies and three Q lenses along with an MX-1 and a K500 (with about five lenses). I like point and shoot and don't lke changing lenses that much, and I like the MX-1 as a a point and shoot but the ergonomics and long zoom of the X-5 makes it a nice camera too.

Costco had an HS50whatever Sony on sale with a nice leather case but I would still be faced with the same problems I have with all point and shoots that in bright light (like on jobsites during mid day) you can't see to take a picture! Also, a lot of my photography is dog photography and the tilt screen on the X-5 is great for getting down low.
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