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Press Release

August 23, 2012

PENTAX X-5
An all-purpose digital camera, featuring a versatile optical
26X zoom lens and a tilt-able LCD monitor

PENTAX X-5 Classic Silver
Classic Silver
PENTAX X-5 Classic Black
Classic Black

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX X-5 digital camera. Thanks to its optical 26 zoom lens covering ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto ranges, this all-in-one digital camera lets photographers capture beautiful, high-quality images of a wide variety of subjects and scenes with minimal effort.

PENTAX X-5
♦ Classic Black [ ⇒ Product Image] ♦ Classic Silver [ ⇒ Product Image]
Major Features
  1. Versatile optical 26X zoom lens with 22.3mm ultra-wide-angle coverage to accommodate diversified subjects

    Within its compact, easy-to-carry body, the PENTAX X-5 features a high-magnification optical 26-times zoom lens offering a focal-length coverage from 22.3mm ultra-wide angle to 580mm super telephoto (in the 35mm format). Coupled with the 1cm Macro mode, which lets the photographer capture dramatic close-up images of a subject from just one centimeter away, it offers quick, effortless shooting in a wide range of photographic situations. It also provides the Intelligent Zoom function, which extends the camera’s zoom coverage to approximately 187.2 times (for a focal length of 4174mm in the 35mm format) without compromising image quality.
  2. Back-illuminated CMOS image sensor to optimize image quality in high-sensitivity shooting

    The X-5 incorporates a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor. With its top sensitivity of ISO 6400 and approximately 16.0 effective megapixels, it demonstrates remarkable high-sensitivity, low-noise characteristics and assures high-speed image data readout to deliver super-high-resolution images. The X-5 also features a state-of-the-art imaging engine. Supported by the latest Super Resolution technology, this engine offers outstanding image-processing performance to produce clear, high-quality images with well-defined details. In addition, its unique Handheld Night Scene shooting mode helps the photographer capture a blur-free night-time image by taking multiple images at once and synthesizing them into a single composite picture.
  3. Large, tilt-able LCD monitor

    The X-5 comes equipped with a large 3.0-inch, high-definition LCD monitor with approximately 460,000 dots. Its tilt-able construction allows the photographer to tilt the monitor up and down and set it at angle easiest for viewing. It also provides a clear view of images and menus displayed on the screen to assure a quick, effortless check of recorded images and swift, error-free setting changes.
  4. Dual shake-reduction system to assure sharp, blur-free images

    The X-5’s dual shake-reduction system couples the PENTAX-developed sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism with a digital SR mode to more effectively compensate for annoying camera shake. This hybrid system assures the photographer of sharp, blur-free images even under demanding, camera-shake-prone shooting conditions, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting with incident light only in poorly lit locations, or photographing sunset scenes.
  5. Electronic viewfinder with diopter adjustment for clear view of the subject even under bright sunshine

    The X-5 features an electronic viewfinder, which comes in handy when shooting a subject in harsh backlight or when the photographer needs a more solid hold of the camera. Its diopter adjustment mechanism assures the user of the clearest view of both subject and viewfinder display, while minimizing eye fatigue during extended shooting sessions.
  6. Powered by easy-to-obtain AA batteries

    Since the X-5 is powered by four AA-size batteries, which can be easily obtained almost anywhere around the world, there’s no worry about battery shortages, even when on the road. Thanks to its power-efficient design, the X-5 can capture approximately 330 images* with a fresh set of alkaline batteries, eliminating the need for frequent battery changes, particularly in the middle of important shooting sessions.

    * Measured under testing conditions conforming to the CIPA standards.

  7. Full HD-standard movie recording for extended recording of high-quality movies

    The X-5 features the Full HD movie recording function employing the H-264 recording format. The user can capture high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels at a 16:9 aspect ratio) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. It also offers creative movie playback features, such as High-speed Movie mode** for slow-motion playback and Time-lapse Movie mode** for fast-forward playback. A micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) is also provided on the camera body for the output of recorded movies and sound to external devices.

    ** In these modes, the recorded size is fixed at VGA dimensions (640 x 480 pixels).

  8. User-friendly Auto Picture mode for hands-off selection of the best shooting mode

    The X-5 features the PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode, which automatically assesses the subject’s conditions and selects the most appropriate shooting mode from 16 distinctive shooting modes, including Landscape, Portrait, Candlelight and Pet. It even comes with the Auto Macro function, which automatically switches the focus mode to Macro when it detects the subject positioned a short distance away.
  9. Quick-set mode dial for delay-free selection of a desired shooting mode

    The X-5 lets the user quickly and effortlessly select the desired shooting mode — from a total of 10 modes including the hands-off Auto Picture, Scene, Program, Manual, Landscape and Handheld Night Snap — with a single turn of the mode dial, without having to access the on-screen menu.
  10. Other features

    1. Remote control operation using a PENTAX optional remote controller
    2. High-speed burst shooting of up to 10 images per second, for a maximum of 30 images in a single sequence
    3. 12 digital filters including Miniature and Toy Camera to add creative touches to captured images
    4. A range of creative image-processing tools including Stretch filter, Small Face filter and Collage function.
    5. A choice of three aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9 and 1:1) to accommodate specific applications
    6. Image viewing, editing and filing software included: MediaImpression 3.5 for PENTAX (Windows version compatible with Windows 7) and MediaImpression 2.1 for PENTAX (Macintosh version compatible with Mac OS X 10.7)
    7. Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards
Optional Accessory

O-CC129 Camera Case [ ⇒ Product Image]

Exclusively designed for the X-5, this camera case is made of a soft, elastic jersey material to protect the camera body and its LCD monitor from abrasion and scratch. Its exterior flat pocket comes in handy for storing small articles.

PENTAX X-5 Specifications
Lens   smc PENTAX zoom lens, 12 elements in 9groups (3 aspherical elements)
Focal Length 4.0 - 104mm
35mm equivalent focal length 22.3 - 580mm
Aperture F3.1 - F5.9
Zoom Optical Zoom 26X
Digital Zoom approx. 7.2X
Intelligent Zoom approx. 39X at 7M, approx. 187.2X at 640 (including optical zoom)
Motion Blur Reduction Still Sensor-Shift-Type (SR : Shake Reduction), Dual (SR & Pixel Track SR),
High-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)
Movie Movie shake reduction mode (Movie SR)
Focus Type 9-point AF, Spot AF, Auto tracking AF
Focus Range
(From lens face)
Standard:0.4m - infinity(at wide setting), 1.5m - infinity(at tele setting)
         1.31 ft - infinity(at wide setting), 4.9 ft - infinity(at tele setting)
Macro: 0.1 - 0.5m(from wide to the middle zoom position)
      0.33 - 1.64 ft(from wide o the middle zoom position)
1cm Macro:0.01 - 0.2m(middle zoom position)
          0.03 - 0.66ft (middle zoom position)
Infinity-landscape, Manual Focus, AF Point switching: available
Face detection Face Detection AF&AE is available at all mode. 32 people at most. Smile Capture. Blinking Detection.
Pet detection Detect up to 1 pet's face(auto or select from pre-registered three faces)
Number of Effective pixels approx. 16 megapixels
Image Sensor 1/2.33 type CMOS
Number of Recorded pixels Still 16M, 12M(1:1), 12M(16:9), 7M, 5M(16:9), 5M, 4M(16:9), 3M, 2M(16:9), 1024, 640
Movie 1920, 1280, 640
Sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto, Manual (ISO 100 - 6400)
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light(D, N, W), Manual setting
Viewfinder Electronic Viewfinder, approx. 230K dots. Equipped the with diopter adjustment dial
Display 3.0-inch tiltable LCD with approx. 460K dots
(Can be lowered down to approx.60°or raised upward to approx.90°)
Exposure Control Metering System Multi-segment metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering
Exposure Compensation ±2EV(1/3EV steps)
Scene modes Auto Picture, Program, Manual, USER, Movie, Handheld Night Snap, Sport, Landscape, Portrait, SCN(Flower, Blue Sky, Sunset, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, , Fireworks, HDR, Surf & Snow, Baby, Kids, Pet, Food, Digital SR, Stage Lighting, Text, Museum, Digital Wide, Digital Panorama, Frame Composite), Green
Playback modes Slideshow, Image Rotation, Stretch Filter, Small Face Filter, Collage, Digital Filter (B&W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature Filter), HDR Filter, Frame Composite, Movie Editing, Red-eye Compensation, Resize, Cropping, Image Copy, Protect, DPOF, Start-up Screen
Shutter Speed 1/1500- 1/4 sec. 4 sec at most (Manual, Night Scene mode setting)
Aperture type ND Filter
Built-in flash Modes Flash-on and Flash-off modes. "Red-eye" reduction function employs a pre-discharge. Low-speed synchro, Low-speed synchro+Red-eye
Flash Range Wide:approx. 0.2 - 11.6 m (ISO Auto) approx. 0.66 - 38 ft (ISO Auto)
Tele:approx. 1.5 - 6.1 m (ISO Auto) approx. 4.9 - 20 ft (ISO Auto)
Drive Modes One shot, Continuous Shooting, Burst Shooting(L/H), Self-timer, Remote Control, Auto Bracketing
Storage Media Built-in memory (approx. 75.3 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Power Source   4 AA batteries (Alkaline, Lithium, Nickel and Rechargeable Ni-MH), Optional AC adapter kit is also available.
Battery life Still *: approx. 330 shots ( 4AA Alkaline batteries), approx. 500 shots (4AA Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries), approx. 950 shots (4AA Lithium batteries)
Playback **: approx. 420 min. ( 4AA Alkaline batteries),approx. 500 min (4AA Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries), approx. 950 min. (4AA Lithium batteries)
Interfaces USB2.0(Hi-Speed): PC/AV terminal, HDMI terminal(Type D), DC Input terminal
Video Output NTSC/PAL
Water proof / Dustproof -
Dimensions approx. 120(W)×86.5(H)×106.5(D)mm (excluding the operation parts and protrusion.) approx. 4.7(W) ×3.4(H) × 4.2(D) inches (excluding the operation parts and protrusion.)
Weight With battery & SD card approx. 599g (loaded and ready)
approx. 21.1 oz.
Body approx. 507g (without battery and SD memory card)
approx. 17.9 oz.

* Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing. conditions.
Actual performance may vary depending on operating
** According to the result of PENTAX in-house testing.

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