• 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 22mm - 580mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24mm - 1200mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Pentax X-5 advantages over Canon SX50

  • Less expensive
    $187 vs $329
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Longer battery life
    More info 500 vs 315 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Canon SX50 advantages over Pentax X-5

  • More lens zoom
    50.0x vs 26.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Fast startup
    ~2.00 vs 2.6 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.33 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    13.0 fps vs 1.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Impressive 26x optical zoom lens delivers crisp images, even when at full tele; Comfortable, ergonomic camera build feels higher-end than its low price point suggests; Lots of effective, automated features make picture-taking a fun experience for the beginner.

  • DSLR-style camera body might attract enthusiasts who will be disappointed in the X-5's consumer focus; Frustratingly slow to use all around; AA batteries can fall out when retrieving the SD card; Some design quirks are off-putting.

  • 50x optical zoom with whopping 24-1200mm-equivalent reach; Excellent image quality for its class; 2.8-inch vari-angle LCD; Ergonomic design and controls; Improved image stabilization and Zoom Framing Assist; Shoots RAW; Full 1080p HD video.

  • Poor low-light AF performance; Image quality deteriorates at ISO 800 and above; Sluggish cycle times; Below average battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm S4200

Pentax X-5
Fujifilm S4200
  • $194
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $192
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer exposure
Canon SX50
Fujifilm S4200
  • $331
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $192
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • More pixels

Compared to Olympus SP-820UZ

Pentax X-5
Olympus SP-820UZ
  • $194
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Slow-motion videos
Canon SX50
Olympus SP-820UZ
  • $331
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More pixels

Compared to Fujifilm S6800

Pentax X-5
Fujifilm S6800
  • $194
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $168
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Longer exposure
Canon SX50
Fujifilm S6800
  • $331
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $168
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Less expensive

Compared to Fujifilm S4800

Pentax X-5
Fujifilm S4800
  • $194
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $130
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom
Canon SX50
Fujifilm S4800
  • $331
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $130
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels

Compared to Nikon P600

Pentax X-5
Nikon P600
  • $194
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer battery life
  • $332
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Canon SX50
Nikon P600
  • $331
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $332
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
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