• 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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Advantages

Pentax X-5 over Canon SX50

  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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

Canon SX50 over Pentax X-5

  • More lens zoom
    50.0x vs 26.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Fast startup
    2.00 vs 2.60 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

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 Nikon L830

Pentax X-5
Nikon L830
  • $233
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $193
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • More dots on screen
Canon SX50
Nikon L830
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Bigger pixels
  • $193
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Samsung WB1100F

Pentax X-5
Samsung WB1100F
  • $233
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $214
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Wi-Fi
Canon SX50
Samsung WB1100F
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More lens zoom
  • $214
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Wi-Fi

Compared to Nikon P600

Pentax X-5
Nikon P600
  • $233
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • $340
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • More lens zoom
Canon SX50
Nikon P600
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • RAW file ability
  • $340
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • More lens zoom

Compared to Sony H300

Pentax X-5
Sony H300
  • $233
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $188
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • More pixels
Canon SX50
Sony H300
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More lens zoom
  • $188
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More pixels

Compared to Nikon P610

Pentax X-5
Nikon P610
  • $233
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • $497
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • More lens zoom
Canon SX50
Nikon P610
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • RAW file ability
  • $497
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • More lens zoom
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