• 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 26.0x zoom 22mm - 580mm (35mm equiv.)
  • $263 Average Retail $280 MSRP
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 34.0x zoom 23mm - 765mm (35mm equiv.)
  • $213 Average Retail $300 MSRP

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Advantages

Pentax X-5 over Nikon L830

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs rear LCD only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon L830 over Pentax X-5

  • Lens zoom ratio
    34.0x vs 26.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • High-res screen
    921k vs 460k dots
    Better screen fidelity makes you a better photographer
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm SL300

Pentax X-5
Fujifilm SL300
  • $263
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer battery life
  • $328
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Hot shoe
Nikon L830
Fujifilm SL300
  • $213
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer battery life
  • $328
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Nikon P510

Pentax X-5
Nikon P510
  • $263
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • 60p
  • $319
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Fast startup
Nikon L830
Nikon P510
  • $213
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • 60p
  • $319
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Samsung WB2100

Pentax X-5
Samsung WB2100
  • $263
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • 60p
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Wi-Fi
Nikon L830
Samsung WB2100
  • $213
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • 60p
  • 1080p
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • Manual focus

Compared to Nikon L820

Pentax X-5
Nikon L820
  • $263
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $280
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • High-res screen
Nikon L830
Nikon L820
  • $213
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • HDMI out
  • $280
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Faster shutter

Compared to Fujifilm S4800

Pentax X-5
Fujifilm S4800
  • $263
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $215
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Longer shutter
Nikon L830
Fujifilm S4800
  • $213
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer battery life
  • $215
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Longer shutter
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