• 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 22mm - 580mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 23mm - 765mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Pentax X-5 advantages over Nikon L830

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon L830 advantages over Pentax X-5

  • More lens zoom
    34.0x vs 26.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Longer battery life
    680 vs 500 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.7 fps vs 1.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm S4200

Pentax X-5
Fujifilm S4200
  • $183
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $192
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer exposure
Nikon L830
Fujifilm S4200
  • $192
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More lens zoom
  • $192
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Samsung WB2100

Pentax X-5
Samsung WB2100
  • $183
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $227
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Wi-Fi
Nikon L830
Samsung WB2100
  • $192
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $227
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • Manual focus

Compared to Nikon L820

Pentax X-5
Nikon L820
  • $183
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $240
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • More dots on screen
Nikon L830
Nikon L820
  • $192
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer battery life
  • $240
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Faster shutter

Compared to Fujifilm S6800

Pentax X-5
Fujifilm S6800
  • $183
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $168
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Longer exposure
Nikon L830
Fujifilm S6800
  • $192
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer battery life
  • $168
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Manual focus

Compared to Fujifilm S4800

Pentax X-5
Fujifilm S4800
  • $183
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $130
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom
Nikon L830
Fujifilm S4800
  • $192
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer battery life
  • $130
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
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