• 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 26.0x zoom 22mm - 580mm (35mm equiv.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 35.0x zoom 25mm - 875mm (35mm equiv.)

Advantages

Pentax X-5 over Sony H300

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs rear LCD only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 1080p
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • High-res screen
    153k vs 0k dots
    Better screen fidelity makes you a better photographer
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Wider angle lens
    22 mm vs 25 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony H300 over Pentax X-5

  • Lens zoom ratio
    35.0x vs 26.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    8 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Longer shutter
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

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 Nikon P510

Pentax X-5
Nikon P510
  • $265
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • 60p
  • $319
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Fast startup
Sony H300
Nikon P510
  • $189
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Newer
  • $319
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio

Compared to Sony H200

Pentax X-5
Sony H200
  • $265
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $132
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • More pixels
Sony H300
Sony H200
  • $189
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Newer
  • $132
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Wider angle lens

Compared to Panasonic LZ30

Pentax X-5
Panasonic LZ30
  • $265
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $176
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Longer shutter
Sony H300
Panasonic LZ30
  • $189
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Newer
  • $176
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Fujifilm S6800

Pentax X-5
Fujifilm S6800
  • $265
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $159
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Longer shutter
Sony H300
Fujifilm S6800
  • $189
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • More pixels
  • $159
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • 60p
  • Manual focus

Compared to Nikon L830

Pentax X-5
Nikon L830
  • $265
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Manual focus
  • $182
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Slow-motion videos
Sony H300
Nikon L830
  • $189
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Newer
  • $182
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer battery life
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