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Pentax Optio X90

alaTest has collected and analyzed 252 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the image quality and value for money are on the whole positive. The responsiveness and portability also get good feedback. The features and low light performance get critical comments. There are some mixed views about the memory and contrast.

usability, portability, responsiveness, value for money, image quality

build quality, flash, low-light, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio X90 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 252 reviews)

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Pentax X90 Digital Camera Review

 

The Pentax X90 is a solid ultrazoom camera, with strong performance and a healthy range of manual control options. The menu and controls are easy to navigate, so even a beginner would have no trouble figuring out how to perform a custom white balance...

The Pentax X90 is a great ultrazoom camera—especially for the low MSRP of $249.99. It certainly holds its own in the performance department, though the Panasonic DMC-FZ35 reigns supreme among this year's models. (The X90 has only average sharpness.)

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Pentax Optio X90 Review

 

Pentax's X90 is an incredibly versatile Super-Zoom digicam featuring a 26x optical zoom, 12.1-Megapixel imaging sensor and 720p video capture. While it lacks a little in image quality, it has excellent performance and is easy enough for anyone to use....

26x Optical Zoom (26-676mm) ; Powerful Pop-up Flash ; Shake Reduction ; EVF and 2.7-inch LCD ; Green Mode ; Overall Camera Performance ; HDMI output ; Cons ; High amounts of noise in all ISO settings ; Inaccurate Auto White Balance ; Noise in Videos ;...

High amounts of noise in all ISO settings ; Inaccurate Auto White Balance ; Noise in Videos ; Bottom Line ; Pentax's X90 is an incredibly versatile Super-Zoom digicam featuring a 26x optical zoom, 12.1-Megapixel imaging sensor and 720p video capture....

Pentax's X90 is an incredibly versatile Super-Zoom digicam featuring a 26x optical zoom, 12.1-Megapixel imaging sensor and 720p video capture. While it lacks a little in image quality, it has excellent performance and is easy enough for anyone to use....

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Pentax X90

 

The sensors in these cameras are considerably smaller than you will find in a DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens model. One of the advantages of a smaller sensor is that, compared to an SLR, you need a physically much smaller lens. As you can see...

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Pentax X90

 

In low-light or when high shutter speeds are a must, resolution can be traded off against further increased sensitivity, for a maximum of ISO 6,400 equivalent at five megapixels or below. As well as increasing the maximum sensitivity, shooting at...

Wide-angle megazoom with sensor-shift image stabilization ; Compact body for its class ; Good build quality ; Command dial ; Generally good placement of controls ; Very fast prefocused shutter lag ; Low geometric distortion (automatically corrected...

Soft corners at wide-angle ; Detail drops off noticeably at telephoto ; Zoom control is too fast ; Menu navigation is confusing ; Menu font can be difficult to read ; Poor low-light focusing, though AF assist helps ; Slowest shutter speed is only 4...

ISO 100 shots, though, are a little soft for 13x19 inches, looking better printed at 11x14 inches.

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Pentax X90

 

Strong performance, a nice manual control set, but not the most comfortable handling

Excellent sharpness; Low distortion and chromatic aberration

Proprietary USB port; Uncomfortable grip

The Pentax X90 is definitely on the small side for ultrazoom cameras. The body seems to be pushing the limit of compact size for so large a lens. The good news is that its small size makes the X90 incredibly portable. The bad news is that you really...

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Pentax X90 Review

 

Pentax was a latecomer to the ultrazoom market with the X70, and it received praise for good image quality mixed with criticism of battery life and poor video quality.

Good image, color quality ; Nice array of user inputs ; Good shutter lag, AF

Telephoto AF slower ; Disappointing video quality ; Burst mode LCD blackout

Of course, if video is your main concern you should really be looking at a dedicated video camera. On the other hand,if you're looking to get into the superzoom class the X90 is a good way to go.

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Excellent Camera , Great Price

 

Excellent Buy - more than most need

Light , Small footprint , Good Picture Quality

None its really fool proof

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Great bridge camera for step-up from point and shoot.

 

Very happy with this choice. Have used AUTO-PICT setting more than I expected. It is very intuitive in choosing the right automatic mode even in this bright snowy weather we're having right now. The face recognition feature is of questionable merit to...

Excellent performance in a zoom lens. For a this retired ex-pro, it offers the user-controlled features I want for creative photography plus the size and weight acceptable for a 75-year-old to take traveling through airports

No accessory flash shoe. Plasticky feel

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Amazon review summary for Pentax Optio X90

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 user reviews of Pentax Optio X90 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

usability, viewfinder, value for money, performance, screen

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71% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Pentax X90

 

Great Camera for the price.

This camera takes great close ups, and some beautiful pictures, I don't use a camera much, But I am very happy with this camera so far

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Product Specifications

Configuration

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: Yes
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3'' / 1/2.33''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/4 / 4
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1400 / 1/4000

Memory

Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Recording

Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
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