Pentax X90 - Test Shots – Exposure Evaluation

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”Here are some general test shots to help evaluate the camera’s overall image quality, including dynamic range, colour rendition and the zoom range of the lens. Some pictures may be clicked to download the full size original image.”


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Pentax X90 test photo


The wide angle end is equivalent to 26mm, wider than most comparable cameras. Please note that this was shot on the medium quality setting. File size 1.8MB.


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Pentax X90 test photo


The telephoto end is equivalent to a massive 676mm. This was shot from the same spot as the picture above, also on medium quality. File size 1.8MB.


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Pentax X90 test photo


Dynamic range in standard mode is pretty poor, with no shadow detail.


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Pentax X90 test photo


With the D-Range booster activated there is more shadow and highlight detail.


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Pentax X90 test photo


Colour rendition is bright and vivid.


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Pentax X90 test photo


Do not underestimate the power of the 1cm macro feature.


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Pentax X90 test photo


The handy time travel feature is useful for amateur archaeologists, or if you’re running late for a train.


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Score in detail

  • Value 9
  • Image Quality 7
  • Build Quality 8

Features

Camera type Super Zoom
Megapixels (Megapixel) 12.1 Megapixel
Optical Zoom (Times) 26x
Image Sensor 1/2.33-inch CCD
Optical focal length 4.6mm to 119.6mm
Shutter speed 4 secs to 1/4000th
Auto focus Wide area, narrow area, tracking, area selection
Manual focus Yes
Max output resolution 4000x3000
Other resolutions 4000x2672, 4000x2256, 2992x2992, 3072x2304, 2048x1536, 1024x768, 640x480
Focus range Wide: 0.4m to infinity, Tele: 1.7m to infinity, Macro 0.1 to 0.5m, 1cm Macro: 0.01 to 0.3m
Exposure control P, A, S, M, Program AE, 21 scene modes
Exposure metering TTL Multi-segment, C/W, spot
Exposure compensation +2EV in 1/3 EV steps
Image Stabilisation Sensor Shift
ISO settings Auto, 80-6400 (3200-6400 at 5MP)
LCD Monitor 2.7-inch 230k dots
Viewfinder Electronic, 200k pixels
Flash range Wide: 0.2 to 9.1m Tele: 1.7 to 5.1m (AUTO ISO)
Flash modes Auto, Red-eye reduction, Soft Flash, On, Off
White balance modes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Manual
Drive modes Single, continuous, burst mode
Image formats JPEG, Exif 2.21, WAV, QuickTime
Picture adjustments Saturation, contrast, sharpness
Video (max res/format) 1280x720 at 30fps
Movie length Card capacity
Self timer 10/2 secs
Memory card slot SD/SDHC
Supplied memory 31.2MB
Batteries supplied 1250mAh Li-ion rechargeable
A/V output PAL, NTSC
HDMI Yes
AV Out Yes
Manual 25-page quick guide, full manual PDF on CD

Physical Specifications

Dimensions Width (Millimeter) 111mm
Depth (Millimeter) 84.5mm
Weight (body only) (Kilogram) 400gkg
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