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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent light gathering & images! Zoom weakness., June 16, 2013
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This review is from: Pentax X-5 silver 16 Digital Camera with 26x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD (Silver) (Electronics)
Oct 2013 update. We took this to the UK. The light gathering capability of the lens is amazing. It is so powerful that it was almost impossible to get the flash to fire! And the finished image quality is superb. Often, in the same scene, my iPhone saw nothing but black, even with the flash, where this camera was totally clear without the flash. Impressive and amazing. So far, unless you need the features below, I can recommend the camera.

The optical zoom is not adjustable during video shooting. It can be set before recording starts but after recording starts only the digital zoom operates. This is a significant problem.

The rear display cannot be moved to every angle, such as viewing from the front. I expected this and its range of motion is wide enough for everything I've done. It is not a problem for me but I thought I'd mention it.
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Initial post: May 2, 2014 5:41:05 AM PDT
T. J. Irvine says:
That sure is disappointing about the optical zoom not available during video. Is there no way around this? Photographyblog dot com reviews this camera and says the optical zoom is available on video but limited to 3.2x - 23x. They say it has additional zoom beyond this with the digital which is best avoided because of the image degradation. Can you confirm that they are wrong? There really is NO optical zoom during video?

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2014 9:44:50 AM PDT
J. Burt says:
It is my wife's camera. I don't think I've ever actually used it. She could only get the optical zoom to work before starting the video. Only the electronic worked during recording.
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