Feeds
70%
Pentax X90

Pentax X90 superzoom bridge camera

Telescopic sights

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Such a huge lens in an otherwise lightweight body does obviously create stability challenges. Pentax has commendably resolved these by implementing a sophisticated and effective system of image stabilisation that works by detecting and compensating camera shake through a gyro sensor that moves horizontally and vertically at high speed over the CCD sensor.

Pentax X90

Compact, with great ergonomics

Pentax claims its proprietary CCD-shift-type Shake Reduction system will give photographers a three stops advantage. I haven’t measured it but the telephoto results at maximum telephoto range are very good indeed for this category of lens.

Pentax also added two digital shake reduction options: Pixel Track SR (Shake Reduction) compensates for camera shake by processing affected images during recording. The High-Sensitivity anti-shake mode works by raising ISO sensitivity to the highest settings in poor lighting to enable the use of faster shutter speeds. Stabilisation systems aside, the only real disappointment is that the optical zoom cannot be accessed during movie recording.

The camera performance is generally better than average. The X90 is quick to power up in just over a second, shot-to shot times are around 2 seconds and it has burst speeds of up to 11fps at the reduced resolution of 5Mp.

The Autofocus system is very fast and accurate in normal lighting and outdoors conditions but it does slow down at long focal lengths and it sometimes gets stuck in very low light levels. Manual focus is not really implemented and it looks as though Pentax has added a so-called manual focus option only for spec’s sake.

Manual focus is controlled from the navpad in incremental steps, rather than through the conventional ring on the lens barrel, which is spookily there just for aesthetic reasons. This jerky and slow control makes it all but impossible to manually lock focus on anything other than still objects.

Pentax X90

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Next page: Verdict

More from The Register

next story
NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!
N1 mini-'slab to plop into crowded pond next year
The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose
Finnish firm coyly exposes mystery product – and WE NO what it is
Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it
Court pops open cans of worms and whup-ass in Fitbit case
SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google
Android 5 is coming – IF you're lucky enough to have the right gadget
Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'
Sugarcoating Android's Lollipop makes tab easier to swallow
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.