Pentax X90 First Look

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Image quality in some instances looks to be among the best I’ve ever seen from a superzoom.

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Flash exposure has been good close-up and at various distances.

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The camera has struggled with high contrast scenes in this initial shoot, and the high contrast was midday overhead sun which is about as bad as it gets. It recorded this average scene nicely, but lost the cloud highlights in the second shot in a bright blue sky.

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The tractor shot is another example of a bright sky getting washed out, but also shows some fairly significant chromic aberration in the pine needles at the upper left of the photo, another area of concern.

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This first impressions shoot was a productive one. Having never shot the X70, I was dealing with this platform for the first time. The X90 teased me just enough with some quality images to show great promise, while at the same time revealing some potential shortcomings that will bear closer scrutiny in the more intensive photo days to follow. Is the X90 a digital Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? We’ll reveal that answer with the complete review in the not too distant future.



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