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Pentax K-x
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Hey! You should know that Pentax has released a newer version of this product: the Pentax K-r.

Pentax K-x

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We've given the K-x a grade of A.

Editor's Review

The Pentax K-x is an excellent entry-level dSLR. For less than $500, you get excellent image quality (including above-average low-light performance, for the class), in-body image stabilization, 720p HD video, and a kit lens. There's a reason that, as of late 2010, the K-x has been one of the top 10 most popular cameras on this website. Excellent buy for any new dSLR user. Now that seemingly every new dSLR shoots 1080p, its video mode seems a bit quaint. But this is a still camera, and still the best for the price. Pentax discontinued this model in Japan, so it stands to reason that it will be discontinued in North America soon as well (the also-excellent K-r will live on), but it hasn't disappeared yet, so scoop it up while you still can.

Specifications

  • 12.4-megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 720p HD video
  • Shake Reduction
  • Pentax K/KA/KAF/KAF2/KAF3 mount lenses
  • HDR image capture
  • Includes 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL lens
  • 2.7-inch live view LCD screen
  • AA lithium batteries (NiMH and alkaline compatible)
  • Captures images and video to SD/SDHC memory (not included)
  • Release Date: Oct 19, 2009

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Pentax K-x Reviews

Pentax K-x Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
A great alround DSLR (jonathan wilson — 12/12/2009)

I'm very happy with it. Even though this is my first DSLR, I have had a SLR for a long time. Tried a number DSLRs before choosing the K-x (including Nikon D5000 and Canon 450 / 500) and like the look and feel of the K-x better.

Positive points:

* Light and relatively compact

* Very good image quality (although my ISO performance does not seem to be quite as good as the review camera images I have seen)

* Lots of cool effects and features to play with (including multiple - exposure!)

* Seems to take good night shots

* Almost any Pentax lense will work with it!

* Hi speed continuous mode works well - getting a good 4.5 frames / s

* Cost effective and convenient AA batteries (now - but see comment in problems area)

* Quick menus work well (better than on D5000)

Negative points:

* No HDMI port

* USB / Video connector cover a bit fiddly and flimsy

* View finder could be brighter / bigger (when compared to my SLR)

* No time lapse mode like D5000

On balance when comparing the features of other cameras in the same price bracket, the K-x has a large number of really useful features and therefore I give it max points (even though I love the idea of having HDMI and time lapse mode that is available on the D5000).

Problems
Initially had some issues with using NiMh (low leakage) batteries. To start with would not turn on and then it would but could only take 10 - 20 photos before "battery depleted" message appeared and it shut off.

Since then two things have changed:

* Realised that after putting batteries in, if you leave the camera for a minute before turning on things are much better.

* Firmware V1.01 seems to totally fix the issue!

On the same battery I now get over 400 images (including some using flash, Liveview and video).

I'm also impressed with how Pentax has bent over backward to maintain lens compatibility - you can still use the oldest manual lenses (many of which are very good) with this camera! If Canon had done the same I would still be using a Canon camera.

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