Pentax K-X


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Pentax K-X

Pentax K-X
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A multi award winning but marginally out of date SLR digital camera, with an Editor's Choice award from three expert review websites and 8 further awards from other expert sites
SLR 12.4MP 4288 X 2428 Pixels CMOS Feb 2016
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Pentax K-X Review

With excellent reviews and at under 2 years old, we have ranked the Pentax K-X number 619 across all digital cameras.
34 Reviews + 11 Awards
Good Features
2 Years Old
Overall Score
Very Good

Why Has it Scored 73?

It has great expert reviews with an average expert rating of 85%, based on 34 reviews. This digital camera has received 11 awards including an "Editor's Choice" award from plus two other sites and a "Recommended" from Praktica cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
At over a year old this camera is slightly out of date, and newer digital cameras with more up to date technology are available. View the latest digital cameras 2018.
Customers report it is reasonably priced, technical features and good picture quality.
It has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
Energy efficient circuit design for longer battery life, capable of capturing approximately 1,900 images with four aa-size lithium batte
(1) digital filter function
K-x's digital filter function allows the user to process recorded images in a variety of creative ways within the camera and produce highly creative visual expressions. with a choice of 16 different filters, the user can even apply different filters one after another to a single image to create more personalised visual effe
(2) cross process mode
K-x features the new cross process mode, in which the camera automatically and randomly shifts photographic parameters for each exposure to create eyecatching images with unique, fanciful colours - just like pictures treated with the cross process * in film photogra
Film development technique that takes advantage of unconventional film developers to create a distinctive finishing touch with intriguing colo
8. high-precision 11-point AF sensor
K-x's high-precision, wide-frame SAFOX VIII autofocus system features 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors positioned in the middle) to automatically capture even off-centered subjects in sharp, crisp focus. the photographer can also select one of the sensors as a focusing point to accommodate specialised applicati
9. other features
Custom image function to create unique finishing tou
K-x's high-speed continuous shooting mode records as many as 17 images (in JPEG recording format) at a maximum speed of approximately 4.7 images per second - the fastest of all entry-class models. the k-x also features a new, reliable shutter unit, which proved its dependability and ruggedness through a demanding action test of more than 100,000 shutter releases. its top shutter speed of 1/6000 second allows the photographer to preserve sharp, crisp images of fast-moving subje
DR (dust removal) mechanism to eliminate annoying dust spots on recorded images and visually check for the adhesion of dust to the image se
2.7-inch, high-resolution colour LCD monitor with approximately 230,000
Auto picture mode for effortless, automatic selection of the most appropriate shooting mode, even during live view shoo
HDR (high dynamic range) function to create one composite image with an extra-wide dynamic range from three images with different expos
White balance control, featuring a new CTE mode to emphasise the colour components of sunset sc
Status screen for easy, at-a-glance confirmation of various settings on the LCD mon
Ten scene modes, with selection via simple i
automatic compensation of distortion and lateral chromatic aberration (available only with DA and D FA series len
7. innovative image processing functions to produce distinctive photographic expressions
6. high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 4.7 images per second
Wide range of minimum aperture numbers depending on lens used
Es compatible with this mechanism: PENTAX K-, KA-, KAF-, kaf2- and kaf3- mount lenses; screw-mounted lenses (with an adapter); and 645- and 67-system lenses (with an adapter). some functions may not be available with certain len
K-x combines a variety of advanced features and user-friendly functions to ensure an outstanding level of photographic performance within a compact, lightweight b
K-x design is based on the award winning PENTAX k-m, an entry-class digital SLR camera launched in october 2008 that gained popularity for its compact, lightweight body and simple, user-friendly operation. the k-x features a newly designed high performance CMOS image sensor and an upgraded filter function. it also features a whole host of advanced features and such as live view shooting and movie recording, approximately 12.4 megapixels and high-speed continuous shooting. the k-x is the perfect camera for first-time digital SLR camera users, as well as an ideal backup camera for more experienced photograph
features of the PENTAX
1. high-quality image reproduction
(1) approximately 12.4 effective megapixels for true-to-life image reproduction
K-x incorporates a newly developed CMOS image sensor to assure high-speed image data read-out at varying ISO sensitivity levels. with approximately 12.4 effective megapixels, this image sensor can reproduce true-to-life images with fine detail and rich depth of colours. the k-x also offers a wide sensitivity range between ISO 200 and ISO 6400 and allows the user to expand the sensitivity range between ISO 100 and ISO 12800 via a custom function, giving greater creative free
(2) high-performance, high-speed PRIME (pentax real image engine) II imaging engine
Ks to new technologies supplied by fujitsu microelectronics limited, this new imaging engine offers greater data processing speed and enhanced capability to produce higher-quality images with richer, more accurate colour rendition, as well as faster transmission speed of movie d
2. compact, lightweight body
Ite the incorporation of the large 23.6mm x 15.8mm image sensor, the k-x is one of the most compact, lightweight digital SLR cameras in its cl
3. live view function, with face detection of up to 16 faces
K-x features a live view function, which allows the user to view the image on its LCD monitor during shooting. the k-x also offers a choice of three different focusing modes during live view shooting: contrast AF, which optimises the focus based on the subject's contrast; face detection AF, which automatically detects up to 16 faces, selects the main subject's face from multiple faces, then captures it in sharp focus; and phase difference AF, which uses the AF sensor positioned in the camera body to optimise focus on the subj
4. high-quality recording at 1280 x 720 pixels, with hdtv-proportion movie recording at 24 frames per second
K-x provides a movie recording function* which captures beautiful, true-to-life movie clips in 16:9 high-definition TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels) at a frame rate of 24 frames per second. this extends the benefits of high-quality SLR photography to the world of movie shoot
5. pentax-original SR mechanism for sharp, blur-free images
K-x features the pentax-developed SR (shake reduction) mechanism. this innovative mechanism extends its benefits to almost all PENTAX interchangeable lenses - even those designed for film-format cameras. thanks to this mechanism, the k-x produces sharp, blur-free images even under demanding conditions prone to camera shake, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark without a flash illumination, and taking pictures of sunset sce
PENTAX digital camera utility 4 software package, with raw-data processing and browser applicat
Only 4288 x 2428 pixels image resolution
Lower than average megapixels

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Portrait Photography
Landscape Photography
Wildlife Photography

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Reviews Summary

11 Industry Awards

This digital camera is one of the most awarded by camera experts of all the cameras.

Three expert review sites all decided that this camera was fantastic and gave it their highest award. This was from, Digicam and who gave it an "Editor's Choice".

The editors of two other expert review sites endorsed this digital camera. This camera received a "Recommended" award from review website and it received a DP Review "Highly Recommended" award.

The writers at three additional expert review sites all thought that this digital camera was very good. This camera received a "Very Good" award from, gave it a "Best in Test" award and gave it a "5 Star" award.

The editors of three other expert review sites all thought that this camera was very good. This Pentax digital camera received a "Technical Image Press Association Award" from, it received a "Buy It" award from and it received an "Essential" award from

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on 34 expert reviews from sites including DP Review,, What Digital Camera and this digital camera has an overall expert rating of 85%. This puts this camera in the top 16% of all the cameras when ranked by average expert review score.

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Pentax Has Excellent Digital Camera Reviews

Based on 2,704 expert and owner reviews (including 530 verified purchases), Pentax has excellent ratings for its cameras. 98% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report That it is Reasonably Priced

Two owners who reviewed the Pentax K-X thought it was good value for money.

  • A cheap and cheerful camera that lacks features… November 2010
  • It’s a formidable camera that represents excellent value for money… November 2009

Users Report Superior Technical Features

Two owners wrote in their reviews that the product had good features.

Customers Report Good Picture Quality

Three owners concluded that it was able to produce good images.


Released Over Two Years Ago

Pentax released the K-X in February 2016.


Lower Than Average Megapixels

Across all the digital cameras the megapixels range from 0.3MP to 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP. The megapixels of the Pentax K-X of only 12.4MP is lower than average when compared to most other cameras. It is lower than 76% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Only 4288 X 2428 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest image resolution of the Pentax K-X is 4288 x 2428 pixels. That's 35% lower image resolution than the most frequently found resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. Across all digital cameras the resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera.

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

This digital camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabilizer depends on the lens being used.

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Wide Range of Magnifications Depending On Lens Used

This digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the magnification depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of magnifications are possible with this camera.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

plled543 k100d, plled543 k200d, plled543 k110d, plled543 k20d, plled543 k10d



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