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Pentax K-X Digital Camera

SLR 12.4MP CMOS Feb 2016
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The K-x combines a variety of advanced features and user-friendly functions to ensure an outstanding level of photographic performance within a compact, lightweight body. The K-x design is based... More
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20 Reasons For

Good Size

Some Pentax K-x reviewers who reviewed the Pentax K-x reckoned that it was compact. D. Kelley mentioned on Amazon “This is the most compact DSLR I have held” and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Seven years ago Enche Tjin mentioned on Amazon “Kx shares same body as Km, so it is still very compact” in their review and scored it 5 stars. Engi_nerd wrote on Amazon “.] analysis of the Pentax ultimately sealed the deal for me, promising a compact and responsive starter DSLR with lots of headroom to grow in to” in their review of this digital camera.

A few Pentax K-x owners who bought it wrote that it was lightweight. I. King wrote in their Pentax K-x review on Amazon six years ago “It's lightweight, easy to use”.

Two customers who purchased it mentioned that it was a good weight. Jennifer gave it a score of 5 stars and she mentioned on Amazon “The Pentax Kx is super light weight and fits the hand so nicely for one hand shooting” in her review of this digital camera. Leon Wechsler wrote “It is light weight and does everything quite good”.

One customer reckoned that the Pentax K-x was thin. Kandelina mentioned on Amazon “All you parents out there can agree that when it comes tot he kiddos the chances of getting your preschooler to re-take a blurry photo are slim to none!” and gave the Pentax K-x a score of 4 stars.

One person said in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky. Niki gave it a score of 5 stars and she mentioned “It is not a bulky camera which is great as I have small hands” in her review of the Pentax K-x. One Pentax K-x owner considered that the product was a good body shape. Warren Steffey he wrote in his review of this digital camera “I think I like the larger camera body anyway”.

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Nice Design

A number of Pentax K-x reviewers who purchased it reckoned that it was good looking. Bobeltomate gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote in their Pentax K-x review on Amazon six years ago “* The noise, which is pretty rare, is great”. Evalyn gave the Pentax K-x a rating of 5 stars and she wrote in her review of this digital camera on Amazon five years ago “For quite a while I've fantasized having a camera that can take beautiful pictures and video worthy of creating short films”. I. King mentioned in their review on Amazon six years ago “I'm a pretty quick study, so I had them up”.

One person thought it was ergonomic. Enche Tjin said “Ergonomic is not the best especially for people that has big hand or finger.” and gave it a very good rating. One Pentax K-x owner reckoned that it was smooth. Photographer mentioned in their Pentax K-x review “At 400% magnification, darker areas remained smooth for K-x while the K10 was visibly noisy”.

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Good Video Capture

Some people said in their reviews that the Pentax K-x was good for video recording. Amazon Customer wrote seven years ago “It takes HD movies as well” . Enche Tjin wrote on Amazon “There are also some popular scenes mode and video mode” in their Pentax K-x review. I. King mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Of course, my *real* video camera is a Canon DV”.

Good Quality Lens

A number of people who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good lens. Seven years ago Engi_nerd wrote in their Pentax K-x review “The kit lens has proven more than sufficient for me to cut my teeth on”. Five years ago Evalyn wrote “The kit lens leaves is good.” in her review of the Pentax K-x. Evalyn also said “It's better to get another lens for even more stunning pictures”.

Twelve Pentax K-x reviewers who purchased it reckoned that it had a good autofocus. D. Campbell wrote six years ago “I love the ability of the camera to signal when a frame is in focus, even using these old lenses that have an "A" setting on them” in their review of this digital camera and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars. Dasheng Shi gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “I like the image quality, fast focus and no-lag shutter speed”. Frank Don said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “This camera is quick to focus and shoot”.

A number of Pentax K-x owners who purchased it reckoned that it had a good image stabiliser. Six years ago Bobeltomate wrote on Amazon “The low light performance and image stabilization are what has amazed me the most” and gave the product an excellent review. Christopher J. Clark wrote on Amazon “It would allow me to use any of my old k-mount lenses, had body-based image stabilization (cheaper glass”.

Several customers who purchased it considered that it had a good zoom. Paul Han he mentioned on Amazon six years ago “Unfortunately the kit lens couldn't zoom in far enough to get a decent shot” in his review. Powerop mentioned on Amazon “Can custom zoom quickly.” in their review.

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Reasonably Priced

A number of Pentax K-x reviewers who reviewed it considered that it was good value for money. Amazon Customer said in their review on Amazon “I think this Camera has tremendous Value and will push more consumers to look at Pentax for dSLR”. Amazon Customer also wrote “I have found this camera to be an excellent value for the price”. Bill mentioned in his Pentax K-x review “Nice camera for a really good price”.

Three Pentax K-x reviewers who reviewed the product thought it was a bargain for the price. Engi_nerd wrote “All in all though a FANTASTIC camera and ridiculous bargain” and scored the product very highly. Jeffrey C. Dennison gave the product a rating of 5 stars and he wrote in his review on Amazon “I hunted for the best deal on the K-x for several weeks”. Powerop wrote on Amazon five years ago “Can use manual lenses with cheap vintage glass”.

One Pentax K-x reviewer who purchased the product thought it was cheap. Mattb mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-x on Amazon “I picked up an inexpensive 50mm f1.7 prime on eBay”.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few people who reviewed the product agreed that it was able to produce good images. Amazon Customer wrote in their review “Included Kit lens 18-55mm is sharp and takes great pictures”. Amazon Customer also said “I will update my review after some good photo work”. Best Items wrote “It takes fantastic pictures and has more options” in their review.

A number of customers who reviewed it considered that it was good in low light. Seven years ago Amazon Customer gave it a rating of 5 stars and mentioned “Low light, bright light, macro” in their review. Ashish Jain mentioned “None of the other cameras offer such good low light image quality” . Enche Tjin wrote in their review on Amazon “AUTO FOCUS PERFORMANCE Auto focus (used with 18-55 kit lens) is surprisingly fast in bright light or low light situation”.

A few people thought it had a good picture resolution. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “The kids in motion and the continuous shooting modes have worked very well for me”. Enche Tjin wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “There are many improvements from KM, such as three stops higher ISO setting, video recording, faster continuous shooting, 11 selectable auto focus points”. J. Pribislavsky rated this digital camera 5 stars and wrote six years ago “As for the 18-55mm lens it came with, great lens for everyday shooting”.

Some Pentax K-x owners who bought this digital camera considered that it had a good ISO range. Bobeltomate wrote “1/200 shutter speed, 800 ISO on the full moon; 1/40”. Enche Tjin mentioned in their review of this digital camera seven years ago “There are dedicated trash button, AF/AE-L, exposure compensation button, customizabe green button, live view button, info button, four way buttons which are shared with ISO, WB, Flash, self timer”. Enche Tjin also said “Unique to Pentax, there is Sv (sensitivity mode), which allow you to set preferred ISO and let the camera decide on aperture”.

Several Pentax K-x owners who bought the Pentax K-x concluded that it was able to produce clear pictures. Jennifer said “It snaps pics in a jiff with great clarity and gives you that instant gratification” in her review. Jennifer also said “Gives such amazing clarity”. Jennifer also mentioned “The sound and video clarity is immediately noticable”.

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Easy to Use

A number of customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use. Amazon Customer said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon five years ago “This camera seems very intuitive to learn to use and I would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a DSLR camera” and rated this digital camera 4 stars. Amazon Customer also wrote “It's fun easy to use, fast, in expensive.”. Amazon Customer also mentioned “Don't want to get into photography and you are only going to use the kit lenses then you can not beat this system”.

A few Pentax K-x owners who reviewed it thought it was easy to use the menus. Cliff gave the Pentax K-x a score of 5 stars and he said in his Pentax K-x review “I like the auto settings”. Six years ago Dv_ous scored it 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “The menu is simple and easy to manuever through” in their review. Enche Tjin said on Amazon seven years ago “Pressing INFO button twice, you will get 12 squares representing popular settings such as auto HDR, image size, shake reduction, etc”.

Some people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold. Engi_nerd rated the product as very good and wrote on Amazon “Still manages to have a very solid and comfortable feel” in their review. Mark Balcher said in his review “It is such a pleasure to hold and use”. Melissa Hopp mentioned on Amazon “The camera is comfortable in your hand” in her review of this digital camera and scored the product very highly.

A few people who purchased the product thought it was easy to handle. Five years ago Powerop said on Amazon “8/2/11 - Ever since selling the T2i, I've become adept with the k-x especially because of its outstanding handling and features” and gave it an excellent rating. Xnor wrote on Amazon six years ago “* Excellent super sharp pictures * Compact, feels tough and good handling Cons * Slow”.

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Good Technical Features

A number of customers said in their reviews that it had good features. Amazon Customer gave it a very good review score and said “Quality built, this is great for the class and has features that many more expensive cameras lack”. Amazon Customer also said “It has a lot of features found on more advanced cameras”. Elena wrote on Amazon “I still haven't started reading the instruction manual to see its best features.” and scored it 5 stars.

Good Product Quality

Twenty-five customers who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was good quality. Amazon Customer said in their review of this digital camera seven years ago “The K-x feels solid and quality built, this is great for the class” and gave it a very good review. Ashish Jain scored it very highly and said on Amazon six years ago “Impressive Photo Quality”. Ashish Jain also wrote “2) Impressed by the Image quality especially the low light shots”.

Acceptable Noise Level

Some people mentioned in their reviews that it was noisy. Ilikeamazon mentioned in their review on Amazon “How come the shutter noise is so loud on this camera? It woke up my sleeping child when I took a few pictures” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Nageshwara Rao wrote on Amazon “Large ISO range from 100 to 12800 (Excellent noise reduction system” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Six years ago Paul Han he mentioned “I particularly liked the low noise at high ISO's” in his review.

A number of Pentax K-x reviewers who bought it considered that it was quiet. Ilikeamazon rated this digital camera as excellent and mentioned “They are much quiet” in their review of this digital camera. Powerop mentioned on Amazon “Cycles fast n quiet, lightweight high sync above 1/180” in their review of this digital camera. Zhou Yu said six years ago “What an advancement! Quieter shutter, faster focusing, more responsive, much better high ISO image quality” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Support

Seven Pentax K-x owners considered that this digital camera had good technical guidance. Bobeltomate wrote on Amazon “For me I needed full manual control (f-stop, shutter speed, color balance, RAW, etc), good low light” in their review and rated this digital camera 5 stars. D. Kelley wrote “Loved the creativity that can be accomplished with a manual camera” in their review of the Pentax K-x. D. Kelley also mentioned “Think Film SLR loaded with ISO 100 - 3200 film at the same time and full manual control of shutter speed, F-stop, Focus”.

One Pentax K-x owner wrote in their reviews that the product had good customer support. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “Pentax also has a website which seems to have good customer support and forums where you can get any questions answered” in their review of the Pentax K-x.

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Robust

Several people said in their reviews that it was well made. Six years ago D. Kelley mentioned on Amazon “Hand Shake compensation is built into the camera not the lens making lenses less expensive” in their review of this digital camera and scored it very highly. Mark Balcher gave it a very good rating and he mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “You feel like you are holding something very special, as the build quality is top notch”. P. Laflamme mentioned on Amazon “Even though I don't like using flash I recommend the Polaroid PL144AZ Flash Unit ($120.00)It has an AF Illuminator built in for faster focusing”.

Four customers considered that this digital camera was strong and durable. Enche Tjin mentioned on Amazon seven years ago “Built quality of this camera is generally good for beginner digital SLR, sturdy and substantial” and scored it very highly. Six years ago J. Pribislavsky wrote in their Pentax K-x review “Very sturdy quality built and easy one hand operation”. Powerop mentioned on Amazon “Compact, more sturdy and heavier” in their review.

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Pentax Has Excellent Camera Reviews

We checked 1,235 user and expert reviews for Pentax digital cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Pentax has excellent ratings specifically for its SLR digital cameras.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of customers considered that the Pentax K-x had a good screen. Enche Tjin rated the product as very good and mentioned “This small control panel is a great help and better than Nikon's info screen.”. Msubully mentioned on Amazon “The viewing screen is great.”. Powerop said on Amazon “And even now after owning a new Canon 60D (for its swivel screen), I still cannot let go of the k-x! Updated” in their review of this digital camera.

Two Pentax K-x owners thought the product had a good viewfinder. Photographer mentioned in their review on Amazon six years ago “I like a real optical view finder” and gave the product a very good review. Photographer also mentioned “I don't have any problem with the penta-mirror viewfinder”.

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Good Flash

A number of Pentax K-x owners who bought this digital camera concluded that it had a good flash. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “If you want lenses or a flash, they simply don't have the selection of Canikon or the distribution channels” but even so they only rated the product 60 out of 100. Amazon Customer also wrote “A flash, fast telephoto, these may not make sense now.”. Mattb wrote six years ago “Shooting around the house without having the use a flash is also a huge advantage” and scored it very highly.

Good Battery Life

Four Pentax K-x reviewers who purchased it thought it had a good battery life. George M. Bosela mentioned “The battery utilization seems improved” in his Pentax K-x review and rated this digital camera 4 stars. Historyguy wrote “The battery life is excellent” and scored this digital camera very highly. Hmommy said “I like how the card slot is independent from the battery slot”.

Good Connectivity

One person who bought the product considered that it was wifi compatible. Powerop scored it 5 stars and mentioned in their Pentax K-x review “Camera has built-in wireless flash control = Nice”.

Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the Pentax K-x is more than most latest digital cameras. This camera supports a RAW image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by comparable spec cameras that came out in the last year. The image formats supported "JPG" is also supported by this Pentax digital camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

At 38, the Pentax K-x has a fairly small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out in the last year. Across all the SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the K-x the maximum aperture numbers range from 3.5 to 38.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 27 millimeters, the Pentax K-x has one of the shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s amongst SLR digital cameras of this age. Across all the recently released digital cameras the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 24mm to 29mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 28mm.

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13 Reasons Against

Poor Exposure Control

One person who reviewed it said that it did not have good exposure controls.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Pentax K-x does not support Full HD video. Most of the other cameras that were released in the last year also do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support Full HD video including the Nikon D5500[plb_2701324_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other recently released similar spec cameras, the Pentax K-x does not support wi-Fi.

Alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to look at include the D5500[pl_2701324_price], or the D5300[pl_4015272_price] both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Pentax K-x is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other new SLR digital cameras are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax K-x does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the K-x also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Not 3D

The Pentax K-x is not 3D. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the K-x are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other recently released digital cameras, the Pentax K-x does not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth considering other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Nikon D5300[plb_4015272_price].

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Pentax K-x does not support video capability. Most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been available for the last year also do not support video capability.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the K-x do not have a built-in flash. The Pentax K-x is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in flash.

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Very Low Megapixel

The average megapixel of SLR digital cameras that were released in the last 12 months is 19MP, and the megapixels range from 6MP to 37MP. With a megapixel of only 12.4 megapixels, the Pentax K-x has one of the lower megapixels amongst SLR digital cameras of this age.

If this camera megapixel is too low for you then you might also want to consider the Canon 700D[plb_3927497_price] (18MP), or the Nikon D5300[plb_4015272_price] (24.2MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Pentax K-x has one of the shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (only 82.5 millimeters) amongst SLR digital cameras of this age. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of recently released SLR digital cameras is 64mm, the longest is 88mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 82mm.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

Across all the latest digital cameras the total megapixelss range from 6.2MP to 38MP, and the average total megapixels is 21MP. The Pentax K-x has a quite few total megapixels (only 12.9 megapixels) compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to the K-x.

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Only 4288 X 2428 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Pentax K-x has a higher image resolution than most new similar spec cameras. This camera has a 4288 x 2428 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. The best image resolution of all digital cameras that are a similar age to the K-x is 7680 x 5120 pixels and the worst is 2560 х 1280 pixels.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Pentax K-x

Released Twelve Months Ago

This SLR camera has been on the market for twelve months.

Recent Price Increase of £5.96

In the last few weeks the K-x has increased in price by £5.96.

MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on new SLR digital cameras.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think the D5500[pl_2701324_price], and the D5300[pl_4015272_price] both from Nikon or the Canon 700D[plb_3927497_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax k10, pentax k20, pentax k20d, pentax k100, pentax k10d, pentax k200, pentax k100d, pentax k200d
Barcodes 04961333173761

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