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Pentax K-X Digital Camera

SLR 12.4MP CMOS Feb 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Release Date
Eleven industry awards
Unreliable image stabilisation
No rechargeable battery
48 Reviews + 11 Awards
alphr.com Recommended Digicam Buyer.co.uk Editor's Choice PhotographyBlog.com Essential DP Review Highly Recommended

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Reviews

Eleven Industry Awards

This Pentax digital camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from review websites Macworld.co.uk, Photoreview.com.au and Digicam Buyer.co.uk all of whom decided that this Pentax camera was fantastic.

Two other expert review sites both liked this camera. This low megapixel camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from review website DP Review and it received a "Recommended" award from website Alphr.com.

The editors of three additional expert review sites all wrote that this camera was good. This Pentax camera received an "Essential" award from PhotographyBlog.com, it received a "Very Good" award from Itespresso.de and Computeractive.co.uk gave it a "Buy It" award.

01net.com gave this camera a "5 Star" award, it received a "Best in Test" award from Dinside.no/data and Tipa.com gave it a "Technical Image Press Association Award".

Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on thirty-four expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com and CNET.com this Pentax digital camera has an average expert rating of 85 out of 100.

Excellent Brand

We checked 2,040 expert and user reviews (including 37 verified purchases) for Pentax cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent ratings. We also found that Pentax has excellent ratings specifically within its low megapixel digital cameras range. 100% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Power

No Rechargeable Battery

Two customers who purchased the product thought it did not have a good battery life. Website V3.co.uk mentioned “No rechargeable battery”.


Price

Very Fair Price

Sixteen customers who reviewed it considered that it was good value for money. Website Laptopmag.com said in their review of the Pentax K-x seven years ago “Better specs than similarly priced competitors”. Website Imaging Resource.com wrote “Faster maximum shutter speed than most at this price range 16 000”. Website Photographyblog.com said in their review of this digital camera “Good price point”.

Four customers who reviewed this digital camera thought it was expensive. Expert review site Electronicsme.com said “Many of these entry-level models boast similar features to the more expensive cameras”. Expert review site Pcmag.com mentioned “The colorful Pentax K-x is the least expensive HD-video-capable D-SLR you'll find”. Expert review site Whatdigitalcamera.com said eight years ago “As a beginner's camera it provides plenty to explore, while equally it wouldn't be out of place as backup to a more expensive model, given” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

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Released Over a Year Ago

This Pentax camera has been on the market since February 2016.


Weight & Dimensions

Well Designed, Easy to Hold Compact Body

Six people who reviewed the Pentax K-x agreed that it was compact. Website Dcresource.com said “Well designed, easy to hold compact body” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Theregister.co.uk wrote “The K-x inherits the compact body and the simple layout of the K-m while squeezing in quite a few of the high-end features of its bigger brothe” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Macworld.co.uk scored it a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned “The 12.4-megapixel K-x won’t baffle anyone trading up from a compact camera, as a point-and-shoot auto picture mode is the most p”.

Two customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was a good body shape. Expert review site Imaging-Resource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “On the one hand, I could see it being a very useful second body to accompany my K-7 for low-light, high ISO shooting”.

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Audio

Very Good Noise Profile

Two customers who bought it mentioned that it was noisy. Website Photographyblog.com wrote “Excellent noise performance” in their review of this digital camera. Website Cnet.com mentioned in their Pentax K-x review “Very good noise profile”.

Acceptable Noise Level

Two customers who bought it mentioned that it was noisy. Website Photographyblog.com wrote “Excellent noise performance” in their review of this digital camera. Website Cnet.com mentioned in their Pentax K-x review “Very good noise profile”.


Features

Comprehensive Features

Eleven owners mentioned in their reviews that the product had good features. Website V3.co.uk gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Comprehensive features”. Website Smh.com.au said “The features list on this camera puts its competitors to shame” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Alphr.com mentioned “A cheap and cheerful camera that lacks features” in their review of this digital camera.


Lens System

Very Small Maximum Aperture Number

The biggest maximum aperture number of cameras that came out more than a year ago is 2.7, the smallest is 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 10. When compared to other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera that we have checked the maximum aperture number of, the Pentax K-x's maximum aperture number of 38 is one of the smallest.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of cameras of this spec and age range from 82mm to 720mm. The Pentax K-x has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (only 82.5 millimeters) amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

Cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 6.2. The Pentax K-x has one of the larger minimum aperture numbers (3.5) amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Picture Quality

Only 4288 X 2428 Pixels Image Resolution

The Pentax K-x has a higher image resolution than most similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Pentax camera has a 4288 x 2428 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most digital cameras that came out around the same time as it have a 3008 x 2000 pixels maximum image resolution. The worst image resolution of all cameras that have been available for more than a year is 2560 х 1280 pixels and the best is 7952 x 5304 pixels.

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12.4 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12.4 megapixels digital camera.

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Unreliable Image Stabilisation

Six customers who reviewed the Pentax K-x mentioned that it did not have a good image stabiliser. Seven years ago website Cnet.co.uk wrote “Unreliable image stabilisation”. Website Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Image stabilization is only On or Off”. Expert review site Cnet.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The Pentax K-x nevertheless has some flaws, such as unreliable image stabilization, to watch out for”.

Three customers who purchased the product thought it did not have a good autofocus. Digital Versus wrote in their review of this digital camera “No display of focusing points in the viewfinder”. They also said “Noisy shutter and focusing” in their review. Seven years ago expert review site Theregister.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera “If you can tolerate the slow Live View autofocus and a few minor handling flaws then this camera is a near perfect choice for a first DSLR” however they still rated it 80 out of 100.

Two people concluded that this digital camera did not have a good lens. Website Dcresource.com wrote “Kit lens is a bit soft toward edges of frame” in their review of this digital camera. Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned on expert website Expert Reviews eight years ago “Lens upgrades can be expensive”.

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Embryonic Video Mode

Six customers wrote in their reviews that the Pentax K-x was not good for video recording. Eight years ago Digital Versus said “Embryonic video mode”. Website Photographyblog.com wrote “Frame wobble in video mode” in their review of this digital camera but despite that they scored this digital camera 5 stars out of 5. Expert review site Digitalcamerainfo.com said in their review of this digital camera “The $650 Pentax K-x still image and video quality won't impress sophisticated shooters.” .

Great Image Quality

Ten people who reviewed the product thought it was able to produce good images. Website Photographyblog.com wrote in their Pentax K-x review “Great image and video quality”. Expert review site About.com said “It's ideal for any photographer who prefers to travel light”. They also wrote “The Pentax K-x is an attractively priced entry-level camera with exceptional image quality” in their review.

Seven owners who purchased it thought it had a good picture resolution. Website Laptopmag.com wrote seven years ago “Fast burst shooting”. Website Dpexpert.com.au said “Continuous shooting mode is up to n”. Pocket-Lint.com wrote on expert review site Pocket Lint “The new K-x in offering 12.4 effective megapixels from a 12.9-megapixel CMOS sensor should in theory offer a best of both world” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

Three people said in their reviews that it was good in low light. Expert review site Cnet.com gave it a score of 78 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “A fast, inexpensive dSLR with better-than-average low-light quality”. Expert website Cnet.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The Pentax K-x is a fast, inexpensive dSLR with better-than-average low-light photo quality.”.

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Design

Clean, Simple Design

Five people who reviewed it concluded that it was well designed. Digital Versus wrote “Clean, simple design”. Expert review site Photographyblog.com said “The 12.4 megapixel Pentax Kx offers an uncluttered design th” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Expert website Dcresource.com wrote “A compact, well designed body, full manual controls (plus an auto scene recognition mode), fast continuous shooting, liv”.

Two owners reckoned that the product was good looking. Expert review site Laptopmag.com mentioned “The Pentax K-x is definitely the most eye-catching DSLR for the price” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5.

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Well Built

Seven owners who bought the Pentax K-x said that it was well made. Website Computeractive.co.uk said eight years ago “Solidly built”. Website Photographyblog.com mentioned “We also like the build quality, which feels tough”. Pc Mag said in their review of this digital camera “Very solid image quality”.

Two owners who bought it wrote that it was strong and durable. Website Laptopmag.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Stylish, durable design” and rated this digital camera 70 out of 100. They also mentioned “One of the most rugged and stylish DSLRs on the market” in their review.

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Plenty of Useful Features, Easy and Fun to Use

Three people who bought this digital camera considered that it was easy to use. What Digital Camera said “Plenty of useful features, easy and fun to use”. Eight years ago Pocket-Lint.com wrote on expert website Pocket Lint “The Pentax K-x feature set offers a good value return for your money, whilst also being friendly to use via the prominence of its auto settings”. Expert review site About.com mentioned nine years ago “Pentax has designed a camera that's easy to use and feels solid”.

Two people who purchased the product thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Digital Versus said in their review of this digital camera eight years ago “Comfortable viewfinder” .

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Great Image Quality

Twelve owners concluded that it was good quality. Website About.com gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said “Decent build quality”. They also mentioned “Excellent image quality in low light conditions” in their review. Website Smh.com.au wrote “Image quality is very good” in their review of the Pentax K-x.


Pentax K-x Review Sources

To prepare this Pentax K-x review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,674 product attributes, 178,028 digital camera reviews and 4,186,700 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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