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Should You Buy a Pentax Digital Camera?

Updated 20 August 2019 by Matthew
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Pentax is one of the most popular digital camera brands as well as being well known for it's .

We've collated all the key information on Pentax digital cameras in this handy guide. We've analysed over 130,000 user and expert reviews and over 4,300 awards from hundreds of different review sites on over 1,900 digital cameras to impartially compare each digital camera brand.

Pentax are recognised for their good selection of premium and award winning digital cameras. Their digital cameras start at £160 for the X-5 which has a weight of 507g, an optical zoom of 26x and is a bridge digital camera and go up to £5,499 for the 645Z which has a weight of 1.5kg, an optical zoom of §x and is a slr digital camera. The average price of a new Pentax digital camera is £1,123.

Pentax are recognised for their good selection of premium and award winning digital cameras.

Is Pentax the Best Digital Camera Brand?

So are Pentax digital cameras any good? We give every digital camera a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all digital cameras we are able to impartially rank all the digital camera brands.

Pentax is ranked the No. 9 best digital camera brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Pentax is the 9th best digital camera brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
31,619 reviews
#2
Japan
92%
92%
4,498 reviews
#3
Japan
92%
92%
25,342 reviews
#4
Japan
91%
91%
12,454 reviews
#5
Japan
87%
87%
6,746 reviews
#6
86%
86%
1,115 reviews
#7
Polaroid
82%
82%
2,215 reviews
#8
Japan
82%
82%
3,026 reviews
#9
81%
81%
1,642 reviews
#10
80%
80%
827 reviews
#11
Sigma
79%
79%
396 reviews
#12
South Korea
78%
78%
4,358 reviews
#13
Praktica
78%
78%
94 reviews
#14
Ricoh
76%
76%
122 reviews
#15
SeaLife
74%
74%
4 reviews
#16
Fuji
72%
72%
362 reviews
#17
easypix
69%
69%
102 reviews
#18
69%
69%
58 reviews
#19
Hasselblad
68%
68%
90 reviews
#20
67%
67%
82 reviews
#21
Vivitar
64%
64%
244 reviews
#22
Mamiya
63%
63%
2 reviews
#23
Lytro
62%
62%
207 reviews
#24
Konica Minolta
60%
60%
8 reviews
#25
LG
South Korea
56%
56%
2 reviews
#26
VTech
52%
52%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Pentax digital cameras compare to the other digital camera brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All digital camera Brands
Pentax Digital Cameras

At an average purchase price of £1,123, Pentax digital cameras tend to be more expensive than most other digital camera brands however they are still a popular choice with consumers. Pentax also have better reviews than the typical digital camera brand, with the average rating of a Pentax digital camera being 68%.

There's a smaller selection of Pentax digital cameras available compared to other digital camera brands, with only 12 Pentax digital cameras currently on the market in the UK.

No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
£598
£0 £100 £200 £300 £400 £500 £600 £700 £800 £900 £5,899
Price Distribution of All Digital Cameras
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
£1,123
£0 £100 £200 £300 £400 £500 £600 £700 £800 £900 £5,899
Price Distribution of Pentax Digital Cameras

What Do the Pentax Digital Camera Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Pentax digital camera to work out the average distribution of reviews for Pentax and then compared this to the other digital camera brands.

Pentax logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
203
4 stars
214
3 stars
49
2 stars
10
1 star
1
Pentax logo

User Reviews

5 stars
604
4 stars
117
3 stars
21
2 stars
11
1 star
9
Pentax has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews for its digital cameras than most other digital camera brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews are actually lower.

Over 87% of expert reviews and 95% of user reviews for Pentax digital cameras are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 89% and 88% respectively across all Digital Camera brands.

Looking at just the expert reviews, in the table below we compare the average review score given to Pentax digital cameras by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other digital camera brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Panasonic Pentax
CNET.com logo
75%
431 reviews
73%
339 reviews
75%
213 reviews
74%
126 reviews
80%
83 reviews
76%
33 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
79%
121 reviews
83%
136 reviews
82%
100 reviews
77%
41 reviews
84%
91 reviews
82%
23 reviews
PhotographyBlog.com logo
82%
127 reviews
82%
141 reviews
87%
62 reviews
82%
50 reviews
87%
43 reviews
88%
17 reviews
Techradar logo
79%
128 reviews
74%
136 reviews
81%
61 reviews
70%
42 reviews
82%
44 reviews
70%
23 reviews
Ephotozine logo
78%
105 reviews
77%
133 reviews
85%
51 reviews
79%
44 reviews
88%
43 reviews
88%
16 reviews
Chip.de logo
75%
115 reviews
75%
91 reviews
83%
69 reviews
71%
42 reviews
84%
32 reviews
87%
14 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
75%
106 reviews
70%
80 reviews
79%
60 reviews
67%
30 reviews
87%
39 reviews
71%
13 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
77%
79 reviews
74%
72 reviews
76%
41 reviews
72%
30 reviews
84%
33 reviews
71%
11 reviews
PC Mag logo
72%
94 reviews
74%
64 reviews
78%
48 reviews
69%
23 reviews
75%
19 reviews
76%
13 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
80%
77 reviews
81%
71 reviews
82%
39 reviews
77%
30 reviews
86%
34 reviews
81%
9 reviews
Digital Versus logo
77%
76 reviews
70%
63 reviews
82%
46 reviews
70%
31 reviews
87%
29 reviews
71%
13 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
80%
77 reviews
81%
62 reviews
82%
43 reviews
79%
31 reviews
83%
26 reviews
75%
8 reviews
dkamera.de logo
84%
81 reviews
87%
68 reviews
88%
39 reviews
85%
19 reviews
90%
22 reviews
89%
7 reviews
What Digital Camera logo
88%
62 reviews
88%
51 reviews
88%
43 reviews
85%
32 reviews
88%
26 reviews
87%
12 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
80%
59 reviews
76%
44 reviews
74%
30 reviews
73%
23 reviews
79%
18 reviews
78%
3 reviews
photoreview.com.au logo
87%
57 reviews
87%
36 reviews
87%
36 reviews
86%
8 reviews
88%
29 reviews
88%
10 reviews
01net.com logo
76%
37 reviews
80%
35 reviews
87%
33 reviews
70%
26 reviews
91%
27 reviews
78%
9 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
73%
62 reviews
74%
50 reviews
77%
24 reviews
76%
22 reviews
78%
5 reviews
70%
1 review
Camera Labs logo
84%
81 reviews
84%
35 reviews
85%
28 reviews
83%
2 reviews
86%
16 reviews
Digitaltrends.com logo
76%
59 reviews
77%
36 reviews
81%
33 reviews
78%
12 reviews
80%
6 reviews
68%
4 reviews
Other Expert Sites
75%
2,459 reviews
75%
1,995 reviews
73%
1,442 reviews
70%
906 reviews
76%
768 reviews
72%
227 reviews
Average
79%
4,493 reviews
78%
3,738 reviews
82%
2,541 reviews
76%
1,570 reviews
84%
1,433 reviews
78%
466 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Pentax Digital Cameras Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 128 industry awards for Pentax digital cameras. The table below compares the number of awards given to Pentax to other popular digital camera brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Pentax has won 128 awards for its digital cameras.

Compare all award winning digital cameras

Number of Awards Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Panasonic Pentax
PhotographyBlog.com logo
107
113
55
40
38
15
Ephotozine logo
67
74
40
25
40
13
Lydogbilde.no logo
30
57
34
13
56
15
Camera Labs logo
89
43
32
26
DP Review logo
31
30
22
5
13
7
Trusted Reviews logo
29
27
21
13
16
2
photoreview.com.au logo
27
18
23
4
23
6
CNET.com logo
33
32
15
9
11
Pocket Lint logo
22
21
18
7
23
6
01net.com logo
15
20
21
8
20
5
What Digital Camera logo
25
17
19
9
15
2
Digitaltrends.com logo
26
17
25
7
5
1
Expert Reviews logo
19
18
10
5
16
2
reviewed.com logo
15
12
16
5
9
2
buy-n-shoot.com logo
21
9
15
8
3
PC Mag logo
13
17
14
2
2
2
Digital Versus logo
8
8
15
3
12
2
Les Numeriques.com logo
10
7
13
1
13
3
M3.idg.se logo
12
16
7
6
6
letsgodigital.org/nl/ logo
20
14
6
3
2
Other Expert Sites
344
298
228
117
154
45
Total
963
868
649
290
503
128

How Reliable Are Pentax Digital Cameras?

We checked over 130,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Pentax digital cameras. 230+ of these reviews that mention reliability of which 93% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Pentax digital camera owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

93% of reviewers think Pentax digital cameras are reliable.

So, most people think that Pentax digital cameras are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Pentax digital cameras that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

rugged body feels tough
smh.com.au
a robust
T3.com
rugged body feels tough enough
dpexpert.com.au
well built
about.com
The fact that the body is weather-proofed is a huge bonus as one of the main reasons why cameras area sent for repair is water damage
Techradar
The entry-level Pentax K-m digital SLR is built to a high standard
Good Gear Guide.com.au
rugged DSLR produces great images
Pocket Lint
it opts for more rugged designs
popphoto.com
That solid performance inside a well-built shell has had us excited since we first got our hands on its weather-sealed body
gizmodo.in
We've been excited about the rugged Pentax K-30 since we first saw the weather-sealed body
gizmodo.com.au
produced good levels of detail that rival the very best tough compacts in the market
What Digital Camera
The compact Pentax WG-3 is rugged
IT Reviews.com
Pentax's premium compact is an excellent example of an enthusiast-focused digital camera -- it's incredibly well-built
pcworld.co.nz
The Pentax K-3 is a superbly built camera
stuff.tv
It has a robust body
photographybay.com

NOT RELIABLE

is not waterproof
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What is the Best Mid-Range Pentax Digital Camera?

Pentax K70

£498.81
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Pentax K70
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24.24MP
6000 X 4000
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
102,400
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
628g
3"
SCREEN

A great mid range choice, priced at £498.81 is the Pentax K70, which has a Kagoo Score of 85.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (24.24MP)
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (102,400)
Wide range of minimum aperture numbers depending on lens used

An award winning and megapixels 628g digital camera, with a very good spec and a good price. It supports Wi-Fi and Full HD video, does not have an image stabiliser and has a GPS. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has good features, it's really able to produce good images but it has a bad lens.

95
Reviews
26 Reviews + 3 Awards
87
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Popularity
Widely Available
70
Value for Money
Good
86
Age
1 Year Old
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Pentax K70 has very good expert reviews and superb user reviews with an average overall rating of 89%, based on 26 reviews. Pentax K70 has received three awards including a "Highly Recommended" award from Ephotozine plus one other site and a "Silver" award from DP Review.

DP Review Silver
PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended
Ephotozine Highly Recommended
Introduction to the Pentax K70 camera
Introduction to the Pentax K70 camera
Nikon D5500 vs Canon T6i vs Pentax K70 - Which One Should I Buy?
Nikon D5500 vs Canon T6i vs Pentax K70 - Which One Should I Buy?
My Pentax K70 - Light shower water resistance test
My Pentax K70 - Light shower water resistance test
?????????? ???????????? Pentax K-70 Body / Unboxing Pentax K-70 Body
?????????? ???????????? Pentax K-70 Body / Unboxing Pentax K-70 Body
QUICK UNBOXING PENTAX K70. MY NEW CAMERA!
QUICK UNBOXING PENTAX K70. MY NEW CAMERA!
Pentax K-70 Weather-Sealed DSLR Camera Body Only (Black) Review - Pentax K 70 Review
Pentax K-70 Weather-Sealed DSLR Camera Body Only (Black) Review - Pentax K 70 Review

The Pentax K70 is 125.5mm wide, 93mm tall, 74mm deep and weighs 628g.

Pentax K70 front view

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What is the Best High End Pentax Digital Camera?

Pentax K-1

£1,149.00
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Pentax K-1
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Pentax K-1
36MP
7360 X 4912
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
204,800
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
925g
3.2"
SCREEN

If you're looking for a high end Pentax digital camera then the Pentax K-1 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 84, but is a bit more expensive at £1,149.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (36MP)
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (204,800)
Wide range of minimum aperture numbers depending on lens used

A multi award winning and top of the range 925g digital camera, with an Editor's Choice award from three expert review websites and 8 further awards from other expert sites and megapixels. It supports Wi-Fi and Full HD video, does not have an image stabiliser and has a GPS. Owners report that this digital camera has good features and it's really able to produce good images, and easy to use.

96
Reviews
261 Reviews + 11 Awards
97
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Popularity
Lots of Positive Reviews
63
Value for Money
Good
75
Age
3 Years Old
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Purchasers report that Pentax K-1 has great expert reviews and terrific user reviews with an average overall rating of 91%, based on 261 reviews. Pentax K-1 has received 11 awards including an "Editor's Choice" award from 3dnews.ru plus two other sites and a "Recommended" award from Pocket Lint plus one other site.

DP Review Silver
PhotographyBlog.com Essential
Ephotozine Editor's Choice
Pocket Lint Recommended
photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice
01net.com 5 Star
altomdata.dk Recommended
digifotopro.nl Silver
kamerabild.se Top Class
3dnews.ru Editor's Choice
dkamera.de Highly Recommended
Sony A7rIII vs Pentax K1 vs Nikon D850 Image Sensor Quality Test - Real World Test
Sony A7rIII vs Pentax K1 vs Nikon D850 Image Sensor Quality Test - Real World Test
Pentax K1 Review Talk
Pentax K1 Review Talk
My Review of the Pentax K1
My Review of the Pentax K1
Pentax K1 MKII Auto focus Test
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Weather Resistant Camera: Pentax K1 Vs Nikon D850 Vs Sony A7RIII Exterior Comparison
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What is the Ultimate Pentax Digital Camera?

Pentax 645Z

£5,499.00
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51.4MP
8256 X 6192
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
2.8
MINIMUM
204,800
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
1.5kg
3.2"
SCREEN

For those with an unlimited budget then the Pentax 645Z is the best Pentax digital camera out there. At £5,499 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 79.

Features We Love:
Very high megapixels (51.4MP)
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
Wide range of minimum aperture numbers depending on lens used
High maximum ISO sensitivity (204,800)

Our review analysis indicates that this camera has a good picture resolution and it's really able to produce good images, and good-looking. It's a multi award winning and fully featured 1.5kg camera, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 3 further awards from other expert sites and megapixels. It has a built-in flash, an HDMI and an optical zoom of and does not have an image stabiliser.

95
Reviews
83 Reviews + 4 Awards
86
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Popularity
Lots of Positive Reviews
61
Value for Money
Good
68
Age
5 Years Old
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Owners report that Pentax 645Z has great expert reviews and fantastic user reviews with an average overall rating of 93%, based on 83 reviews. Pentax 645Z has received four awards including an "Editor's Choice" from PC Mag and a "Highly Recommended" from Ephotozine.

PhotographyBlog.com Essential
Ephotozine Highly Recommended
PC Mag Editor's Choice
Imaging Resource.com Dave's Pick
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Pentax 645Z Hands-On Field Test With Deluxe Design Group
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Pentax 645z simple photo and video test
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First Impression Review: Pentax 645Z
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Review of the Pentax 645Z for Fashion Photography with Bil Brown
Review of the Pentax 645Z for Fashion Photography with Bil Brown
Pentax 645z Review for Portrait and Wedding Photography
Pentax 645z Review for Portrait and Wedding Photography
PENTAX 645Z UNBOXING AND FIRST LOOK
PENTAX 645Z UNBOXING AND FIRST LOOK
Pentax 645Z Field Test
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What is the Best Budget Choice Pentax Digital Camera?

Pentax X-5

£159.99
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Pentax X-5
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16MP
4608 X 3456
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
26x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
6,400
MAXIMUM ISO
1s
CAMERA
3.1
MINIMUM
507g
7.2x
DIGITAL ZOOM
3"
SCREEN

At only £159.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 80 the Pentax X-5 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
ok optical zoom (26x)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
Image stabiliser
ok minimum aperture number (3.1)
Features smile detection

A fully featured and award winning 507g camera, with a cheap price and optical zoom. It features smile detection and multi burst mode, has an image stabiliser and supports Full HD video. Our review analysis indicates that it has a good zoom, it's able to produce good images and very easy to use.

89
Reviews
111 Reviews + 1 Award
84
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Popularity
Lots of Positive Reviews
77
Value for Money
Very Good
68
Age
7 Years Old
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Pentax X-5 has excellent user reviews but ok expert reviews with an average overall rating of 78%, based on 111 reviews. Pentax X-5 has received a "Recommended" award from Ephotozine.

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The Pentax X-5 is 120mm wide, 86.5mm tall, 106.5mm deep and weighs 507g.

Pentax X-5 front view

The cheapest price that we could find for the X-5 in the UK is £159.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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