Summary: The Pentax K-x is squarely aimed at the entry-level market. It's one of the smallest on the market, and it's ideal for any photographer who prefers to travel light. Pentax has designed a camera that's easy to use and feels solid and well built. But how does it compare to its rivals?
Excerpt: When knowledgable (and thrifty) photographers want a good deal on a budget SLR, Pentax has been the go-to brand for decades. To this day, you can still fi nd young photography students shooting with Pentax K1000 fi lm SLRs.
Summary: I compared the camera to other Pentax models and a Nikon D40. It’s a very capable camera. Much better high ISO ability than the D40 and faster focus. Much easier menus and faster to make adjustments to common critical settings.
Pros: Very good and easily understood manual. Although it could use a better index., Easy user interface and menus, Simple and straightforward button layout, Fast shutter mechanism and excellent Fps., Very good AF in most light sources., AWB is greatly improved over previous models. Very good adjustmen...
Cons: Green Button difficult to activate for bigger hands., No AF LED’s in veiwfinder., Menu resets to first page on exit and should reopen on last page viewed., SD Card format feature buried too deep in the menu., Should have accessory grip available as an option even if only for spares storage., Brig...
Summary: A very impressive DSLR with an excellent feature set and possibly the best high-ISO performance in its class. The lack of visible AF points is a frustrating omission, but if you can live with that the K-x is a little cracker, and a bargain, too.
Pros: Good detail and color in JPEGs at base ISO, Class-leading image quality in low light, very good retention of fine detail at high ISOs, Good quality 720p video output (but Motion JPEG format produces large files), Decent build quality, Quick and responsive operation, Coherent user interface, Very ...
Cons: Tendency to clip highlights in high-contrast scenes, Relatively little RAW headroom means it is difficult to pull back blown detail even when shooting RAW, No visible AF points in viewfinder, Shake-reduction not too efficient, AF in live view very slow (like most SLRs), Unreliable Auto White Bala...
Excerpt: Budget-priced DSLRs make up a pretty crowded sector and one that deserves investigation from anyone about to enter the wonderful and empowering world of this type of shooting gear. As a DSLR, the Pentax K-x is about as good as it gets and, aside from engaging with a venerable name in cameras, taking...
Conclusion: “The K-x is a great DSLR camera.” It’s simple, in the $599 range (and comes with a basic lens), has great performance, powerful optics and flash, tons of color choices, and close to being Micro Four Thirds size.
Pros: Strong image quality, Fast shooting, Easy menus, Easy to change the settings back and forth, Small, compact size
Cons: Semi-glossed body isn’t necessarily attractive, nor grippy, It’s 2010 Pentax, and you’re using AA batteries for this thing!, No HDMI port
Excerpt: So we learned earlier this year that we would be seeing two new cameras from Pentax and an updated version of an existing camera. The K7 showed up last month and was a new model. Now we get the K-x announcement, which appears to be a replacement for the K-m/K2000.
Review – Pentax K-x Part 2: Features, Menus, Ergonomics
Enticing the Light
13 April 2010
Excerpt: In the first section we had a quick look at the primary features most shooters look at first. In this section, we’ll have a closer look at setting up the Pentax K-x and using it. Since receiving the camera, I’ve taken about 1000 shots. Some keepers and many test images.
Excerpt: Pentax K-X shown with FA50mm f1.4 lens which is not included in the kit. Battery for size reference. As a very active shooter I’m always looking at new gear to see what’s happening with all brands.