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...
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: 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: The Pentax K-x manages to offer plenty of functionality in a small package, and produces images of a high standard. 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 its portability.
Pros: Plenty of useful features, easy and fun to use, AA batteries available everywhere
Cons: No illumination of AF points, menu system a little dated, no rubberised thumb-rest
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.
Excerpt: The Pentax K-x (from $649) is an entry-level digital SLR that doesn't skimp on features. It features a 12.4 Megapixel CMOS sensor, a compact, well designed body, full manual controls (plus an auto scene recognition mode), fast continuous shooting, live view, 720p video recording, and more.
Summary: Thanks to its durable design with multiple color options, fast burst shooting rate, 11-point Autofocus sensor, and the option of taking home two lenses for less than what you'd pay for a competing model, the $599 Pentax K-x is a compelling buy.