Pros: Full featured camera, manual and automatic shooting, user friendly buttons and menus, crisp sharp photos full of great detail, low noise during low light/high ISO shooting, 12,800 ISO as a last resort when shooting in poor lighting.
Cons: Loud shake reduction causes a lot of noise during video recording.
Summary: Nice camera for the money, but the kit lens produced very soft images. No matter how small the f stop and how steady the camera was held, the image was not sharp. I'm sure with a better and more expensive lens the story would be different. But in that case, I would have purchased a nicer Canon. I returned it and awaiting the Panasonic Lumix GH2 to come out.
Summary: First know it uses AA batteries. You are never far from more. The 8x Energizers have lasted more than 800 pics so far. Easy lens swapping from earlier K mounts gives you a great base. Great for point and shoot or technical set your self work. Way more camera for the money than the department store Canon or Nikon. A 5 star all the way around. The second one I have gifted.
Summary: I have researched digital SLR entry level cameras extensively and compared the Pentax K-S with the Canon xs. The Pentax proved to be better built and had a much better feel in the hand. I wanted to buy a Canon because that is all I have ever owned. The Pentax takes excellent photographs of my very active 14 month old grandson. Excellent auto-focus with a higher ISO range than any camera I looked at. Amazon shipped it to me expeditiously with total satisfaction!
Summary: Nice camera for a really good price. I have an issue with the camera information, Pentax older K-mount lenses will work with this camera but, and this is a big but, you cannot use an old Ricoh lense on this camera or it will jam! Fortunately there are a few websites that can help you with removing the lense and can help you determine what brand of lense you have. That moment when the camera is new and the lense is stuck on it is really a heart stopper!!!
Summary: I finally made the jump from film SLR cameras to digital with this camera. Since none of my film lenses would work with a modern digital camera, I had the luxury of picking from all of the brands. Reading review sites like dpreview are an excellent place to start, and if you find the reviews too technical this class of camera is probably not for you.
Summary: Pros: Excellent battery life with lithium, nice low-light quality, hd video, quick burst shooting, zippy autofocus, great shadow range, feels solid Cons: Not much RAW headroom for clipped highlights, inconsistent multi metering (center-weight is better), AF points not displayed in viewfinder, kit lens could be sharper (not really complaining though), audio could be better Review: The Pentax K-x is my first DSLR as I have recently upgraded from an old Kodak z8612...