The Right Upgrade from Point and Shoot to SLR Features
GPS Ready "Pittbacker", Amazon
26 April 2010
Summary: After extensive research on the web, I eliminated the Olympus and Canon models in this class and went Pentax, and there is no looking back and I am glad I arrived at the K-x. Without even opening the manual (I will later), I was taking photos with ease - in both auto focus and manual focus modes. Note: I use the camera both for home use and for business use for a Fortune 500 global firm. LIKES: - Image quality and variety (RAW or JPEG). - The hold, the grip, the feel.
Summary: I love my new camera, the Pentax KX. I use the camera with the accompanying 18-55 mm zoom lens as well as lenses from my old Pentax SLR with great results with each lens. I had resisted making the move to digital for years because I liked the comfort of knowing what I would get with my film SLR camera, but a few years ago I bought a point and shoot digital for my wife; who never felt completely comfortable with my camera.
Summary: This is an excellent camera and I can only mirror the comments of the previous review. For the person moving up from a Point and shoot style camera, the controls will seem familiar. For someone that wants the typical DSLR controls, they are all there, including complete manual controls. Excellent low light ability. Good shots at ISO 3200, Usable at 6400 and even 12,800 is decent in a pinch and depending on the scene. Very fast and responsive.
Pros: 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 adjustments with indoor light, P-TTL flash metering has improved over earlier models., Low Light image quality at least 2 stops better than earlier versions., Small compact size...
Cons: 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., Should have accessory grip available as an option even if only for spares storage., Bright or direct sun makes viewing VF data difficult. Data display could be brighter, Mode dial dents need to be more defined or add K-7 lock to avoid accidental changes, Optical preview should be seperate button and not menu...
Summary: As much as I would have loved to have a high-end SLR, I just wasn't looking to spend that much money. I'd rather use the extra money for lenses. The K-x had gotten good reviews and was still twice the megapixels of my present camera. I love how light weight it is! When using high ISO (3200 & 6400) the noise is not bad, still there, but not too bad. It cleans up nicely w/ noise reduction software.
Summary: I have used a K100d for several years and been very happy with the camera. I wanted to upgrade to more pixels and faster burst speed, but did not want to obsolete the lens, flash and other accessories I had accumulated. I initially considered the K200d, but at $700 - $750, it did not seem to be a good value. At $470 at Amazon, the K-x was a very good value. There are many full reviews on the web, I'll address only the "negatives" these reviews mention.
Summary: I have owned a Pentax K100D for over three years and acquired several additional lenses. Building on my earlier investments was important to me. While I have not really explored all the new features of my K-x, these are my initial reactions. The Kx is marginally smaller. One of the features that I liked in the K100D, a separate settings display panel has been removed. It did not take long to get use to activating a settings display on the viewing display panel.
Summary: This camera has been easy to use from day one. It takes excellent pictures. I had some trouble using the flash indoors. The pictures were to bright. Then I started using the Tv selection on the dial with a setting of 1/60. I use this with ISO 200 or 400. Indoor flash pictures are now also excellent. The live view focus is slow but I read that most(maybe all) DLSRs with live view have some problems. I just don't use it. I considered myself an average amature photographer.
Summary: I bought this camera as an upgrade for my K100Dsuper, to use as a second body to supplement my K20D, and for when I needed better high ISO performance than the K20D. It ISO 400-800 the image quality might not be quite as good as the K20, but beyond that, this camera is absolutely amazing. The Nikon D700 is still better, at four or five times the price.
Summary: So far the Kx has done great. Its ability to take photo in low light situations is great. Using the flash still is somewhat confusing to me, but I am old and it will probably take me a while to learn. I have a 35 yr old slr so there has been a lot of improvements and automation. The camera was slightly larger than expected and much heavier. I have only taken around 500 photos and have been experimenting with different settings.