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: Great camera and very good value. Hard to go wrong unless you really want a professional quality camera. The video recording option is a big plus. The only downside is for the new DSLR user, there is a dizzying array of options and things to learn. However, this is the same, I would suppose, with all cameras of this quality and complexity.
Summary: I can write on & on about PENTAX. I was a Canon analog user since I was 8 years old. After a 10-year interruption with my photography, it was time to get into digital. I started with a FUJI bridge camera (S9100). Looking @ Canon dSLR models did not impress me at all until I handled a PENTAX *ist DL. To make it short, PENTAX is ART. Whether its handling, vivid colors, user-friendliness, and more importantly its pictures are closest to Film.
Excerpt: Now getting some great results from the K-x. I used to shoot quite a bit on film SLR and this is my first DLSR, so a bit of a learning curve. To start with had a few issues getting consistent exposure and focus but more on that later...
Summary: The Pentax K-x is probably the best dSLR in its price range and an excellent value for the money. Image and sensor quality, assuming good lenses, is excellent, better in some cases than more expensive semi-pro Canon models. The K-x has many of the innovative features introduced by Pentax in their well-regarded semi-pro K-7 camera but at about one-half the price. Although it is smaller and lighter than most dSLR cameras, the K-x is solidly built.
Summary: My first DSLR. Have had Film SLR in the past and loved the creativity that can be accomplished with a manual camera. Hated the hassle and price of having film developed. Went to point and shoot digital and lost interest in photography. I picked up a friend's Canon DSLR and was instantly hooked again. Chose the Pentax because I have some old manual K mount lenses left from my film SLR.
Summary: This is my first DSLR. I am impressed with this DSLR via the other great review and eventually jump in to obtain one for myself. After about 500 shoots, it performed excellently and up to my expectation. First, the performance is first rate at the same category. It is fast and quick. Second, the image quality is about same level as the other big brand such as Canon or Nikon. The image at low light conditions is about the best among the category.
Summary: This is my first digital SLR. I have sparingly used my friends' Nikon and Canon cameras. When compared to those, the Pentax K-x red is very good and suits me well. The Pentax K-x is also very cheap. It looks like price has nothing to do with quality. Having used manual film SLR cameras for a long time, I am not a fan of all the bells and whistles that come with some of the latest cameras.