"Sweet spot between point-and-shoots and +$1000 DSLRs"
17 March 2010
Pros: I've had it a month, taken a few hundred photos. Good performance, mix of automated/manual controls. Surprisingly good kit lenses. Firmware update easy, included a Mac version. Body with 18-55mm is lightweight for a DSLR, but construction is solid.
Cons: Stabilization and focus become tricky in lower light, for example macro shots in the shade--be sure to have a tripod along if you like to shoot nature closeup.
Summary: After a LOT of research, I settled on the K-x. The price, features and ease were what attracted me to it. And I haven't been disappointed so far. Clicked about a 200 pictures this week, battery life is still full. Found it great for taking pictures of my niece (a feisty 3 year old who runs amok) with the image stabilizer. Easy functions, all of which I can operate with one hand.
Pros: Small, fast AF, easy to read display. Super sharp focusing, and best sensor for APS set, not just the intro user line.
Cons: No iluminated AF points in viewfinder, only one program wheel. While AA batteries are nice because you can always get an emergency set cheap, they simply do not last as long as dedicated battery.Also, annoying power light on top.
"Featured, easy to use and yet easy on the pocket!"
8 March 2010
Pros: Well built, Good low light performance, starts up fast, shots fast!, loads of in-camera features, kit lens are decent, low price, in-camera image stabilization that works, works on AA batteries, decent 720p HD video, can use old pentax lens (K-mount)
Cons: 50-200mm lens not sharp (300mm said to be better), viewfinder does not show AF points, low light AF not great, HD video encoder is inefficient, in-body stabilization works but don't see a 4-stop advantage
Excerpt: I have been using my new KX for about a month now and i must say i really love this camera. I bought the kit with 55-300 and 18-55 black. I have been happy with everything and have enjoyed learning all the settings. Although some day i hope to buy some more high quality lenses to see how much of a difference they make. Not that the kit lenses are all that bad but i do believe i have been a little limited by the performance of the lenses.
Summary: The first one Amazon sent me had some coatings missing on the smaller lens. Both lenses in the second kit looked used (judging by the threading in the back of the lens), but at this point I did not care as long as the camera worked. Amazon returns are great! Coming from a point and shoot with a virtually silent shutter, this shutter sounds awfully loud. Even in comparison to the Nikon F2, the shutter sound is much louder.
Summary: I got my K-x early December and shot like a million pictures already. Image quality is superb and make sure you get yourself some quality filters, the IR remote control and a good quality tripod to make it even better. It does take a bit of time to figure out all the settings and controls since there are so many of them available (I am still finding things here and there that I had no idea the camera could do) but the interface and menu is VERY easy and very user...
Summary: I have experience using film SLRs as well as a Nikon DSLR, and I've owned a few Canon compact cameras. After quite a bit of online research, I chose this camera to be my first DSLR, and I am very, very pleased with my decision. The K-x is small for a DSLR, and I've gotten a few surprised comments from people seeing me pull such a fancy camera out of a small messenger bag. Even so, it has a sturdy feel to it and doesn't feel too tiny in my relatively large hands.
Summary: This, being my first SLR doesn't leave me with a lot of material to reference for a comparison. But from my perspective, I have so far enjoyed very much my time with this camera. I have already surprised myself with the results and look forward to growing creatively with my k-x. I'll update this review as I explore more of the options and have spent more time with this camera.