Excerpt: I have not experienced too much hassle with the LV. However, I want to mention that the auto focus is a little sluggish when shooting using LV. The internal computer is quick enough to "remember" where a good focus spot might have been while it racks through the barrel and whips back once it has determined there is no better focusing option. I like the speed of that.
Summary: I replaced my Minolta digital P&S (given as a gift nearly 10 yrs ago) with a Pentax K-x white just before the holidays. I went with Pentax because I was very happy with my past Pentax cameras (all manual K1000 ages ago and more recently a PZ-1) and I wanted to keep using a couple of good zoom lenses I had for the PZ-1. Two additional requirements were the DSLR be capable of movie recording and be no more than $750, preferably around $500.
Excerpt: i would call myself fairly experienced, having a few years ago used a Minolta Dynax 35mm SLR, and then moving to a canon powershot superzoom. I've also had a friends old Canon 10D for the past month.
Summary: I had/have many digital cameras but for the short time I tried this one, it is a keeper. The settings and menues are nice - the low light quality is great. Even the lens is great - especially for being a "kit" lens. The color (I have the white one) is great - very different and makes it look smaller and less scary than regular DSLR. It is light, small, fits well in hand, controls are at the right positions, it has live view and sensor image stabilization that works well.
Great little DSLR Penatx got it right with this one!
fgm2001 "fgm2001", Amazon
15 January 2010
Summary: I am an advanced amateur and have been shooting with an SLR since the early 70's. I bought my first digital in 1999, a Nikon 900s, and fell in love with the technology. I've owned many many DSLR's since Canon introduced the first affordable (it was $3k)EOS D30 many years back. I've since owned or shot with Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Fuji, Panasonic and others I can't remember. I have always wanted a small DSLR that could replace my Canon mid range models.
Summary: This is my third Pentax dSLR, the others are Ds and K10. I was not really planning on getting a K-x, especially after I bought a Panasonic LX3 just 2 months ago. The published reviews suggested that it is too good to pass up; the price may go up as a result of the reviews. So I jumped. For the rest of this review, I will be comparing the K-x to my K10. AF performance is significantly improved.
Summary: For the price, this camera is perfect for beginners. Pros: shutter speed, simple menu and picture modes, cool color-red, battery type AA (available everywhere, be sure to use eneloop), size (slightly smaller than other SLRs), many options in menu, video capability. Cons: Still have to find one. some customers mentioned that this camera is a battery guzzler but it's not that bad if you use eneloop or any other Lithium battery.
Summary: I recently got the Pentax K-x in Black from Amazon. It arrived in only a few days, and Amazon provided me with a way to track my package, so I could see exactly where it was. I can't say enough about this wonderful camera. I've been shooting with SLRs for 25 years now, and this is the finest one I have ever used. It is such a pleasure to hold and use. You feel like you are holding something very special, as the build quality is top notch.
Summary: This camera is the best value in DSLRs on the market today. I got it to replace an Olympus e-510 which is a fine camera, but the K-x blows it away. My favorite features are the high ISO performance which allows for shooting without a flash in lower light, and using faster shutter speeds with the relatively slow kit lens, the quick auto focus, and it's small size and low weight.
Summary: This is my first DSLR purchase since I was tired of the limitations of most P&S cameras - slow and poor in low level lighting. My Canon 3mp from 2002 made excellent prints up to 8x10 and had manual features but was bound to break or wear out - it did. Image quality, handling, build quality, etc all good as mentioned in the 5 star reviews.