Summary: After looking through a lot of options this camera seems to offer the best combination of price performance. Some first impressions are: 1. Good Hi Iso Performance with little noise. (Much better then Canon Xt then I used to own that only had 1600 max iso.) 2. Able to do HD Video (720p).
Summary: While attempting to find a good ,mid range ,entry level DSLR, I stumbled across the pentax K-x. I mean, how could I miss that flashy red color. And after extensive research it wasnt just the red color that attracted me to this camera. First off ,after testing many of the canons and nikons around the k-x's class. ( i.e. canon xsi, t1i, nikon D3000, D5000) I found the pentax much eaiser to pick up and get started.
Summary: Well, more excited about getting this camera than anything i can think of in the last year or so, i ripped into the box and was taken by this beautiful camera. At first i just rolled it around an looked it over. When i went to flip it over and put batteries in it made a strange noise as if something was loose, not unattached, but loose which made me very uneasy.
Summary: As soon as I saw this red camera, I absolutely had to have it. I did tremendous amounts of research to figure out if it was actually worth upgrading from my D40, then ordered it the day it became available on Amazon. While a few things might have been nicer on the Nikon, this camera is a wonderful upgrade. If the color isn't enough (this is for the red model if reviews become merged later on), it has some very nice specs to it.
Summary: I just got mine this week and have not yet had time to learn how to use all the features but can make some comments immediately on preliminary inspection: 1. I like the build quality better than comparable Canon or Nikon models. The Pentax seems to have a metal body and has a solid feel while others feel more like plastic. 2.
Summary: If its your first DSLR I highly recommend this camera, the battery problem was all fixed up with newest revision patch. The noise level at high ISO in this thing is out of this world. It's awesome. Better then cameras that costs twice as much. Too many functions to list. I fell in love with the white and was glad to find out all the myriad reviews matched its beauty. Go read the reviews for yourselves.
Excerpt: I am just starting to familiarize myself with the K-x. My thoughts in this review are preliminary. I will compare the K-x to the Pentax *istDL, which I purchased in February 2006 and use regularly for my job (photo journalist). I have not used other Pentax digital cameras, nor have I owned other brands of digital SLRs, although I have looked them over.
Summary: I bought this for my daughter, and she had it working and taking pictures in less than 3 minutes after the initial configuration. Low light, bright light, macro and even stopping the blades of a helicopter with the 1/6000 of a second shutter speed make this camera one with the specifications of a high end model, at an entry-level price. Oh, and it takes HD movies as well. The rest of the cameras in this price range will be trying hard to catch up to the K-x.