Summary: Seems the time has come for a PENTAX. Being loyal to Canon and loving Nikon DSLRs, I just gave this new camera the chance and think its going to change the top list for the first time. So long, it has been a fight between Canon and Nikon, but now PENTAX got ready to go for it.
Summary: I've owned this camera for over a month and I am pleased with the images and quality. The quality of the camera is exceptional and the image results are exceptional. However I have has problems with dust on the sensor and have had to clean it already.
Summary: Don't let other brand loyalists sway you away from Pentax. You can buy EXCELLENT vintage lenses for these cameras. Manual focus is truly where it is at, at least for me. If you do not agree, Pentax has plenty of new AF lenses to suit anyone.
Summary: Great camera, decent lenses, amazing price ($643). I highly recommend. The addition of old lenses make this a very fun camera. The high-iso performance is amazing. You can take pictures at 6400 that are very much usable, 12800 isn't that bad either.
Summary: I have had a manual pentax slr camera my whole life and finally they made an affordable digital slr . I Purchased this for my daughter who will be studying in Italy for a semester and wanted her to be able to use my pentax lenses . Yes they all fit !
Summary: I chose the K-x over the K7 because of its low light performance(being half the price helps as well). I have read reveiws that state the K7 performs slightly worse than the k20 at high ISO levels. Being an owner of a k20, I can state that the K-x far out performs the k20 at ISO 1600.
Summary: The K-x is perfect for someone intimated by manual controls... there are enough digital filters, scene modes, custom options, and "intelligent" exposure settings to keep someone busy for days.
Pros: Color rendering, Hand grip, plethora of filter/exposure options, size, two kinds of RAW, long battery life (honestly, this camera is like the energizer bunny), low-light capacity, useful first layer customization
Cons: limited dynamic range (highlight are often clipped), limited focusing consistency (due to focus point guessing game), too many options that make the photographic experience a nuisance, not the most intuitive playback operation
Summary: I did hours of research and read in detail reviews of all the DSLR's with similar features. It is somewhat overwhelming once you start, and are a first time DSLR buyer. Back in the 1980's I used Pentax SLR (MV and K1000) and had two old lenses and some others in the family.
Pros: 1. Price 2. Good transition from old Pentax user 3. Size and feel 4. Works well with old lenses 5. Great Images 6. Great Features
Cons: 1. Need to upgrade firmware 2. Some functions can lead to missed shots - Mainly operator error on my part, but could be more fool proof. 3. Could use the 3" LCD like the Canon TTi 4. Delete button and flash up button conflict when using preview functions.
Summary: It was a choice between this, Canon EOS 500D, and Nikon D5000. The features (to me), and price were an excellent combination.
Pros: My first dSLR - was worried about the learning curve, but has been fairly easy to pick up on the basics. In-camera filters are nice (HDR, toy camera, etc). Takes 720 HD video. LiveView is pretty handy. Use of AA batteries is handy - spare batteries easy to find. Coming from point-and-shoots, the ...
Cons: Default RAW format is PEF, which can't be opened with versions of Photoshop older than CS4. (DNG is the other format available in-camera, and opened fine with CS3). Miss the tilt/swivel screen on my point-and-shoot.