Summary: I have researched digital SLR entry level cameras extensively and compared the Pentax K-S with the Canon xs. The Pentax proved to be better built and had a much better feel in the hand. I wanted to buy a Canon because that is all I have ever owned.
Summary: Nice camera for a really good price. I have an issue with the camera information, Pentax older K-mount lenses will work with this camera but, and this is a big but, you cannot use an old Ricoh lense on this camera or it will jam!
Summary: I am fairly new to photography but I received the KX for Christmas last year. Actually, sons said you pick the one you like. Didn't know anything but after several months of researching I decided on the KX. I am so pleased I picked Pentax.
Summary: I got this camera two weeks ago (an early Christmas present for myself). Last week I took it to Disneyland for its first big test, and I'm happy to report that it passed with flying colors. The camera feels really good in my hand(s), solid, and ready. It powers up quickly so I didn't miss a shot.
Summary: So far I am very happy with my K-X. Such a welcome departure from my point and shoot Nikon. Wow, you press the shutter release and it takes a pic, no waiting.. This is how I remember an SLR. I am still learning the controls on the K-X, but everything seems to be as advertised.
Summary: I have this camera for a few days and very happy with its high ISO and low noise performance. I took pictures while we had a bonfire with NO flash and ISO 6400. Pictures are very usable with very little noise!!
Update: went dead in the water after 16 months of use. Avoid.
35-year Technology Consumer "8-tracks to 802.11", Amazon
25 November 2010
Summary: Update: The original 5-star review I wrote in November 2010 follows below. The revised 1-star review is based on a sudden and total failure of this camera after just 16 months of operation (during which I used it to take around 6500 images).