Summary: Excellent Camera, if you are new to Digital SLR's, you will have the ability to take amazing pictures. Don't let the low Megapixel scare you off. 6.1 is plenty unless you plan taking pictures for a billboard. The use of AA Batteries is very nice, save a little money and buy a set of rechargeables. Another excellent thing to know is that this camera will accept all previous pentax lenses, even manual ones from film cameras.
A great camera that can use old lenses allows versatility on a budget. .
10 April 2012
Summary: I bought this camera primarily to take advantage of its compatibility with K-mount lenses, and for its affordability. I also liked the flexibility of its use of AA or CR3 batteries. When I received the camera, it took no more than an hour with the instruction manual and on-line sources, to start taking pictures with the manual focus lenses I have had for twenty or so years.
Summary: This is a very comfortable camera for your hands. Easy to use also. I don't have a user's manual to be able to use all the features yet but there seems to be alot of them. One of the things I like best about this camera is that I have a fully manual Pentax and some lenses that are manual/digital convertables. Its an easy upgrade for me into the digital world of photography.
Summary: In it's day, it was a fine camera. But by today's standards, it is lacking. 6.1MP, NO IMAGE STABILIZATION, slower, 9 point autofocus, lack of automatic dust removal system, and fairly high noise in higher (1600+ ISO) means you would be MUCH better off buying a more recent entry level camera, such as the K-2000, Km or Kx, which should not cost much more, but would give many more features . . . . . . Still, it takes fine photos - in the right hands.
Summary: Great for the transition from 35mm SLR to digital,Good for next step digital camera.Can be used automatic or fully manual may be a little intimadateing,for the true beginner. Excelent mid price DSLR.