Summary: This is a great bridge camera - whether used on auto or in full manual mode. The zoom is unbelievable. I can get a full body shot of a water skier on the opposite shore of Donner Lake. I recommend a tripod for exploring the full extent of the zoom, though. A very nice camera, especially for the price. If you'd rather carry a bag of lenses, I understand. But for the casual photographer who wants to learn what a Pentax has to offer, you can't go wrong with this camera.
Summary: Ok I love the camera, this is my first bridge camera ever, I wanted it for a introduction photography class so it has a lot of features that you can play with, it has the moving screen, also you can look through the viewer if you prefer, nice size and weight. The battery door I don't know what the complain is, you can put the batteries in and lock the door, I never encounter a problem with this.
The camera seems to be sufficient for my needs. ...
Anne Egan "Avid A.", Amazon
28 June 2014
Summary: The camera seems to be sufficient for my needs. However, it took me two weeks to receive the manual (which had to be special ordered from England - it did not come with the camera!). I have been out of the country and have not had time to learn the whys and wherefores of this camera, but I look forward to it soon.
Summary: I like this camera. I carry it to work on a construction site to take pictures of work conditions and equipment and I also use it for more artistic work. The viewfinder is pretty good for one thing as it has a good diopter adjust and it is easy to use. I have other cameras without viewfinders and often they are sort of unusable in the bright daylight. This camera has that issue solved.
Summary: I use this camera as a back up to 2 others that I have. I wanted a camera that would take good scenery shots. I did not get it intending to use it for action shots and that is a good thing because there is significant shutter lag in between shots. I use a class 10 SD card and there is still a 1-2 second delay after the shutter releases and you can take another shot. It does not have a shutter/aperture priority setting.
Summary: I was very surprised by the image quality of this camera. My intent with the camera was to have something light and portable when I didn't want to lug around my DSLR and its lenses. If fulfills that requirement nicely. I didn't expect to see quality like my K-5 but I do believe you can make decent 11x14 prints as long as cropping on the images into too severe. The images have fewer negative sharpening effects than my compact Nikon with the same megapixel count.
Pretty great deal for a mega-zoom bridge digital camera
R. Alfonso "rixmac", Amazon
29 November 2013
Summary: If you've moved back to slrs of the digital kind, you will probably think this is one slugglsh and low light hating camera. If you have stayed mostly with the altoid container-sized point and shoots, you will probably find this to be quite an amazing sub $200 camera. Stay away from full zoom in in medium to low light and you'll be pleased with the pictures.
Summary: At this point I don't know if I even qualify as a hobbyist but I did want a dependable camera in the bridge category for special events and vacation photography and with due acknowledgement of the ego factor, at least look like I might have some photographic skills without taking on the full challenges of a DSLR.