Summary Pentax K-x

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Body only Unknown With 18-55mm lens $735
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Within its price range #n/a of 8 Among similar cameras #n/a of 10
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size Help APS-C 23.6x15.8mm Screen resolution Help 230k dots
Megapixels Help 12.2 MP Movie format Help 720p @ 24fps
Screen size Help 2.7" Light sensitivity Help 6,400 ISO
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reviewsWhat are people saying about the K-x

"Image stabilisation via the camera body is a great feature that works very well when hand-holding the camera in low-light conditions."
photographyblog.com | talking about the camera's image-stabilization
"Noise is well controlled by the Pentax K-x, starting to appear at ISO 1600 and becoming more easily detectable at the faster settings of ISO 3200 and 6400."
photographyblog.com | talking about the camera's iso-noise
"The camera has a deep, contoured handgrip on the right-hand side, coated in a rubberized compound to aid grip, that enabled me to use three fingers to hold it and my right forefinger to operate the shutter button."
photographyblog.com | talking about the camera's feel

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Pros

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The Pentax K-x vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Sensor size Slightly larger than average sensor Help
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Thickness Thin Help
2.7"
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/6000 of a second
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift
Shutter lag Incredible shutter lag Help
97 ms shutter lag
Size Really small Help
Prosumer size 123x92x68 mm

Cons

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The Pentax K-x vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
811 ISO
Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 24fps
Screen size Very small screen Help
2.7"
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.2 MP
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available Help
109 lenses
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Light sensitivity (boost) Low boost light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
4.7 fps
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
None
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
11
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
420 shots
Announced Old Help
September, 2009
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
96%
Lowest price Expensive Help
$734.81
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Avatar for Michael Comora Michael Comora (3:58 AM, September 07, 2011)
Had a red K-x, but after spending the summer at a horribly lit camp and also using Canon's XS, T1i, and 50D, I decided that it was time to swap. Sold my K-x for $395(!) and ended up buying a T2i. The K-x was great to learn about photo, since it has double IS with most modern lenses, HDR, and a high range of exposure settings. My main drawbacks were the poor low light performance, low-res screen, AA batteries, low resolution (12.2 MP), and lack of autofocus indicators in the viewfinder. Other than that, it's a solid choice, but it's definitely worth the extra $50-100 and getting a Canon T3 or T1i.
 
Bulriche (11:29 PM, August 09, 2011)
Buy a k-x. I have both - and a K 20 D. You will be satisfied with the k-x.
 
Flux (3:45 PM, August 09, 2011)
Should I get a K-X or a D3100 ?
 
NewTerritoryImages (2:44 AM, May 04, 2011)
I got one in white a little more than a year ago. I love it. It's not what I would call a perfect camera, but I don't think you're going to beat it for the price. I will say that having a white camera gets a lot of attention which is good for anyone out looking to get some business. People who don't know any better tend to assume you're a professional just because you have such an "awesome" camera.
 
NewTerritoryImages (2:37 AM, May 04, 2011)
I've had mine for a little over a year. The quality of video is fine, but it does drain the batteries rather quickly.
 
Avatar for kmuzu kmuzu (7:01 PM, April 25, 2011)
I have the blue K-x and love it. It's a great entry level DSLR with many professional features. And don't be scared off by those who say only Canon or Nikon have the variety of lenses necessary- unless you have serious lens lust Pentax has a great selection and the new DSLR can use the old Pentax lenses. The k-x is easy to use and has great auto-focus and image stability. Although it shoots perfectly fine HD video it's not the K-x's strength - there is no microphone input and no HDMI output. For the price and quality the K-x can't be beat.
 
Avatar for Henrique Henrique (4:06 AM, April 25, 2011)
Great value. It packs many features for the price, beating similar age cameras on sensor noise and dynamic range. The build quality is above average among entry-level cameras. There's also the often not cited advantage that one can mount any of the great quality legacy Pentax, Sigma and Voigtländer lenses produced in the last 35 years without any adapter or modifications, with manual or auto focus, and with image stabilization in all of them, as the K-x uses image stabilization technology in the sensor itself.

The biggest con for the K-x is that if your main concern is shooting videos, you are probably better off with a Canon entry-level, which pack more resolution, auto focus in video mode and more battery life for not-too-distant price (considering you just stick with the kit lens, that is).

If you care more about photos though, the K-x is a great choice.
 
Avatar for Speerdo Speerdo (2:45 PM, March 12, 2011)
I just got my K-X yesterday. It came down to the K-X or the Nikon D3100. I feel like I made the right choice. As a beginner, it made sense to get the cheaper camera w/ the in-body stabilization. Now I can pick up any of the hundreds of old K mount lenses on ebay w/o worrying too much about whether the lens has built in I.S. In my experience in the past, 720p video is plenty when it comes to home videos, and they're definitely easier to work with than full 1080p files. I definitely have a lot to learn to really make use of all that this camera offers. If you're a beginner and have never used an SLR before, this camera will have plenty of shooting options to keep you busy. I definitely feel like I made the right choice...especially since I got the BROWN version. Heyo!
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:51 AM, March 06, 2011)
Did you see this video review of the K-x? The reviewer says he is very impressed with the video quality, though I don't think he mentions the battery life while shooting video.
 
Jen (0:18 AM, March 06, 2011)
How would you rate the video quality of the k-x? Does shooting video drain the AA batteries quickly?
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:07 PM, February 03, 2011)
They are still for sale but are no longer producing new ones, the Pentax K-x has been replaced by the Pentax K-r. This might be a good opportunity to pick a K-x at a discount price.
 
Jen (2:33 PM, February 03, 2011)
Is the k-x now discontinued?
 
Kisaer (11:16 AM, January 29, 2011)
I love my Pentax K x and I went black. I think the coloured look a little childish. I'm sick of hearing about Canon and Nikon should be the only choice in cameras! Pentax is great value for money and easy to operate with fantastic results. I'll be sticking to Pentax forever.
 
xio (4:44 AM, November 27, 2010)
i just ordered one. it's on the way :)
 
Rickmorgan (9:07 PM, October 11, 2010)
Seems like a great value to me. The colors are not my style, but I can always get a black one.