As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Pentax K-x is also often compared to pro digicams, pro DSLRs, mirrorless and travel zooms. The Pentax K-x's top rivals come from Pentax (such as the K-r and the K-70) and Canon (such as the EOS 30D and the EOS Digital Rebel XT)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Pentax K-r

Pentax K-r
1 year newer
$1,195 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-r (vs the K-x)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-r (vs the K-x)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-r and K-x

  • None found

Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70
6 years newer
$595 (body only)
$672 - $715 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-70 (vs the K-x)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-70 (vs the K-x)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-70 and K-x

  • None found

Sony SLT A37

Sony SLT A37
2 years newer
$470 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A37 (vs the K-x)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A37 (vs the K-x)

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A37 and K-x

  • None found

Canon EOS 30D

Canon EOS 30D
3 years older
$266 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 30D (vs the K-x)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 30D (vs the K-x)

  • None found

common strengths of the 30D and K-x

  • None found

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

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4 years older
$400 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel XT (vs the K-x)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XT (vs the K-x)

  • None found

common strengths of the Rebel XT and K-x

  • None found

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year newer
$329 (body only)
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the K-x)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the K-x)

  • None found

common strengths of the D3100 and K-x

  • None found

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-x compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a much larger screen (2.7" vs 1.8"), is significantly smaller (prosumer size (123×92×68 mm) vs large (129×161×104 mm)), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 4.9 MP) and slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 320 ISO).

However, on average it doesn't have a screen which flips out, much less viewfinder coverage (96% vs 100%), lacks and external mic jack, has a slightly shorter battery life (420 shots vs 460 shots) and is significantly more expensive ($1,495.00 vs $1,042.88).

Fujifilm X-S1

Fujifilm X-S1
2 years newer
$1,043

Significant advantages of the X-S1 (vs the K-x)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the X-S1 (vs the K-x)

  • None found

common strengths of the X-S1 and K-x

  • None found

Olympus E-20

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8 years older

Significant advantages of the E-20 (vs the K-x)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the E-20 (vs the K-x)

  • None found

common strengths of the E-20 and K-x

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
2 years older
$465 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D300 (vs the K-x)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D300 (vs the K-x)

  • None found

common strengths of the D300 and K-x

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1 year older
$2,311 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the K-x)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the K-x)

  • None found

common strengths of the 5D Mark II and K-x

  • None found

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
1 year older
$532 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 50D (vs the K-x)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 50D (vs the K-x)

  • None found

common strengths of the 50D and K-x

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D

Canon EOS 5D
4 years older
$2,499 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 5D (vs the K-x)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 5D (vs the K-x)

  • None found

common strengths of the 5D and K-x

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-x compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), records movies in 24p, slightly more lenses available (113 lenses vs 62 lenses) and has a built-in focus motor.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 25fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 4.8"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,037k dots), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3
7 months newer
$398 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-3 (vs the K-x)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-3 (vs the K-x)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the NEX-3 and K-x

  • None found

Olympus PEN-F

Olympus PEN-F
6 years newer
$999 (body only)
$1,148 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the PEN-F (vs the K-x)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the PEN-F (vs the K-x)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the PEN-F and K-x

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 113 lenses

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
1 year newer
$106 (body only)
$280 14mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GF2 (vs the K-x)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GF2 (vs the K-x)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the DMC-GF2 and K-x

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Each has a built-in flash

Samsung Galaxy NX

Samsung Galaxy NX
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the NX (vs the K-x)

  • Much larger screen: 4.8" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,440k dots vs 230k dots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the NX (vs the K-x)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much fewer lenses available: 55 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the NX and K-x

  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-x compared to travel zoom competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 9 MP), significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), has a much longer battery life (420 shots vs 300 shots) and focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 4.8"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), is much larger (prosumer size (123×92×68 mm) vs compact (138×71×17 mm)) and has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ5 (vs the K-x)

  • Much smaller: Compact (103×59×36 mm) vs Prosumer size (123×92×68 mm)
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much lighter: 245 g vs 580 g

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ5 (vs the K-x)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 420 shots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DMC-TZ5 and K-x

  • None found

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the Galaxy K Zoom (vs the K-x)

  • Much smaller: Compact (138×71×17 mm) vs Prosumer size (123×92×68 mm)
  • Much larger screen: 4.8" vs 2.7"
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the Galaxy K Zoom (vs the K-x)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

common strengths of the Galaxy K Zoom and K-x

  • None found