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Pentax K-x 12.4 MP Digital SLR with 2.7-inch LCD and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED Lenses (Black)

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  • 12.4-megapixel CMOS sensor with Pentax Shake Reduction; HDR image capture
  • Kit includes 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED lenses
  • Capture widescreen HD 720p video at 24fps; 2.7-inch LCD with autofocus and Face Detection Live View
  • 4.7fps capture rate with 1/6000 sec max shutter speed; 11-point wide-angle autofocus
  • Powered by AA lithium batteries; capture images and video to SD/SDHC memory (not included)


Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Pentax
  • Model: K-x 18-55mm & 50-200mm Kit
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12.4 MP
  • Minimum focal length: 18 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 55 millimeters
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 3.6 x 2.7 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • ASIN: B002OEBTCI
  • Item model number: K-x 18-55mm & 50-200mm Kit
  • Batteries 4 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,915 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 16, 2009

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Choose a camera that redefines the entry-level digital SLR category. The Pentax K-x offers high-end features including Live View, HD video and photographic performance that challenges higher class models. Since there’s no rule that SLR cameras must come in one color, try the K-x in a choice of white or black, as well as special, limited edition red and navy. With a one-handed shooting design that is extremely compact, lightweight, and easy-to-use, the very affordable K-x is perfect for users stepping up from a point-and-shoot digital camera to their first digital SLR.

Pentax K-x Features & Highlights

High-resolution 12.4-megapixel CMOS image sensor features sensor-shift Shake Reduction for stabilized image and video capture up to 4 stops max.

Large 2.7-inch LCD features Live View with contrast, phase difference, and Face Detection autofocus (up to 16 faces).

Capture widescreen HD video in full 720p resolution (1280x720) at 24fps cinematic framerate, using any Pentax 35mm lens.

Highly compact DSLR body design allows for 1 handed operation and comfort when travelling.

Powerful automatic modes, including Pentax Auto Picture and scene modes, ensure the perfect shot in any situation, while helping new photographers learn DSLR photography.

Creative processing and filter modes produce high quality finished images, while offering the ability to explore artistic freedom through unique special effects.

True HDR image capture blends 3 bracketed images into a single picture with outstanding shadow, highlight, and midrange detail.

Fast 4.7fps capture speed and 1/6000 second maximum shutter speeds are possible with the Pentax PRIME II image processing engine.

Responsive 11-point wide-angle SAFOX VIII autofocus system focuses quickly and accurately, and can easily track moving subjects.

Capture up to 1900 shots with universally available, easy-to-find AA lithium batteries (also compatible with AA NiMH rechargeable and alkaline batteries).

Expanded ISO range covers sensitivities from 100-12800 for extreme low light photography.

What's in the Box

  • USB Cable I-USB7
  • Strap O-ST53
  • Hotshoe Cover FK
  • Eyecup FQ
  • Body Mount Cover
  • Software CD-ROM S-SW99
  • AA Lithium Batteries (x4)

Product Description

Choose a camera that redefines the entry-level digital SLR category. The PENTAX K-x offers high-end features including Live View, HD video and photographic performance that challenges higher class models. Capture up to 1,900 shots with universally available, easy-to-find AA lithium batteries (also compatible with AA NiMH rechargeable and alkaline batteries). Creative processing and filter modes produce high-quality finished images, while offering the ability to explore artistic freedom through unique special effects. True HDR image capture blends 3 bracketed images into a single picture with outstanding shadow, highlight and midrange detail.

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Customer Reviews

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No matter how small the f stop and how steady the camera was held, the image was not sharp. I'm sure with a better and more expensive lens the story would be different. Read more ›
I have read many blogs and review before purchasing this,,, Its great picture quality,, even in automatic mode, it gives great pictures,, started to use it for outdoors and… Read more ›
However, if you're comfortable adjusting the white balance, aperture, shutter, etc, this…Since we learned how to use it, we've taken great pictures with the K-x! The… Read more ›
As you may know, the quality of the pics depends on the quality of the lens. The kit lens that come with the camera are good and produce good pictures. I cannot wait until… Read more ›
Most importantly, the ISO rating goes to 12,800. You can get excellent shots (web use) even at 6,400. This camera is a breeze to use and its small size makes it good for… Read more ›
My family purchased it for my mother for Christmas with the additional 50-200mm lens and she really likes…It takes good photos though the lenses are not exceedingly sharp. Read more ›
I have used a Canon Rebel before for practice and this is just as good if not better. The quality is fantastic, it is easy to use, and the shutter speed is exceptional. Mine… Read more ›
No problems with anything, but it is a little hard to adjust at first. Easy to use and takes great photos. No battery problems if you set the battery function on the right… Read more ›
I have several DSLRs (a Pentax K2000d, Nikon D300, D40 and Sony A200 and A300s) and this camera is the most enjoyable to use. It small and light weight, it is easy to use… Read more ›
So quit pulling your hair out reading all these reviews and trying to decide which camera to buy. This camera is very easy to use and a great bargin. Read more ›
it's not too big or heavy and it's fairly easy to operate (esp for a previous pentax user) plenty of auto settings for beginners and some fun in-camera editing, but this… Read more ›
I couldn't be happier with this camera. It's smaller than the Nikon and it's comfortable to handle & easy to use. Read more ›
This camera plus lens package was the best purchase I have made in awhile. It was very worth the money and works great. Read more ›
It really shows off in low light conditions. The two kit lenses are very good. I have had zero problems. Read more ›
Are there better? Sure, but you'll pay the same amount for one of those good lenses as this camera kit. Read more ›
But if you're like me and you only have about $1000 to spend, I think you will get much more value by going with a less-expensive but almost-as-capable camera like the K-x,… Read more ›
This lens is much faster (f 2.0) and this means i can now take photos…This also means i definitely will be getting myself a faster lens possibly with a macro capability. Read more ›
Another great thing about this camera is a lot of the features like antishake and some of the autofocusing features are built into the camera body as opposed to the lens… Read more ›
The first thing I noticed upon using the camera is that the K-X is very responsive and fast. The controls and menus are intuitive and very easy to navigate. Read more ›
Great handling, very good image quality, well made, fully functional, straight forward interface. I opted for the two lens plus body kit. Read more ›
This is not to make the FZ35 look bad, as a…This camera is great to start with since is more beginner friendly with scene mode shooting options and a pretty good Auto mode. Read more ›
I use HDR a great deal in my work. However, the HDR images from this camera seemed lifeless and washed out - especially the stronger HDR2. I will continue to experiment… Read more ›
Another great features I found impressive for this affordable camera: shutter speed's range from 1/6,000 - 30 seconds (and a bulb mode); burst shooting mode at 4.6 fps;… Read more ›
I got the kit with the 2 lenses and it's fantastic. Great photo quality, fantastic controls, user friendly and the live view is so useful. Try this camera, you will not be… Read more ›
Due to all the rave positive reviews of the k-x, I…In fact, I think a reviewer actually said say that he "upgraded" from his D40 to this, so I thought wow, great price! $… Read more ›
It has all the basic features I wanted in a camera and…Sometimes I do find myself wishing I had gone with a K-7 or something nicer, but the price tag quickly turns me away. Read more ›
So yes, awesome value, great entry level camera, I would recommend to anyone considering photography. Read more ›
Wide Dynamic Range Good value Read more ›
It…It said 1-2 months which deterred me from buying; however, since it was a great price for the body of the camera and 2 lenses, I had to buy it and just wait patiently. Read more ›
The HD video is very good, as the low light capabilities of the camera sensor definitely becoming an asset. The Panasonic ZS3 i have is considered one of the best point and… Read more ›
But both my new Sony Vaio laptop with Windows 7, ATI 4650 graphics and 4GB of RAM and…And finding affordable programs to edit Quicktime HD video files is another headache. Read more ›
That's not too…I would like it to have a mini-HDMI port and a standard mini-USB port, and continuous auto-focus would be nice in video mode, but no other DSLR has that yet. Read more ›
With the arrival of our first child I…I was very keen on the Canon G11 but the lack of a decent video recording capability was putting me off, plus the rather high price. Read more ›
The video is one of the best things about the camera. I did not expect it to take such crisp and clear videos. I am pleasantly surprised by the quality. Read more ›
The…The Panasonic ZS3 i have is considered one of the best point and shoot for video, and comparing the video from the K-x is a bit grainy but a lot sharper and detailed. Read more ›
I've taken about 1200 pictures. Nearly every picture is in good focus and with good detail. I give this camera my recommendation. Read more ›
It is light to carry around everywhere and the picture quality is great. I see great details in the photos from the 12 MP CMOS sensor. The camera is quite fast. Read more ›
This camera is great for long exposure photographs like photos of the night sky and HDR photography. Also, I recommend buying filters, mostly the polarizer because is a… Read more ›
There were some limitations, such as 720p and lack of full control over exposure while shooting video, but I didn't really mind since the samples I downloaded looked great,… Read more ›
Image Quality: I was pleased with the first images out of the camera, letting the K-X choose the exposure values. Good clarity, exposure, white balance, and color value. No… Read more ›
The grip is rubberized. The menu and interface is pretty simple, I picked it up in just a matter of hours. The pack I purchased came with a wide angle and a telephoto lens,… Read more ›
The pictures are sharp and clear and the different things you can do to your pictures while they are still in the camera…The interface was pretty easy for me to figure out. Read more ›
Great handling, very good image quality, well made, fully functional, straight forward interface. I opted for the two lens plus body kit. Read more ›
The front element rotated when auto-focusing, which makes…My Olympus lenses did not rotate the front element, and allowed full time focus override without turning off AF. Read more ›
No, it was slower than that, cause dogs aren't slow. The K-x is definitely much faster, being very quick to focus. I'm quite pleased with the quality of the pictures. Read more ›
I've taken about 1200 pictures. Nearly every picture is in good focus and with good detail. I give this camera my recommendation. Read more ›
Great handling, very good image quality, well made, fully functional, straight forward interface. I opted for the two lens plus body kit. The lens quality is great. Read more ›
The nicest thing about the camera is its low light…I also managed to get hold of an old Pentax K55 manual 55mm lens over 15+ years old and it works perfectly with the body. Read more ›
The flash is oddly powerful for it's size. I have shot some volleyball action at 30ft and had it come out decent!! Read more ›
I still prefer to use the eye (excuse my…But the results of the straight forward pictures are crystal clear and the flash comes up automatically which is really great. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Edgar_in_Indy on May 29, 2010
I recently upgraded from my beloved Olympus e-510 DSLR with the 14-42mm and 40-150mm kits lenses in order to get a DSLR with better low-light performance and HD video capabilities. I loved my Olympus, but image quality took a nose-dive at ISO 800, and I liked the idea of having an HD camcorder built into my camera to capture high quality family photos and home videos in one device. I eventually settled on the Pentax K-x after first buying, and then returning, a Canon T2i.

I know that the T2i costs almost twice as much as the K-x, and they're not direct competitors, but I think my experience illustrates what a great camera and bargain the K-x is and how, for me at least, it was a giant killer.

I initially pre-ordered a T2i for the $900 MSRP after reading the glowing reviews in the press about the 18MP sensor, the high-ISO performance and the killer 1080p video. When I received the T2i, I was surprised by how cheap and plasticky it felt. It's not that the T2i was likely to fall apart, but my Olympus felt and looked like a higher quality camera, even though it was about $200 less than the T2i when I bought it. I realize that the T2i is a Rebel, but for almost $1000, I expected something more solid.

Even worse was the Canon 18-55mm kit lens, which felt like a toy compared to my Olympus kit lenses. It looked cheap, and the zoom action felt very cheap, and you could hear plastic-on-plastic as you zoomed in and out. There was no lens hood included, and the optional lens hood was only about an inch deep and looked ridiculous. The front element rotated when auto-focusing, which makes using some filters problematic, and you had to switch off AF to manually make focus adjustments.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James M. Lach on January 9, 2010
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This my first DSLR. I am very happy with the purchase. It is very easy to use and takes great photos. I will occasionally still get a blurry or under/overexposed photo which I assume is somehow my fault but overall the auto setting just seems to work. I do get alot more pictures of my 3 year old's smiling face because it focuses so much faster than my old camera. I am just starting to use some of the more advanced features but I used some of the filters only a day or two after first trying it. They were very easy to use, actually, the whole camera is very intuitive.

I am not a professional photographer. I imagine there are things the camera can't do but I don't know what. The shake reduction seems to work really well and battery life is really good as long as you don't do a lot of movies or live view. The battery indicator was a bit wacky but I updated the firmware and it is fixed.

In a nutshell, worth every penny.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bradford on March 23, 2010
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I recently upgraded to the K-X from a Panasonic FZ50. I wanted a lightweight camera that could shoot in low light. (I purchased the 50-200mm kit, since this telephoto is significantly lighter than the 55-300mm.) I was drawn to the K-X's low noise profile at high ISOs. The first thing I noticed upon using the camera is that the K-X is very responsive and fast. The controls and menus are intuitive and very easy to navigate.

Image Quality: I was pleased with the first images out of the camera, letting the K-X choose the exposure values. Good clarity, exposure, white balance, and color value. No discernible chromatic aberration. I have also used shutter mode when I want a narrow depth of field. The camera seems to create a pleasing bokeh. In scenes with flowers and fruit stalls, the colors are rich and vivid. The in camera digital filters were an unexpected treat. You can get creative with this camera w/o resorting to Photoshop. I shoot a lot of landscapes, and K-X produced decent results. Compared with my earlier camera, the K-X seems to have a much wider dynamic range. The relatively brighter sky does not cause the camera to underexpose the land. I have some questions about the white balance and color space in landscape work. However, with some tweaking via the accompanying Pentax Digital Camera Utility software, I have been satisfied with the results. While exploring this, I noticed that I actually prefer the default color space to Adobe RGB, which suggests that Pentax has worked hard to produce a pleasing image right out of the camera. The supplied software seems very flexible compared to an earlier version of Silky Pix. I love the fact that I can modify the white balance and exposure value of JPEGs, in addition to the other processing options.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bob on January 1, 2010
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I really did my homework on this one. The K-x is my first dSLR and I am very pleased with it. I have taken almost 600 pictures in about every possible condition. I am still on the first set of batteries. It really shows off in low light conditions. The two kit lenses are very good. I have had zero problems. Make sure to download the updated firmware available online.

Major pluses for me include: a) Image stabilization is in the camera body. When I add more lenses, I don't have to buy lenses with built-in stabilization. b) The low-light capability as mentioned earlier. NO other camera in this class performs as well, according to many reviews. [...].

The increase in picture quality over my point and shoot is literally like night and day.
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