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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 55-300mm f/4-5.8 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 55-300mm f/4-5.8 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)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Pentax
  • Model: K-x 18-55mm & 55-300mm Kit
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12.4 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 3 x
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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: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002OEBTCS
  • Item model number: K-x 18-55mm & 55-300mm Kit
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,325 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

Pentax K-x Digital SLR Camera - Black 15801 31

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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I have only taken around 500 photos and have been experimenting with different…Most photos have been very sharp, however every once in a while I end up with a junker. Read more ›
Coming from a Canon PowerShot…Images are stunning, and the responsiveness of the camera makes it possible to get shots that are simply unattainable with a point and shoot. Read more ›
Even doing…The t2i has a far superior autofocus (good for action photography), 1080p video recording, and an optical viewfinder (which has been remedied with the K-R). H… Read more ›
It was just not enough of an improvement over my Olympus to justify a $500 investment,…A professional photographer advised me to get a DSLR if image quality is my concern. Read more ›
If you are in market for a camera that is budget friendly and provides excellent pictures, go for K-x! Read more ›
Well, as a first time DSLR owner, I must say this product is great for beginner like me. The AutoMode is great, it is helping me to shoot really nice pictures already. Read more ›
I've used my k-x for…I got many good shots with the two kit lens, they are good lenses at most ranges (with some combination of settings), I use 55-300mm more than 18-55mm. Read more ›
The kit lenses are very good lenses. I got the 18-55 and 70-300 kit and tested both of those lenses with great results. Read more ›
- Low-light capability - over 60% of my…And combine it with a fast lens and you are clicking away while others are fumbling with their flash, tripod and missing shots. Read more ›
Great camera, decent lenses, amazing price ($643). I highly recommend. Read more ›
Don't let other brand loyalists sway you away from Pentax. You can buy EXCELLENT vintage lenses for these cameras. Manual focus is truly where it is at, at least for me. Read more ›
At a sub-$700 price you get two extremely good kit lenses (the 55-300 especially is a real gem), class leading low-light capability, in camera HDR, IR remote compatibility… Read more ›
Consumer Reports rates this camera a "CR Best Buy", which means it's a very good camera and a very good value. I concur, and would recommend this camera. Read more ›
This is amazing camera the price to feature ratio can not be beat.... I compared to Nikon D5000, Canon T1i, Olympus E620 before making my decision.... this is the best… Read more ›
After many years of Point and Shoot compacts…After a couple of weeks of wait, it was delivered much ahead of the original 1 month delivery period and at a great price too! Read more ›
I have had my Kx for about 3 weeks now and taken about 200 shots. As most reviewers have stated for the money it's a great value. The one and only flaw that was a shocker… Read more ›
Great camera and very good value. Hard to go wrong unless you really want a professional quality camera. Read more ›
The Pentax K-x is probably the best dSLR in its price range and an excellent value for the money. Read more ›
I am getting amazingly strong action photos at little league games. The focus is solid. The images are outstanding. Read more ›
You get a lot of Bang for the Buck ! Auto focus is Awsome. Great investment if you are a previous Pentax owner, I love it! Read more ›
I have trouble telling whether or not my shot is perfectly focused using the view finder, or even the live view, and I certainly am not skilled yet in shifting focus… Read more ›
A note about the kit lens: the kit lenses do not have the Quick Shift Focus and the distance scale that are on the stand alone lenses. Read more ›
Both manufacturers offered what I wanted in a camera; the ability to capture video, able to shoot in low light and had quick and accurate autofocus capabilities. I tried… Read more ›
If you do not agree, Pentax has plenty of new AF lenses to…However, excellent manual focus optics are easy enough to try for much less money than newer lenses of any brand. Read more ›
-Compatibility with every old…-All the required camera options and filters and then some cool ones, including toy camera, miniature, and in camera HDR which works very well Read more ›
While I'm still learning how to use the manual settings, this camera is still relatively intuitive, the menus are different from that of my Canon, but nothing you can't… Read more ›
Slapped in the batteries and a memory card, placed the camera on Auto-Pic and started shooting…For a novice like me, this camera has a lot of functions and features. I… Read more ›
-The auto focus is relatively fast and hits dead on at what I…-Some nice filter features are included in the menu options, great to play with but doubt I'll use them much. Read more ›
I usually wait a year or two before buying big ticket items, so that the bugs are all worked out, but today it seems like the new models are replacing the old model on… Read more ›
Previously I was already impressed by the functionality and creative aspects that the camera would allow a photographer through its low light capabilities and special… Read more ›
7. HD VIDEO - DITTO. If you want to shoot HD video, there are more satisfying ways to accomplish this. This feature is not good enough for the camera to take the place of a… Read more ›
As of February 2010, this is the only dslr that runs on batteries that can take HD (720p) video. The sound is monaural, but the videos are clear and smooth. When Live View… Read more ›
The image quality is great with this camera, the fps is great, hd video looks awesome, lenses are easy to find, AA batteries can be found anywhere if you lose yours and can… 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 ›
In the end, first and foremost this is a camera that takes beautiful pictures and good videos. This will not replace your video camera, but is handy to have both features… Read more ›
The high-iso performance is amazing. You can take pictures at 6400 that are very much usable, 12800 isn't that bad either. Read more ›
I found that in my case the Pentax k-x is the best match for me. It offers great image quality, excellent high ISO performance, and an easy to use interface. If you are… Read more ›
* price for DSLR with two really-not-so-bad lenses * great low light performance * availability of great second hand manual lenses for bargain prices (we are talking about… Read more ›
The entry-level DSLR market is flooded with hype, but the 12.4-megapixel Pentax K-x blasts all of the marketing shenanigans away with an overall awesome performance. This… Read more ›
I was originally considering the Micro 4/3 format…The K-x is comparatively light and compact, but feels solid, and the performance and features at this price are unmatched. Read more ›
I just wish someone would create menus with the simplicity and power of an iPhone. 5. The size is amazingly compact. Not like the Four Thirds type of cameras, but pretty… Read more ›
It has options other, more expensive cameras don't have!. Also an easy size, not big and bulky.. Read more ›
-It's a fairly compact body but not too small. My wife likes the size and it's not heavy hanging around the neck. -The menu is fairly straight forward (I haven't had to… Read more ›
Control placement seems intuitive. The build quality is very solid. Read more ›
The same setting with two lenses saves you couple of hundred bucks compare to Nikon or Canon. Forth, very good build quality for both body and lenses. Thus, I give it five… Read more ›
The menu and user interface is intuitive and easy to understand. This is a very ergonomical camera. Read more ›
I found that in my case the Pentax k-x is the best match for me. It offers great image quality, excellent high ISO performance, and an easy to use interface. If you are… Read more ›
Focusing is nice and quick, the viewfinder is relatively bright, and there are a wide range of camera settings from manual to automated scenes and everything in between. Read more ›
Otherwise I would have thought something was loose inside. -I liked the view finder of the Canon. I think the information inside is a bit larger. Read more ›
I got a black one, but there is an amazing array of body colors in the K-X product line. The white one is known as the "Storm Trooper" a la Star Wars. Read more ›
Positives: -It's a fairly compact body but not too small. My wife likes the size and it's not heavy hanging around the neck. Read more ›

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129 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Mike C on February 8, 2010
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I am an avid reader of reviews and many times use this information to help in my buying decision. Since I suppose I am like most others who shop, compare, read, read some more and still can't decide I hope this might help in your quest for the right camera. Of the cameras I tried, all were very nice and I would be happy with any of them.

I have been looking for a camera that will give me the biggest bang for my buck! I hope to spend more time using my camera as a hobby. Until now have used my point and shoot Canon S3IS digital for kids, family, show choir and sporting events. The Canon S3IS is a great camera; I just want to step up a bit.

I started looking at used Nikon camera bodies as I had an old Nikon 2020 35mm film camera with the 35-70mm & 70-210mm AF lens. I stopped by my local camera shop and found my old lenses would work on the Nikon D50, D70, D80 and D90 bodies. I didn't find anything used locally or on eBay (too expensive) that I wanted so I looked at the new Nikon D90. Since Canon is the other big player in this field I decided to consider their cameras as well.

Both manufacturers offered what I wanted in a camera; the ability to capture video, able to shoot in low light and had quick and accurate autofocus capabilities. I tried both brands back and forth for several weeks and preferred the Canon T1i. I proceeded to sell my older Nikon equipment to help pay for the Canon T1i and move that direction

While saving for my new purchase and reading about digital SLR cameras I became aware of some of other SLR brands. I found several online reviewers that had good comments about these less popular cameras. Sony, Olympus, etc had nice features but for one reason or another I took them out of contention.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By JFSKG on February 1, 2010
Seems the time has come for a PENTAX.

Being loyal to Canon and loving Nikon DSLRs, I just gave this new camera the chance and think its going to change the top list for the first time.

So long, it has been a fight between Canon and Nikon, but now PENTAX got ready to go for it.

My decision was made taking into account the price for what you get, and the rivals where Canon Xti and Xsi and Nikon D5000 and D3000, but think this PENTAX kit is a real rival if not better in many features (my case, fps is an issue for my action pictures) and the price of course.

Go ahead for it and do not let others make you worry about this choice!

March 10th 2010

Just an update:

So far, my camera is doing great!

Some people complained about the AA batteries, so I wanted to state that my camera has not shown any trouble with batteries, maybe because its software is the last version, but aside of that, I just found it works great with Sony AA CYCLE ENERGY batteries: Sony Cycle Energy AA Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries (4-Pack)

When buying, take also into account that the filter for lens 18-55 is a 52mm and the one for the 55-300 is a 58mm.

The bag I am using for this camera, both lenses, an aditional fisheye, batteries, and a couple of things more is the Lowepro Adventura 170, which is good on quality, space, and price: Lowepro Adventura 170 Camera Case (Black)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Bush on January 30, 2010
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Don't let other brand loyalists sway you away from Pentax. You can buy EXCELLENT vintage lenses for these cameras. Manual focus is truly where it is at, at least for me. If you do not agree, Pentax has plenty of new AF lenses to suit anyone. However, excellent manual focus optics are easy enough to try for much less money than newer lenses of any brand. Nobody..... and I do mean NOBODY else offers the total lens compatibility of millions of vintage lenses available only to Pentax users. This particular camera is one hell of a buy. I had the money to buy a D5000 or D90 if that is what I wanted. When it comes to Image Quality, I feel I bought every bit is much camera without sacrificing any features that were important to me. This camera takes beautiful pictures and I have only scratched the surface of its abilities. The two lens package (18-55 and 55-300) was an unbelievable deal at $643. Amazon delivered the camera WAY ahead of the crazy shipment date they list. Do not hesitate. If you are considering this package, pull the trigger. Do a keyword search to find online Pentax Forums if you need more information about Pentax products.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Upward Call on May 7, 2010
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Shooting with a borrowed Nikon D40 convinced me it was time to augment my pocket-friendly point and shoot (P&S) with a digital single lens reflex (dslr) APS format camera.
My favorite film SLR was a Nikon FM2.
Out of habit, I wanted to buy a Nikon DSLR.
I tried HARD to buy a new Nikon - D3000 / D5000 / D90.
Instead - I bought the Pentax K-X from Amazon.
And two weeks later, I bought the K-X -- again.
Here is why...

(Updated comments added at bottom.)

1. ACTUAL EQUIPMENT PERFORMANCE DIFFERENCES ARE SMALL IN THIS CLASS OF CAMERA.
Camera reviews are written by experienced professionals with a critical eye and sophisticated evaluation tools. They work hard to find, explain, and magnify nuances.
My photo needs & tastes are generally simple ones. This class of camera is priced for people like me, upgrading from a digital point & shoot (P&S). Professionals expect to spend thousands for a camera body, and thousands for a lens.

2. PRICE DIFFERENCES ARE REAL.
The Pentax K-X is an above-average, entry-level dslr.
You can spend less, and get less performance.
Unless you spend significantly more, you will not get better performance.
A Nikon D90 and a K-X are both very nice 12mp cameras.
BUT- they don't cost the same.

3. AA BATTERIES - My Favorite Feature!
Some people cringe at the AA batteries in the K-X. I've chased proprietary batteries for my P&S before. I was drawn to this camera because it has a simple power needs. Who wouldn't prefer an inexpensive, accessible power source, easy to find, at a good price?
The Eneloop rechargables are working out very well for me.

4. SD CARD - My Next Favorite Feature!
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