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Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 2.7-inch LCD and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Lens (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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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 lens
  • 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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Product Description

Product Description

Pentax K-x Digital SLR Camera - Black 16301 31

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 Information

Product Dimensions 4.8 x 3.6 x 2.7 inches
Item Weight 1.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.1 pounds
Item model number K-x 18-55mm Black Kit
Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 117 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #9,888 in Camera & Photo
#323 in Camera & Photo > DSLR Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com September 16, 2009

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By J. Kim on October 26, 2009
I received this camera last Friday. I had 2 full days to take great shots with this camera. I purchased two bundle kit, which comes with 18-55mm lens as well as 50-200mm lens. I have another manual focus lens, which is A50.7.

One of the most asked questions about this camera is AF speed. Yes, AF is pretty quick. To test AF speed, I sometimes turn focus ring to opposite direction and checked the time it takes to set the focus. It was usually less than 0.4s. Even in low light situation, it worked fine. I took many shots with only one small table light in the living room so, ISO was 6400 and shutter speed was 1/4. Camera doesn't seem to have any problem for AF. Nice thing as a entry level camera is that it supports up to 11 AF point and you can choose your AF point. Some may say, it lacks super impose. However, simply touching 'ok' button reveals current AF point in the LCD screen. So, that's not a problem. AF is sharp and accurate. In MF mode, camera indicates the right focus in two ways both sound and indicator. So, there's no problem using manual focus lens. in Liveview mode, Camera magnifies focus point to assist you, which is very useful since viewfinder is very small.

High ISO support. This is the best part I like about this camera. It supports up to 6400, and can be expanded to 12800. I took several shots outside around 6:00 PM. My friends used flash but my K-x didn't require flash. with 3200 or 6400 ISO, it still gave me clean bright pictures. Pentax did a great job reducing noise, especially color noise. It's hard to find the noise from the pictures. Now, 3200 is something you can use everyday. Actually, scene mode for the kids uses very high ISO to get 1/1000s or faster shutter speed. Thanks to that, pictures for my kids are all sharp and crispy.
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Pentax Kx is Pentax digital SLR for beginner and enthusiast. Pentax Kx replaces Pentax KM / K2000. There are many improvements from KM, such as three stops higher ISO setting, video recording, faster continuous shooting, 11 selectable auto focus points and 12.3 megapixel image resolution (compare to 10 mp). Kx shares same body as Km, so it is still very compact but not weather-sealed like Pentax k200, k20d or k7. It also use four AA batteries instead of lithium batteries.


Pentax Kx weights 581g, and its dimension is 122 x 92 x 69 mm. It is one of the smallest DSLR camera around, but not the lightest because of body material and 4X AA batteries.

Using batteries has been always been debated, some people like to have lithium battery with their camera, especially those who does not or concern about reliability of rechargeable batteries. Some might prefer the universal AA batteries because they are available everywhere and the rechargeable one is relatively cheaper compare to lithium one.

Built quality of this camera is generally good for beginner digital SLR, sturdy and substantial. Ergonomic is not the best especially for people that has big hand or finger, but it is good in general.

Like KM, the camera interface has been simplified yet very accessible. It has one thumb dial which you will use this a lot to change setting values. There are dedicated trash button, AF/AE-L, exposure compensation button, customizabe green button, live view button, info button, four way buttons which are shared with ISO, WB, Flash, self timer. These are basically what you will need and expect from a good digital SLR camera.

There is also a shooting mode dial, where you can find manual and semi automatic control.
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I purchased the K-X with the two lens kit with the 18-55 lens and the 55-300 lens.

This is a wonderful little camera; the autofocus is fast and accurate, the menus are clear and easy to use, the picture modes let you play with your creativity or you can use it for just point and shoot, and it has manual control when you are ready to use it. I went with the long lens because I take a lot of detail shots and this lens does the trick for me. I haven't yet found a situation where I needed to zoom in closer, and when I do I can always buy a longer lens. Back to size it's a great one handed camera to use, I find the camera comfortable to handle and it feels well made.

I've taken about an hour of video so far; it can shoot up to 25 minutes of video at a time. It's not a video camera but when you want to take a video spontaneously it works great. For me the video is just icing on the cake. The photos are what I bought the camera for. I use mostly the aperture priority (to manipulate the depth of field or get low light shots) and the auto picture settings. And they come out consistently crisp and accurate. Sometimes you will have to manipulate the white balance settings especially when you use the low light capabilities of this camera without a flash, as with any DSLR. The camera has lots of digital filters to process your pictures with, and they are fun to use. What I love most is being able to use the high ISO settings and not need a flash indoors and still get great quality shots.

I use rechargeable batteries in the camera and have now downloaded the new firmware so the camera recognizes them faster. This is a must do because before I had to turn the camera on and off and turn the live view on and off for it to recognize new batteries.
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