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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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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). 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 e 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 pact 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.
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)
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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. Sony, I thought the lenses were too expensive. The Olympus just didn't click with me.(pun intended) Pentax had very good remarks and had similar capabilities as the Canon T1i. Best of all, the Pentax is considerably cheaper than the Canon.
What helped me to lean towards the Pentax Kx was that I was able to watch some video shots taken with the Nikon, Canon and Pentax on Google. I preferred the Pentax video, it didn't seem jerky in motion. Still pictures side by side were also very similar in clarity. I also read several reviews comparing the Canon and Pentax side by side with very similar remarks about the performance of both cameras. The biggest positive comment about the Pentax was the exceptional low light pictures it could take. The biggest complaint with the Pentax Kx was a battery issue mentioned by a number of reviewers. I called Pentax and spoke with a technical rep about the battery issue and any other issues Pentax might be having. I was told the battery issue has been taken care of with a firmware update. I must say I was impressed with the tech rep. He was very helpful, took time to discuss his products and said that if I ever had a problem with my Pentax to give them a call as they were here to help me out.
I can use any Pentax lens, new or old on this camera. The lenses I will likely use most is the 55-300mm or the 18-55mm. Both these are included in the kit I purchased. Since vibration reduction is built into the body of the camera instead of the lens, any lens I use will automatically be a vibration reduction lens.
I purchased the Pentax Kx with the 18-55mm and 55-300mm lens package for $653.00 on Amazon. It stated the Pentax camera kit would ship in 1-4 months but I ordered it on Friday and it arrived the following Wednesday, less than a week's time, not bad!
My thoughts about the camera.
-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 pull the book out yet and can still get around easy enough!)
-Takes very good pictures in several of the modes I tried. Very pleased.
-The auto focus is relatively fast and hits dead on at what I am pointing at.
-Some nice filter features are included in the menu options, great to play with but doubt I'll use them much.
-The low light pictures I've taken so far are impressive. When I downloaded pictures they were very clean, without any or very little noise even set at the high ISO setting!
-Used the batteries that are included and absolutely no problems.
-Lenses seem a bit light but balance well on the camera and focus smoothly.
-The shutter action could be quieter. This is my biggest complaint. It's not like everyone will turn around everytime you take a picture but I'd rather not hear it!
-The dust reduction feature rattles inside when you turn the camera to its side but I read that was normal as was mentioned by a reviewer. 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.
-The Pentax does not have auto focus points that light up when looking through the view finder but to me that doesn't make any difference. As I said when I pointed at what I intended to point at, it focused right on it, so this to me is a mute point.
- It seems a bit slow when first reviewing my picture after each shot but I think that is due to the cheap memory card I'm using. I'll get another one tonight and expect it to correct the slow process. If it doesn't, I'll update this review and mention it! Otherwise, assume it was taken care of with a faster card.
Would I say it feels quite as solid as the Canon? No, but I really like the Canon! However, I am still very impressed with the Pentax Kx. The Pentax isn't quite as thick or wide and I think the size might be most of the difference. You know you're shooting a SLR and my wife likes it! For the price, I figure I saved close to $400 over the Canon with similar lenses. If you want a Nikon or a Canon I'm sure you will be perfectly happy. If you decide to purchase the Pentax you won't be disappointed in this camera either. It's not the big name of Nikon or Canon but I bet you'll start to see more of Pentax with what all they offer and at the price point it is offered for! My budget was limited to $1600.00 but of course I was hoping to spend less. That's a lot of money to spend on a camera and I could have bought up to a higher level camera which I considered but I am comfortable this camera will give me what I'm looking for and saved me quite a bit in the process. I added a few pictures on flickr that were taken with this camera to give you an idea of the photo quality. Remember, I'm not a pro, I just enjoy taking pictures. Go to flickr and search for scubaguy4409
Tips to consider:
I suggest when buying online you check the retailer thoroughly. I searched several sellers on both Google and Bing and found prices from $400.00 to $900+for a Pentax Kx camera kit. The two low priced sellers I checked on had horrid reviews about shipping and more importantly when I called to ask about their camera packages they were very short with me on the phone. I don't like to spend anymore than the next guy but i figured if I had a problem with my purchase I would be %$#% out of luck with this guy!
One of the first things I do before making a major purchase is to comb the Internet for as many user and editorial reviews on the product that I can find. There is an up and down side to this. On one hand you get a nice feel of how good a product may or may not be. On the other hand you can go crazy with TMI (too much information). In my initial search for a good digital camera I gravitated towards the upscale point and shoot ones and purchased one.
While I wasn't expecting DSRL results from these upscale P&S cameras, the performance of these models was less than what I wanted for the price points they were selling at. If it wasn't one thing, it was another that caused some hair-pulling on my part in order to get these models to produce acceptable images. I finally had to bite the bullet and move on to the realm of real DSLRs.
I Bite the Bullet
After I decided to make the jump to true DSLR status there were several models that I considered from camera manufacturers such as Nikon, Sony and of course Canon. But lurking in the shadows was the Pentax k-x. Pentax k-x? What was that? After burying myself in Pentax k-x reviews I finally purchased one. With each passing week I become more impressed with this little wonder camera.
The Good Stuff
Some professional reviewers criticized the menu system of the Pentax k-x as too retro. I found this to be a matter of taste and not a negative. The menus are well thought out and easy to navigate through. Because the menus are so extensive, the simplicity of the menus is just the right approach. The lens, image quality, and lack of ISO noise in the yonder regions of 1600 to 3200 is very good. And if you have a noise removal image feature on your photo editing software, you can remove any of the existing noise. After post processing, you should be pretty happy with results even using ISO 6400. There is also an available 12,800 ISO setting and with some image manipulation and a small print size, you'll be able to capture images in very low light or freeze motion with a high shutter speed.
The camera also has some very nice presets related to sharpness of your images, color balance, special image filters, and the ability to shoot in very fast continuous mode. This lens kit (28-55/55-300) fits just about all my zoom needs. I personally purchased the kit from Amazon because of their excellent hassle free return policy. (Note that other vendors will charge you at least a 10% "restocking fee if you return your purchase. I felt that the extra few dollars in buying my camera was worth it for peace of mind regarding returns. I have never had a problem with Amazon return policies.)
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.
You've probably heard of the infamous "mirror slap" problems some owners have reported regarding double images when using shutter speeds between 1/60 to 1/100. I have not experienced this issue at all and this may have been a bug in the earlier versions of the Pentax k-x that were actually related to shake removal (SR) performance or in many cases, user error. Some images that were posted of the mirror slap issues were evidently caused by individuals not having a steady hand when shooting.
After some experimentation my take on all of the mirror slap issues are that a good majority may be just user error in not understanding the functions of the Pentax k-x. I was able to duplicate the "problem" exactly by having the Pentax k-x set on Auto-scene mode or Program mode. The reported double imaging showed up due to the automatic selection of a slow shutter speed and low pre-selection of an ISO at around 400 or less plus camera movement by me. The issue of double imaging was especially apparent when using high zoom.
Bottom line, the camera automatically selects the exposure/shutter speed in Auto Pict and Program modes but the user couldn't hold the camera steady enough, thus producing double imaging. The auto modes can only do so much. You have to figure out the details on whether the auto selections are appropriate and if you need to bump up the ISO, use a tripod or use the manual override, etc. I guess the 5 pound processor in our heads needs to get involved in using the camera too. ;D
A lot of coverage has been centered on the Pentax k-x's lack of lighted focus dots in the image view finder. I did not find this to be an issue at all since most of my shooting experience has been with cameras that did not have this function. If knowing your depth of field or focus point is really a deal breaker you can always use the focus optically option to preview the scene. If you have had any experience at all with focusing, you know that using the focus sensor in your head is vital. Even focus dots cannot replace your on-board sensor. Automation is fine, but we don't have to be crippled by it, right? :D
There is a camera that is the best choice for each individual. It may be a Nikon, a Canon, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Sony or Pentax. 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 looking for a good, relatively inexpensive DSLR, you may want to put the Pentax k-x on your list of cameras to check out.
I put the Pentax k-x through a real-life assignment last weekend and the camera performed like a champ. I covered a charity event where there were many vendors and hundreds of visitors in a very large meeting hall. There was sufficient lighting but even so, a flash was needed to brighten up the scenes I was shooting. There were lots of candid product shots.
I set the camera on "Auto-Pict" mode, set my flash at .7 power, and off I went. All the shots turned out brilliantly and after the end of the day and over 300 shots using the flash at all times, I still had an orange bar (approximately half full charge) left in the camera. I was using PowerEx 2700Mah rechargeable NiMh AAs.
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 on-board effects, but after this weekend's photo shoot, it also proved to be an excellent workhorse for general event photography.
The camera has fewer light reading sensors then the K-7, but the camera does a good job. In fact, it's better then from ANY brand of camera which was sold just a few years ago.
I travel a lot and this camera was made to travel. These new Pentaxs are highly weather resistant. Also, finding AA batteries for the K-x camera is easy.
When I purchased the K-x, I also purchased the 18-55 and 55-300 mm Pentax lenses. This covers 90% of my shooting needs.
Below is a link to a CNN iReport on flooding in Iowa. I shot these images with the K-x in July of this year, 2010.
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