Pentax K-x review

A terrific DSLR for beginners with masses of headroom for those learning the ropes

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If you've handled the Pentax K-m the K-x will feel familiar as soon as you pick it up. It's solidly-built and arguably more comfortable than the Canon 500D.

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The grip is larger, which makes it easier for those with big hands to keep hold of. It's certainly more comfortable than cameras such as the Olympus E-450. Only the front grip is rubber-coated, but we didn't feel in danger of dropping the K-x during testing.

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The controls all fall neatly to hand and the control wheel and power switch both turn with a satisfying click. The shutter has been rated by Pentax to 100,000 actuations, and overall the camera feels like it should take its fair share of knocks. The flash is electronically activated via a button on the left hand shoulder.


The menu system looks very basic compared to either Canon or Nikon's. The font is blocky and in terms of navigation the K-x falls behind. The quibbles are largely aesthetic, though, and after a while we were happy that we could get to the K-x's main features.


The four-way directional pad at the lower right of the body doubles as a set of shortcut keys. Pushing Up gets you to the timer and continuous shooting modes, while Right allows you to set the ISO and so on. It's a handy way of compensating for the relatively - if unsurprisingly - low number of controls on the body itself.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedAA
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12.4 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3.1x, 3.1x (Lens 1) - 5.5x (Lens 2)
Brand NamePentax
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)515 g
Maximum Image Resolution4288 x 2428
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height91.5 mm
Width122.5 mm
Depth67.5 mm
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1) - 55 mm to 300 mm (Lens 2)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product ModelK-x
Product NameK-x Digital SLR Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberKX1855MM55300MMKIT
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The K-x design is based on the award winning PENTAX K-m, an entry-class digital SLR camera launched in October 2008 that gained popularity for its compact, lightweight body and simple, user-friendly operation. The K-x features a newly designed high performance CMOS image sensor and an upgraded filter function. It also features a whole host of advanced features and such as live view shooting and movie recording, approximately 12.4 megapixels and high-speed continuous shooting. The K-x is the perfect camera for first-time digital SLR camera users, as well as an ideal backup camera for more experienced photographers.

Package Contents
  • K-x Digital SLR Camera
  • Lens 18 to 55
  • Lens 55 to 300
Limited Warranty1 Year