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Pentax K-x review

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

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Image quality from the Pentax K-x was generally superb. The sharp lens helps immensely, but we also saw accurate, vibrant colours and generally low noise.

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The K-x's ISO range can be pushed to the equivalent of 6400. Noise is definitely a factor at this setting, but we found if we kept the shutter speed as fast as possible we were able to get reasonable shots nonetheless.

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Shots taken at ISO 3200 were excellent. There was some evidence of the K-x's noise reduction algorithm's stepping in and producing a little over-sharpening, but bumping up the ISO is by no means a last resort.

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The K-x also has a slight numerical advantage over other mid-range cameras. Most mid-range DSLRs - the Canon 500D, Nikon D5000 and Sony A200 and A330 for instance - have a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000th.

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The maximum shutter speed of the K-x is two-thirds of a stop faster at 1/6000th. This extra speed isn't much use on its own, but if you plan on buying particularly bright lenses it could come into its own for shallow depth-of-field jobs.

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The only slight disadvantage the K-x has in feature terms is the lack of white balance bracketing, which is a fairly standard inclusion of a camera of this price.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedAA
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12.4 Megapixel
USBYes
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 Addresshttp://www.ricoh.co.uk
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