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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.