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Pentax K-X Digital Camera

SLR 12.4MP CMOS Feb 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Release Date
Eleven industry awards
Does not have a good autofocus
Does not have a good battery life
48 Reviews + 11 Awards
alphr.com Recommended Digicam Buyer.co.uk Editor's Choice PhotographyBlog.com Essential DP Review Highly Recommended

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Reviews

Eleven Industry Awards

The experts at three expert review sites all wrote that this low megapixel digital camera was outstanding and gave it their highest award. Macworld.co.uk, Photoreview.com.au and Digicam Buyer.co.uk all gave this Pentax digital camera an "Editor's Choice" award.

Two additional expert review sites both thought that this camera was good. This Pentax digital camera received a DP Review "Highly Recommended" award and the editor of website Alphr.com conluded that they would recommend it and gave it a "Recommended" award.

PhotographyBlog.com gave this digital camera an "Essential" award, Itespresso.de gave it a "Very Good" award and it received a "Buy It" award from Computeractive.co.uk.

The authors at three additional expert review sites all decided that this low megapixel digital camera was good. This camera received a "5 Star" award from 01net.com, Dinside.no/data gave it a "Best in Test" award and it received a "Technical Image Press Association Award" from Tipa.com.

Good Expert Reviews

Thirty-four experts from sites including DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera and CNET.com have rated this camera on average 85 out of 100.

Pentax Has Excellent Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

We checked 2,026 expert and user reviews (including 37 verified purchases) for Pentax digital cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent ratings. We also found that Pentax has excellent ratings specifically within its low megapixel digital cameras range. 100% of those that bought a Pentax camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Good Flash

One Pentax K-x reviewer who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good flash. Digital Versus wrote eight years ago “Remote flash function” in their Pentax K-x review.

Good for Video Recording

Eleven Pentax K-x owners said in their reviews that the product was good for video recording. Eight years ago Photographyblog.com mentioned “The ability to fire off a 720p video with such”. Photographyblog.com also mentioned “And, while its video capabilities are a little hit” in their review. Imaging Resource.com said in their review of this digital camera “HD 720p) movie mode” however they only rated this digital camera 1 stars.

Able to Produce Good Images

Thirteen customers agreed that the Pentax K-x was able to produce good images. Dcresource.com said seven years ago “Very good photo quality, with good high ISO performance” in their review of this digital camera but in spite of that they scored it 1 stars. Dcresource.com also mentioned “Sensorshift image stabilization” in their review. Photographyblog.com said “Great image and video quality” in their review of this digital camera yet they only scored this digital camera 1 stars.

Nine customers mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good picture resolution. Eight years ago V3.co.uk said “HD video shooting” but in spite of that they rated the product 20 out of 100. Seven years ago Dpexpert.com.au said “Continuous shooting mode is up to n” yet they only gave the Pentax K-x a rating of 14 out of 100. In the same month Macworld.co.uk said “1 280 x 720 pixels HD video” although they scored the product 1 stars.

Five people who reviewed the Pentax K-x thought it was good in low light. Dp Review mentioned on DP Review “Class-leading image quality in low light, very good retention of fine detail at high ISOs”. About.com mentioned “Excellent image quality in low light conditions”. Pc Mag said in their review of this digital camera seven years ago “Impressive low-light performance” but despite that they only gave it a rating of 18.8 out of 100.

Two people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it had a good ISO range. Dp Review said on DP Review “Good detail and color in JPEGs at base ISO” in their review of this digital camera but in spite of that they only gave the product a score of 19.4 out of 100. Macworld.co.uk wrote “ISO range expandable to ISO 12800 (otherwise ISO 6400” in their review of this digital camera but even so they scored it 1 stars.

One person who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good image sensor. Seven years ago Dcresource.com wrote “It features a 12.4 Megapixel CMOS sensor” in their Pentax K-x review.

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Does Not Have a Good Autofocus

Eight Pentax K-x owners considered that it did not have a good autofocus. Digital Versus said “Noisy shutter and focusing” in their Pentax K-x review. Cnet.co.uk wrote in their review of the Pentax K-x “Doesn't display autofocus points in viewfinder”. Cnet.co.uk also wrote “Slow live-view autofocus” in their review.

Seven customers wrote in their reviews that the Pentax K-x did not have a good image stabiliser. Cnet.co.uk wrote on CNET.co.uk “Unreliable image stabilisation”. Imaging Resource.com said “Image stabilization indicator in viewfinder does not show amount of I” in their review of the Pentax K-x. Imaging Resource.com also mentioned “Image stabilization is only On or Off” in their review.

Two Pentax K-x reviewers who purchased this digital camera thought it did not have a good lens. Dcresource.com wrote “Kit lens is a bit soft toward edges of frame”. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on Expert Reviews “Lens upgrades can be expensive” in their Pentax K-x review.

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Does Not Have a Good Viewfinder

Seven Pentax K-x owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera did not have a good viewfinder. Dp Review wrote in their review of this digital camera “No visible AF points in viewfinder”. Dcresource.com wrote “AF points not shown in optical viewfinder”. Digital Versus mentioned in their review of this digital camera “No display of focusing points in the viewfinder”.

Three customers agreed that the Pentax K-x did not have a good screen. Dpexpert.com.au wrote seven years ago “Only time will tell if the screen printed control labels rub off too easily” in their review of the Pentax K-x. Cnet.co.uk wrote in their Pentax K-x review on CNET.co.uk “Mediocre LCD display”. Seven years ago Alphr.com mentioned “Not the best LCD screen” in their review of this digital camera.

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Support

Good Technical Guidance

Two customers said in their reviews that the Pentax K-x had good technical guidance. Dcresource.com said “Full manual controls, with unique sensitivity priority mode” in their Pentax K-x review.


Weight & Dimensions

Compact

Six people who purchased the Pentax K-x reckoned that it was compact. Seven years ago Dcresource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Well designed, easy to hold compact body”. Expert website Tipa.com mentioned “A shutter that goes up to 1/6000s and a sensitivity range expandable to ISO 12.800 from top speed of ISO 6400, this entry-level and compact DSLR is an exc” and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Theregister.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera seven years ago “The K-x inherits the compact body and the simple layout of the K-m while squeezing in quite a few of the high-end features of its bigger brothe”.

Two people who bought the product agreed that it was a good body shape. Eight years ago Photographyblog.com wrote on PhotographyBlog.com “Small body”. Expert website Imaging-Resource.com said “On the one hand, I could see it being a very useful second body to accompany my K-7 for low-light, high ISO shooting” in their Pentax K-x review.

One customer who reviewed the product considered that it was good structurally.

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Design

Well Designed

Five customers said that it was well designed. Digital Versus mentioned “Clean, simple design” in their review of the Pentax K-x. Photographyblog.com wrote “The 12.4 megapixel Pentax Kx offers an uncluttered design th” in their review of this digital camera. Dcresource.com gave it a score of 6 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “A compact, well designed body, full manual controls (plus an auto scene recognition mode), fast continuous shooting, liv”.

Two customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was good looking. Expert website Laptopmag.com said in their Pentax K-x review seven years ago “The Pentax K-x is definitely the most eye-catching DSLR for the price” .

One Pentax K-x owner who purchased it reckoned that it was ergonomic. Photographyblog.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on PhotographyBlog.com eight years ago “The ergonomics” but they gave it a rating of 1 stars.

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Well Made

Seven people who bought it concluded that it was well made. About.com said “Decent build quality” in their review of the Pentax K-x. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Very solid image quality”. Alphr.com wrote “Sturdy construction” in their review of the Pentax K-x although they rated it 18.98 out of 100.

Two Pentax K-x owners agreed that it was strong and durable. Seven years ago Laptopmag.com said in their review of this digital camera “Stylish, durable design” but in spite of that they gave the product a rating of 18.2 out of 100. Laptopmag.com also wrote “One of the most rugged and stylish DSLRs on the market” in their review.

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Easy to Use

Four customers who purchased it concluded that it was easy to use. Photographyblog.com said on PhotographyBlog.com “CTE control for pin point white balance”. What Digital Camera wrote in their review of the Pentax K-x “Plenty of useful features, easy and fun to use” . Pocket-Lint.com scored it 7 stars and said in their review of the Pentax K-x on expert website Pocket Lint “The Pentax K-x feature set offers a good value return for your money, whilst also being friendly to use via the prominence of its auto settings”.

Two people wrote in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Digital Versus said in their review of this digital camera “Comfortable viewfinder”. One Pentax K-x reviewer wrote that it was easy to use the menus. Pocket Lint said “Comprehensive feature set that ticks most of the boxes for todays DSLR user, sharp results with kit lens and at optimal settings”.

One Pentax K-x reviewer concluded that it was easy to handle. Expert review site Camcorderinfo.com wrote eight years ago “Its manual controls are lackluster, its handling is a bit finicky” in their review of the Pentax K-x.

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Good Quality

Sixteen Pentax K-x reviewers agreed that the product was good quality. Photographyblog.com mentioned “We also like the build quality, which feels tough” in their review of the Pentax K-x. Photographyblog.com also said “The Kxs image quality really stands out” in their review. Smh.com.au wrote in their Pentax K-x review “Image quality is very good” .


Lens System

Very Small Maximum Aperture Number

With a maximum aperture number of 38, the Pentax K-x has one of the smallest maximum aperture numbers amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age. The average maximum aperture number of cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera is 10.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of this type and age is 370mm, and the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 82mm to 720mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 82.5 millimeters, the Pentax K-x has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of 3.5, the Pentax K-x has a quite large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as this camera. The average minimum aperture number of digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera is 6.2, and the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 22.

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Features

Good Features

Thirteen customers who reviewed it concluded that it had good features. Photographyblog.com mentioned “Cool built-in HDR and Cross Process features” in their review of this digital camera. Smh.com.au said in their review of the Pentax K-x “The features list on this camera puts its competitors to shame” . Expert review site Digitalcamerainfo.com said in their review of this digital camera “Consumers will welcome the extensive feature set”.


Power

Does Not Have a Good Battery Life

Three Pentax K-x owners who bought it thought it did not have a good battery life. Pocket Lint mentioned “No HDMI output for hooking the camera up to a high-def TV or monitor despite it offering HD movies, no rechargeable battery provided”.


Picture Quality

Only 4288 X 2428 Pixels Image Resolution

The Pentax K-x has a 4288 x 2428 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 3008 x 2000 pixels maximum image resolution found on most comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. The best image resolution of all similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera is 7952 x 5304 pixels and the worst is 2560 х 1280 pixels.

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Other

Released Over a Year Ago

It was April 2017 when this camera was released.

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