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Should You Buy a Pentax Digital Camera?

Matthew
Updated 22 October 2020
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should you buy a Pentax Digital Camera?

Pentax is one of the most popular digital camera brands as well as being well known for its .

We've collated all the key information on Pentax digital cameras in this handy guide. We've analysed over 38,000 user and expert reviews and 690+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on over 1,900 digital cameras to impartially compare each digital camera brand.

Pentax are recognised for their good selection of premium and award winning digital cameras. Their digital cameras start at $98 for the K-30 which has a weight of 590g, an optical zoom of §x and is a slr digital camera and go up to $4,997 for the 645Z which has a weight of 1.5kg, an optical zoom of §x and is a slr digital camera. The average price of a new Pentax digital camera is $832.

Pentax are recognised for their good selection of premium and award winning digital cameras.

Is Pentax the Best Digital Camera Brand?

So are Pentax digital cameras any good? We give every digital camera a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all digital cameras we are able to impartially rank all the digital camera brands.

Pentax is ranked the No. 9 best digital camera brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Pentax is the 9th best digital camera brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
7,658 reviews
#2
Japan
90%
90%
4,498 reviews
#3
Japan
87%
87%
3,659 reviews
#4
Japan
87%
87%
254 reviews
#5
Japan
86%
86%
1,242 reviews
#6
South Korea
83%
83%
1,387 reviews
#7
81%
81%
17 reviews
#8
Polaroid
81%
81%
316 reviews
#9
79%
79%
236 reviews
#10
Japan
79%
79%
567 reviews
#11
GE
United States
70%
70%
28 reviews
#12
68%
68%
56 reviews
#13
Lytro
67%
67%
125 reviews
#14
Vivitar
67%
67%
49 reviews
#15
Sigma
63%
63%
34 reviews
#16
Ricoh
61%
61%
12 reviews
#17
VTech
61%
61%
4 reviews
#18
Aquapix
59%
59%
62 reviews
#19
Fuji
59%
59%
0 reviews
#20
easypix
58%
58%
70 reviews
#21
SeaLife
57%
57%
1 review
#22
Coleman
57%
57%
0 reviews
#23
Philips
Netherlands
57%
57%
3 reviews
#24
SVP
56%
56%
0 reviews
#25
Mamiya
56%
56%
0 reviews
#26
HP
United States
55%
55%
12 reviews
#27
Hasselblad
54%
54%
0 reviews
#28
Praktica
54%
54%
2 reviews
#29
Bell+Howell
52%
52%
0 reviews
#30
51%
51%
5 reviews
#31
Phase One
51%
51%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Pentax digital cameras compare to the other digital camera brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
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Pentax Digital Cameras

At an average purchase price of $832, Pentax digital cameras tend to be more expensive than most other digital camera brands however they are still a popular choice with consumers. Pentax also have better reviews than the typical digital camera brand, with the average rating of a Pentax digital camera being 69%.

Pentax have a number of great features including rechargeable battery which sets them apart from the competition.

There's a smaller selection of Pentax digital cameras available compared to other digital camera brands, with only 18 Pentax digital cameras currently on the market in the US.

No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$558
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $24,399
Price Distribution of All Digital Cameras
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$832
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $5,199
Price Distribution of Pentax Digital Cameras

What Do the Pentax Digital Camera Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Pentax digital camera to work out the average distribution of reviews for Pentax and then compared this to the other digital camera brands.

Pentax logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
29
4 stars
45
3 stars
4
2 stars
1
1 star
0
Pentax logo

User Reviews

5 stars
79
4 stars
26
3 stars
3
2 stars
0
1 star
3
Pentax has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its digital cameras than most other brands.

Over 94% of expert reviews and 95% of user reviews for Pentax digital cameras are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 89% and 84% respectively across all Digital Camera brands.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to Pentax digital cameras by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other digital camera brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Olympus Pentax
CNET.com logo
75%
152 reviews
73%
110 reviews
75%
93 reviews
75%
46 reviews
78%
21 reviews
77%
9 reviews
PhotographyBlog.com logo
83%
27 reviews
84%
13 reviews
83%
19 reviews
82%
13 reviews
90%
3 reviews
95%
2 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
80%
26 reviews
75%
16 reviews
73%
13 reviews
70%
14 reviews
81%
5 reviews
75%
1 review
Expert Reviews logo
74%
19 reviews
72%
19 reviews
68%
13 reviews
74%
13 reviews
64%
5 reviews
70%
2 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
75%
28 reviews
62%
9 reviews
73%
14 reviews
67%
11 reviews
75%
4 reviews
70%
2 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
83%
19 reviews
87%
12 reviews
80%
12 reviews
83%
16 reviews
83%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
Digicam Buyer.co.uk logo
79%
23 reviews
80%
11 reviews
82%
13 reviews
71%
13 reviews
80%
1 review
90%
2 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
82%
18 reviews
82%
20 reviews
75%
8 reviews
78%
10 reviews
86%
5 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Chip.de logo
76%
22 reviews
86%
4 reviews
79%
17 reviews
69%
14 reviews
83%
3 reviews
87%
1 review
tecnozoom.it logo
73%
22 reviews
71%
14 reviews
76%
11 reviews
76%
13 reviews
80%
1 review
What Digital Camera logo
87%
22 reviews
89%
8 reviews
86%
15 reviews
84%
9 reviews
86%
4 reviews
88%
2 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
85%
16 reviews
80%
16 reviews
80%
7 reviews
70%
12 reviews
81%
7 reviews
Techradar logo
87%
20 reviews
84%
13 reviews
74%
10 reviews
66%
7 reviews
85%
4 reviews
85%
2 reviews
Cameras.co.uk logo
85%
25 reviews
80%
10 reviews
83%
12 reviews
82%
5 reviews
81%
1 review
Digital Versus logo
77%
22 reviews
75%
4 reviews
80%
10 reviews
68%
10 reviews
75%
4 reviews
80%
2 reviews
betabuzz.de logo
74%
18 reviews
80%
7 reviews
76%
7 reviews
71%
12 reviews
75%
4 reviews
PC Mag logo
78%
14 reviews
69%
14 reviews
75%
11 reviews
65%
4 reviews
68%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
techadvisor.co.uk logo
77%
21 reviews
79%
11 reviews
72%
5 reviews
71%
9 reviews
80%
1 review
Neocamera.com logo
66%
18 reviews
46%
18 reviews
37%
6 reviews
60%
3 reviews
Photo Radar logo
80%
18 reviews
84%
14 reviews
75%
8 reviews
80%
1 review
87%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
76%
640 reviews
77%
370 reviews
71%
377 reviews
72%
296 reviews
75%
149 reviews
81%
43 reviews
Average
79%
1,190 reviews
77%
713 reviews
75%
681 reviews
74%
528 reviews
79%
235 reviews
81%
74 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Pentax Digital Cameras Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 18 industry awards for Pentax digital cameras. The table below compares the number of awards received by Pentax to other popular digital camera brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Pentax has won 18 awards for its digital cameras.

Compare all award winning digital cameras

Number of Awards Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Olympus Pentax
PhotographyBlog.com logo
22
9
16
12
3
2
Camera Labs logo
23
7
8
3
CNET.com logo
14
11
4
3
2
DP Review logo
12
8
4
1
3
2
letsgodigital.org/nl/ logo
13
7
4
1
3
Trusted Reviews logo
8
7
3
8
2
Ephotozine logo
10
5
1
6
1
2
buy-n-shoot.com logo
8
3
5
5
2
Lydogbilde.no logo
5
5
3
6
Pocket Lint logo
6
6
1
1
3
Digicam Buyer.co.uk logo
4
3
5
1
2
1
01net.com logo
5
4
2
1
2
1
M3.idg.se logo
4
3
2
3
2
What Digital Camera logo
4
2
4
3
1
tipa.com logo
6
4
1
2
1
stuff.tv logo
7
4
2
EISA.eu logo
4
3
1
2
2
Akam.no logo
6
3
1
1
alphr.com logo
5
1
2
1
2
digicamreview.co.uk logo
4
1
3
2
Other Expert Sites
84
60
27
32
12
7
Total
254
155
97
83
54
18

How Reliable Are Pentax Digital Cameras?

We checked over 38,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Pentax digital cameras. 10 of these reviews mention reliability of which 92% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Pentax digital camera owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

92% of reviewers think Pentax digital cameras are reliable.

So, most people think that Pentax digital cameras are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Pentax digital cameras that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

well built
about.com
The entry-level Pentax K-m digital SLR is built to a high standard
Good Gear Guide.com.au
well made
dpexpert.com.au
One of the most rugged
Laptopmag.com
The Pentax K-m camera is a good-value reliable camera that will do most of what you want
v3.co.uk
Well made quality product at a great price
Amazon

NOT RELIABLE

Whilst I can't fault the service provided by Amazon I am a bit weary now of the reliably of this brand
Amazon

Features to Look Out For On Pentax Digital Cameras

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Pentax digital cameras that set them apart from the competition. These include rechargeable battery.

Pentax Rechargeable Battery

A rechargable battery means tht the battery pack in the camera can be recharged, meaning no need to constantly replace them with other batteries.

Pentax digital cameras that have a rechargeable battery include the Pentax KS2 ($611) and the Pentax KS1 ($527).

What is the Best Mid-Range Pentax Digital Camera?

Pentax K70

$339.30
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24.24MP
6000 X 4000
PIXELS IMAGE
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RESOLUTION
102,400
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
628g
3"
SCREEN

A great mid range choice, priced at $339.30 is the Pentax K70, which has a Kagoo Score of 82.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (24.24MP)
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (102,400)
Wide range of minimum aperture numbers depending on lens used

A megapixels and fully featured 628g digital camera, with a good price. It supports Wi-Fi and Full HD video, does not have an image stabiliser and has a GPS.

85
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Popularity
Widely Available
81
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent
Introduction to the Pentax K70 camera
Introduction to the Pentax K70 camera
QUICK UNBOXING PENTAX K70. MY NEW CAMERA!
QUICK UNBOXING PENTAX K70. MY NEW CAMERA!

The Pentax K70 is 125.5mm wide, 93mm tall, 74mm deep and weighs 628g.

Pentax K70 front view

The cheapest price that we could find for the K70 in the US is $339.30 and in total we found 7 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Pentax Digital Camera?

Pentax K-1 II

$1,796.95
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Pentax K-1 II
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Pentax K-1 II
36.4MP
7360 X 4912
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
819,200
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
925g
3.2"
SCREEN

If you're looking for a high end Pentax digital camera then the Pentax K-1 II takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 76, but is a bit more expensive at $1,796.95.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (36.4MP)
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
Very high maximum ISO sensitivity (819,200)
Optical image stabilisation may be available with some lenses

A megapixels and fully featured 925g digital camera. It supports Wi-Fi and Full HD video, does not have an image stabiliser and has a GPS.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
77
Popularity
Quite Popular
65
Value for Money
Good
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The Pentax K-1 II is 136.5mm wide, 85.5mm tall, 110mm deep and weighs 925g.

Pentax K-1 II front view

The cheapest price that we could find for the K-1 II in the US is $1,796.95 and in total we found 5 prices for it.

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What is the Ultimate Pentax Digital Camera?

Pentax 645Z

$2,249.00
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Pentax 645Z
51.4MP
8256 X 6192
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
2.8
MINIMUM
204,800
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
1.5kg
3.2"
SCREEN

For those with an unlimited budget then the Pentax 645Z is the best Pentax digital camera out there. At $2,249 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 74.

Features We Love:
Very high megapixels (51.4MP)
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
Wide range of minimum aperture numbers depending on lens used
High maximum ISO sensitivity (204,800)

A fully featured but only average value for money 1.5kg camera. It has a built-in flash, an HDMI and an optical zoom of and does not have an image stabiliser.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Popularity
Quite Popular
63
Value for Money
Good
74
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Pentax 645Z Preview_ 51 Megapixel Medium Format Camera, sort of affordable!
Pentax 645Z Preview_ 51 Megapixel Medium Format Camera, sort of affordable!

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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Pentax Digital Camera?
Is Pentax the Best Digital Camera Brand?
What Do the Pentax Digital Camera Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Pentax Digital Cameras Received?
How Reliable Are Pentax Digital Cameras?
Features to Look Out For On Pentax Digital Cameras
Pentax Rechargeable Battery
What is the Best Mid-Range Pentax Digital Camera?
What is the Best High End Pentax Digital Camera?
What is the Ultimate Pentax Digital Camera?

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