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Should You Buy a Pentax Digital Camera?

Matthew
Updated 11 May 2021
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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 680+ 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 $40 for the Efina which has a weight of 91g, an optical zoom of 5x and is a compact digital camera and go up to $2,799 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 $982.

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. 11 best digital camera brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Pentax is the 11th best digital camera brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
7,515 reviews
#2
Japan
91%
91%
4,494 reviews
#3
Japan
88%
88%
3,659 reviews
#4
Japan
87%
87%
254 reviews
#5
Japan
86%
86%
1,242 reviews
#6
South Korea
84%
84%
1,497 reviews
#7
81%
81%
72 reviews
#8
81%
81%
17 reviews
#9
Polaroid
81%
81%
539 reviews
#10
Japan
80%
80%
567 reviews
#11
79%
79%
236 reviews
#12
Ricoh
76%
76%
12 reviews
#13
GE
United States
71%
71%
28 reviews
#14
Sigma
69%
69%
34 reviews
#15
SeaLife
68%
68%
1 review
#16
Aquapix
63%
63%
62 reviews
#17
VTech
63%
63%
4 reviews
#18
HP
United States
61%
61%
12 reviews
#19
61%
61%
5 reviews
#20
Vivitar
60%
60%
49 reviews
#21
easypix
59%
59%
70 reviews
#22
Philips
Netherlands
58%
58%
3 reviews
#23
Coleman
58%
58%
0 reviews
#24
SVP
56%
56%
0 reviews
#25
Hasselblad
56%
56%
0 reviews
#26
Fuji
55%
55%
0 reviews
#27
Mamiya
51%
51%
0 reviews
#28
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
All digital camera Brands
Pentax Digital Cameras

Pentax have better reviews than the typical digital camera brand, with the average rating of a Pentax digital camera being 69%. Pentax also 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 15 Pentax digital cameras currently on the market in the US. Pentax digital cameras also tend to be more expensive than most other digital camera brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$558
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $6,499
Price Distribution of All Digital Cameras
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$982
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $6,999
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 83% 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%
147 reviews
73%
109 reviews
75%
89 reviews
74%
41 reviews
78%
20 reviews
78%
8 reviews
PhotographyBlog.com logo
83%
27 reviews
84%
13 reviews
83%
19 reviews
82%
13 reviews
90%
3 reviews
95%
2 reviews
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
Pocket Lint logo
82%
18 reviews
82%
20 reviews
75%
8 reviews
78%
10 reviews
86%
5 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Digicam Buyer.co.uk logo
79%
23 reviews
80%
11 reviews
82%
13 reviews
71%
13 reviews
80%
1 review
90%
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
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
80%
19 reviews
76%
15 reviews
74%
11 reviews
69%
11 reviews
84%
4 reviews
75%
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
86%
15 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
PC Mag logo
78%
14 reviews
69%
14 reviews
75%
11 reviews
65%
4 reviews
68%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
betabuzz.de logo
74%
18 reviews
80%
7 reviews
76%
7 reviews
71%
12 reviews
75%
4 reviews
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
77%
640 reviews
77%
370 reviews
71%
377 reviews
72%
293 reviews
75%
149 reviews
81%
43 reviews
Average
79%
1,177 reviews
77%
711 reviews
75%
675 reviews
74%
517 reviews
79%
233 reviews
81%
73 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
tipa.com logo
6
4
1
2
1
What Digital Camera logo
4
2
4
3
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
photoreview.com.au logo
4
2
3
1
Other Expert Sites
82
58
25
34
13
6
Total
252
155
97
82
53
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
It has many built in options which should suit most amateur users
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 K70 ($480), the Pentax KS1 ($520) and the Pentax KS2 ($611).

What is the Best Mid-Range Pentax Digital Camera?

Pentax K-1 II

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RESOLUTION
819,200
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
925g
3.2"
SCREEN

A great mid range choice, priced at $1,761 is the Pentax K-1 II, which has a Kagoo Score of 77.

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 fully featured but only moderate value for money 925g camera. It supports Wi-Fi and Full HD video, does not have an image stabiliser and has a GPS.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Popularity
Widely Available
66
Value for Money
Good
77
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 $1,761.00 and in total we found 6 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Pentax Digital Camera?

Pentax K-1

$1,943.90
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36MP
7360 X 4912
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
204,800
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 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 71, but is a bit more expensive at $1,943.90.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (36MP)
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (204,800)
Wide range of minimum aperture numbers depending on lens used

A good spec but only moderate value for money 925g camera. It supports Wi-Fi and Full HD video, does not have an image stabiliser and has a GPS.

79
Features
Good Features
61
Value for Money
Good
71
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Pentax K1 camera vs Nikon dSLR mini-review
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Weather Resistant Camera: Pentax K1 Vs Nikon D850 Vs Sony A7RIII Exterior Comparison
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Finally! The Pentax K1 Camera Unboxing & First Thoughts
Finally! The Pentax K1 Camera Unboxing & First Thoughts
Pentax K1 dSLR vs Panasonic Lumix S1 mirrorless camera comparison
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The cheapest price that we could find for the K-1 in the US is $1,943.90 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Ultimate Pentax Digital Camera?

Pentax 645Z

$4,996.95
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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 $4,996.95 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 76.

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 and megapixels 1.5kg digital camera. It has a built-in flash, an HDMI and an optical zoom of and does not have an image stabiliser.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Popularity
Quite Popular
65
Value for Money
Good
76
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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The cheapest price that we could find for the 645Z in the US is $4,996.95 and in total we found 5 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Pentax Digital Camera?

Pentax Efina

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14MP
4000 X 3000
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
5x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1280 X 720
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
1,600
MAXIMUM ISO
1s
CAMERA
91g
5m
WATERPROOF
5x
DIGITAL ZOOM
2.5"
SCREEN

At only $39.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 78 the Pentax Efina makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
ok optical zoom (5x)
Image stabiliser
Lighter than average (91g)
Built-in flash
Big digital zoom (5x)

A fully featured and good value for money 5x optical zoom camera.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Value for Money
Very Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the Efina in the US is $39.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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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?
What is the Best Budget Choice Pentax Digital Camera?

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