Not better than a bad compact

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karraa New Member • Posts: 2
Not better than a bad compact
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Bought this camera for my work, after reading all professional excellent reviews. Very disappointed with the performance. It just can’t produce decent pictures. I get a lot better pictures with the Fuji S100FS that I own private. I take about 10 000 pictures a year so I consider me to be fairly experienced.

Problems:

Scharpness is very bad.
Autofocus speed in live view is horrible, live view can only be used for macro purpose when using manual focus.
Battery life is not very great.
Flash performance is catastrophic, it has to be set manually to get some light on the object.

Pentax K-x
12 megapixels • 2.7 screen • APS-C sensor
Announced: Sep 17, 2009
karraa's score
0.5
Average community score
4.5
bad for good for
Kids / pets
unrated
Action / sports
unrated
Landscapes / scenery
bad
Portraits
weak
Low light (without flash)
unrated
Flash photography (social)
awful
Studio / still life
weak
= community average
Fujifilm FinePix S100fs
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joy8 Junior Member • Posts: 43
Re: Not better than a bad compact

hallo, in the beginning I had some few problems concerning sharpness with my k-x; too.

The sharpness was not so good adjusted by factory as I was accustomed by k100 and k200

Than i read the operation manual, and I tried to change program in menue.

1.I've switched noise reducer totally "OFF".

2.elemination of CA's "ON"

3.contrast,sharpness and color saturation +3.

try these changements; and you'll much more content with it.

I find, this is an excellent performer for higher ISO such as 1600.

I am using FUJIFILM HS 20 EXR with 8MP for extreme telephotos and Finpix S7000 with 12 MP for macro shootings. colors are much more intensive. Sharpness is a little bit higher. But Super CCD is superior to all brands, because they are owner of the first and best patent rights.FUJ's engineers have invented digital photography and sold patents afterwards to Kodak and Nikon.

Ok? - kind regards - joe

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John_A_G Veteran Member • Posts: 7,171
Re: Not better than a bad compact
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Joe - I gotta ask - how did you end up responding to an 18 month old post?

Petroglyph
Petroglyph Senior Member • Posts: 4,981
Re: Pentax Kx released Sep., 18, 2009 = nearly 5 years back
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Actually had very high IQ from what I've read.

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ozdean
ozdean Forum Pro • Posts: 23,005
Re: Not better than a bad compact
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Loved mine but then I used the optical viewfinder.

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joy8 Junior Member • Posts: 43
Re: Not better than a bad compact

here is joe once more, try to modify FILTERS in menue, 3rd "higher contrast" second level, and your k.x is much more better than a bad compact. ok?

I reach with this modification as sharp results as with k200-

unfortunately when switching off, this changement must be repeated, when switching on.

the small grey flare is away and my lanscapes and macros are now extremely sharp.try it:-)

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audiobomber
audiobomber Veteran Member • Posts: 5,299
Re: Not better than a bad compact

karraa wrote:

Bought this camera for my work, after reading all professional excellent reviews. Very disappointed with the performance. It just can’t produce decent pictures. I get a lot better pictures with the Fuji S100FS that I own private. I take about 10 000 pictures a year so I consider me to be fairly experienced.

I owned a K-x for four years. Either your camera is defective, or the problem is behind the camera.

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Dan

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audiobomber
audiobomber Veteran Member • Posts: 5,299
Re: Not better than a bad compact

joy8 wrote:

3.contrast,sharpness and color saturation +3.

That's a matter of taste. Your settings sound terrible to me, way overdone, but I guess some people like that.

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Dan

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JimC1101
JimC1101 Contributing Member • Posts: 538
Re: Not better than a bad compact

I really think the sharpness issue comes with the fact that a small sensor had a huge amount of DOF.....which is good if you want to snap a compact.....but bad if you want to stop down aperture and get bokeh. I don't think most of compact users even think of DOF, I know I never did with my Canon S3-IS. Compact cameras are easy compared to DSLR's. It is more of an art form than just a snap and I think a lot of us are daily still improving our craft to improve our work. I know a lot of friends hate having to wait me to make adjustments in camera,  but when they see the difference.....they tell me....."Wow...these look like  a  photo from a book". To me, that is the fun, and hobby of being a photographer. It is almost a practice as doctors do, they are always looking to get better. Compacts are good enough to a majority of takers, even smart phones, but I don't think I would be putting a 16x20 on my IPhone or Tab. That is the difference and a lot of people think it is easy.

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awaldram
awaldram Forum Pro • Posts: 12,317
Re: Not better than a bad compact
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John_A_G wrote:

Joe - I gotta ask - how did you end up responding to an 18 month old post?

You have to laugh

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tom1234567
tom1234567 Senior Member • Posts: 1,041
Re: Not better than a bad compact

Is this person KARRAA a troll on the forum maybe he should learn more about the camera  and settings before he gets behind it why try and slag an excellent camera just because he does not no how to use it

Tom G

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JimC1101
JimC1101 Contributing Member • Posts: 538
Re: Not better than a bad compact

Yeah, maybe the readers were thinking of the best way to  reply.

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gkreth Veteran Member • Posts: 3,084
Actually, quite good

audiobomber wrote:

karraa wrote:

Bought this camera for my work, after reading all professional excellent reviews. Very disappointed with the performance. It just can’t produce decent pictures. I get a lot better pictures with the Fuji S100FS that I own private. I take about 10 000 pictures a year so I consider me to be fairly experienced.

I owned a K-x for four years. Either your camera is defective, or the problem is behind the camera.

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Dan

Ditto. I was very happy with my K-x. The only reason I don't use it now is because I upgraded to a K30 last June.

Greg

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