Pentax K-x

Announced Sep 17, 2009 •
12 megapixels | 2.7 screen | APS-C sensor
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Announced Sep 17, 2009
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The K-x is Pentax's upper-entry-level model, offering a familiar 12.4 megapixel CMOS sensor in the same compact body as the less expensive K2000 (K-m outside the US). The K-x combines a selection of high-end features, such as an 11-point AF system (9 of them cross-type) with a very compact body and the abilty to use standard AA batteries. It can shoot 720p HD video at 24 fps and shoot 17 JPEGs at 4.7 frames per second. It misses out on the more expensive K-7's magnesium alloy body and cannot display the selected AF-point in the viewfinder but shares its image processing engine and is one of the smallest and lightest APS-C DSLRs on the market.

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Review, Dec 23, 2009
Quick specs
Body type Compact SLR
Max resolution 4288 x 2848
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (100-12800 with boost)
Lens mount Pentax KAF2
Focal length mult. 1.5×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.7
Screen dots 230,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/6000 sec
Format Motion JPEG
Storage types SD/SDHC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 580 g (1.28 lb / 20.46 oz)
Dimensions 123 x 92 x 68 mm (4.84 x 3.62 x 2.68)
GPS None

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Our review

A very impressive DSLR with an excellent feature set and possibly the best high-ISO performance in its class. The lack of visible AF points is a frustrating omission, but if you can live with that the K-x is a little cracker, and a bargain, too.

Good for: Beginners wanting a well-featured DSLR on a tight budget, low light (high ISO) work

Not so good for: Movies, sports action

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Highly Recommended
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