Despite the more extensive feature set the K-x comes in exactly the same plastic hull as its smaller brother, the K2000 (K-m). Apart from minor differences in the rear button layout the two models are virtually indistinguishable.
The K-x is one of the most compact DSLRs on the market and has the design of a typical entry-level camera. Like its peers it does not feature a top-LCD and comes with a relatively small number of external controls. The latter is made up for by an interactive status screen that is displayed on the rear-LCD and gives you, in combination with the hard button, access to all important shooting settings.
The build quality is on par with the competition in the entry level bracket. The K-x's body is made out of reinforced ABS plastic and comes with a rubberized grip (but no weather-seals like the K200D had).
Side by side
Even within the entry-level bracket the K-x is one of the smallest cameras but nevertheless Pentax has managed to fit an impressive feature set into the limited amount of available space.
Lining the K-x up against its most direct competitors makes it apparent just how compact it is. It's noticeably smaller than the Canon EOS 500D and Nikon D5000 and, especially in combination with Pentax' 40mm pancake lens, makes a very compact package that is very well suited for traveling.
(W x H x D)
(inc. battery & card)
|Pentax K-x||122.5 x 91.5 x 67.5mm (4.8 x 3.6 x 2.7 in)||615 g (1.4 lb)|
|Canon EOS 500D||129 x 98 x 62 mm (5.1 x 3.9 x 2.4 in)||524 g (1.2 lb)|
|Nikon D5000||127 x 104 x 80 mm (5.0 x 4.1 x 3.1 in)||611 g (1.3 lb)|
|Pentax K2000 (k-m)||122.5 x 91.5 x 67.5mm (4.8 x 3.6 x 2.7 in)||625g (1.4 lb)|
|Olympus E-620||130 x 94 x 60 mm (5.1 x 3.7 x 2.4 in)||521 g (1.1 lb)|
In your hand
Due to its small size the K-x is naturally more suited to smaller hands. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that large-handed photographers will find the camera's handling uncomfortable. Just be aware that the rubberized grip is comparatively thin, so if you have large hands try to handle one before you buy. Having said that, like the K-m, the K-x always feels safe in your hands and due to its small dimensions and the design of the control layout even one-handed operation is possible.