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Pentax K-x Digital SLR Black Camera Kit with DA-L 18-55mm & 50-200mm Lenses

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About Pentax

The extremely compact and lightweight PENTAX K-x is perfect for users stepping up from a point and shoot digital camera to their first digital SLR.

12.4 effective megapixels
The K-x incorporates a newly developed CMOS image sensor to assure high-speed image data readout and more flexibility with varying ISO sensitivity levels.

Widescreen HD movie recording at 1280x720 pixels at a cinematic 24 frames per second (720p24)
The PENTAX K-x movie recording function captures true-to-life movie clips in 16:9 high-definition TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels) at a frame rate of 24 frames per second.

PENTAX-original SR mechanism for sharp, blur-free images
The K-x features the PENTAX-developed Shake Reduction mechanism that effectively compensates for the adverse effects of camera shakeby as much as four shutter steps. This innovative mechanism extends its benefits to all PENTAX interchangeable lenses - even those designed for film-format cameras.

High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 4.7 images per second
The K-x's high-speed continuous shooting mode records as many as 17 images (in JPEG recording format) at a maximum speed of approximately 4.7 images per second. This is the fastest of all entry-class models. The K-x also features a more reliable shutter unit, which passed a demanding action test of more than 100,000 shutter releases. The top shutter speed of 1/6000 second allows the photographer to preserve sharp, crisp images of fast-moving subjects.

High-performance, high-speed PRIME II imaging engine
This new imaging engine offers greater data processing speed and enhanced capability to produce higher-quality images with richer, more accurate color rendition, as well as faster transmission speed of movie data.

Live View function with Face detection of up to 16 faces
In addition to the camera's viewfinder, the K-x features a Live View function that allows users to view subjects on the LCD monitor during shooting.

Digital Filter function
The K-x's digital filter function allows users to process recorded images in a variety of creative ways within the camera and produce highly creative visual expressions. With a choice of 16 different filters including Color Extract, Retro, Soft, Starburst, Toy Camera, and more (including a custom filter for building multiple effects), photographers may apply multiple filters to a singleimage for customized effects

Cross Process mode
The K-x features a new Cross Process mode that automatically and randomly adds finishing touches to exposures to create eye-catching images with unique, intriguing colors (just like images treated with Cross Process* in film photography). This mode adds a whimsical element to digital photography since photographers don't know the results until the captured image is actually displayed on the camera's LCD monitor.

Pentax Features

  • High resolution 12.4 megapixel CMOS image sensor features sensor-shift Shake Reduction for stabilized image and video capture up to 4 stops max.
  • Large 2.7 inch LCD features Live View with contrast, phase difference, and Face Detection autofocus (up to 16 faces).
  • Capture widescreen HD video in full 720p resolution (1280x720) at 24 FPS cinematic framerate, using any PENTAX 35mm lens.
  • Highly compact DSLR body design allows for 1 handed operation and comfort when travelling.
  • Powerful automatic modes, including PENTAX Auto Picture and scene modes, ensure the perfect shot in any situation, while helping new photographers learn DSLR photography.
  • Creative processing and filter modes produce high quality finished images, whileoffering the ability to explore artistic freedom through unique special effects.
  • True HDR image capture blends 3 bracketed images into a single picture with outstanding shadow, highlight, and midrange detail.
  • Fast 4.7 FPS capture speed and 1/6000 second maximum shutter speeds are possiblewith the PENTAX PRIME II image processing engine.
  • Responsive 11 point wide angle SAFOX VIII autofocus system focuses quickly and accurately, and can easily track moving subjects.
  • Capture up to 1900 shots with universally available, easy-to-find AA lithium batteries (also compatible with AA NiMH rechargeable and alkaline batteries).
  • Expanded ISO range covers sensitivities from 100-12800 for extreme low light photography.

Pentax Specifications

Sensor Type
CMOS with primary color filter and integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system
Sensor Size
23.4 x 15.6mm
Color depth
8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW
Effective pixels
12.6 MP
Total pixels
12.97 MP
Recorded resolutions - Still
12M (4288x2428), 10M (3936x2624), 6M (3072x2048), 2M (1728x1152)
Recorded resolutions - Movie
1280x720p24 (16:9), 640x416p24 (3:2) (resolution/FPS)
Dust Removal
Image sensor movement combined with SP coating (Dust Alert available)
Usable lenses
PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF and KA (K mount, 35mm screw mount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w/ adapter and/or restrictions)
SDM function
Yes
Power zoom function
N/A
Focus Type
TTL phase-difference 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system (SAFOX VIII)
Focus modes
AF Auto, AF Single (w focus lock), AF Continuous (available in Action mode including Auto Picture Action, Kids, Pet, Stage Lighting, Night Snap, P/A/S/M/B/Sv), Manual
Focus point adjustment
11 point auto, 5 point auto, AF point select, center/spot
AF assist
Yes, via built-in flash
Viewfinder Type
Pentamirror
Coverage (field of view)
96%
Magnification
0.85X (w/ 50mm F1.4 at infinity)
Standard focusing screen
Natural-Bright-Matte III
Diopter adjustment
-2.5 to 1.5
Depth of field preview
Optical & Digital (available via programmable Green button)
LCD Type
2.7" TFT color LCD monitor w adjustable brightness
LCD Resolution
230,000 dots
Wide angle viewable
Yes
Live View Type
TTL by CMOS image sensor
Field Of View
100%
Display Modes
Magnification (2-6X in AF, 2-10X in MF), grid pattern, bright/dark indication, histogram
Autofocus
Contrast w Face Detection (up to 16 faces), contrast, phase difference
Built-in Flash Type
Retractable P-TTL popup flash
Guide number
12 (100/m), 16 (200/m)
Coverage
25mm wide angle (equivalent to 35mm)
Flash modes
On, off, redeye, slow sync, slow sync w redeye, slow sync w trailing curtain, wireless
Flash exposure compensation
-2 to 1 EV in 1/2 steps
External Flash
Hotshoe (P-TTL, high speed sync available), wireless with PENTAX dedicated flash, X-sync socket
Synchronization speed
1/180 sec
Removable memory
SD, SDHC
Ports
USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out
Video out
NTSC, PAL
Power source
Power source: 4 AA (lithium, NiMH rechargeable, alkaline)
Recordable images
Approx 1900 (1100 w 50% flash, CIPA)
Playback time
Approx 680 min
AC adapter available
Yes (optional)
Image Stabilization Type
Sensor-shift Shake Reduction (4 stops max)
Metering System Type
TTL open aperture, 16 segment metering
Sensitivity range
EV 1-21.5 (ISO 200, 50mm F1.4)
Multi-segment
Yes
Center weighted
Yes
Spot
Yes
Exposure compensation
+/- 3 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)
Exposure lock
Yes (available via programmable AF/AE-L button)
Exposure bracketing
Yes, 3 frames, up to +/- 1.5 (1/2 steps) or +/- 1.0 (1/3 steps)
ISO Sensitivity: Auto
200-6400 (1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps), up to 1600 in Bulb, expand to 100-12800
ISO Sensitivity: Manual
200-6400 (1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps), up to 1600 in Bulb, expand to 100-12800
White Balance: Auto preset modes
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE
White Balance: Manual mode(s)
Yes
Shutter Type
Electronically controlled, vertical run, focal plane shutter
Shutter speed
1/6000 to 30 sec, bulb
Mode selection
Auto Picture (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, Night Scene Portrait, StandardFlash Off), Picture (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, Night Scene Portrait, Standard Flash Off), Scene (Night Scene, Surf & Snow, Food, Sunset, Kids, Pet, Candlelight, Museum, Stage Lighting [JPG], Night Snap [JPG]), Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Metered Manual, Bulb (available in Metered Manual), Movie
Green simplified mode available
Yes
P/A/S/M/B
P, A, S, M, B (in Metered Manual), Sv (Sensitivity Priority)
Digital filters (capture) - A
Custom Image Modes: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Muted, Monochrome. Color modes include gamut radar and fine adjustment for saturation, hue, key, contrast, sharpness (regular and fine adj). Monochrome mode includes adjustment for film filter effects (green, yellow, orange, red, magenta, blue, cyan, infrared), toning (sepia warm/cool), key, contrast, sharpness (regular andfine adj). Cross Processing mode available for creative random effect generation.
Digital filters (capture) - B
(capture): Toy Camera, High Contrast, Soft, Starburst, Retro, Color Extract (6),Fisheye, Custom (8)
Data record
Folder name (standard, date)
Continuous FPS
Approx 4.7 FPS (Continuous Hi: 17 JPG, 5 RAW), 2 FPS (Continuous Lo: unlimited JPG, 11 RAW)
Self-timer
Yes (12s, 2s)
Remote control
Yes, infrared (0s, 3s, continuous)
Playback Mode selection
One Shot (no data, basic data, full data, color channel histogram), Multi Image Display (4, 9, 16, or 36 thumbnails), Calendar Filmstrip, Folder, Magnification (quick zoom available), Select & Delete, Movie Playback (no data, basic data, full data), Bright/Dark Indication
Mode pallet
Image Rotation, Digital Filter, Resize, Cropping, Slideshow, Image Comparison, RAW Development, Index Print, Protect, DPOFson, Protect, DPOF
Digital filters (playback)
Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Extract Color (6), Watercolor, Pastel, Miniature, Base Parameter Adj, Monochrome (filter effects, toning), Color (6), Soft, Starburst, Fisheye, Slim, HDR, Custom Filter
File Format: Still
Still: RAW (PEF, DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.21), DCF 2.0 (design rule for camera file system), DPOF, Print Image Matching III
File Format: Movie (compression)
AVI (Motion JPG)
Custom Functions available
22
System Requirements: Windows
Windows XP/Vista, USB 2.0 port
System Requirements: Mac
Mac OS-X 10.3-10.5, USB 2.0 port
Language Support
English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Traditional/Simplified Chinese
Construction material(s)
Fiber reinforced plastic polymer covers around a rugged stainless steel chassis
Operating temperature
32-104°F
Body dimensions (W x H x D)
4.8 x 3.6 x 2.7"
Body weight
Without battery or removable memory: 18.2 oz
Loaded and ready: 20.5 oz
Warranty
Pentax 1 year limited warranty
Mfr #
16201
SKU
IPXKXBK2

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4.5

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Great! Entry level price. High end specs

Actually a 4.5 star rating but you can't chose that. This is my first dSLR purchase. I did a lot of research. This was probably a near perfect buy. After using it for about 3 months there are a couple of things I wish it did but still a great buy. Lots of growing room with the camera. Easy learning curve for newer dSLR users and has most of the specs a pro would want. Very smart camera. The "Auto" and "semi-auto" settings are good. AWB works well, "P-mode" is terrific. The "scene" modes wor...

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Actually a 4.5 star rating but you can't chose that. This is my first dSLR purchase. I did a lot of research. This was probably a near perfect buy. After using it for about 3 months there are a couple of things I wish it did but still a great buy. Lots of growing room with the camera. Easy learning curve for newer dSLR users and has most of the specs a pro would want. Very smart camera. The "Auto" and "semi-auto" settings are good. AWB works well, "P-mode" is terrific. The "scene" modes work well, really only used the snow/surf settings, worked very good at the beach. Waiting for opportunities to use some others. The more "manual" settings are also really easy to use. The Tv and Av are easy to use. Still playing with the M but if you use the "green button" with the M, it sets the settings to how "P" would then you can adjust from there. Make manual easier to learn and less intimidating. The lights in my house are all energy efficient bulbs and most are only 40 watts so snapshots in my house suffer a little. But move the ISO up to 800 to 1600, yes the ISO noise reduction is good, they turn out good for a family album. "AA" batteries a PRO and CON. PRO - can find them anywhere. Lithium work fantastic, but might get expensive after a while. CON - the rechargeable batteries work good if I pull the from the charger and use it but after they sit for 2-3 days they run down steadily. (Fix - have two sets of good quality rechargeable and keep on set on the charger.) Video works good, not had a chance to use it much yet. But what I have they turned out good for a non-video camera. If you are looking at this camera you probably are because of its lower price. Compare closely to the equivalents of the other camera brands. 1/4000th sec shutter speed, HD video, live-view, in-camera stabilization won it out over them.

Reviewed by 8 customers

 
5.0

A Great Buy!

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This is my first DSLR. Was looking at the usual Canon and Nikon, but came across this on the Adorama website. I understood it was an older model, but after doing a bunch of research, it seemed to have everything I needed. I'm also an old Pentax SLR user. The ability to use some older Pentax lenses with an adapter was a plus. The price was the icing on the cake. The camera is very easy to use, and the quality of the pictures have been top notch. Great in low light situations. Even at slow shutter speeds, pictures have been clear (image stabilization seems to be working great). I have just started playing around with some of the other mode functions. A lot more to learn. I have loaded the Pentax "Digital Camera Utility 4" onto my computer. Ran into some issues, but was able to find solutions via Pentax chat sites. The only short coming I see is lack of a manual for DCU4. Being an old geezer, I just find it easier to be able to work from a book. I guess you can't get everything you want from free software. I continue to stumble along, but making progress. Overall, a great camera, especially for the money.

 
5.0

Great first SLR camera

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We love this camera. I did a LOT of research on entry level cameras. We were close to making a purchase and then decided we wanted it to do video as well. This not only limited our options but increased our price range. This camera stood out head and shoulders among the competition for price and quality. Everywhere I looked it was getting high ratings (including Consumer Reports) so I was sold. Its lived up to everything we've hoped it would be. We rarely use the 200mm zoom so while it was a nice bonus so far its a rarely used extra that we'll hopefully use more as we learn more. The camera is easy to operate. Video mode is a little confusing and could be cleaned up by Pentax. Pictures look GREAT and we couldn't be happier! As a couple that is new to the SLR experience this product is as good as it could get for our needs.

 
4.0

Pentax K-X Digital SLR Camera Kit

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Instruction manual to confusing, Keeps refuring you back and forth to try to find information. The Pentax product is good since I lean on Pentax first, just the manual for information. The kit would have been better with the 55-300 mm lenses instead of the 50 to 200 mm lens.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best choice for a beginner

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For those who don't want to spend tons of money to have a DSLR camera. The Pentax KX delivers what you need for a fraction of the amount you would spend in other fancy cameras. Why shooting a fly with a cannon? It is the right choice if you desires a camera with higher quality images than a point and shoot but will not became a pro and don't want to show off for your friends.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Value

By

Upgraded from a Pentax K100D. Extremely happy with the camera. Much better battery life, Easier access to camera functions and controls through the LCD. Also has a good solid feel in my hands. 2 minor issues though. One is the lack of the autofocus indicator in the viewfinder.(never sure where the focus is. I keep the autofocus mode set to center now instead) 2 No HDMI output. Other than these two items it is a great camera.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great! Entry level price. High end specs

By

Actually a 4.5 star rating but you can't chose that. This is my first dSLR purchase. I did a lot of research. This was probably a near perfect buy. After using it for about 3 months there are a couple of things I wish it did but still a great buy. Lots of growing room with the camera. Easy learning curve for newer dSLR users and has most of the specs a pro would want. Very smart camera. The "Auto" and "semi-auto" settings are good. AWB works well, "P-mode" is terrific. The "scene" modes work well, really only used the snow/surf settings, worked very good at the beach. Waiting for opportunities to use some others. The more "manual" settings are also really easy to use. The Tv and Av are easy to use. Still playing with the M but if you use the "green button" with the M, it sets the settings to how "P" would then you can adjust from there. Make manual easier to learn and less intimidating. The lights in my house are all energy efficient bulbs and most are only 40 watts so snapshots in my house suffer a little. But move the ISO up to 800 to 1600, yes the ISO noise reduction is good, they turn out good for a family album. "AA" batteries a PRO and CON. PRO - can find them anywhere. Lithium work fantastic, but might get expensive after a while. CON - the rechargeable batteries work good if I pull the from the charger and use it but after they sit for 2-3 days they run down steadily. (Fix - have two sets of good quality rechargeable and keep on set on the charger.) Video works good, not had a chance to use it much yet. But what I have they turned out good for a non-video camera. If you are looking at this camera you probably are because of its lower price. Compare closely to the equivalents of the other camera brands. 1/4000th sec shutter speed, HD video, live-view, in-camera stabilization won it out over them.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Having fun so far

By

I have only had this camera for a month and am still learning to use it. Have had short battery life but an upgrade to the firmware is available to that is suppose to help that. What pictures I have taken have been good to great, in my opinion. The deciding factor for purchasing the Pentax over the other DSLRs in this class was that I have an old Pentax 35mm camera and I am able to use those lenses on this camera. Yes I can use them, but it does take some set up. Those pictures so far look as good as the lenses that came with the camera.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A good camera worth the money spent!

By

The features of the camera are great!

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