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Pentax launches K-x entry DSLR with 720p video

updated 12:00 am EDT, Thu September 17, 2009

Pentax K-x camera brings HD movies

Pentax tonight aggressively tackled the starter DSLR field with an overhaul for its least expensive K series camera. Now using the Japanese naming scheme, the K-x becomes the least expensive DSLR ever to shoot video and records 720p at 24 frames per second. Compared to the K2000 it replaces, it also gets a much improved 12-megapixel CMOS sensor (up from a 10-megapixel CCD) that takes in more light and has a dramatically larger ISO range that normally sits between 200 and 6,400 but can extend to 100 and 12,800 with an override.

Several other elements have been given an upgrade as a consequence of the sensor and the updated PRIME II imaging processor. The autofocusing system has more than doubled from just five points on the K2000 to 11 on the K-x, and burst shooting has accelerated from 3.5 frames per second to 4.7. Software now gives access to a high dynamic range mode that composites three photos together to expose the added detail, a 16-person face detection system, and 16 in-camera special effects that can be combined in the same shot.

Despite the feature increase, the K-x will be one of the least expensive new DSLRs on the market and should cost $650 in a kit with an 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 lens. Two dual-lens kits are also due that will tout both the kit lens as well as either a 50-200mm f4-5.6 telephoto lens (for $750) or a new 55-300mm f4-5.8 lens (for $850). All three ship in October, and kits will come both in traditional black as well as navy blue, red and white, all with color-matched lenses.

by MacNN Staff



  1. inferno10

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You think 3 colors is something

    In Japan, Pentax will be offering the K-x in at least TWENTY body colors with FIVE grip colors, totalling 100 color combinations!

  1. chas_m



    Pentax, huh?

    I've never considered them -- I'm a Canon guy, but Nikon's great too -- but this may make me rethink the exclusivity of my views, particularly for a starter DSLR recommendation. I'll wait for Steve's review, of course, but at least the hype looks good ...

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What's with the garish colors? Nothing says "amateur dork" like a bright red camera.

  1. gerbilbox

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    I personally vouch for Pentax. I was a longtime Nikon user but I fell in love with Pentax two years ago: in-body shake reduction that works with any lens, good compatibility with their old but good lenses, generally lower cost for their high-end lenses and other pro features. It was far easier and more affordable for me to grow and expand my skills with Pentax than any other camera.

    They improved the specs for the K-x. I felt that the previous entry level SLR (the K-m) was a little lackluster, but the little K-x is tempting for even for me.

    And yes, I think some of their color choices (especially the red) is really garish. Personally, I don't have an interest in the new colors, but the red could have been executed a lot better. Either way, many consumers will probably love the choices.

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