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PentaxK-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (White)
 
4.7

(based on 84 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (78)
  • Easy to use (75)
  • Fast shutter speed (61)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (60)
  • Image stabilization (59)

Cons

  • Short battery life (8)
  • Poor in low light (5)
  • Small LCD screen (5)
  • Noisy at high ISO (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (63)
  • Travel (50)
  • Low light (46)
  • Wildlife (46)
  • Sports/action (43)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (33), Photo enthusiast (32), Semi-pro photographer (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (35), Yes (6)

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5.0

BEST CAMERA

By matiz, the flickr cheaper

from Bogota, Colombia

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • High ISO Performance

Cons

  • Small LCD Screen

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (White):

I found this to be a really nice camera for an entry level, it has a really good quality, i have been flattered by strangers telling me my camera is cool looking. Thats a plus hehehe, im in love with this camera, it could use a slighty better quality lens , though it is the lens kit.

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  • No

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5.0

Nice camera

By Paul

from Sioux Center, IA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good pics at high ISO
  • GOOD VIDEO
  • Menus are easy to navigat
  • Price
  • Zillions of options

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Video

    Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

    I won't go into the already known pro's and con's of this camera for others in its price point.

    The camera is easy, takes great pictures and is just plain fun to use. Nothing compares to it at it's price point.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Great Camera

    By Big Daddy E

    from Belen,NM

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • Poor In Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (Red):

    I really love this camera. It takes fantastic pictures, has several cool filters you can add and shoots HD video with audio. The only drawback is that sometimes in low light the auto focus is pretty slow, but I just solve that by manually focusing. It comes with 2 great lenses and one of them is even red to match the camera. And at a great price too. This is my second DSLR, the first was a Canon Rebel that quit working a week after I bought it. This camera takes alot better pictures and was alot cheaper.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    High Tech, Red Neck!

    By Scott

    from Kansas

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • I wish it came with a bag

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

    I was pleasently surprised when I received my camera and lens kit[...]the camera is just phenominal. Dad has been a Pentax user for 25 years with his studio and it was only natural that I get on board. [...]

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Plenty of bang for your buck

    By Messy Jessy

    from East Lansing, MI

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

      I use this for my college level photography course. I needed a camera that had all of the features that my class required, and also fit under a shoestring budget. Fortunate enough, the K-x has fulfilled all of my needs. It is reasonably priced, and the extra lens has been extremely useful. For a first time dSLR user, it has been pretty easy to use, with careful study of the manual. It is very light and fits comfortably in my hands, which is important to me since I have small hands (I am a girl). Its not bulky, and the LCD is great. I only wish that it was swivel screen, but for the price, I have no problem dealing with it. I would also recommend using a tripod with it, unless you can find the sweet spot with shutter speed and aperture. My hands tend to shake, so it takes a few extra shots until I can get a nice, clear one.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Fantasic DSL

      By Richard

      from Belton, Texas

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

      I use it for general picture taking, very easy to use. Eat's batteries, but im ok with that. Also am able to use my old Pentax Lenses, main reason i bought a Pentax.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Great variety of uses, fun and easy.

      By Stewart Little

      from Vallejo, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

        Sunset photos are great and its easy to change the settings, battery life seems good and AAs make a fast and easy switch. Lenses are easy to switch out and an easy storage container is a beer cozy for them(padded). Functionality fits the price and the quality is good.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Nice starter level camera

        By Old Analog

        from Mexico

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance

        Cons

        • E-dial problem

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

        I've been on photography, the now so called "analog", for many years, and decided to try on digital. Took this offer mainly for the price and the chance to have two lenses. The camera came with a major flaw: the wheel thingy used for changing parameters as Shutter speed and so, didn't work at all. Reading on the web found out that many K-x come with this problem !!!! but the cure, simple and unexpensive that is also going on the web worked perfectly.
        Right now im very happy with it, im travelling on Europe and it is behaving sweet: love the way you can customize the photo BEFORE taking it, so i dont need anymore photosh.. for adjusting contrast, etc. Also, the wide white balance selection is great. So, is a great camera to start on this new digital world for me.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Very easy to use

        By BAM

        from Fenton, Michigan

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

          I use this camera primarily for family pictures. It is easy to use. The documentation is good. I've only had the camera for a couple of weeks. So far, I really like it.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          WOW!

          By Fly Fisher

          from Cheyenne, WY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (White):

            Use for shot of daughter playing High School soccer and was worried the 200mm lens may not be enough. I had nothing to worry about. I also do alot of outdoor photography and action shots of flyfishing. This set up is fantastic. Very easy to learn to use and the options are limited. To be honest this is more than enough camera for me. But that leaves more to learn and it won't get old.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Awesome

            By mzaf

            from Florida

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

                Exceeds expectation ... bought it for my daughter and she is absolutely crazy about it.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Great camera for a great price.

                By Chris the JADOCS Guy

                from Fayetteville NC

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

                  I was looking for a entry level DSLR and was recommended from a friend to get a Pentax. The price is great for this camera body and two lenses. I searched a long time on the internet for a good deal and ended up at BH Photo upon recommendation from a friend and am not disappointed. This is the best price all around. The one reason that I picked a Pentax was the fact that all thier lenses fit, so a lense from 20 years ago will fit today.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Pentax Pleases As Always!

                  By LinnyOH

                  from Cincinnati, OH

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Detailed paper manual
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Great View Finder
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Quiet
                  • So ergomically designed

                  Cons

                  • Pentax's poor tech help
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoor still life photos
                  • Intimate Portraits
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • My funny dog photos
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (White):

                  I still have not mastered the entire 300 plus page manual, but I'm getting close! Like having a paper manual to carry with me...not some online download. It takes phenomenal photos. It gently eases me into using an SLR digital when all my past SLR's were film Pentax. Used a point and shoot for a while of course always unsatisfied that I couldn't do what I did on my film SLR. Now I can do whatever my creative soul desires. Love the in camera effects too, especially color extraction. Surprised by the quality and great sound of movies; did not buy it for that use however. I am slightly disappointed with Pentax customer service who exist to trouble shot tech problems for me. Two phone calls and both times told to send my camera back where I bought it. I know the camera was not broke. They didn't have answers so I kept at it for hours trying to understand something in the manual and then poff...it worked. I have always loved Pentax but I must advise that customer service has been anything but helpful. The day after Christmas I went to the forest near my home and got great close up shots of moving deer in the snow and a mother deer lying in the snow with a young doe and a buck standing around her. I had the 200 zoom on and would never get such a clear photo without this lens and camera. On Christmas Day of course I tried it out for first time on nieces and nephews and my siblings. Totally remarkable pictures with and without flash(never even using a tripod). My brother and his big name brand SLR "N" was impressed by all the things my Pentax could do. He dropped his jaw at the price for all my K-X could do. So for many thousands less my Pentax gives him a run for his money! So happy with this purchase. The one handed shooting is also great. I love the grip and how ergonomically thought out it is made. Don't hesitate on this camera but get more than just the 18-55 lens or you are limited. Having a difficult time using the software that came with this(one reason customer service said to send it back). I have other software I can use, but I need to edit my photos much less with this camera. One last comment about the batteries. I have gone through 24 batteries for @500 photos. Finally bought a rechargeable Ni-MH for batteries but not as much of a change as I would have liked. On the other hand, if I'm out shooting on the trails in the forest and my power goes out I can conveniently in a minute change batteries. Wow never to be stuck with a dead battery when shooting if you carry some replacements with you.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  really comfterble camera to use

                  By Jorgen

                  from Vaxjo Sweden

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                  • Poor Image Stabilization

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

                  I bought theese cameras because my friend gave me the advice that they are from te best brand on the market. This friend is an enthusiast and knows what he's talking about. I even bought one for my daughter who is studying graphical design. We are both really happy with it and think it's a good camera that takes dynamic pictures and is easy to use.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great camera for the price

                  By Mose

                  from Raleigh, NC

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality

                  Cons

                  • Not the best in low light

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

                  I bought this for my wife, for Christmas, with the extra 200MM lense. I am very glad we got the zoom, it REALLY helps with outdoor shots. I was amazed at how fast I was shooting great pictures with this camera, it is our first DSLR, and we are both already LOVING it. She actually got a bit peeved at me, because I wouldn't put it down long enough for her to use it! The price point was very good. I was concerned about the battery powered option instead of a battery pack, but I have not replaced the first set of batteries yet, after taking 1000+ pictures, and those were the ones shipped in the box! I have a rechargeable set ready to go, that only cost $20.00

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Love it

                  By Buford T. Justice

                  from Stockbridge GA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

                  This camera takes great photos. [...] I have owned 2 Pentax cameras, my first was purchased in the middle 70's. Pentax quality has been a deciding factor in this purchase. This was my first purchase from B&H but it will NOT be my last. I had no previous experience with them but in searching for the best deal I came upon them. I am well pleased with this purchase.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great tool. Why pay more?

                  By WJR

                  from Southern Cal

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Able to do slideshows
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Fast Startup
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great onboard editing
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Flowers and Plants
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

                    Impressive camera. Great value amongst comparable options. My first DSLR yet have used an SLR for over 25 years.

                    Very comfortable to hold, and shoot one-handed if needed. Very navigable, logical menu system. My hands are medium to medium small for the average size guy.

                    Focuses very quickly and accurately. When focus is slow(low light), flip switch to manual focus and do it the old fashioned way. Pretty simple.

                    Great to be able to use AA batteries as I have many NiMH rechargables around. I've shot nearly 500 frames at 12MP and only about 6 with the flash, not using LiveView, and have only depleted one set of batteries. Shot to shot time is very quick with adequate light. Powers up and is ready to shoot very quickly.

                    12MP is sufficient for what I do, quite often will shoot at 2MP and 6MP for my work.

                    Much has been said about no focus indicators in the viewfinder. Being a film SLR user for a long time, I don't need that. If you want focus indicators buy a point and shoot, or another Pentax model. You can control the focus points 4 different ways depending on what your subject is.

                    Feature called Digital Filters is fun to play around with to make some creative photos.

                    The kit lens at 50mm at closest focal length was nearly as sharp as my Pentax SMC-A f/1.4 50mm prime at f/2 through f/11. Focused to infinity at f/8 the kit lens lost only some fine detail compared to the prime. Pretty impressive. The kit lenses, 18-55 and 50-200mm have very smooth bokeh. Have not seen any distortion. Snapped a hummingbird at rest from about 10 feet away, 200mm (fully zoomed), f/5 and could see the individual feathers. Quite sharp lens at those conditions.

                    Have not done much video; that is not why I bought the camera. The video I have shot, however, was easy and very clear image.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 9
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    So far so good!

                    By Rookie

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                    • Lag / Shutter Delay

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

                    Pay attention to what is included. I neglected to realize it did not come with a memory card. The camera was a gift and the new owner is thrilled so far at the performance. I did notice, it is not meant for quick candid shots, so know what you are buying!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Great Choice!

                    By Phil the Motorcyclenut

                    from San Diego, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

                      I needed a SLR camera so I could take motorcycle racing action photos. Point and Shoot cameras just can't do it. The Pentax was easy to learn and use right away. I still have a lot to learn, but am very happy with the Pentax

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 7
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Buy!!! Excellent Camera!!

                      By flight medic

                      from Texas

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

                        Purchased for my wife for Christmas and she loved it. It is extremely fast and the picture quality is AMAZING! highly recommend!!

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 10
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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