Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Black)

Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Black)

Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Black)

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Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Compact, Easy-to-Use, Entry-Level DSLR
  • 12.4 Megapixel APC-C Format CMOS Sensor
  • Still Images and 720p HD Video Capture
  • 2.7" 230,000-Dot LCD
  • Shake Reduction for Low-Light Imaging
  • True High Dynamic Range (HDR) Imaging
  • Up to 4.7 F/P/S Image Capture
  • 11-Point SAFOX VIII Auto-Focus System
  • DA L 18-55mm Zoom Lens
  • DA L 55-300mm Zoom Lens
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Pentax K-x Overview

  • 1Description

The Pentax K-x Digital SLR (Black) kit includes the Pentax K-x body with the Pentax DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and DA L 55-300mm zoom lenses. With these 2 lenses you can shoot everything from groups in tight spaces with the 18mm wide angle as well as sports and animals in nature with the long 300mm telephoto. The camera incorporates advanced DSLR features - including Live View and HD 720p video - in a very capable entry-level camera for those looking to step beyond the limitations of point-and-shoot digicams. The compact Pentax K-x makes the transition to a 'serious' camera system with interchangeable lenses easy and painless.

The Pentax K-x contains a 12.4 megapixel APS-C format CMOS sensor that incorporates a sensor-shift Shake Reduction System that allows you to hand-hold the camera at shutter speeds up to 4-stops slower than normal under low-light situations and still maintain image sharpness. Aside from the K-x's bright optical finder, you can also compose images in Live View mode using the camera's 2.7" LCD.

Despite the K-x's entry-level price point, still images can be captured at a fast 4.7 frames-per-second at shutter speeds up to 1/6000th-second as JPEGs or RAW files. Along with conventional still imaging, you can also capture wide-screen, full resolution 720p (1280 x 720) HD video at 24fps using the full range of Pentax optics. For travel or everyday family events, the Pentax K-x makes for an ideal imaging companion.

Other advanced features found on the Pentax K-x include an 11-point, wide-angle SAFOX VIII autofocus system, a variety of automatic and manual scene modes, and a True High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature that captures a series of 3 bracketed images and combines them into a single optimized image with a full range of highlight, midrange, and shadow detail.

The Pentax K-x can capture up to 1900 exposures on a set of AA lithium batteries and is also compatible with AA NiMH and alkaline batteries.

12.4 Megapixel APS-C Format CMOS Sensor
The K-x incorporates a CMOS image sensor to assure high-speed image data readout and flexibility with varying ISO sensitivity levels. With approximately 12.4 effective megapixels, this image sensor accurately reproduces true-to-life images with fine detail and rich color depth. The K-x offers a wide sensitivity range between ISO 200 and ISO 6400 and allows users to expand the sensitivity range between ISO 100 and ISO 12800 via a custom function to offer greater creative freedom to photographers.
Compact, Lightweight Body
The Pentax K-x is a compact lightweight camera with heavyweight features. This makes it convenient to take the camera with you everyplace you would bring your small point and shoot pocket camera.
Wide Screen HD 1280 x 720p Video Recording @ 24 Frames-per-Second
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. Compatible with every Pentax interchangeable lens ever made, the Video Capture mode opens a new world of creativity for Pentax K-x owners. When the camera's AV output terminal is used, movie clips are viewed at normal resolution. Data must be transferred to a PC for the playback of movie clips at HD TV proportions (1280 x 720p).
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. 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 Processor
The K-x features the newly developed PRIME (Pentax Real Image Engine) II, that is an upgrade of the original PRIME 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. The K-x also offers a choice of three different focusing modes in Live View: Contrast Auto Focus, Face Detection Auto Focus, and Phase Difference Auto Focus.
Digital Filters
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 single image 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.
High-Precision 11-Point AF Sensor
The high-precision, wide-frame SAFOX VIII autofocus system of the K-x features 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors positioned in the middle) to automatically capture even off-centered subjects in sharp, crisp focus. Photographers also may select one of the sensors as a focusing point to accommodate specialized applications.
Additional Features Include:
Custom Image modes offer high quality processing for images, a 2.7" (230,000-dot) high-resolution color LCD, Auto Picture mode for effortless, automatic selection of the most appropriate shooting mode, even during Live View shooting, a Status screen for easy, at-a-glance confirmation of various settings on the LCD, 10 scene modes, including Night Scene, Surf & Snow, Sunset, Kids, and Museum available via simple icon selection, and Pentax Digital Camera Utility 4 software package, with RAW-data processing and image browser functions.
Included Optics
The kit includes the Pentax DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and DA L 55-300mm zoom lenses. With these 2 lenses you can shoot everything from groups in tight spaces with the 18mm wide angle as well as sports and animals in nature with the long 300mm telephoto.
In the Box
Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Black)
  • DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
  • DA L 55-300mm f/4-5.8 Lens
  • Body Mount Cover
  • Eyecup
  • Hotshoe Cover
  • Strap
  • USB Cable
  • AA Lithium Batteries
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Pentax K-x Specs

    Camera Type Digital SLR
    Resolution 12.4 Effective Pixels
    Sensor APS-C Format CMOS with Primary Color Filter
    Bit Depth 8-bit JPEG, 12-bit RAW
    File Formats RAW (PEF, DNG), JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
    File Size 12M (4312 x 2872), 10M (3936 x 2624), 6M (3072 x 2048), 2M (1728 x 1152)
    Color Spaces sRGB
    Creative Color 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 adjustments). Monochrome mode includes adjustment for film filter effects (green, yellow, orange, red, magenta, blue, cyan, infrared), toning (sepia warm/cool), key, contrast, sharpness (regular and fine adj). Cross Processing mode available for creative random effect generation.
    Image Stabilization Sensor-shift shake reduction (4 stops max)
    Crop Factor 1.5x
    Lens DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 & DA L 55-300mm f/4-5.8 lenses
    Zoom 18-55mm: 3X 5
    55-300mm: 5.45x
    Lens Mount PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
    Focus Type Not Applicable
    Focus Range 18-55mm: 9.84" to infinity
    55-300mm: 4.6' to infinity
    Accessory Lens/Filter Mount 18-55mm: 52mm
    55-300mm: 58mm
    Shooting Controls
    Sensitivity Auto: 200-6400 (1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps), up to 1600 in Bulb, expand to 100-12800
    Manual: 200-6400 (1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps), up to 1600 in Bulb, expand to 100-12800
    Shutter Speeds 1/6000 to 30 sec, bulb available
    Metering Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
    Exposure Modes Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Metered Manual, Bulb (available in Metered Manual)
    White Balance Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE
    Mirror Lock-Up NA
    Burst Capability Approx 4.7 FPS (Continuous Hi: 17 JPEG, 5 RAW), 2 FPS (Continuous Lo: unlimited JPEG, 11 RAW)
    Self Timer Yes, 12-seconds & 2-seconds
    Interval Recording Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Remote Control Yes (infrared, 0s, 3s)
    Built-in Flash Retractable P-TTL auto/manual pop-up flash
    Effective Flash Range Guide number: 12
    External Flash Connection Hot shoe
    Dedicated Flash System P-TTL, high speed sync, wireless w PENTAX dedicated flash
    Max Sync Speed 1/180th
    Built-in Memory None
    Memory Card Type SD, SDHC
    Still Images per GB 12M - 138/244/479
    10M - 163/289/564
    6M - 267/468/902
    2M - 805/1373/2518
    A/V Recording
    Video Recording Yes
    Video Resolution 1280 x 720 24 fps (16:9), 640 x 416 24 fps (3:2)
    Video Clip Length NA
    Audio Recording Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Viewfinder Type Pentamirror
    Viewfinder Coverage Approx 96%
    Display 2.7" TFT color LCD monitor w adjustable brightness
    Resolution: 230,000 dots
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out
    Video out: NTSC, PAL
    System & Software Requirements Windows: Windows XP/Vista/7, USB 2.0 port
    Mac: Mac OS-X 10.3-10.5, USB 2.0 port
    Operating/Storage Temperature 32-104°F
    Weatherproofing NA
    Durability NA
    Battery Type 4 AA (lithium, NiMH rechargeable, alkaline)
    Power Adapter AC Adapter Kit K-AC84U (Optional)
    Dimensions 4.8 x 3.6 x 2.7" (12.2 x 9.1 x 6.9cm)
    Weight Without battery or removable memory: 18.2 oz (516g)
    Loaded and ready: 20.5 oz (581.2g)

    Pentax K-x Reviews

    K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Black) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 123.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to use, great value I am a recreational photographer. Meaning, I am a dad with kids and I like to take pictures as they snowboard, sled, play soccer, all the usual family activities. I have had the K-x for 2 weeks and already see a big improvement in my picture taking capabilities. The camera is easy to use, interface is very friendly and the lens give great flexibility for most every situation. I really haven't come across a negative unless I say I would like the body of the camera to be a touch bigger in size, not weight. A little bigger body would fit my hands better. Like I said, I haven't come across a real negative to date.
    Date published: 2010-02-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I read is all true We were just point & shoot people who wanted to create better images, and this camera was so easy to pick up and use, and the results were amazing. This only lead to learn more about what the camera can do, so this family is hooked. And I'm so glad we chose the Kx over the Cannon or Nikon entry level cameras. This has all the features and capabilities of much more expensive cameras. I had been leaning towards Sony until I discovered the Kx in my research, since they both had in-body shake reduction. 4.7 shots per second will be very cool on our next ski trip with the kids. No regrets, and not seeing a need to ever upgrade beyond the Kx.
    Date published: 2010-12-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing system for a great price! This is my second DSLR system (first was an Olympus FourThirds), and I felt much better about this purchase because of knowing what to look for and what I wanted in a DSLR -- the K-X perfectly satisfied that. With very current features like LiveView and 720p Video Mode combined with category leading high ISO/low light performance and a very low price, this camera system is the one to beat. Legacy lens compatibility is a huge plus, and even the newer lenses are of competitive quality yet much cheaper than the competition. If you want to get into a DSLR *SYSTEM* without having to mortgage the house, this is a good opportunity. Way to go Pentax!
    Date published: 2010-03-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera, Great Deal I use my new K-x for hiking, nature, low light, and family photos. The K-x is great in low light situations. I use this camera mostly in aperture priority mode. I use the motor drive and usually take several pictures, especially if I am dealing with moving targets. Photo in 3200 ISO are clear. Although small for a DLSR, with the 55-300mm Zoom, it is heavy. I plan to buy a smaller prime lens in the future. The in camera JPEG conversion is very good, but I still prefer to shoot in RAW. Battery life is a little short, even with the firmware update. I don't use the Autoview at all, it is very, very slow. I have yet to need the flash.
    Date published: 2010-09-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Okay, but several details are omitted! The lenses supplied with this bundle (the DAL series lenses) are slightly different from the DA series lenses. They lack a few features, have PLASTIC mounts instead of metal ones, and don't even come with lens hoodswhich are incidentally either extraordinarily expensive or nearly impossible to find. I had to order a hood for the 300mm lens from China, for example. Other than that, the image quality is excellent, and getting both lenses for the price charged here is quite a deal, no doubt about it. I just wish these were the same lenses available separately.
    Date published: 2010-12-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Far better than expected ! As everyone now knows the High ISO performance is very good. This was not the reason for my purchase. But even though it wasn't the reason for my purchase I have found it to be a wonderful thing to not be leary of bumping the ISO a stop or two to keep a shake free haand held Photo. It's a single wheel machine with quite a lot of menu diving required but the menus are quite manageable and quick to use.
    Date published: 2009-11-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pentax K-x Is Perfect for a Semi Pro! One thing I noticed right off the bat is that it takes AA batteries. When I heard about this originally I was turned off by this but after shooting with it for a while I actually thought of this as a positive. The Pentax K-x Digital SLR incorporates advanced DSLR features including Live View and HD 720p video - in a very capable entry-level camera for those looking to step beyond the limitations of point-and-shoot digicams. Bundled with a Pentax 18-55mm zoom lens (a 27 to 82.5mm zoom on a conventional 35mm camera), the compact Pentax K-x makes the transition to a 'serious' camera system with interchangeable lenses easy and painless. Great camera for semi-pros!
    Date published: 2011-03-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bang for the buck Initial issues with batteries but latest firmware 1.01 has completely fixed the issue for me. Now get very acceptable battery life (500+ photos on 2000mAh low leaks NiMH). Pentax policy of keeping lense mount backward compatiblity is a real bonus - opening up many options in second hand lenses. The only features additional (that the Nikon D5000 has) that I would have liked is an HDMI port and Time lapse photography mode. No camera is perfect but this camera strikes a great balance and suitable for entry level photographers through to enthusiasts. Would rate it 4.5 stars if I could but rounding up to 5 stars.
    Date published: 2009-12-14
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