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Pentax Entry-Level DSLR Now Available

By December 22, 2009

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Pentax hopes that it has successfully found a new niche with its entry-level K-x DSLR camera.

The K-x offers 12.4 megapixels of resolution, a 2.7-inch LCD, and HD video capabilities. For a DSLR, the fact that the K-x runs from four AA batteries is unique, as is having the DSLR camera body available in multiple colors (black, white, navy blue, and red). The multiple colors are interesting, but I'm not sure the AA battery power in a DSLR is a great idea; AA batteries are bulkier than rechargeable batteries and drain faster. The K-x offers 10 scene modes, too, which should make it easier for beginner and intermediate photographers to use.

Pentax hopes the K-x will provide a bridge for photographers looking to advance from a point and shoot camera to a DSLR. With an MSRP of about $650 for the camera body and one starter lens, the price certainly should appeal to photographers looking for their first DSLR model. (Compare Prices) Other camera kit configurations are available, too, with the K-x.

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Comments
December 28, 2009 at 3:06 pm
(1) Yoppeh says:

As for your idea about AA battries Pentax is light years ahead of you. I was in Russia using a Pentax istDL DSLR. I forgot to recharge my AAA rechargeables. Seams like every store in the world that sells battries sells AAA and AA so it is a NO brainer to use easy to find battries. Irina and I found regular battries in just minutes in a shop on the street we were on and continued on sight seeing and taking pictures. My Cannon A10 and Nikon Cool Pic also use AAA. Do I use cameras a lot? Well the A10 is over 6500, the Nikon that I don’t like is pushing 4000 and the ist took over 4800 pictures in Russia alone and is over 6200. This was all done on AAA battries.
I used the K1000 Pentax SLR for years and still have it and the lens’s that also fit the DSLR if I should ever want to use them.

December 28, 2009 at 7:09 pm
(2) Framtonm says:

I agree – we were in Tibet 2 years ago, and we were able to find AA batteries (including re-chargables) quite easily!

December 29, 2009 at 12:28 am
(3) MR. ED says:

HAVE A PENTAX K10D.GOT IT JUNE 2009, NEW IN BOX, TOOK IT 3 DAYS LATER TO SAN FRAN AND YOSEMITE, ALSO TOOK THREE(3) RECHARGEABLE BRICK BATTERIES. RE CHARGED EACH NIGHT THE ORIGINAL, SO IT DID WELL FOR OVER 1000 PIX. THEN SAME SCENARIO IN SEPT TO BOSTON AND MAINE COAST FOR ANOTHER 1000+ PIX. BOTH TRIPS, I KEPT MY LITTLE NIKON COOLPIX P60 ON MY BELT, BECAUSE IT TAKES AA BATTERIES…AND GOT SOME GREAT SHOTS WITH IT TOO, KNOWING I WAS ALWAYS ABLE TO GET FUEL FOR THE P60 AT ANY TOURIST TRAP.I LIKE THE SECURITY OF A BACK UP, EVEN IF IT IS ONLY 5X OPTICAL VS AN 18-250 DSLR.

April 3, 2014 at 1:19 pm
(4) E Juice says:

At this moment I am going to do my breakfast, later than having my breakfast coming over again
to read aditional news.

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