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The Pentax K-x has 12.4 megapixels on an APS-C sized back lit CMOS sensor made by Sony. That's a pretty good sensor and certainly more than adequate for most people. Pentax's built-in software is a mixed bag, but good overall.
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The Pentax K-x operates in a similar fashion to every other DSLR cameras. Most functions are a one or two step process. Other functions require digging through menus. No highly-used functions are difficult to find or adjust. The user's manual should be read through at least once.
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This photograph was post-processed using the K-x's built-in software.
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Actual Image Quality
This is where the rubber meets the road. Does the camera produce quality images?
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As far as digital noise is concerned, ISO 100 and 200 are excellent, 400 is good, 800 is OK, and ISO 1600 is usable. ISO 3200 is sometimes usable (depending on the image) and anything above that is typically not usable, unless you purposely want very noisy images. This is what one should expect from this sensor size and type.
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This is an example of ISO 3200
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Who Is This Camera For?
When introduced two years ago, the Pentax K-x was for those who wanted a digital camera with an APS-C sized sensor, but didn't want to drop over a grand for it. Two years later, the choices are limited, but there are now some other options.
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The K-x is still a good deal, especially if you can find it discounted to $600 or less (for body and lens). I found mine for $490, and that included shipping to my door. For that price, there is not a better camera on the market and probably won't be for another two years.
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As I said earlier, there are other options to consider. First, any higher-end digital point-and-shoot camera will produce image quality reasonably close to the K-x, but for typically hundreds of dollars less. The Sony NEX-7 will produce image quality much higher than the K-x for only $450 more. When Canon releases the G1-X, it will have a little better image quality for $50 more. Canon and Nikon (and other camera manufacturers) offer DSLR cameras in the same price range as the K-x, but with smaller sensors (you might as well just get a point-and-shoot and save yourself some money).
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In conclusion, the Pentax K-x is a camera for those who want value--getting the most quality for least dollars. It's certainly not the best camera on the market, but it is very much a good camera and it has a nice price tag that won't break the bank.
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