The Pentax K-x features 12.4MP resolution (on a 23.6 x 15.8mm CMOS image sensor), Shake Reduction sensor-shift Image Stabilization, Dust Reduction technology, and a 2.7-in. LCD (230K dots). It is built solid, yet is compact and light thanks to the lightweight fiber-reinforced plastic polymer body wrapped over a stainless steel chassis.
The Pentax K-x is a user-friendly entry-level digital SLR camera that is packed with advanced functions. Auto Picture mode and Scene modes make it easy for the point-and-shoot photographer to upgrade to this digital SLR camera. PASM modes allow the advanced photographer to take full control of the camera.
Live View offers 3 focusing modes: Contrast-Detect AF, Face detection of up to 16 faces, and and Phase Difference AF.
Movie recording is 1280 x 720 pixels at 24fps in 16:9 HDTV format. There is no direct HD video connector on the camera so movies need to be downloaded first to a computer and then viewed on a HDTV.
Continuous shooting is an impressive 4.7fps (17 JPEG or 5 RAW DNG).
The KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount allows access to a large number of available Pentax lenses. Since it is sensor-based, image stabilization is compatible with any PENTAX lens ever produced, including new SDM lenses.
Other features include:
HDR (high dynamic range) function to create one composite image with an extra-wide dynamic range from three images with different exposures.
Automatic compensation of distortion and lateral chromatic aberration (available only with DA and D FA series lenses).
Custom Image function to create unique finishing touches.
Uses 4 AA batteries.
The Pentax K-x is an affordable digital SLR camera that targets the beginner amateur photographers who want a DSLR that allows them to learn and grow in digital photography. Available in Black, White and special editions Red or Navy Blue. In Japan, it is available in different body and grip color combinations.
PENTAX KAF3-, KAF2-, KAF-, and KA-mount lenses (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions)
SDM function: Yes
Power zoom function is not available. K-mount lenses usable with restrictions.
S-mount lenses, 67/645 lenses usable with adapter and with restrictions.
TTL phase difference detection
11-point (9 cross) wide autofocus system (SAFOX VIII)
AF Auto, AF Single (w focus lock), AF Continuous (available in Action mode including Auto Picture Action, Kids, Pet, Stage Lighting, Night Snap, P/A/S/M/B/Sv), Manual Focus point adjustment: 11 point auto, 5 point auto, AF point select, center/spot
Yes (via Built-in Flash)
TTL open-aperture 16-segment metering (coupled with lens and AF information)
EV 1-21.5 (ISO 200 with 50mm F1.4 lens)
Exposure / Capture Modes
- Auto Picture mode (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, Night Scene Portrait, Standard Flash Off)
- Picture mode (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, Night Scene Portrait, Standard Flash Off)
- Scene mode (Night Scene, Surf & Snow, Food, Sunset, Kids, Pet, Candlelight, Museum, Stage Lighting [JPG], Night Snap [JPG])
- Program AE
- Sensitivity-Priority AE
- Shutter-Priority AE
- Aperture-Priority AE
- Metered Manual
- Bulb (available in Metered Manual)
Movie Custom Image 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 adj)
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
Green simplified mode available: n/a
P/A/S/M/B: P, A, S, M, B (in Metered Manual), Sv (Sensitivity Priority)
Date stamp: n/a
Digital filters (capture): Toy Camera, High Contrast, Soft, Starburst, Retro, Color Extract (6), Fisheye, Custom (8)
Data record: Folder name (standard/date)
3 frames within range of ±0.5EV, ±1.0EV, ±1.5EV (0.5EV steps) or ±0.3EV, ±0.7EV, ±1.0EV (0.3EV steps)
approx. 2 fps , sequence: until the memory card becomes full (JPEG and Continuous (Lo)) 11 frame (RAW)
Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE Manual mode(s): Yes * WB fine adjustment available in all modes
Single frame One Shot (no data, basic data, full data, color channel histogram), Multi Image Display (4, 9, 16, or 36 thumbnails), Magnification Zoom display (up to 16 times, scrolling possible), Image comparison, Rotating, Folder, Calendar, Slideshow, Histogram, Bright/Dark area, Resize, Trimming, Index
Rec. mode: Toy camera, High contrast, Soft, Star burst, Retro, Extract color, Fish eye, Custom
Playback: Toy camera, High contrast, Soft, Star burst, Retro, Extract color, Illustration(Pastel, Water color), Fish Eye, HDR, B&W, Sepia, Color, Slim, Miniature, Brightness, Base Tweaking, Custom
Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out
Video out: NTSC, PAL
Printer interfaces: n/a
Four AA (lithium, alkaline, and rechargeable Ni-MH) batteries
Optional AC adapter also available.
Number of recordable images (Lithium): approx. 1900 (Normal Recording)*2 , 1100 (when 50% use Flash)*1
Playback time: approx. 680 minutes*2
Number of recordable images (Ni-MH 1900mAh): approx. 640 (Normal Recording)*2 , 420 (50% use Flash)*1
Playback time: approx. 390 minutes*2
Number of recordable images (Alkaline): approx. 210 (Normal Recording)*2 , 130 (50% use Flash)*1
Playback time: approx. 350 minutes*2
*1 Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing. Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions. *2 According to the result of PENTAX in-house testing.
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 122.5 x 91.5 x 67.5mm /
4.8 x 3.6 x 2.7 in.
- approx. 515g (18.2 oz) without battery and SD memory card
approx. 580g (20.5 oz) loaded and ready with lithium battery and SD memory card
approx. 615g loaded and ready with alkaline battery and SD memory card
Designs and specifications are subjects to change without notice.
USB Cable I-USB7
Hotshoe Cover FK
Body Mount Cover
AA Lithium Batteries (*4)
Software CD-ROM S-SW99
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