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Pentax K-x

Pentax K-x - An entry-class digital SLR camera with sophisticated features.

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Pentax K-xPress Release:

Pentax UK is pleased to announce the launch of the Pentax K-x lensinterchangeable digital SLR camera. The K-x combines a variety of advanced features and user-friendly functions to ensure an outstanding level of photographic performance within a compact, lightweight body.

The K-x design is based on the award winning Pentax K-m, an entry-class digital SLR camera launched in October 2008 that gained popularity for its compact, lightweight body and simple, user-friendly operation. The K-x features a newly designed high performance CMOS image sensor and an upgraded filter function. It also features a whole host of advanced features and such as live view shooting and movie recording, approximately 12.4Mp and high-speed continuous shooting. The K-x is the perfect camera for first-time digital SLR camera users, as well as an ideal backup camera for more experienced photographers.

The K-x is launched in conjunction with the smc Pentax-DA L 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED super-telephoto zoom lens. This zoom lens is designed to be lightweight without compromising the exceptional optical performance common to all Pentax lenses, making super-telephoto photography easier and smoother for K-x users. The smc Pentax-DA L 55-300mm comes as part of a K-x twin lens Kit package.

Main Features of the Pentax K-x:

1. High-quality image reproduction
  • Approximately 12.4Mp for true-to-life image reproduction - The K-x incorporates a newly developed CMOS image sensor to assure high-speed image data read-out at varying ISO sensitivity levels. With approximately 12.4 effective megapixels, this image sensor can reproduce true-to-life images with fine detail and rich depth of colours. The K-x also offers a wide sensitivity range between ISO 200 and ISO 6400 and allows the user to expand the sensitivity range between ISO 100 and ISO 12800 via a custom function, giving greater creative freedom.
  • High-performance, high-speed PRIME (Pentax Real Image Engine) II imaging engine - Thanks to new technologies supplied by Fujitsu Microelectronics Limited, this new imaging engine offers greater data processing speed and enhanced capability to produce higher-quality images with richer, more accurate colour rendition, as well as faster transmission speed of movie data.
2. Compact, lightweight body - Despite the incorporation of the large 23.6mm x 15.8mm image sensor, the K-x is one of the most compact, lightweight digital SLR cameras in its class.

Pentax K-7 Top3. Live View function, with Face detection of up to 16 faces - The K-x features a live view function, which allows the user to view the image on its LCD monitor during shooting. The K-x also offers a choice of three different focusing modes during live view shooting: Contrast AF, which optimises the focus based on the subject’s contrast; Face Detection AF, which automatically detects up to 16 faces, selects the main subject’s face from multiple faces, then captures it in sharp focus; and Phase Difference AF, which uses the AF sensor positioned in the camera body to optimise focus on the subject.

4. High-quality recording at 1280 x 720 pixels, with HDTV-proportion movie recording at 24 frames per second - The K-x provides a movie recording function* which captures beautiful, 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. This extends the benefits of high-quality SLR photography to the world of movie shooting.

5. Pentax-original SR mechanism for sharp, blur-free images - The K-x features the Pentax-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism. This innovative mechanism extends its benefits to almost all Pentax interchangeable lenses - even those designed for film-format cameras. Thanks to this mechanism, the K-x produces sharp, blur-free images even under demanding conditions prone to camera shake, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark without a flash illumination, and taking pictures of sunset scenes.

6. 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 fastest of all entry-class models. The K-x also features a new, reliable shutter unit, which proved its dependability and ruggedness through a demanding action test of more than 100,000 shutter releases. Its top shutter speed of 1/6000 second allows the photographer to preserve sharp, crisp images of fast-moving subjects.

7. Innovative image processing functions to produce distinctive photographic expressions
  • Digital filter function - The K-x’s digital filter function allows the user 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, the user can even apply different filters one after another to a single image to create more personalised visual effects.
  • Cross process mode - The K-x features the new cross process mode, in which the camera automatically and randomly shifts photographic parameters for each exposure to create eyecatching images with unique, fanciful colours — just like pictures treated with the cross process in film photography.
8. High-precision 11-point AF sensor - The K-x’s high-precision, wide-frame SAFOX VIII autofocus system features 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors positioned in the middle) to automatically capture even off-centered subjects in sharp, crisp focus. The photographer can also select one of the sensors as a focusing point to accommodate specialised applications.

Pentax K-x Red9. Other features
  • Energy efficient circuit design for longer battery life, capable of capturing approximately 1,900 images with four AA-size lithium batteries.
  • Custom Image function to create unique finishing touches.
  • DR (Dust Removal) mechanism to eliminate annoying dust spots on recorded images and visually check for the adhesion of dust to the image sensor.
  • 2.7in, high-resolution colour LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots.
  • Auto Picture mode for effortless, automatic selection of the most appropriate shooting mode, even during Live View shooting.
  • HDR (high dynamic range) function to create one composite image with an extra-wide dynamic range from three images with different exposures.
  • White balance control, featuring a new CTE mode to emphasise the colour components of sunset scenes.
  • Status screen for easy, at-a-glance confirmation of various settings on the LCD monitor.
  • Ten scene modes, with selection via simple icons.
  • Automatic compensation of distortion and lateral chromatic aberration (available only with DA and D FA series lenses).
  • Pentax Digital Camera Utility 4 software package, with RAW-data processing and browser applications.
Major Features of the smc Pentax-DA L 55-300mm F4-5.8ED lens
  • A lightweight super-telephoto zoom lens for focal lengths between 84.5mm and 460mm (in the 35mm format)
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass optical elements to assure true-to-life image descriptions and faithful colour renditions through effective compensation of chromatic aberrations over the entire zoom range.
The Pentax K-x will be available in September 2009. The K-x with kit lens 18-55mm DAL will have an RRP of £599.99 and the K-x with double kit lens 18-55mm DAL + 55-300mm DAL will have an RRP of £749.99. For more information please visit the Pentax UK website.

Please see our Pentax K-x preview.

Product Coordinator Stephen Sanderson spoke to ePHOTOzine about the Pentax K-x. See it now on ePHOTOzine.tv. Please note: This is not a final production video. This was shot when ePHOTOzine met with Pentax for an exclusive first look of the Pentax K-x. When we have the review product we will be producing a full, high quality video. We've put this up to give you a first look at the menu system and features.



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Comments


Kako 8 136
17 Sep 2009 12:06PM
Looks an excellent camera for those looking for an entry level model(albeit at a price). I suspect the long telephoto zoom and the garish colour options will be very popular also. I have to admit to being VERY disappointed though that this new model wasn't the K30D. Unless Pentax is expecting the price of the K7 to fall quickly to around the 750 -800 mark ,then I can't help feeling that they may have missed a more important opportunity. Lets not forget, the K-m which has generally very good reviews is still less than a year old. The K20 in comparison is well past its sell by date.

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MattGrayson 7 622 3 England
17 Sep 2009 8:12PM
I think this is more a task to bolster the range over replacing existing models. Smile
18 Sep 2009 1:49AM
The colours are something to remind us of the past when cameras used to be in all sorts off colours, and hopefully will allow us photographers to think outside BLACK which Henry Ford did when he made the assembly line for them prior to that they came in a few others colours.

As for entry might also be people like me to think about replacing my DL2 as the top of the line is cool but in the economic of the GLOBAL VILLAGE I may think this the way to go.
Kako 8 136
18 Sep 2009 11:11AM
Matt,

right, I see. I hadn't realised it was an additional model to fit in between the K-M and K20. Other than the price which will no doubt fall it just seemed like a K-M class of camera, particularly as it is lighter and looks less robust than the K-M. I do wish all DSLRs came fully weatherproofed and all but entry models came with metal chassis'. 35mm SLRs were robust and could take a few knocks compared to the plastic 'toys' we seem to have today at the lower end. It can't just be down to price, remember the old Zenits that were built out of old T34s! (cheap as chips into the bargain).
Kako 8 136
18 Sep 2009 1:18PM
Have just visited the Japanese Pentax home page for the K-x. There are 20 different body colours and 5 different grip colours available over there! 100 combos altogether. I nearly threw up at the light green and mustard combination!! Lots of fun though, i'm sure if they had a few extra colour combinations over here they would wipe the floor with the opposition this christmas. I was looking for any possible info on K30 when i saw all this. I only really came across some old rumour from 10 months ago on a US site referring to a possible 14Mp APS-H set up for it.
Kako 8 136
19 Sep 2009 10:48AM
Apparently the K-m has been discontinued (so I read online yesterday). The K-x will therefore be Pentax's entry level DSLR. can't help feeling its a bit overpriced if that is the case. Needs to be 500-525 for cheapest kit. It also means I suspect that there may not be a replacement for the K20D as there will not be much of a price gap to fit it into. 600 for K-x, 1000 for K-7. It would have to come in at 800 and fairly pronto otherwise price erosion on the K-7 (which I suspect has had disappointing sales) will quickly
encroach onto the 800 price point. In effect the K-7 will become the de facto K20 replacement.
Neuman 4
2 Nov 2009 4:52AM
Yes Kako i have too seen the combo's that japan gets ... and i wish i lived in japan to get one ..but the coolest thing is the limited edition robot model ... it's a robot no it's a camera no wait it's a robot camera!!

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