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Pentax hopes to attract a new group of dSLR buyers with some design flash and an updated control layout.
A fast, inexpensive dSLR with better-than-average low-light quality, the Pentax K-x nevertheless has some flaws, such as unreliable image stabilization, to watch out for.
While the camera still has the weather-sealed body and same basic design, almost everything else about the Pentax K-3 from sensor to control layout is different.
A reasonable option for an entry-level dSLR, the Pentax K-50 should satisfy if you need the weather-sealed design. But while acceptable, it and its cheaper sibling the K-500 lag behind the competition in image quality and performance.
The K-5 II gets an enhanced autofocus system, plus a sibling without an antialiasing filter. And they're accompanied by a couple of new lenses.
Do a lower price and claimed performance improvements enhance the small-sensored ILC's appeal?
It's a great option if you have a shelf full of K-mount lenses and don't mind missing some action shots, but the Pentax K-01 isn't such a great option for a typical amateur photographer.
Pentax has released new firmware to its K-x and K-7 DSLR cameras. The firmware updates, v1.02 for the K-x, and v1.11 for the K-7, add support for SDXC memory cards.
If you've been jealous of the rainbow of dSLR colors available in Japan for Pentax's K-x, you can now turn green with camera rather than envy.
The Pentax K-x is a fast, inexpensive dSLR with better-than-average low-light quality, despite flaws such as unreliable image stabilization.