Pentax has decided to launch an attack on the bottom end of the D-SLR market with its new 10-megapixel K-m, designed specifically with beginners in mind. But what kind of camera can you get for £350, and is it really good enough to worry Canon and Nikon?
Well, there’s Pentax’s excellent sensor-based SR anti-shake system, for a start. On previous models this has proved to be one of the best on the market, and while in this camera it’s been downsized, the results look just as good as ever.
This system is also used for dust-removal, and the K-m goes further than its rivals by adding an excellent dust-checking system which clearly highlights any dust on the sensor -- you can check to see if you need to activate the built-in cleaning, and then check it’s worked afterwards.
The LCD carries good, clear shooting information, and an interactive user interface that’s quick and logical to use. The design of the camera as a whole is clean and uncluttered, and perfect for novices.
But the K-m has plenty to satisfy more adventurous snappers too. It includes Pentax’s unique dynamic range expansion function which genuinely does capture highlight detail that other D-SLRs leave behind, and there’s a whole raft of digital filters you can use when shooting and when tinkering around with saved images afterwards.