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In-depth reviews of Pentax DSLRs and mirrorless cameras: our reviews will give you a tour of each camera and present its strengths and weaknesses.

Pentax Camera/DSLR Reviews

Pentax K-3 Review
Pentax K-3 Review
November, 2013
The Pentax K-3 is an advanced 24-megapixel DSLR set to replace the K-5 series of cameras. It builds on its predecessor's feature set and includes full weather sealing, 8.3 FPS continuous shooting, new video features, dual card slots, and dual control wheels for easy use. The K-3's new sensor captures low-noise images and promises to be one of the best sensors in its class. Its launch price is $1299 in the USA for the body only.
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Pentax Q7 Review
Pentax Q7 Review
September, 2013
The Pentax Q7 is the world's smallest interchangeable-lens camera. As the third-generation Q-mount body from Pentax, the Q7 brings forth many improvements compared to its predecessors, most notably a larger 1/1.7" sensor, faster processing, and an overhauled autofocus system.
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Pentax K-500 Review
Pentax K-500 Review
August, 2013
The Pentax K-500 is an entry-level DSLR that is almost identical to the K-50. It is significantly cheaper than the K-50, however, as it lacks weather sealing and a handful of other secondary features, such as an electronic level. Overall, this camera delivers excellent image quality and we find it to be a great choice for beginners.
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Pentax K-50 Review
Pentax K-50 Review
August, 2013
The Pentax K-50 is an upper entry-level/mid-range DSLR set to replace the K-30. It builds on its predecessor's feature set and includes full weather sealing, 6FPS continuous shooting, advanced video features, and dual control wheels for easy use. Its 16-megapixel sensor captures low-noise images and continues to be one of the best sensors in its class. The K-50 was launched alongside a new and affordable weather-sealed 18-55mm kit lens, and all K-50 kits will include sealed lenses- a welcome first for Pentax. Its launch price is a low $699 for the body only.
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Pentax WG-3 / WG-3 GPS
Pentax WG-3 / WG-3 GPS
May, 2013
An in-depth review of the "adventureproof" Pentax WG-3 and WG-3 GPS compact cameras, which are built to survive in any environment, including underwater.
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Pentax MX-1
Pentax MX-1
March, 2013
The Pentax MX-1 is the first enthusiast/"prosumer" compact digital camera from Pentax. It features a 1/1.7" 12-megapixel sensor and a fast 28-112mm (eqv.) F1.8-2.5 lens. On top of that is an elegant retro design inspired by classic Pentax cameras. How well does the MX-1 fare overall?
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Pentax K-5 II / IIs Review
Pentax K-5 II / IIs Review
October, 2012
And in-depth review of the Pentax K-5 II and IIs, which includes an overview of what's new in the cameras since their predecessor, the Pentax K-5. The K-5 was an advanced, weather-sealed DSLR boasting best-in-class image quality when it was launched.
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Pentax K-30
Pentax K-30
July, 2012
The Pentax K-30 is a versatile mid-range DSLR complete with weather-sealing and two control wheels for easy adjustment of settings. How does it match up against its predecessors? Has the autofocus been improved? Read on for our in-depth Pentax K-30 review!
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Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS
Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS
March, 2012
The Optio WG-2 GPS represents the 13th generation of waterproof digital cameras from Pentax. It features improved video recording, a high 16-megapixel resolution, and other exciting new features compared to its predecessor.
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Pentax K-01
Pentax K-01
March, 2012
The Pentax K-01 is the first mirrorless camera that accepts a complete DSLR lens lineup. It delivers exceptional image quality and has a unique design by Marc Newson. Does its wide lens compatibility make up for its quirkiness?
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Pentax K-r
Pentax K-r
August, 2011
An intro-level DSLR with 12.4 megapixels that improves upon the features of the K-x. While not as good of a value as the K-x, it's certainly an upgrade in all respects.
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Pentax K-5
Pentax K-5
August, 2011
A top-notch prosumer DSLR featuring a 16.3 megapixel sensor with best-in-class noise control, dynamic range, and image quality, with the ability to go all the way up to ISO 51200. Designed for the advanced amateur or professional, it is fully weather-sealed and features a brand-new autofocus system that employs a light wavelength sensor for quick and accurate focusing, as well as a 7FPS shutter ideal for action photography. We've concluded that this is the best Pentax DSLR to date!
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Camera Comparisons

Using the Sony Alpha 7 with Pentax Full-frame Lenses
Using the Sony Alpha 7 with Pentax Full-frame Lenses
February, 2014
A review of the Sony Alpha 7 mirrorless full-frame camera with a focus on using adapted Pentax lenses.
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Ricoh GR vs. Nikon Coolpix A
Ricoh GR vs. Nikon Coolpix A
June, 2013
Our in-depth comparative review of the Ricoh GR puts it head-to-head against the Nikon Coolpix A, its main competitor with very similar specifications. Despite being pocketable, both cameras deliver DSLR-grade image quality thanks to their unique lens and sensor designs. We also compare the GR to its predecessor, the Ricoh GR Digital IV.
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Fujifilm X100s Review
Fujifilm X100s Review
July, 2013
Review of the Fujifilm X100s enthusiast compact digital camera
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Fujifilm X20 Review
Fujifilm X20 Review
July, 2013
Review of the Fujifilm X20 compact digital camera
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Nikon D800E vs Pentax 645D
Nikon D800E vs Pentax 645D
December, 2012
The ultimate showdown: can full-frame image quality match that of a 40-megapixel medium format camera? How does the Nikon D800E match up against the Pentax 645D? If you're a professional photographer craving high-resolution images, don't miss this review!
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K-30 vs T4i vs D5100
K-30 vs T4i vs D5100
October, 2012
An in-depth comparison of the Canon Rebel T4i, Nikon D5100, and Pentax K-30. These are all affordable intro/mid-range DSLRs with roughly the same specifications, but which camera is the best? Read our comparison to find out!
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Fuji X10 Review and Pentax Q Comparison
Fuji X10 Review and Pentax Q Comparison
December, 2011
Review of the Fuji X10 and comparison with Pentax Q - which camera is the better buy?
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Pentax Q Review and Olympus Micro Four Thirds E-PL3 Comparison
Pentax Q Review and Olympus Micro Four Thirds E-PL3 Comparison
October, 2011
Can the Pentax Q, with its new back-lit sensor technology compete, with the image quality of a the micro four thirds system (which has a sensor that is four times as big)? In this review we examine all aspects of the Pentax Q camera and compare it to the Olympus E-PL3. Which camera takes better pictures? Is the Q worth getting?
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Canon 7D vs Pentax K-5
Canon 7D vs Pentax K-5
August, 2011
In our first comparative review, we take a look at the K-5 and see how it matches up against the Canon 7D. It's a very close call, but we were able to elect a winner- read more to find out which camera won!
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Pentax 645D Review and Comparison with Nikon D3x
Pentax 645D Review and Comparison with Nikon D3x
September, 2011
In this review we not only examine and 40-megapixel medium-format Pentax 645D, but also compare it to the Nikon D3x, the flagship full-frame DSLR from Nikon. We discuss the aspects in which each camera excels and when you should choose one over the other.
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