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03-15-2010, 08:57 AM   #1
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Pentax K-x the winner of AlphaMountWorld.com entry-level DSLR comparison

Well deserved!

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Entry Level DSLR- Features Comparison - AlphaMountWorld.com



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Haven't tried the other cameras but I can sure say that I`m very satisfied with my K-x.
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Why is the K-x so expensive in Pounds or is this a typo? Does not compare so well for pricing if this pricing is right.
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I think everyone here would agree that the K-x is a feature-packed unit. But what surprised me about this chart is what some other manufacturers leave out from their entry-level cameras.

Really Nikon, no MLU or bracketing?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Quicksand Quote
I think everyone here would agree that the K-x is a feature-packed unit. But what surprised me about this chart is what some other manufacturers leave out from their entry-level cameras.

Really Nikon, no MLU or bracketing?
Yeah. Sure, things like more AF points and whether they're cross- or straight-type, and a higher top shutter speed are changes that would take a bit to implement, but things like MLU and (wider) bracketing and in-camera RAW development cost virtually nothing to implement.

This is actually where Pentax's smaller range of cameras might help them: it would cost them more to make a camera that has less features than their top-of-the-line.

(And that on-camera flash as a wireless trigger is hilarious when Canon made a big stink about how their latest prosumer cams now had that feature; something Pentax has had for pretty much forever.)
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QuoteOriginally posted by lithos Quote
Yeah. Sure, things like more AF points and whether they're cross- or straight-type, and a higher top shutter speed are changes that would take a bit to implement, but things like MLU and (wider) bracketing and in-camera RAW development cost virtually nothing to implement.
Actually, I'm sure the camera hardware is quite capable of performing these functions -- what they're doing is de-implementing them on purpose to cripple the low-end models and make people buy the more expensive ones. Sony is terrible with stuff like this, especially. I don't know much about their bloated SLR line-up, but I hear murmurs from the Alpha mount world that the old A200 actually has MORE features than its replacements (A230, etc...) because the Sony line-up has grown so much that the entry level now needs to be more entry level than it used to be (while still costing as much, natch)

Glad Pentax is one of few manufacturers that are only doing a minimum of artificial crippling. Speaking of which, where is Olympus in this comparison? I'm sure the e-520 would do fairly well...
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Rush2112 one of the contributing people for that article had posted this late last week:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-dslr-discussion/93565-pentax-wins.html
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QuoteOriginally posted by kiwi_jono Quote
Why is the K-x so expensive in Pounds or is this a typo? Does not compare so well for pricing if this pricing is right.
Not a typo: since about spring last year Pentax overcharge to a ludicrous extent here in the UK. For example the DA 12-24mm is £960 ($1450 US).

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If the Kx did so well here on this chart

I wonder how well the K7 is going to do in another comparison article being worked on?



Just ordered my vertical grip for those times when I don't need to go lightweight or discreet. Find myself missing the larger size DSLR sometimes but the grip will take care of that bulk just fine. What a great camera the K7.

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Excellent news... on the price variation... I noticed that also.

I am located in Spain... and almost always is cheaper to have electrical items shipped from the UK... this is including pentax equipment where I have made multiple puchases. (K20D, 50-135)... seems however that the kx does not fit this trend... can actually pick it up for the same price in Spain..... and is just ridiculous compared to the US.
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I agree the K-x is an excellent camera but that chart comparison doesn't make much sense. to compete with the 1000d and d3000 Pentax has the K-m, the K-x should be compared to Canon 450d/500d and Nikon d5000
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pablom Quote
I agree the K-x is an excellent camera but that chart comparison doesn't make much sense. to compete with the 1000d and d3000 Pentax has the K-m, the K-x should be compared to Canon 450d/500d and Nikon d5000
I agree 100% with you. The 1000D and D3000 are in a class below the K-x, IMHO.
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Is the Km still in production? If it isn't the Kx is the only entry level DSLR Pentax offers. I'm guessing that is the reason why. But you can spin it one of two ways:

1. The Kx as an entry level camera that out specs the other entry level competition for a slightly higher price (US).

or

2. The Kx is an entry level camera that can compete spec-wise with mid-level offerings from Cannon and Nikon.
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Well the K-x is arguably better than both the D5000 and the 500D as well. It's really the best value APS-C DSLR on the market by miles.

Price wise, in South Africa I paid R8500 ($1150) for the K-x 55-300 kit.
And it was $200 cheaper than the D5000 55-200VR kit too!
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The KX was included in the chart

For one main reason:

Kx and the other cameras in the chart are all near the same price in the US, give or take 10% body only.

Not the same in the UK of course, but is the KM in production there anymore?
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