Pentax Announces Affordable, New K-x With HD Video

Posted by at 1:10 pm on September 21, 2009

Pentax has announced an overhaul for its least expensive K series – the K-x Now using the Japanese naming scheme, the K-x becomes the least expensive DSLR ever to shoot video and records 720p at 24 frames per second.   The K-x sports a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, up from the  from a 10-megapixel CCD which the K2000 – thw model it replaces. Tthe K-x also gains a   larger ISO range that normally sits between 200 and 6,400 but can extend to 100 and 12,800 with an override.   It also has the PRIME II imaging processor

The autofocusing system has more than doubled from just five points on the K2000 to 11 on the K-x, and burst shooting has accelerated from 3.5 frames per second to 4.7. Software now gives access to a high dynamic range mode that composites three photos together to expose the added detail, a 16-person face detection system, and 16 in-camera special effects that can be combined in the same shot.

Despite the feature increase, the K-x will be one of the least expensive new DSLRs on the market and should cost $650 in a kit with an 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 lens. Two dual-lens kits are also due that will tout both the kit lens as well as either a 50-200mm f4-5.6 telephoto lens (for $750) or a new 55-300mm f4-5.8 lens (for $850). All three ship in October, and kits will come both in traditional black as well as navy blue, red and white, all with color-matched lenses.

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