First time DSLR users are the target for a new 12.4-million-pixel digital SLR from Pentax called the K-x, featuring 'HD' video and a top equivalent ISO expandable up to 12,800.rnrnFor first video and images of the Pentax K-x click

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First time DSLR users are the target for a new 12.4-million-pixel digital SLR from Pentax called the K-x, featuring ‘HD’ video and a top equivalent ISO expandable up to 12,800.

Though not designed to replace any other camera, Pentax UK has confirmed that the K-m – announced earlier this year – has been discontinued.

Featuring the same chassis as the K-m, the camera appears to take its name from the ‘Pentax KX’, a 35mm film SLR camera launched by the firm way back in 1975.

In a nod to the days of film, Pentax has installed a mode designed to simulate the effect of ‘cross-processing’, to create ‘eye-catching’ images. This function includes three preset options, plus the ability to set these randomly, according to Pentax UK.

Billed as an ‘entry class’ camera, the K-x DSLR houses a new CMOS imaging sensor and the same Prime II imaging processor as its higher end sibling, the 14.6MP K-7. This aims to boost AF speed and accuracy in low light.

The Pentax K-x will go on sale at the end of October, priced around £600, in a choice of black, white, blue and red. It will be available as a kit with an 18-55mm lens. We understand that the K-x will not go on sale body only.

The Live View-enabled model includes Face Detection to automatically detect up to 16 faces. The camera uses Contrast AF, and Phase Detection AF.

Like the K7, the K-x includes digital filter effects such as Star Burst and Fish Eye.

Image stabilisation comes in the form of a sensor-shift mechanism.

Photographers can shoot at a rate of up to 4.7 frames per second for up to 17 JPEG files and five raw format frames, says Pentax.

Also on board is a ‘dust-removal’ mechanism.

The ‘Pentax-only’ developed model weighs 515g and sports a 2.7in LCD screen carrying a resolution of 230,000 pixels.

The Pentamirror-equipped camera features 16-segment metering and an 11-point SAFOX VIII AF system (featuring nine cross-type sensors). The viewfinder is claimed to offer a field of view of 96%.

The K-x incorporates a built-in High Dynamic Range (HDR) function designed to create one composite image – with ‘extra-wide dynamic range’ – from three different exposures.

Boasting a top shutter speed of 1/6000sec the K-x aims to deliver 1280×720 pixel (24 frames per second) videos.

Though there is a built-in microphone, there is no option to add an external microphone.

The K-x will be launched alongside a new lens. The Pentax-DA L 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED is described as a ‘lightweight super-telephoto’ that delivers the 35mm viewing angle equivalent of a 84.5-460mm lens.

The zoom will be available as part of a twin-lens kit (which includes the 18-55mm lens), priced £749.99.

Pentax kx imagePENTAX K-x Specifications, as supplied by Pentax UK:

Type TTL autofocus, auto-exposure digital SLR digital-still camera

with built-in retractable P-TTL auto pop-up flash

Effective

Pixels approx. 12.4 megapixels

Image Sensor Total pixels approx. 12.9 megapixels

Type CMOS with a primary colour filter

Size 23.6mm x 15.8mm

Recorded

Pixels Still Picture JPEG: [12M] 4288×2428 pixels, [10M] 3936×2624 pixels,

[6M] 3072×2048 pixels, [2M] 1728×1152 pixels

RAW: [12M] 4288×2428 pixels

Movie [0.9M] 1280×720, 16:9, [0.3M] 640×416, 3:2

Sensitivity (Standard output sensitivity )

Auto, Manual: 200-6400 (1EV steps or 1/2EV steps or 1/3EV

steps)

Bulb mode: up to ISO1600, Could be expanded to ISO 100-

12800

Recording Format Still Picture RAW (Original/DNG), JPEG (Conforms to Exif 2.21),

Conforms to DCF (Design rule of Camera File system) 2.0

Movie Motion JPEG (AVI) 24FPS

Image Formats JPEG – Baseline (Three star: Best, Two star: Better, One

star: Good)

RAW (12bit) (PEF, DNG )

RAW+JPEG: available

Storage Media SD memory card , SDHC memory card

White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, Fluorescent

Light (W, D, N, L (Light Bulb) ),

Flash, CTE, Manual setting, with WB fine adjustment

Viewfinder Type Fixed moulded penta-mirror type

Focusing screen Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen

Field of view approx. 96%

Magnification approx. 0.85X (with 50mm F1.4 lens, infinity, -1m-1)

Diopter adjustment approx. -2.5 – +1.5m-1

Live View Type TTL by Image sensor

Display Enlargement (2X, 4X, 6X in case of AF mode, 2X, 4X, 6X,

8X, 10X in case of MF mode),

Grid pattern, white/black out warning display, Histogram

display

Autofocus Mode Contrast detection + Face detection / Contrast detection /

Phase difference detection

Monitor Type TFT colour LCD monitor, Brightness adjustable, Wide angle

view

Size 2.7 inch

Dots approx. 230,000 dots

Preview

Method Optical/Digital preview *This function can be allocated to

green button through Menu.

Playback Single frame, 4-image display, 9-image display, 16-image

display, 36-image display,

Zoom display (up to 16 times, scrolling possible), Image

comparison, Rotating, Folder,

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Calendar, Slideshow, Histogram, Bright/Dark area, Resize,

Trimming, Index

Digital Filter Rec. mode: Toy camera, High contrast, Soft, Star burst,

Retro, Extract colour, Fish eye, Custom

Playback: Toy camera, High contrast, Soft, Star burst, Retro,

Extract colour, Illustration(Pastel, Water colour),

Fish Eye, HDR, B&W, Sepia, Colour, Slim, Miniature,

Brightness, Base Tweaking, Custom

Focusing

System Type TTL phase difference detection, 11-point wide autofocus

system (SAFOX VIII)

Focus Mode AF.A(auto), AF.S(single, with focus lock), AFC(

continuous)*, Manual focus

* Auto Picture and Picture mode: only when the Action mode

is selected.

* Scene mode: only when the Kids, Pet, Stage lighting and

Night snap mode are selected.

* P/Sv/Tv/Av/M/B: AF.A, AF.S or AF.C selectable

Focus Point 5-point auto, 11-point auto, AF point select, Centre

AF assist lamp available (by Built-in Flash)

Exposure

Control Metering System TTL open-aperture 16-segment metering (coupled with lens

and AF information)

Metering Mode (1) Multi-segment metering (2) Centre-weighted metering (3)

Spot metering

Exposure Range EV1-21.5(Standard Output Sensitivity 200 50mmF1.4)

Modes (1) Auto Picture mode (2) Picture mode (3) Scene mode (4)

Program AE (5) Sensitivity-Priority AE

(6) Shutter-Priority AE (7) Aperture-Priority AE (8) Metered

Manual (9) Bulb

Picture mode Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, Night scene portrait,

Standard Flash-Off

Scene mode Night Scene, Surf & Snow, Food, Sunset, Kids, Pet,

Candlelight, Museum,

Stage lighting*, Night snap* *The image is fixed to only

JPEG.

Exposure

Compensation ±3EV (0.5EV steps or 0.3EV steps)

Auto-bracketing 3 frames within range of ±0.5EV, ±1.0EV, ±1.5EV (0.5EV

steps) or ±0.3EV, ±0.7EV, ±1.0EV (0.3EV steps)

AE Lock This function can be allocated to AF button in Menu.

Shutter Shutter Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter

Shutter Speed Auto: 1/6000 – 30 sec. and bulb, Manual: 1/6000 – 30 sec.,

and bulb

Drive Modes Continuous

shooting

Single-frame , Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12s, 2s),

Remote control (0s, 3s), Auto bracket

approx. 4.7 fps, sequence: 17 frame (JPEG and Continuous

(Hi)) 5 frame (RAW)

approx. 2 fps , sequence: until the memory card becomes

full (JPEG and Continuous (Lo)) 11 frame (RAW)

Built-in Flash Type Built-in retractable P-TTL pop-up flash

Guide number approx. 16 (Standard Output Sensitivity 200/m) 12 (Standard

Output Sensitivity 100/m)

Angle of view

coverage 28mm wide-angle (equivalent to 35mm)

Flash Exposure

Compensation -2 EV – +1EV (1/2EV steps)

Flash

Synchronisati

on

Hot shoe, sync-speed: 1/180 sec., P-TTL, high-speed-sync,

wireless-sync with PENTAX dedicated flash

Image

Stabiliser Type Image sensor shift mechanism, Max 4 steps

Dust Removal Type Image sensor moving mechanism and SP Coating

Time World Time 75 cities (28 time zones)

Data Folder Folder Name Date (100_MMDD・・・), PENTX (100PENTX, 101PENTX・・・)

Power

Sources Four AA (lithium, alkaline, and rechargeable Ni-MH)

batteries

Optional AC adapter also available.

Battery Life

Number of

recordable images

(Lithium)

approx. 1900 (Normal Recording)*2 , 1100 (50% use

Flash)*1

Playback time approx. 680 minutes*2

Number of

recordable images

(Ni-MH 1900mAh)

approx. 640 (Normal Recording)*2 , 420 (50% use Flash)*1

Playback time approx. 390 minutes*2

Number of

recordable images

(Alkaline)

approx. 210 (Normal Recording)*2 , 130 (50% use Flash)*1

Playback time approx. 350 minutes*2

Interfaces USB/Video

USB 2.0 (HI-SPEED)

Video Output Compatible with NTSC and PAL formats

Lens Mount PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount

Usable Lens PENTAX KAF3-, KAF2-, KAF-, and KA-mount lenses

* Power zoom function is not available. K-mount lenses

usable with restrictions.

S-mount lenses, 67/645 lenses usable with adapter and with

restrictions.

Dimensions approx. 122.5(W) x 91.5(H) x 67.5(D)mm (4.8 x 3.6 x 2.7

inches)

Weight approx. 515g (18.2 oz.) without battery and SD memory card

approx. 580g (20.5 oz.) loaded and ready with lithium battery

and SD memory card

approx. 615g (21.7 oz.) loaded and ready with alkaline

battery and SD memory card

Included

accessories USB cable I-USB7, Strap O-ST53, AA lithium battery 4pcs. ,

CD-ROM S-SW99

Eyecup FQ , Hot shoe cover FK, Body mount cover

Bundle

software PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4.0

*1 Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing.

Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions.

*2 According to the result of PENTAX in-house testing.