I decided that I would leave the world of point and shoots and took my photography interest to the next level. I looked at three cameras, and while the Nikon D5000 and the Canon T1i were great, I decided that the Pentax would be my choice as a beginner.
Recommend this product?
There were several reasons.
First, the Pentax was cheaper. It was about $50 cheaper than the Nikon and $100 less than the Canon. I checked everywhere and could not find a better deal. Not being an aficiando, I knew Nikon and Canon well, and while I heard of Pentax, I had no idea what their reputation was. It also came with a carry bag for all you would ever need in a camera, including 5~6 lenses.
Second, the K-x is a great size and much smaller than the D5000.
Thirdly, the D5000 and X1i do not have autofocus in the body of the camera, it is found in the lens system. The Pentax has an incredible 11-step focus system that will work with any lens, driving down the cost of lenses. As a beginner, I am still in the tinkering phase so I need the camera to quickly put things in focus when I can't and it does so with a quick touch of a button.
LAstly, chaning lenses was the easiest amongst the three and since it does come with two lenses, it does make a difference.
It does have some flaws.
1. It is not weather proof. If you are looking to take it adventure seeking, it may not last.
2. The screen is sort of small, at only 2.7 inches and unlike the Nikon D5000, it does not swivel.
3. It uses 4 AA batteries, which has a plus and negative. The plus is that they are common and 4 lithium rechargeables can be purchased. The con is that you have to buy them, unlike cameras that come with rechargable lithium batteries nowadays.
And how are the pictures?
They are amazing and even though I've been using it for nearly 5 weeks, I am learning new things that my old point and shoot would never have accomplished.
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This Camera is a Good Choice if You Want Something... Easy Enough for Anyone to Use