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The best entry-level Pentax DSLR cameras are the interchangeable lens cameras with relatively lesser features then the high-end professional DSLRs. The below listed top-rated DSLR cameras can be purchased under the $800 price range and best suitable for low light photography and capturing things in motion. Using the CMOS sensors these cameras offer best image and video quality and can be a best companion for amateur photographers.

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Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3 SLR Camera - Body Only


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Pentax K-3
Pentax K-50
Pentax K-500
Pentax K-30
Pentax K-r
Pentax K-3 SLR Camera - Body Only
Pentax K-50 Digital SLR Camera
Pentax K-500 16MP Digital SLR Camera
Pentax K-30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm lens
Pentax K-r Digital Camera
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Release Date
Oct 2013
Jun 2013
Jun 2013
May 2012
Sep 2010
Camera Type
SLR/Professional, Mid-size SLR
SLR/Professional, Compact SLR
SLR/Professional, Compact SLR
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
Resolution
24.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.3 Megapixel
12.9 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.2 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
28.2 mm
28.42 mm
28.42 mm
28.2 mm
28.2 mm

  • The Pentax K-3 is the most refined K-mount SLR to date, offering fast autofocus and superb image quality. Its video autofocus implementation isn't the best, but it still manages to snag our Editors' Choice award.


  • The Pentax K-3 is the most full-featured prosumer DSLR camera on the market, but not only that, it also delivers great performance, weather-resistant build quality, slick handling and excellent image quality too. The K-3 certainly has what it takes to compete with its main rivals, the Canon EOS 70D and Nikon D7100.
    The Pentax K-3 builds on the proven handling of the K-5 II camera.


  • A completely weatherproof body, good image quality and intuitive handling puts the K-3 cat among the pigeons, but there's still work to do if Pentax is to seriously compete with the DSLR options from Canon and Nikon.


  • A reasonable option for an entry-level dSLR, the Pentax K-50 should satisfy if you need the weather-sealed design. But while acceptable, it and its cheaper sibling the K-500 lag behind the competition in image quality and performance.


  • The Pentax K-50 is a fully weather-sealed D-SLR camera with an big optical viewfinder and fast burst shooting capability. It's available to order in any of 120 color combinations, but its video functionality is behind the times.


  • While it won't win any awards for originality, the Pentax K-50 remains an excellent stills camera that offers decent weatherproofing and handling at a price that won't break the bank, making it a great introduction to the world of DSLR cameras.


  • A reasonable option for an entry-level dSLR, the Pentax K-50 should satisfy if you need the weather-sealed design. But while acceptable, it and its cheaper sibling the K-500 lag behind the competition in image quality and performance.


  • The Pentax K-500 boasts top-notch image quality, and a pentaprism viewfinder, which is unheard of at its entry-level price point.


  • We can't think of any other similarly priced DSLR that offers so many features, so if you can live with the lack of weatherproofing that the more expensive K-50 offers, the new Pentax K-500 makes the perfect first DSLR for stills shooters.


  • The Pentax K-30 is weather sealed D-SLR with a large pentaprism viewfinder. It shoots at 5.2 frames per second, does well in low light, and ships with a sharp kit lens.


  • We'd recommend the K-30 to anyone looking for a sub-$1000 model to take to an environment where dust or moisture are a constant concern. Even if that's not an issue, the K-30 still handles great and offers performance similar to its peers from Canon and Nikon at this price point. It's not for absolute beginners and it's certainly not for video shooters, but the K-30 when paired with an appropriate lens-can go places other DSLRs at this price simply cannot.


  • The Pentax K-30 is a great alternative to similar offerings from the likes of Nikon, Canon and Sony, proving that Pentax can continue to deliver the goods in their core business, despite recent misfires in the world of compact system cameras. If you're looking for an intuitive, fast DSLR that delivers great pictures, then the Pentax K-30 certainly fits the bill.


  • In summary the Pentax K-r is a logical fusion of the K-x and K-7, nicely filling the price-gap between the two whilst offering a worthy upgrade to the former and cheaper alternative to the latter. As a very well-specified and crucially cheaper alternative to the Big Two of Canon and Nikon, the new Pentax K-r is a great mid-range DSLR that is a worthy recipient of our Highly Recommended award.

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    Pentax has created a worthy competitor in the entry to mid-level dSLR categories, with pleasing image quality, speedy shooting performance, and improved Live View performance compared to past models. This camera will appeal to a wide variety of photogs, whether you're a seasoned vet or just entering the dSLR world.

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    The Pentax K-r is one of the best entry-level digital SLRs on the market. No other camera in this class comes close to the K-r when it comes to value. For about $650 you get a camera with very good photo quality (even at high ISOs), sensor-shift image stabilization, a beautiful 3-inch LCD, tons of manual controls (plus several auto modes if you need them), super-fast continuous shooting, 720p video recording, flexible battery options, wireless flash control, and much, much more.