Updated on 3 December 2015 by

Pentax is a Japanese optics company, producing cameras, sport optics, etc. It is well known in the film based camera market but yet to get a foothold in the digital camera arena.

Pentax name was created from 'penta-prism' and 'Contax' names which are associated with SLR cameras. Pentax sells it compact cameras under the Optio brand which are known for their ruggedness and preferred as a sports camera. The best Pentax digital cameras are also water resistant models.

In the dSLR segment Pentax has a few award winning models, notably in the K-series which is known for its straightforward, easy-to-use, affordable and sturdy models. The best Pentax dSLR models are rugged and can withstand temperatures up to -10 degrees C. Pentax was recently acquired by Ricoh Corporation which makes office printers and imaging equipment.


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Pentax K-S2
Pentax K-3 II
Pentax 645Z
Pentax K-S1
Pentax QS-1
Pentax K-S2
Pentax K-3 II
Pentax 645Z
Pentax K-S1
Pentax QS-1
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Release Date
Apr 2015
Jun 2015
Jul 2014
Jan 2015
Dec 2014
Camera Type
Compact SLR
Mid-size SLR
Large SLR
Mid-size SLR
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Resolution
20.0 Megapixel
24.0 Megapixel
51.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.2 in.
3.2 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
28.2 mm
28.2 mm
55.0 mm
28.2 mm
1.97 mm
Average Rating
 4.0 stars
 4.0 stars
 5.0 stars
 3.5 stars
 3.0 stars
Image Quality
88% Positive
12% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
Focus
50% Positive
50% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
Look and Feel
100% Positive
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
Video
100% Negative
100% Negative
100% Negative
Display
33% Positive
67% Negative
100% Positive
40% Positive
60% Negative