14 April 2013 by Permi Krishna
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.