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Ricoh Imaging is Japan-based corporation which specializes in digital camera manufacturing under the Pentax brand name. The SLR cameras from Pentax which focus on image quality and flexibility, have been in market since the 1950s. Unlike few of the DSLR brands, Pentax manufactures lenses for its own range of cameras. In general, the best Pentax digital SLR cameras are both easy to use and well designed - catering to the various kinds of photography enthusiasts.

Pentax has revamped its whole lineup of DSLR cameras by releasing feature and performance oriented models over the very recent years. These are some of the flagship, mid-level, entry-level DSLRs including the lifeproof models. It is of a great applicability that most Pentax DSLRs possess one or the other lifeproof features.

Flagship DSLRs:
Recently Pentax released a few flagship digital SLR cameras with the high-end features such as high resolution sensor, advanced autofocus system and, accurate shake reduction system along with the weather sealed, dust proof and coldproof rugged designs. With the ability to capture photos of 16.3 Megapixel using the CMOS sensors, the flagship cameras can also capture 1080p videos effectively with the help of built-in electronic viewfinders. Unlike the other line of Pentax DSLRs, these flagship cameras come in only one (black) color .

Mid-range DSLRs:
The latest mid-range DSLRs from Pentax come in various custom colors: black, white, mixed among the 120 customizable colors. These mid-range cameras with fast and advanced functionality with the specs of an advanced DSLR can be perfect for families and everyday photography with assistive wide selection of creative tools and filters for personalized effects. Along with the specification of 16 Megapixel image capture, the best Pentax digital SLR cameras under this segment support 6 frames per second continuous shooting and Full 1080p h.264 HD video recording.

Entry-level DSLRs:
To cater to the beginners, casual photographers and other enthusiasts, Pentax has an entry-level product offering at an affordable price range. These cameras implement APS-C sized CMOS sensors and support high sensitivity shooting up to ISO 51200 at 16 Megapixel resolution.

We have sorted out all of the available latest and best Pentax digital SLR cameras top-rated by expert camera reviewers all around the web.

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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-5 II
Pentax K-30
Pentax K-3 SLR Camera - Body Only
Pentax K-50 Digital SLR Camera
Pentax K-500 16MP Digital SLR Camera
Pentax K-5 II Digital Camera
Pentax K-30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm lens
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Release Date
Oct 2013
Jun 2013
Jun 2013
Sep 2012
May 2012
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
16.3 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
28.4 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-5 II is a top-notch D-SLR when it comes to still capture, but its video performance is disappointing in comparison.


  • Photographers buying their first top-tier DSLR will have a tough choice ahead, but Pentaxians are likely to stick with the home team. If you're looking to upgrade from a K-7, K20D, or K-x and don't shoot in low light or with fast primes (brighter than f/2.8), the K-5 is a great choice and a real money-saver. But if you just love shallow depth of field and need the flexibility to shoot in extremely dim light, the K-5 II is your answer.


  • The K-5 II's image quality is excellent, producing noise-free images all the way from from ISO 80-800. Noise starts to become apparent at ISO 1600, with a little more noise and smearing of fine detail at the higher settings of 3200 and 6400, while the fastest speeds of 12800, 25600 are suitable for smaller prints. The incredible headline-grabbing top-speed of 512000 is frankly unusable - Pentax should have followed Nikon's lead and stopped the range at 25600.


  • 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.


Top 5 pentax digital slr camera:

  1. Pentax K-3 SLR Camera - Body Only
  2. Pentax K-50 Digital SLR Camera
  3. Pentax K-500 16MP Digital SLR Camera
  4. Pentax K-5 II Digital Camera
  5. Pentax K-30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm lens