Pentax Cameras

Here are all of our Pentax digital camera reviews, listed alphabetically by model.

image of the Pentax 645D digital camera

Pentax 645D

40.0 megapixel, Pro SLR, Non-Zoom

Though big and pricey, the Pentax 645D is surprisingly nimble and makes amazing pictures. We took the 645D for a few spins around town and ran it through our test lab and were amazed at the detail it captured.

Released December 2010

$4949-6997

Review

image of the Pentax 645Z digital camera

Pentax 645Z

51.4 megapixel, Pro SLR, Non-Zoom

Medium-format cameras offer truly spectacular resolution, but until now, it's always come alongside a difficult compromise. With the Pentax 645Z, that changes. Building on 2010's 645D, the Pentax 645Z offers features that are rare or in some cases unique in a medium-format camera. Pick up its weather-sealed body, and you'll find both live view and video capture on offer, not to mention an extremely wide sensitivity range, 27-point phase-detect autofocus system -- and compared to rivals, very swift performance too! And of course, you'll get the incredible detail-gathering capability of medium-format, plus a really big, bright viewfinder. Is it time you considered moving up from full-frame? Read our Pentax 645Z review, and find out!

Released June 2014

$8299-8497
Dave's Pick

Review

image of the Pentax K-3 digital camera

Pentax K-3

24.4 megapixel, Pro SLR, 7.50x Zoom

Ricoh's flagship APS-C camera, the 24-megapixel Pentax K-3 is jam-packed with clever technology, yet it's also affordably priced and among the very smallest enthusiast DSLRs. As well as overhauled imaging, autofocus, and metering, it also boasts an industry-first system that lets you choose whether resolution or moire-resistance are more critical for any given shot. But can its unique advantages tempt you away from mainstream rivals Canon and Nikon? (And should you upgrade, if you're already a Pentaxian?) Find out in our Pentax K-3 review!

Released November 2013

$699-1300
Dave's Pick

Review

image of the Pentax K-5 II digital camera

Pentax K-5 II

16.3 megapixel, Pro SLR, 7.50x Zoom

Pentax's flagship enthusiast DSLR might not differ radically from its predecessor, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The Pentax K-5 II replaces a camera that was very well-received, and makes a worthwhile improvement in low-light autofocus. It also switches to a more attractive and durable LCD monitor. Unfortunately, the movie mode is still very dated, and the new autofocus system is a little slower than the one it replaces. Still, the K-5 II packs in a lot of features into a solid, weather-sealed, and very customizable body.

Released October 2012

 
Dave's Pick

Review

image of the Pentax K-5 IIs digital camera

Pentax K-5 IIs

16.3 megapixel, Pro SLR, Non-Zoom

With the K-5 IIs, Pentax takes its popular K-5 II enthusiast DSLR, and makes a simple yet radical change, removing the moire-fighting low-pass filter. Once moire patterns make their way into your images, they can be tricky to remove without adversely affecting image quality. For the typical photographer, preventing them happening in the first place as most cameras do makes more sense, even if this trades away a little detail. If sharpness is your primary goal, though, then there's no denying that the Pentax K-5 IIs has the edge on its mainstream sibling.

Released October 2012

$547-1200
Dave's Pick

Review

image of the Pentax K-50 digital camera

Pentax K-50

16.3 megapixel, SLR, 3.06x Zoom

Released July 2013

$497-780

First Shots

image of the Pentax K-500 digital camera

Pentax K-500

16.3 megapixel, SLR, 3.06x Zoom

Released July 2013

$449-597

First Shots

image of the Pentax K-S1 digital camera

Pentax K-S1

20.1 megapixel, SLR, 3.06x Zoom

Released September 2014

$639-800

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image of the Pentax MX-1 digital camera

Pentax MX-1

12.0 megapixel, Mid-Sized, 4.00x Zoom

Boasting top-notch build quality and retro-styled design, the Pentax MX-1 enthusiast compact combines timeless styling with modern niceties such as a tilting LCD screen, fast 4x optical zoom lens, RAW still image capture and Full HD movie recording. Though the 1/1.7-inch imaging sensor might not produce photos that rival those from larger sensor cameras, the image quality from the MX-1 -- especially at lower ISOs -- remains quite pleasing. It's a great compact backup for serious photographers, and a serious step-up for advanced beginners.

Released February 2013

$382-499
Dave's Pick

Express Review

image of the Pentax Q-S1 digital camera

Pentax Q-S1

12.4 megapixel, Compact System Camera, 3.00x Zoom

Released August 2014

 

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image of the Pentax Q7 digital camera

Pentax Q7

12.4 megapixel, Compact System Camera, 3.00x Zoom

Released August 2013

 

First Shots

image of the Pentax WG-3 digital camera

Pentax WG-3

16.0 megapixel, Compact, 4.00x Zoom

Released March 2013

$247-297

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image of the Pentax WG-3 GPS digital camera

Pentax WG-3 GPS

16.0 megapixel, Compact, 4.00x Zoom

The Pentax WG-3 GPS packs in some ultra-cool features -- such as its Digital Microscope mode, front LCD gauge readout and inductive charging mode -- and a radical, rugged design. Unfortunately though, for us it just didn't pack in enough image quality, performance and usability. Though the camera took decent pictures underwater and on dry land, it struggled in low-light situations despite being equipped with an f/2 max aperture at wide angle. Moreover, we found the WG-3 GPS's menu system was difficult to learn. The WG-3 GPS still should hold appeal to adventurers who favor ruggedness and style over ultimate image quality.

Released March 2013

$297-451

Express Review

image of the Pentax X-5 digital camera

Pentax X-5

16.0 megapixel, EVF, 26.00x Zoom

The Pentax X-5 is a versatile, all-in-one superzoom camera with an impressive 26x optical zoom, offering 22-580mm equivalent range. Images with good lighting are surprisingly crisp, even at full tele, but the camera doesn't fare as well in low lighting and it's frustratingly slow to use. Despite those hiccups, the X-5 remains one of the best entry-level superzoom cameras we've tested.

Released September 2012

$273-306
Dave's Pick

Express Review

image of the Pentax XG-1 digital camera

Pentax XG-1

16.0 megapixel, EVF, 52.00x Zoom

Released August 2014

$347

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