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

$4949-4997

Review

image of the Pentax 645Z digital camera

Pentax 645Z

51.4 megapixel, Pro SLR, Non-Zoom

Released June 2014

 

Now Shooting!

image of the Pentax K-01 digital camera

Pentax K-01

16.3 megapixel, Compact System Camera, Non-Zoom

Pentax goes its own way with a mirrorless camera that accepts standard K-mount lenses. That means access to a huge back catalog of quality optics without an adapter. Unfortunately, it also necessitates a body that's barely any smaller than a standard SLR.

Released March 2012

 

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

$879-1113
Dave's Pick

Review

image of the Pentax K-5 digital camera

Pentax K-5

16.3 megapixel, Pro SLR, 3.06x Zoom

With a brand-new 16-megapixel sensor, ~6.5 frames per second burst rate, and an unusually wide expanded ISO sensitivity range of 80 to 51,200 equivalents, the Pentax K-5 takes over the flagship position in Pentax's APS-C digital SLR lineup, replacing 2009's K-7 model.

Released October 2010

 
Dave's Pick

Full 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

$697-997
Dave's Pick

Review

image of the Pentax K-30 digital camera

Pentax K-30

16.3 megapixel, SLR, 7.50x Zoom

Pentax takes features commonly associated with enthusiast-level DSLRs, and places them in a mid-range model that the rest of us can afford. With a great pentaprism viewfinder, a weather-sealed body, and twin control dials, the Pentax K-30 offers a lot of bang for the buck. Throw in much the same imaging configuration as the mirrorless K-01, and you're looking at a mighty interesting camera.

Released July 2012

 
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

$575-584

First Shots

image of the Pentax K-S1 digital camera

Pentax K-S1

20.1 megapixel, SLR, 3.06x Zoom

Released September 2014

$747

Preview

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 Optio LS465 digital camera

Pentax LS465

16.0 megapixel, Ultra Compact, 5.00x Zoom

Released June 2012

 

Preview

image of the Pentax Optio RZ18 digital camera

Pentax RZ18

16.0 megapixel, Compact, 18.00x Zoom

Released October 2011

$300

Preview

image of the Pentax Optio VS20 digital camera

Pentax VS20

16.0 megapixel, Compact, 20.00x Zoom

Released February 2012

 

Preview

image of the Pentax Optio WG-1 digital camera

Pentax WG-1

14.0 megapixel, Compact, 5.00x Zoom

Released April 2011

 

Preview

image of the Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS digital camera

Pentax WG-1 GPS

14.0 megapixel, Compact, 5.00x Zoom

Water, cold, dust, crush, and shockproof, the Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS will also record where you are when you shoot your pictures. But for all its toughness we were disappointed in the images except for those who only print 8x10 or smaller most of the time.

Released April 2011

 

Express Review

image of the Pentax Optio WG-2 digital camera

Pentax WG-2

16.0 megapixel, Compact, 5.00x Zoom

If the Autobots had a digital camera, this would be it: Strikingly cool and playful, the Pentax WG-2 has some pretty unique features and takes pretty good pictures too.

Released March 2012

 

Express Review

image of the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS digital camera

Pentax WG-2 GPS

16.0 megapixel, Compact, 5.00x Zoom

Released March 2012

 

First Shots

image of the Pentax Q digital camera

Pentax Q

12.4 megapixel, Compact System Camera, Non-Zoom

Pentax produces a small-sensor digital camera with interchangeable lenses, a first for the digital camera industry. If your interchangeable-lens camera sits at home on the shelf because it's too big, the Pentax Q be the camera you're looking for, but is it too extreme for the rest of us?

Released September 2011

 

Review

image of the Pentax Q-S1 digital camera

Pentax Q-S1

12.4 megapixel, Compact System Camera, 3.00x Zoom

Released August 2014

$397

Preview

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 Q10 digital camera

Pentax Q10

12.4 megapixel, Compact System Camera, 3.00x Zoom

Released October 2012

 

Preview

image of the Pentax WG-3 digital camera

Pentax WG-3

16.0 megapixel, Compact, 4.00x Zoom

Released March 2013

$247

Preview

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

Express Review

image of the Pentax WG-10 digital camera

Pentax WG-10

14.0 megapixel, Compact, 5.00x Zoom

Released April 2013

 

Preview

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

$207-324
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

$347-348

Preview

 

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