Initial Impression of the Pentax K-x DSLR

Just got my Pentax K-x DSLR yesterday (read about how I ended up buying the Pentax K-x) and have been playing with it (some samples below — shot as RAW, but no image processing done other than to save in JPEG format and reducing the pixel width and height).

My current impressions:

  • I like the camera — it looks nice, the controls are easy to use and understand, it feels good in my hands.
  • The software shipped with it — Pentax licensed version of SilkyPix — has a very bad user interface. I found reviews on the Internet that SilkyPix is very good at photo manipulation, but the UI of the version shipped with the camera is abysmal. It is very slow (both uploading from the camera and manipulating images), feels very stilted in the way it lets you manipulate images, many of the menu options are not very clear (maybe I just need to get use to the photographic terminology!) and it appears buggy in a few places where it doesn’t seem to be doing the action I chose to do.
  • The camera didn’t ship with a sample SD/SDHC card — I had to make a run to the store for that. Annoying.
  • Photos taken already look better than on my Fuji FinePix F30.
  • It is way faster than my FinePix F30 obviously.
  • It needs AA batteries which I don’t like for some reason — it feels inconvenient.
  • In LiveView mode (where you can see stuff in the LCD monitor), it seems like focusing doesn’t work the same and appears to take longer to focus (lots of noise while the lens figures out the focus).
  • The viewfinder doesn’t seem to have focus points that indicate what is being focused on like I’ve seen in other cameras. I need to read the manual on this one.
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Flower Bud
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Bridge
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