Pentax announced the launch of the K-x digital SLR camera on Thursday morning and by nightfall we'd bagged a model to get down and dirty with.

The new camera, which unfortunately we weren't able to use for any sample shots, is small, solid and light in the hand.

Priced at £600 for the camera and a 18-55mm lens, the K-x is the follow-on model to the K-m, so falls into the entry-level category, and is due to go on sale this month.