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Pentax K-1 review: Full-frame underdog can teach the competition some new tricks
4.5 stars

Pentax K-1 review: Full-frame underdog can teach the competition some new tricks

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It's been long, long overdue. But the time has come: Pentax has finally created a full-frame DSLR, the K-1. And at £1,600 this 36-megapixel monster is one competitively priced camera, certain to help Pentax make its mark in an already fiercely contested... >>

Pentax K-S1: Built-in LED light displays distract from some interesting tech (hands-on)

Pentax K-S1: Built-in LED light displays distract from some interesting tech (hands-on)

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Pentax isn't one for the norm. In addition to its multi-colour DSLR cameras, the company was also showing off its latest K-S1 DSLR at Photokina - a camera that has coloured light indicator lamps said to guide operations. We thought the fade-in, fade-out... >>

Hands-on: Pentax 645Z review

Hands-on: Pentax 645Z review

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Is there still life in medium format cameras? Pentax thinks so with the introduction of the 645Z, the second medium format model in its digital line. Replacing the 40-megapixel 645D, the 51-megapixel 645Z makes some critical changes, including a price... >>

Pentax K-3 review
4.5 stars

Pentax K-3 review

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It might be playing third-fiddle to Canon and Nikon, but Pentax - now part of Ricoh Imaging - is a venerable name in the field of photography. Its long history means that its DSLRs, like the now-top-spec K-3, can more than hold their own. The company... >>

Ricoh GR review
4.0 stars

Ricoh GR review

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There are high-end compact cameras and there are high-end compact cameras. The Ricoh GR most definitely fits into the latter group: there's an APS-C size sensor - the same size as found in many DSLR cameras - paired up with a fixed 28mm equivalent f/2.8... >>

Pentax MX-1
4.5 stars

Pentax MX-1

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The Pentax MX-1 is a camera with historical grounding. This digital reimagining of the film-based MX-series isn't an interchangeable lens camera like the original DSLR, instead it's a smaller-scale, 1/1.7-inch sensor compact camera with a built-in 28-112mm... >>

Pentax K-5 II & K-5 IIs pictures and hands-on

Pentax K-5 II & K-5 IIs pictures and hands-on

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Pentax is that quiet force that bubbles away but doesn't usually make a huge fuss about its product launches, at least not in the UK. But we think it should: the original K-5 DSLR was an absolutely ace camera, arguably if not certainly the best in its... >>

Pentax Q10 pictures and hands-on

Pentax Q10 pictures and hands-on

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The Pentax Q is an ultra-small interchangeable lens camera, and it's just about to get an update in the form of the Pentax Q10.Shown on the Pentax stand at Photokina 2012 - here snapped in a dashing red colour finish - the first thing that struck us about... >>

Pentax K-30
4.5 stars

Pentax K-30

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We love new tech here at Pocket-lint, but sometimes companies can get a little carried away. Take Pentax: its Q system confounded and the K-01, despite its great image quality, just lacked sense. What with so many decent competitor cameras making it to... >>

Pentax Optio LS465 pictures and hands-on

Pentax Optio LS465 pictures and hands-on

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The Pentax Optio LS465 continues the trend of offering owners the chance to customise their compact camera and Pocket-lint's had a quick hands-on play with the camera ahead of it going in shops in the UK in the next couple of weeks.Priced at £89.99 the... >>

Pentax Optio WG-2
3.5 stars

Pentax Optio WG-2

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The Pentax Optio WG-2 is a waterproof compact camera that stands out from the crowd. It comes in two variants: here we're reviewing the model without the GPS.The waterproof compact camera market is now well populated, providing plenty of choice for those... >>

Pentax K-01
3.0 stars

Pentax K-01

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The Pentax K-01 first fell into Pocket-Lint’s hands back in February this year, where we were left more than a little perplexed about what this mirrorless camera was all about.Acclaimed designer Marc Newson is at the helm of this latest design, though... >>

Pentax Optio VS20
3.0 stars

Pentax Optio VS20

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Buy a battery grip for your professional or semi pro digital SLR and it will come with a second set of essential controls to one side near the base, including an additional shutter-release button. That’s because grip and body make for a big and bulky... >>

Pentax Q
3.5 stars

Pentax Q

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Pentax’s Q certainly puts the "compact" into Compact System Camera. But it this mini interchangeable lens system a worthy purchase?The Pentax Q enters the photographic market at a time of change. Most manufacturers now have a mirrorless interchangeable... >>

Pentax Q teeny-tiny hybrid camera finger tips-on

Pentax Q teeny-tiny hybrid camera finger tips-on

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The world has been slightly stunned since Pentax announced the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera back in June but Pocket-lint found out the true meaning of the word when we saw it in the flesh while doing our best not to crush... >>

Pentax Optio RS1500
3.5 stars

Pentax Optio RS1500

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Setting yourself apart for the mass of compact cameras on the market can be something of a challenge. The Pentax Optio RS1500 looks to solve this problem with the option for customising the faceplate to make it unique. But does this compact point and... >>

Pentax Optio S1
3.0 stars

Pentax Optio S1

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Looking for an inexpensive bauble with which to turn heads every time you take a snap? Photography stalwart Pentax is better known for practicality than trend setting, yet recent(ish) pocket snapshots including the Optio I-10 and RS1000 have bucked... >>

Pentax Optio WG1 hands-on

Pentax Optio WG1 hands-on

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The Pentax Optio WG1 is the latest tough camera to hit the market and Pocket-lint climbed a mountain, waded across a river, and camped in a forest for 3 days to get our hands on the new camera, following the announcement.Okay, so while we would love... >>

Pentax K-r
4.0 stars

Pentax K-r

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The 12.4 effective megapixel K-r is Pentax’s follow-up digital SLR to the entry level K-x, a sound, good value starter option. Incorporating a standard APS-C sized sensor it sits just below the more fully featured K-7 and K-5 digital SLRs in Pentax’s... >>

Pentax K-5
4.5 stars

Pentax K-5

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Pentax’s K-5 DSLR is its new semi-pro model built around the Pentax K-7 top end model. Like that model, the K-5 has a host clever kit for the high-end or advanced amateur including some neat improvements and an excellent overall specification and huge... >>

Pentax Optio M900
3.0 stars

Pentax Optio M900

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Pentax’s plain yet not unattractive Optio M900 pocket compact has an asking price of a mere £100 - so it can’t be all that much cop, can it? Our thoughts exactly - and yet the camera surprised us, up to a point, from the minute we eased it from its... >>

Pentax X90 camera
4.0 stars

Pentax X90 camera

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Having a larger than average zoom always comes in useful, but the bulk that often comes with it means it's not always practical, or portable. One solution is Pentax's X90. Clearly with a look and feel inspired by a digital SLR, the camera welds a non-swappable... >>

Pentax Optio W90 compact camera
4.0 stars

Pentax Optio W90 compact camera

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Looking to take pictures within a volcanic ash cloud, possibly? It's seemingly not enough anymore that a digital camera simply shoots 12.1-megapixel photos and records 1280 x 720-pixel high definition movies to the best of its ability. It has to stretch... >>

Pentax Optio H90 compact camera
4.5 stars

Pentax Optio H90 compact camera

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Pentax's Optio H90 combines minimalist "functional beauty" with a 12.1-megapixel sensor, 5x wide-zoom lens, HD Movies and advanced auto tracking AF and a Face AF system able to "see" up to 32 faces.The H90 we tested was the white and silver liveried model,... >>

First Look: Pentax Optio I-10 digital camera
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First Look: Pentax Optio I-10 digital camera

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The Pentax Optio I-10 is the latest compact camera to come out from Pentax and stands out from the crowd not because of a higher than average megapixel count, or smile technology, but because it offers a retro design similar to Pentax's Auto 110 film... >>

Pentax K-x DSLR camera
4.0 stars

Pentax K-x DSLR camera

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With a design based on its previous starter model in the Pentax K-m, and some trickle down features from the higher end K7, the new K-x in offering 12.4 effective megapixels from a 12.9-megapixel CMOS sensor should in theory offer a best of both worlds’... >>

Pentax X70 digital camera
3.5 stars

Pentax X70 digital camera

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The Pentax X70 is a 12 megapixel, DSLR-styled digital camera notable chiefly for the whopping 24x optical zoom bolted on the front. The theory is that, with the broad focal range on offer (26-624mm in 35mm terms), the X70 will be all the camera that most... >>

Pentax K-7 DSLR camera
4.0 stars

Pentax K-7 DSLR camera

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In my 20-odd years reviewing camera gear, it’s fair to say Pentax has consistently built excellent cameras and while their market share might not be what their kit deserves, the introduction of the new Pentax K-7 is typical of the company: a feature-rich... >>

Pentax K-m digital camera
4.0 stars

Pentax K-m digital camera

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Pentax’s pared down DSLR, the K-m, is a DSLR for beginners; those trading up from a compact, say, but wanting a less complicated experience. And as such, it does - pretty much - exactly what it says on the tin. However, is that simplicity a step to... >>

Pentax K200 D DSLR camera
4.0 stars

Pentax K200 D DSLR camera

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The K200D follows the footsteps of its forbear, the K100D, offering a budget price camera but with a mid-to-high-end specification. Make no mistake, the K200D is a compact and simple to use DSLR that makes the art of snapping a cinch, (barring some minor... >>

Pentax Optio A40 digital camera
3.5 stars

Pentax Optio A40 digital camera

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The Optio A40 is an advanced compact digital model that aims to provide high quality images with ease of use but with a rich feature set. And glancing across the camera's rounded lines and the specification it's quickly apparent that this premium Pentax... >>

Pentax DSmobile 600 portable scanner
4.0 stars

Pentax DSmobile 600 portable scanner

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There are tasks the average computer user needs to carry out that are often better suited to the office, such as printing or scanning. However, there are an ever-increasing number of tools that allow you to do more on the move. This scanner from Pentax... >>

Pentax Optio M40 digital camera
3.5 stars

Pentax Optio M40 digital camera

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The Pentax Optio M40 updates the Optio M30 with a few key tweaks that include a bump in pixels from seven to eight million pixels on a slightly larger sensor, a better resolution wide-view monitor and there’s improved flash output with a much improved... >>

Pentax Optio Z10 digital camera
3.5 stars

Pentax Optio Z10 digital camera

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Out of the box, only a sliding front lens cover that also turns the camera on and off spoils the slim lines. The top plays host to one button, the shutter release while the back houses a nice, 2.5-inch, 230K-pixel colour screen, the easy to use zoom buttons... >>

Pentax Optio W30 digital camera
4.0 stars

Pentax Optio W30 digital camera

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Pentax are not the only manufacturer making robust, water and dust proofed cameras, Pentax seemingly vying with Olympus, the other notable maker building digital compacts that can be used in all weathers or underwater without a housing. The latest Pentax... >>

Pentax A30 digital camera
3.5 stars

Pentax A30 digital camera

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If you've just bought an A20, sorry to break the news, Pentax has updated it with the A30 complete with 10 megapixels and a host of other features for under £200. Can Pentax be the first manufacturer to break the 10 megapixel compact imaging problem?... >>

Pentax Optio T30 digital camera
4.0 stars

Pentax Optio T30 digital camera

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No sooner as Pentax released the Optio T20, the company has upgraded the camera to the Optio T30. The new model still sports the large 3-inch touchscreen as before with a slight working to the design with the addition of more curves and a slimmer approach... >>

Pentax Optio M30 digital camera
4.0 stars

Pentax Optio M30 digital camera

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Pentax launched this, the Optio M30 along with the (already tested) budget, Optio E30 at the recent PMA show in Vegas and it arrives with a 7.1-megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens and slim line styling that makes it eminently pocketable. The silver... >>

Pentax Optio E30 digital camera
4.0 stars

Pentax Optio E30 digital camera

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The Optio E30 is a thoroughbred budget model but with a resolution remarkable at this price and unheard of only a couple of years ago. Key features include a nice 36-108mm 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.4-inch colour screen, 3-point AF system, SDHC and SD... >>

Pentax Optio T20 digital camera
3.5 stars

Pentax Optio T20 digital camera

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The Pentax Optio T20 from the outside looks like any ordinary compact camera. Small and compact, the camera is just 19.5-mm thick, there is your standard 3x optical zoom, and a large LCD display on the back. However its not until you look closer that... >>

Pentax K10D DSLR digital camera
4.5 stars

Pentax K10D DSLR digital camera

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The Pentax K10D is reassuringly robust as you heft it out of the box, it has a tough plastic body with a metal chassis. This robust body design provides a reassuring feel when handling the camera and when shooting, particularly if you’re out and about... >>

Pentax K100 D DSLR digital camera
4.0 stars

Pentax K100 D DSLR digital camera

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The K100D is a compact well specified D-SLR that in terms of its retail price takes on the likes of Nikon’s D50 but is specified closer to the Canon EOS 400D. It also replaces its predecessor, the *ist DS2. There’s a lot of camera here for your money,... >>

Pentax Optio A20 digital camera
4.5 stars

Pentax Optio A20 digital camera

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So often these days a 10-megapixel compact means images full to bursting with noise, Fuji has gone a long way to controlling that noise in its cameras and on the evidence of this camera, Pentax has been working hard to subdue it too. The A20 is a neatly... >>

Pentax Optio T10 digital camera
4.0 stars

Pentax Optio T10 digital camera

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The Optio T10 from Pentax marks the arrival of a third touchscreen digital compact in as many months, the competition shaping up in the form of Sony’s Cyber-shot N1 and Kodak’s EasyShare One. However, it was Toshiba with its 2002 launched and similarly... >>