Pentax has announced the launch of the K-x digital SLR camera. The claim is that the new snapper combines a variety of advanced features and user-friendly functions in a compact, lightweight body.

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.

It offers 12.4-megapixels with a new CMOS sensor, PRIME II imaging engine, a 2.7-inch LCD display, live view shooting, movie recording at 1280 x 720 pixels (720p) and 24fps, and high-speed continuous shooting at 4.7 pics per second.

The K-x is launched alongside the smc Pentax-DA L 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED super-telephoto zoom lens that will be offered in a twin-lens bundle for £749.99.

With the claim of capturing 1900 images with four AA batteries, specs include up to ISO 6400, face detection, shake reduction, 16 filters for visual effects, cross process mode and an 11-point AF sensor.