Pentax K-m review

Value for Money

Due to the similarities of the K-m and the K200D, it seems fair to draw a comparison between their prices. The K200D launched with a price tag of about £550 back in June 2008. At the time, the K200D was marketed as an ‘entry-level’ camera, but with a host of features from its more advanced K20D stablemate. However, the same camera has now appeared in the shape of the slightly smaller K-m, and this is offered for around £340 for the camera and kit lens.

When you consider the launch list price of each, you can only conclude that the K-m represents fantastic value, even at its RRP. It is not often that you can say that, these days, given that new cameras often start expensive before falling to a more realistic price within weeks of launch. The K-m has already dropped in price by a fair amount since it was launched, and if this continues to happen then it will represent even better value.

Jon Tarrant

Jon Tarrant

Former professional photographer and photography journalist, Jon has now put his physics degree to good use by becoming a physics teacher. He contributes technical features to WDC and is our primary lens tester, where his science background comes in very handy. He is the author of eight photography books on topics ranging from portraiture and lighting to Understanding Digital Cameras.

Price as reviewed



Design 18/20
Image Quality 17/20
Performance 17/20
Value 19/20
Features 18/20
Overall Score 89%