The latest addition to the bustling entry-level market the Pentax K-m, but just what does it offer that the K200D doesn’t?
The main reason for this variety, from the manufacturers’ perspective, is that if they can lure you into their system at the start, and get you to buy their lenses as your skill develops, then you’ll be ‘tied’ to their system for the rest of your shooting days. Just ask yourself how many times you’ve heard an experienced snapper postulate, ‘It’s just too difficult to change systems’.
However, the desire of the manufacturers to hook you in early can also be beneficial to you as a consumer. If you are new to the world of DSLRs, then it’s highly likely that you’ll be overwhelmed by the sheer variety of cameras you can pick up for under £400. Whether you want AF live view or not, in-camera or in-lens image stabilisation, or just the plain cheapest, there’s something for you.
So, with such a crowded and competitive market place, what exactly does the Pentax K-m bring to the party to get you hooked on the Pentax system? How does it compare with its sub-£400 peers, what differentiates it from its predecessor, and what exactly makes it the right entry-level DSLR for you?