Update : the shifting exposure issue is solved thanks to YouTube! The AE-L button on the K-x is set to be ‘Auto Focus’ by default – even in Movie Mode. Go to Menu and change it’ to AE-L and now you can can lock exposure.
I made a new video to explain this.
A DSLR that shoots HD video for under $650? That’s what the Pentax K-x promised. I ordered mine right away, thinking about yummy depth of field, cool focus effects and creating some gorgeous visual imagery.
Oh, sometimes it’s a bad idea to be an early adopter.
I got my K-x yesterday. It’s a well built, solid 12 Megpixel DSLR with some great features. Easy to use. As a still camera. As a video camera, it had two serious problems. First one – my editing software (Sony Vegas) couldn’t find the footage files. I spent hours and hours trying to solve that problem. The Motion-JPEG or MJPEG format simply wouldn’t worked. The clips showed up as black. Eventually I found this codec and it worked – the Morgan M-JPEG Codec V3. The other problem is brightness shifting. I first, I thought it was just me. And maybe I’m still missing somewthing but after reading Pentax’s manual for the K-x, I don’t think so. And it ALWAYS happens. I made this video to explain better.