This is my first DLSR and I bought this one almost six months back. This is camera very user friendly and price is competitive. I bought my K-x along with 18-55mm and 55-300mm lenses for USD 600. Pentax offers better in-body image stabilization than its peers in the same price range. This I'm feeling while taking the long shots. The Pentax K-x offers compact but solid and ergonomics body. And of course excellent image quality is excellent. I can feel Pentax K-x right in my hand with all the controls at right places and easily reachable. The weight of the camera with 18-55mm lens is just perfect for a stead long shot. This camera is just wonderful towards noise reduction in high ISO. Few days back I have updated the firmware version to improve the AF settings. Pentax is a good choice as it offers backward compatibility with all of the older lenses Pentax ever made. That's saved me a lot as I have picked up a few prime manual focus lenses which were very cheap in secondhand market.