Pentax made some great compact AF cameras for several years. Like others manufactures, they got into the focal length race and started producing P&S cameras with ridiculously long zooms (one was a 48-200). While Pentax certainly produced some of the better long lens models, they were so large that the difference between one and a compact SLR wasn't much. And the f11 to f12 max aperture at maximum zoom required fast film. In defense of Pentax, though, even the compact models often had a full range of features. I'd still be tempted to buy a used IQ zoom if I found one in good condition.