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Pentax K100D
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Category: Advanced Amateur - Prosumer and Family dSLR

The Pentax K100D digital SLR has 6.1MP resolution on an APS-sized (23.5mm x 15.7mm) CCD image sensor and targets the Family dSLR category: those who want to move up from a point-and-shoot digital camera and take advantage of a dSLR's excellent image quality -- but do not want the hassle of learning all the intricacies of using a digital SLR.

The "K" in the K100D name plays to the fact that the camera is reversely compatible with many of the legacy (and famous) Pentax K-mount lenses. It ships with a SMC 18-55mm 3x optical zoom lens. [A focal length multiplier of 1.5 gives a 35mm equivalent of 54-165mm.]

The Pentax K100D has an extra large 2.5-in. LCD monitor to facilitate image playback viewing and menu setting. [Remember the LCD on most dSLRs is not used for image composition viewing.] A high 210,000 pixels resolution and a wide-viewing angle of 140 degrees vertically and horizontally provides easy viewing even from an angle.

New is a Shake Reduction (SR) system that is designed to minimize camera shake by oscillating the CCD image sensor vertically and horizontally at high speed using magnetic force, while adjusting the speed of oscillation in proportion to the amount of camera shake detected by a built-in sensor. This system does not require special anti-shake lenses and may be used with almost all existing PENTAX interchangeable lenses.*

* Lenses compatible with this mechanism are: PENTAX K-, KA-, KAF- and KAF2-mount lenses; screw-mount lenses (with an adapter); and 645- and 67-system lenses (with an adapter). Certain camera and/or lens functions may be disabled.

Other features include 2.8 images per second continuous shooting, top shutter speed of 1/4,000 sec. for sports and action photography, Bulb (B) setting for night photography, a high ISO 3200 sensitivity for indoors shots without using the flash, and a compact and lightweight fiber-reinforced engineering plastic housing built on a stainless-steel chassis.

The Pentax K100D has enough features to satisfy the advanced amateur photographer -- and enough automation to be easily used by those moving up from a point-and-shoot model.

Check out the Pentax K110D without the Shake Reduction system for US $100 less.

 
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Pentax K100D
QuickFact™ Sheet
Pentax K100D
Camera Type Auto-exposure digital SLR still camera with TTL auto focus and built-in retractable P-TTL auto flash
Effective Pixels 6.1 megapixels
Image Sensor Type – Interline interlace CCD with a primary color filter; Total Pixels – 6.31 megapixels; Color Depth – 8 bit (JPEG) or 12 bit (RAW) x 3 colors; Recorded Pixels - JPEG: 3008x2008 pixels, 2400x1600 pixels, 1536x1024 pixels; RAW: 3008x2008 pixels
Focus System Type - TTL phase-matching 11-point autofocus system (SAFOX VIII) w/AF assist lamp; Autofocus Modes - AF-Single (with focus lock), AF-Continuous, Manual; Illumination Range – EV1 - EV19 (At ISO 200 with 50mm f1.4 lens); Shake Reduction – CCD Image Sensor Shift
Lens Mount Type - PENTAX KAF mount compatible with PENTAX KAF2, KAF and KA mount lenses; Power zoom function - Not available; K-mount lenses - usable with restrictions; S-mount lenses - usable with adapter and restrictions; 67/645 lenses - usable with adapter and restrictions
DA 18-55mm Lens Type – DA series smc PENTAX zoom; Focal Length - 18mm - 55mm; 35mm Equivalent - 27mm -83mm; Aperture Range – F3.5 – F5.6; Construction - 12 elements in 9 groups
Exposure Control

Light Metering Method - TTL open-aperature metering with choice of: 16-segment, Center-weighted & Spot meter;

Metering Range – EV1 - EV21.5 (At ISO 200 with 50mm f1.4 lens); Sensitivity - ISO Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200;

Exposure Control Method - Program AE, Auto Picture Mode, Picture Mode, Scene Mode, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb;

Exposure Compensation - +/-2 EV (1/2 or 1/3 steps);

Auto Exposure Lock - Pushbutton type with approx. 20 sec. timer;

Depth of Field Preview - Via main switch;

Auto Bracketing - 3 frames +/-1.5EV (1/2 steps) or +/-1EV (1/3 steps);

Shutter - Type: Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter; Shutter Speed - 1/4000 - 30 seconds and Bulb;

White Balance - White balance control: TTL Auto, Pre-set, Custom white balance; Available Settings - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Flash, Manual;

Flash - Built-in series-control retractable P-TTL pop-up flash; Operation Modes - Auto, Flash-off, Flash-on, Auto + Red-eye reduction, Flash-on + Red-eye reduction; Guide Number - 15.6 (at ISO 200/m); Angle of View Coverage - 28mm (equivalent to 35mm); Flash Exposure Compensation - +1 to -2 (1/2 steps); Flash Synchronization - With RTF and via hot shoe; Synchronization Speed - 1/180 sec, P-TTL high speed sync with PENTAX dedicated flash

Shooting Specifications

Picture Modes – Mode Dial: Auto Picture, Scene, Standard, Portrait, Night-scene Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, Flash Off, Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Metered Manual, Bulb – Scene Modes: Night Scene, Surf & Snow, Text, Sunset, Kids, Pet, Candlelight, Museum;

Digital Filter - Black & White, Sepia, Color (18 types), Soft (3 levels), Slim, Brightness;

Drive Modes - Single-shot, Continuous (2.8fps, 5 JPEG, 3 RAW), Self-timer (12sec, 2sec), Auto bracketing, Remote Control (0sec, 3sec)

Time Modes - dd/mm/yy, mm/dd/yy, yy/mm/dd; World Time - Displays the time in 70 cities (28 time zones)
Image Storage

Storage Media - SD memory card removable;

File Formats - Still: JPEG (Exif 2.21), RAW, DCF (Design rule for Camera File system), DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), PRINT Image Matching III Storage Capacity - Quality Levels: Best, Better, Good with 128MB Card

LCD / Viewfinder

Optical Viewfinder - Pentamirror with Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screenl; Viewfinder Coverage - 96%;

Viewfinder Magnification - 0.85x (with 50mm f1.4 lens, -1-1);

Diopter Adjustment - -2.5m-1 to +1.5m-1 ; LCD Monitor – 2.5 inch, TFT color LCD (Low Reflection) –with Histogram display;

LCD Coverage - 100%;

LCD Resolution - Approx. 210,000 pixels;

Angle of View - Approx. 140O

Playback Specifications Playback Modes File - Single, Index - Nine image; Magnification – 12x; LCD Function - Image rotation, Slide show, Digital filter, Histogram, Exposure warning; Erase and Image Protect Modes - Single, All
PictBridge One image print, All image print, DPOF, Paper size, Paper type, Paper quality, Border
Language English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Swedish, Dutch
Interfaces Type - USB 2.0 high speed; Video Output - Compatible with NTSC and PAL formats
Operating Temperatures 32 degrees to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees to 40 degrees Celsius)
Computer System Requirements

Mac Requirements - OS: Mac OS 10.2 or later, standard equipped USB port;

PC Requirements - OS: Windows 2000, XP Home edition / Professional, standard equipped USB port

Power Supply Power Source - Four AA (Lithium, Alkaline, and rechargeable NiMH) batteries, or Two CR-V3 lithium batteries, Optional AC adapter also available
What's in The Box

- K100D Body
- USB Cable I-USB17 (39233)
- Video Cable I-VC28 (39262)
- Strap O-ST53 (TBA)
- Hotshoe Cover FK (31040)
- Eyecup FO (TBA)
- Body Mount Cover (31016)
- Finder Cap for ME (31011)
- (4) AA Alkaline Batteries
- Software (CD-ROM) S-SW53

Dimensions (W x H x D) 129.5x 92.5 x 70mm /
5.1 x 3.6 x 2.8 in
Weight

560g (19.8 oz.) without battery and SD memory card;

635g (22.4 oz.) loaded and ready

MSRP US $699.95 (street price under $600)

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