Pentax K100D Super Review

Review Date: October 22nd 2007
Author: Gavin Stoker

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Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
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Design
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Specifications
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Conclusion

Specifications

TYPE
Camera Type

TTL autofocus, auto-exposure digital SLR digital-still camera with built-in retractable P-TTL auto pop-up flash

SENSOR
Effective Pixels 6.1 megapixels
Total Pixels 6.31 megapixels
Type 23.5 x 15.7mm Interline interlaceCCD with a primary colour filter
Sensitivity Auto, Manual (ISO: 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200)
Colour Depth 8 bit (JPEG) or 12 bit (RAW)
IMAGE SIZE
Still

JPEG: [6M] 3008 x 2000 pixels, [4M] 2400 x 1600 pixels, [1.5M] 1536 x 1024 pixels

RAW: [6M] 3008 x 2008 pixels

FILE FORMAT
Still JPEG (Exif 2.21), RAW, DCF (Design rule of Camera File system), DPOF (Digital Print Order Form), PRINT Image Matching III
Quality Level

JPEG : ***Best, **Better, *Good. RAW: Non-compressed

STORAGE MEDIA
External SD & SDHC memory card
LENS
Mount PENTAX KAF bayonet mount
Usable lenses

PENTAX KAF2-, KAF-, and KA-mount lenses

* Power zoom function not available. K-mount lenses usable with restrictions. S-mount lenses, 67/645 lenses usable with adapter and with restrictions

FOCUSING SYSTEM
Type TTL Phase-matching 11-point wide autofocus system (SAFOX VIII)
Area Auto, Select, Centre
Applicable Illumination Range EV1 - EV21.5 (atISO 200 with 50mm F1.4 lens)
Mode

AF-single (with focus lock), Manual focus, AF-continuous available*

* Auto Picture and Picture mode: only when the Action mode is selected. Scene mode: only when the Kids and Pet mode is selected. P/Tv/Av/M/B: AF.S or AF.C selectable

AF assist AF assist lamp avaiablevia Built-in Flash
EXPOSURE SYSTEM
Metering TTL open-aperture 16-segment metering (coupled with lens and AF information)
Metering Area (1) Multi-segment metering (2) Center-weighted metering (3) Spot metering
Metering Range EV 1 - 21.5 (at Standard Output Sensitivity 200 with 50mm F1.4 lens)
Exposure Modes

(1) Auto Picture mode (2) Picture mode (3) Scene mode (4) Program AE (5) Shutter-Priority AE (6) Aperture-Priority AE (7) Metered Manual (8) Bulb

Picture mode: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, Night scene portrait, Standard Flash-Off. Scene mode: Night Scene, Surf&Snow, Text, Sunset, Kids, Pet, Candlelight, Museum

Auto Bracketing 3 frames within range of 0.5EV, 1.0EV, 1.5EV (0.5EV steps) or 0.3EV, 0.7EV, 1.0EV (0.3EV steps)
Compensation 2 EV (1/2EV steps or 1/3EV steps)
Auto Exposure Lock available
SHUTTER
Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Speed 1/4000 - 30 sec. and bulb
VIEWFINDER
Type Fixed molded penta-mirror
Focusing screen Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen
Field of View 96%
Magnification 0.85X (with 50mm F1.4 lens, infinity, -1m-1)
Diopter adjustment -2.5 - +1.5m-1
Indication

(1) AF frame; (2) Spot AF frame; (3) Focus point indication (high lighted in red); (4) Flash information; (5) Picture mode (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, Night scene portrait); (6) AF.C (AF-continuous); (7) Shutter speed; (8) Aperture value; (9) Exposure compensation factor; (10) SCN (Scene); (11) Manual focus; (12) Sensitivity warning; (13) Auto exposure lock signal; (14) Exposure frame number (15) Shake Reduction information

MODE DIAL
Modes

(1) Auto Picture mode; (2) Portrait mode; (3) Landscape mode; (4) Macro mode; (5) Action mode; (6) Night scene portrait mode;(7) Standard Flash-Off mode; (8) Scene mode; (9) Program AE; (10) Shutter-Priority AE; (11) Aperture-Priority AE; (12) Metered Manual; (13) Bulb

EXTERNAL LCD PANEL
Indication

(1) Shutter speed; (2) Aperture value; (3) Flash Information (Auto, Flash-On, Flash-Off, Red-eye reduction);(4) Single frame advance/Continuouse advance; (5) Self-timer; (6) Remote control; (7) Metering Information; (8) Focus point indicator;(9) Auto bracketing; (10) White balance information; (11) Battery information; (12) Exposure compensation factor; (13) Exposure frame number

FLASH
Type Built-in retractable P-TTL auto pop-up flash
Guide Number 15.6 (Standard Output Sensitivity 200/m)
Angle of View Coverage 28mm wide-angle (equivalent to 35mm)
Exposure Compensation 2 EV (1/2EV steps)
Synchronization

Hot shoe, sync-speed: 1/180 sec., P-TTL, high-speed-sync, wireless-sync with PENTAX dedicated flash

DRIVE MODE
Modes

Single-frame advance, continuous advance*, self-timer**, auto bracket and remote control. *Approx. 2.8 fps, JPEG (up to 5frames), RAW(up to 3frames.). **Electonically controlled with two-second or 12-second delay. Cancellation possible

WHITE BALANCE
Modes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy,Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light (W, D, N), Flash, Manual setting
SCREEN
LCD 2.5 inch, low-temperature polysilicon TFT colour LCD monitor (Approx. 210,000 pixels), brightness adjustable, Wide angle view
PLAYBACK
View One Shot, Index (9 thumb nails), Enlargement (up to 12X, scroll available), Image Rotation, Slideshow , Histogram, Bright Portion
Digital Filter B&W, Sepia, Colour (18 type), Soft (three-level amount adjustable), Slim (+/- 8 level amount adjustable), Brightness (at playback mode)
LANGUAGE
Language English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Netherlandish, Italian, Russian, Korean, Chinese (Traditional/Simplified), Japanese
WORLD TIME
Time 70 cities (28 time zones)
INTERFACE
PC USB 2.0 (HI-SPEED)
AV Compatible with NTSC and PAL formats
PictBridge Single image print, All images print, DPOF auto print
POWER
Source

4xAA (lithium, alkaline, and rechargeable Ni-MH) batteries or2x CR-V3 lithium batteries.

Optional AC adapter also available

DIMENSIONS
Height 92.5mm
Width 129.5mm
Depth 70mm
Weight 570g w/o battery and memory card

Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

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