Pentax K100D Super Digital Camera (Camera Body)

Pentax K100D Super, 6.1 Megapixel, SLR, Digital Camera (Camera Body)

Pentax K100D Super, 6.1 Megapixel, SLR, Digital Camera (Camera Body)

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Pentax K100D Super Digital Camera (Camera Body)

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  • 1Description

The Pentax K100D Super SLR Digital Camera is compatible with any Pentax lens ever produced and features both Shake Reduction, for sharp images under many difficult shooting conditions and a unique Dust Removal system to help keep the CCD surface dust-free. With a 6.1 megapixel APS-C size CCD and sophisticated 16-segment multi-pattern metering, the K100D Super delivers outstanding image reproduction, while the bright, high-precision Pentax mirror viewfinder provides 0.85x magnification.

Furthermore, it incorporates a large 2.5 inch LCD monitor with 210,000 pixel resolution, and a friendly Mode Dial offering Auto Picture and Picture modes as well as Scene modes that make even difficult shooting situations as simple as pointing and shooting. All these features combine in a compact body design with high-rigidity stainless-steel chassis that is built to last.

True-to-life Images with 6.1 Effective Megapixels of Resolution
The K100D Super features a large, high-performance APS-C size (23.5 x 15.7mm) CCD as its image sensor, assuring faithful reproduction in the resulting images - from images with beautiful out-of-focus backgrounds to those with edge-to-edge sharpness. Combining 6.1 effective megapixels with a high-performance imaging engine and advanced image-processing technologies, the K100D Super is designed to produce beautiful, true-to-life images that are rich in gradation. What's more, it offers a choice of two finishing touches of "Natural" or "Bright" to create a distinctive atmosphere.
Super-compact, Ultra-lightweight Body
While the K100D Super is designed to be compact and lightweight to enhance operability and portability, it also incorporates a stainless-steel chassis and a fiber-reinforced engineering plastic housing to reinforce its overall rigidity and durability.
Compatible with All Pentax Interchangeable Lenses
Use your existing Pentax 35mm lenses and accessories. The K100D Super offers the outstanding benefit of lens interchangeability that allows users to take advantage of almost all existing Pentax interchangeable lenses. (PENTAX K, KA, KAF and KAF2-mount 35mm-format lenses can be used without an adapter or modification. Pentax screw-mount 35mm-format lenses and PENTAX 645- and 67-system lenses can be used with an adapter. Some functions may not be available with certain lenses.)
Shake Reduction (SR) Mechanism
The K100D Super features a Pentax -developed Shake Reduction (SR) system, which effectively reduces camera shake for sharp, blur-free images even under difficult shooting conditions, such as using a telephoto lens, shooting in low light conditions without a supplementary flash illumination. The SR mechanism minimizes camera shake by oscillating the CCD image sensor vertically and horizontally at high speed in proportion to the amount of camera shake detected by a built-in sensor. As a result, the system does not require special anti-shake lenses and can be used with almost all existing Pentax interchangeable lenses.
Dust Removal System
The K100D Super features the Pentax Dust Removal (DR) system to prevent dust from sticking to the surface of the CCD image sensor (or low-pass filter).The Pentax-original Special Protect (SP) coating effectively removes dust and stains from the surface. Dust that still remains on the surface will be shaken off when the SR system shifts the CCD at high speed. The dust that is shaken off the CCD will fall onto an adhesive sheet positioned at the bottom of the SR unit, eliminating any possibility of its returning to the CCD surface.
11-point Wide-frame AF System
The sophisticated SAFOX VIII autofocus system features 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors) to automatically focus on the subject with utmost precision, even when it is positioned off center. The in-focus sensor point is automatically superimposed in red in the viewfinder for at-a-glance confirmation. This high-precision AF system offers a choice of two AF modes: the conventional single AF, and the continuous AF, which maintains focus on the moving subject as long as the shutter release button is pressed halfway down.
Multi-pattern Metering Assures Excellent Exposures
The K100D Super incorporates a sophisticated 16-segment multi-pattern metering system which solves even the most complicated lighting conditions efficiently and instantly to produce beautifully exposed images frame after frame. Spot and center-weighted metering modes are also available to accommodate specialized applications.
Auto Sensitivity Control up to ISO 3200 Equivalent
The K100D Super features an auto sensitivity control function, which automatically sets the optimum standard output sensitivity - up to equivalent ISO of 3200, which is the highest automatic setting in its class - based on such data as the subject's brightness level and the lens focal length. Since this function allows the use of higher shutter speeds in poor lighting situations (such as indoor sports events and night scenes), it helps photographers reduce camera shake and prevent blurred images.
Top Shutter Speed of 1/4000 Second
The K100D Super provides a top shutter speed of 1/4000 second to freeze fast-moving subjects and capture decisive moments and features a flash synchronization speed of 1/180 second and a bulb setting (B) for extended exposures.
Effective Noise Reduction
The noise reduction function of the K100D Super can be activated at slow shutter speeds to eliminate digital noise that may spoil the quality of captured images during extended exposures.
Continuous Shooting at 2.8 Images per Second
To trace the movement of an active subject or capture a sequence of the subject's expressions, the K100D Super offers a continuous shooting mode that allows the photographer to capture multiple images (up to five images at "Best" image quality in JPEG format) at a maximum speed of approximately 2.8 images per second.
Auto Picture Mode for Effortless Point-and-shoot SLR Photography
The exclusive Pentax Auto Picture Mode found on the K100D Super automatically and instantly selects one of the four Picture modes - by calculating various photographic factors to assure optimum results. Since this advanced shooting mode takes away all the concerns about aperture, shutter-speed, white-balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness settings, the photographer can concentrate on image composition and shutter opportunity.
Large LCD Monitor
The K100D Super incorporates a large 2.5 inch color LCD monitor that offers a wide-view of over 140 degrees vertically and horizontally, ensuring effortless image viewing even from a diagonal position. The monitor offers digital zooming of playback images up to 12 times for easy confirmation of the image's focusing status and details and the large monitor size allows for large letters, digits and icons on the menu screens to facilitate menu confirmation and camera operations. In addition, the color scheme between the menu listings and the background is optimized for each menu screen to assure at-a-glance confirmation, even under varying shooting conditions.
Bright and Clear Viewfinder
The K100D Super features a lightweight penta-mirror viewfinder, which combines Pentax finder optics and a Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen to deliver bright, clear subject image with a 0.85X magnification and a 96 percent field of view.
SD Memory Card Compatibility with Save-by-day Storage Feature
The K100D Super uses widely available Secure Digital (SD) and Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) memory cards as its storage media, not only assuring high-speed recording and readout of image data, but also helping to reduce the camera body size. Furthermore, the camera can store images in standard format where all files are located in one folder, or the images can be automatically stored in folders for each day of shooting using the save-by-day feature.
Powered by Common AA Batteries or CR-V3 Lithium Batteries
The K100D can operate from many different power sources to maximize user convenience.  Use either 4x AA Batteries (lithium, alkaline, or NiMH), 2x CR-V3 lithium batteries or an optional AC adapter.  NiMH AA are highly recommended for economy, lithium AA for colder climates, and CR-V3 for long life, lowest weight, and extremely low inactivity-based power loss (unlike NiMH).
Powerful Software Package Included
The K100D Super includes Pentax Photo Laboratory 3 which features the reliable SILKYPIX image-processing engine for RAW data processing, and the Pentax Photo Browser 3 that offers faster data processing speed and better operability than the previous version, and can convert RAW images to the DNG format.
Direct Print Capable
The K100D Super Digital Camera is compatible with PictBridge, DPOF, Exif Print and PRINT Image Matching III systems, so you can print quality images using PictBridge supported printers - without the need for a computer.
In the Box
Pentax K100D Super, 6.1 Megapixel, SLR, Digital Camera (Camera Body)
  • 4x AA Alkaline Batteries
  • I-USB17 USB Interface Cable
  • I-VC28 Video Cable
  • Camera Strap (O-ST53)
  • Fk Hot Shoe Cover
  • Eyecup FO (replacement)
  • SLR Body Mount Cover
  • Finder Cap
  • Software CD-ROM (Pentax Photo Laboratory 3, Pentax Photo Browser 3)
  • User Guide
  • 1-Year Pentax Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Pentax K100D specs

    Camera Type Interchangeable Lens SLR Digital Camera
    Image Quality
    Image Sensor APS-C size (23.5 x 15.7mm) 6.31 Megapixel Interline Interlaced CCD with a primary color filter
    Effective Resolution 6.1 million pixels
    Color Depth 24-Bit RGB (JPEG)
    36-Bit RGB (RAW)
    Color Modes Color (18 types), Black & White, Sepia, Soft (3 levels), Slim
    Image File Formats RAW (uncompressed)
    JPEG (Best, Better, Good)
    Exif 2.21, DCF, DPOF & PIM III compliant
    Recorded Resolution 6M (3008 x 2008)
    4M (2400 x 1600)
    1.6M (1536 x 1024)
    Video Recording No
    Audio Recording No
    Lens Mount Pentax KAF mount
    KAF2, KAF and KA mount lenses - fully compatible
    K-mount lenses - usable with restrictions
    S-mount lenses - usable with adapter and restrictions
    67/645 lenses - usable with adapter and restrictions
    Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
    Optical Image Stabilization Yes (CCD Shake Reduction (SR) Mechanism))
    Focus Control
    Focus Type TTL phase-matching 11-point autofocus system (SAFOX VIII) with AF assist lamp
    Focus Modes AF-Single (with focus lock), AF-Continuous, Manual
    Exposure Control
    Sensitivity ISO Auto (200-3200)
    Selectable ISO (200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200)
    Shutter Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
    Shutter Speed 30 - 1/4000 seconds
    Mirror Lock-Up Yes
    Exposure Metering TTL open-aperture metering (16-segment, Center-weighted & Spot meter)
    EV1 - EV21.5 Metering Range (At ISO 200 with 50mm f1.4 lens)
    Exposure Modes Program AE, Auto Picture Mode, Picture Mode, Scene Mode, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb, Exposure Compensation (+/-2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 steps), Auto Exposure Lock, Auto Bracketing (+/-1.5EV (1/2 steps) or +/-1EV (1/3 steps) up to 3 frames)
    White Balance Modes TTL Auto, Preset (Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Flash), Custom white balance, Manual
    Scene Modes Auto Picture, Scene, Standard, Portrait, Night-scene Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, Night Scene, Surf & Snow, Text, Sunset, Kids, Pet, Candlelight, Museum
    Built-in Flash Series-control Retractable P-TTL pop-up flash (Auto, Flash-off, Flash-on, Auto + Red-eye reduction, Flash-on + Red-eye reduction)
    Effective Flash Range Up to 49' (15.6m)
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    External Flash Control P-TTL high speed sync with Pentax dedicated flash
    Maximum Flash Synchronization Speed 1/180 second
    Start-Up Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Shutter Lag Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Time Between Shots Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Burst Capability 2.8 fps up to 5 frames (JPEG), or 3 frames (RAW)
    Self Timer 12 seconds or 2 seconds
    Interval Recording No
    Date & Time Stamp Yes
    Memory & Power
    Built-in Memory No
    Compatible Memory Cards Secure Digital (SD) Card
    File Size
    RAW Best Better Good
    6M 11.6MB 3.8MB 2.5MB 1.2MB
    4M - 1.9MB 1.4MB 0.8MB
    1.5M - 1.1MB 0.8MB 0.5MB
    Battery Type Four NiMH AA batteries (max. 430 exposures)
    Four lithium AA batteries (max. 660, 520 @ 32°F/0°C)
    Four alkaline AA batteries (max. 80 exposures)
    Two lithium CR-V3 batteries (max. 730 exposures)
    Power Adapter K-AC10 AC Adapter (Optional)
    Computer Interface USB 2.0 (Hi-speed)
    Direct Print Capable Yes (PictBridge)
    Remote Control Remote Control F (optional)
    CS-205 Cable Switch (optional)
    Video Output Yes (NTSC & PAL)
    System & Software Requirements Windows System
    • Pentium II Processor (Pentium4 recommended)
    • Windows 2000, XP
    • 256MB RAM (512MB or more recommended)
    • 250MB available Hard Drive space or more
    • Standard equipped USB port
    • 1024 x 768, 24 Bit color Monitor

    Macintosh System

    • PowerPC G3 or later (G4 recommended)
    • Mac OS X (10.2 or later)
    • 256MB RAM (512MB or more recommended)
    • 250MB available Hard Drive space or more
    • Standard equipped USB port
    • 1024 x 768, 24 Bit color Monitor
    Viewfinder Pentamirror Optical Viewfinder with Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen and Diopter Adjustment (-2.5m-1 - +1.5m-1)
    Viewfinder Info Flash information, Picture mode, In-focus indication, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation factor, Manual white balance, Manual focus, Sensitivity warning, Auto exposure lock signal, AF mode
    Depth-of-Field Preview Yes
    LCD Display 2.5" Low Reflection TFT color LCD (210,000 pixels), with Histogram display and Angle of View of 140 degrees
    Information Display Shutter speed, Aperture value, Flash Information, Single frame advance/Continuous advance Self-timer, Remote control, Metering Information, Focus point indicator, Auto bracketing, White balance information, Battery information, Exposure compensation factor, Exposure frame number
    Language Options English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Netherlands, Italian, Russian, Korean, Chinese (traditional & simplified), Japanese
    Playback Options Single image, Index (9-up), Magnification (up to 12x), Image rotation, Slide show, Digital filter, Histogram, Exposure warning, Erase and Image Protect Modes (Single, All), World Time (Displays the time in 70 cities over 28 time zones)
    Dimensions (HxWxD) 5.1 x 3.6 x 2.8" (130 x 93 x 70mm) without Lens
    Weight 20.1 oz. (569g) without battery

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