Summary: Although the overall specification is pretty good for this level of camera, the K-m/K2000 struggles to stand out from the crowd given the mediocre JPEG quality and poorly implemented autofocus system.
Pros: Easy-to-use on-screen control panel, Compact size with good build-quality, Good high-ISO performance, Plenty of features for the first-time user (Auto Pict mode/Help button), Efficient image stabilization, Reliable flash exposure, Wireless flash, Good viewfinder for its class, In-camera RAW-development (but limited options only), Good range of image parameters (see reservations below), Shadow compensation, White Balance fine-tuning, User-controllable High ISO noise re...
Cons: Default JPEGs too contrasty and poorly sharpened, JPEG engine not making the most out the camera's RAW data (regardless of settings), Unsophisticated, uninformative AF system with no indication of chosen point in viewfinder, No orientation sensor (get used to landscape images), Dynamic range in the highlights slightly below average (but efficient D-Range option), Limited continuous shooting capability, slower than average and small buffer, Flash must be raised for AF ...
Excerpt: The arrival of the budget K-m offers an extra option for the beginner. Priced at only £400 with the standard 18-55mm zoom lens, it’s set to go head to head with the likes of the Sony Alpha 200 and Canon EOS 1000D. Models at this price point are traditionally small and lightweight, with a decent specification and a simple to use control set-up – key selling points for beginners looking for their first DSLR.
Excerpt: “Don’t buy a compact digital camera !” That’s the advice most photographers will give you these days, mostly because DSLR (digital single lens reflex) models are finally coming down in price – well below $1,000 in some cases. And they carry some major benefits: interchangeable lenses, seeing an accurate representation of the subject matter, and great quality. The Pentax K2000 is an excellent example of this emerging category.
Pros: Fast motor; works well in cold conditions; includes kit lens and flash; light and portable
Cons: No HD video; average color quality; no multi-format flash support; lacks a touch screen
Excerpt: Looking for a great kit to get you started with DSLRs? Pentax's latest, the K2000, will ship with a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (27-78mm equivalent) kit lens and a hot-shoe flash, all for $700 (estimated street). And from its features, it could turn out to be a top choice of budding photographers, just as the Pentax K1000 was back in film days.
Excerpt: Everybody loves a bargain. And that's what Pentax promises with its new entry-level DSLR, the 10.2-megapixel K2000. For $577 (street), you get not just the camera body and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom, but a small accessory flash that gives you about double the flash output of the camera's pop-up.
Excerpt: The Pentax K2000 (also known as the Pentax K-m in Europe) is an entry level APS -C (crop format) DSLR . It features a 10.2MP CCD sensor with built in sensor-shift stabilization, a 2.7-inch LCD and it’s all bundled in a small, lightweight body measuring 122.5mm x 91.5mm x 67.5mm (4.8 × 3.6 × 2.7 in) and weighing 525g (18.5 oz.