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).
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.
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: 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)...
Summary: The Pentax K2000 might just be the ideal digital SLR for 2009. If you’re looking for a small, affordable, full-featured camera that is capable of producing fantastic images, then the K2000 seems like a good choice.
Pros: Small and light, Uses AA batteries, Excellent in-camera processing options, Good high-ISO performance in terms of detail versus noise, Improved user interface
Cons: Kit lens has plastic mount, Limited continuous shooting performance, No manual DOF preview or optional wired shutter release, External flash has no bounce or swivel head, AF speed and accuracy varied with lenses used during tests
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-devel...
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 t...
Summary: If you can live with the RAW file system – and that, after all, is the way to get better images with any camera – then the Pentax is a fine camera. And the supplied Silkypix RAW converter is excellent. This is a low cost entry into the serious photographic world of the DSLR.
Pros: The camera continues the Pentax style of no-nonsense SLRs. There are no gimmicky concessions to customers moving up from compact cameras. Every function is a genuine photographic tool. The Pentax kit lens is particularly fine. Image quality is exceptionally good, with one caveat.
Cons: The camera has one serious flaw. JPEG images straight from the camera are unimpressive both in sharpness and in colour. We are at a loss to understand this because the RAW images are excellent. JPEG and RAW can be recorded simultaneously so in one sense it is not an issue, but it does mean that t...