Summary: If you're looking for a well-made, versatile entry-level DSLR, give the Pentax K100D Super a test drive. One advantage that it has is lens compatibility - it's compatible with virtually every Pentax lens ever made, which means that you can get some excellent used glass for this camera for not very much money. And the performance and image quality are pretty much on par with the competition.
Excerpt: Our grumpiness was largely because the design hadn't changed much since the days of the *ist D - if anything this incarnation is larger, yet at the same time less fussy - and, with a six megapixel resolution it felt overpriced at £600 when you could buy a 10MP DSLR for a similar outlay.
Excerpt: Last year when Pentax introduced the K100D , they advertised it as "an affordable, full featured, user friendly digital SLR." This year when the Pentax K100D Super was announced, they advertised it as "an affordable, full featured, user friendly digital SLR." What’s the difference? Well, if you look closely you’ll notice the new K100D Super adds Pentax’s new Dust Removal system and compatibility with Pentax’s new SDM lenses offering faster and quieter autofocus.
Excerpt: Physical Views Continue on to Page Two K100D Super Specifications Type Interchangeable lens Single-Lens-Reflex type digital still camera with TTL auto exposure,autofocus and built-in retractable P-TTL auto flash.
Excerpt: Pentax had to join the image stabilization club or face a shaky future. It chose to join in with its new K100D 6.1MP digital SLR ($620 street, body only), an *ist DS2 look-alike that's the first Pentax to feature a sensor-based shake reduction (SR) system. Unlike the lens-based IS systems on some Canon and Nikon lenses, this one should help reduce vibration-induced blur in photos taken with any new Pentax DA lens, plus all lenses with a Pentax mount.
Excerpt: Image stabilization has become the hot feature to have on a camera, whether it's a pocket point-and-shoot or a DSLR. And now Pentax has joined in with the K100D ($699 estimated retail, with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Pentax DA lens), an easy-handling 6-megapixel digital SLR that achieves image stabilization by using a moving CCD sensor.
Excerpt: Editor's note: Since we launched our Buying Guide last fall we've been soliciting user reviews on cameras and lenses. The aim is to leverage the smarts and experience of our user base of photo enthusiasts, which we think is the most knowledgeable around. Most so far have been fairly short and to the point. But Phil Leese's review of the Pentax K100D digital SLR is so thorough and exhaustive we felt it needed to be pulled out into the main site.
Conclusion: When we reviewed the *ist DS it was a camera which equally surprised and disappointed; on one hand it was one of those cameras which functioned beyond its expectation or billing, and on the other it disappointed with its relatively poor in-camera image processor, which simply wasn't delivering the results we knew the camera was capable of.
Pros: About as good as six megapixel resolution gets, crisp and detailed, a big improvement, Excellent detail even at higher ISO's, overall noise levels on par with competition, Effective long exposure noise reduction (necessary too), Accurate and fast auto-focus, although focus motor slightly noisy, Occasionally useful 'digital preview' allows you to take a test shot which isn't saved, Unique-to-Pentax 'Auto Pict' dynamically selects scene modes, Customizable Auto ISO (200...
Cons: Limited continuous shooting capability, buffer only large enough for four JPEG frames, Over-saturated default image tone ('Bright'), can lead to channel clipping, Relatively loud shutter release, Slightly humorous user interface compromise ('Cntnuos expsr'), No orientation sensor (hence orientation not recorded), Top LCD panel has no backlight, Slightly less dynamic range at ISO 200 than at ISO 400, Large RAW files (10 MB; not losslessly compressed), No simultaneous R...