Conclusion: Pentax K100D digital reflex camera Although Pentax started with digital SLR cameras relatively late, the brand now frequently introduces new models. The Pentax K110D and the K100D are the latest entry-level models, which have been designed according to the Pentax motto: simplicity above all else. However, that certainly doesn't mean they are plain cameras that offer little to no options to the more experienced photographer; on the contrary even!
Summary: Looking at the specification and the price, the K100D is certainly a lot of camera for the money. Results are good overall and handling is a doddle thanks to a neat control layout and compact size. If you’re looking for a compact, easy to use D-SLR that won’t bust your budget then the K100D is worth a look. And if you have old Pentax lenses as well, then you should certainly check out this camera.
Pros: Handling, image quality, ease of use, price
Cons: Pentamirror viewfinder, indistinct finder info display, some key controls only in menus
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...
Excerpt: The K100D is the latest in a very long line of 6-megapixel Pentax DSLRs. What's more, the latest doesn't seem physically that different from the first, the *ist D. Not that there's much wrong with the design. The surprisingly compact body (considering it runs on four AAs) is built around a metal chassis and finished off with tough, matt-black plastics. This is a weighty, solid camera that feels a cut above its rivals.
Summary: You can't knock the addition of sensor cleaning and sdm-lens compatibility, they're very welcome. However, a bit more spec-upgrading would have been nice to warrant the Super tag. With a good build quality, helpful beginner modes and largely easy-to-use controls you have a lightweight, yet solid camera, that's going to make it easy for the Pentax film upgrader or the newcomer to digital, to gain confidence in the DSLR world.
Pros: Shake Reduction technology, Anti-Dust action, Good build quality, High ISO ratings, sdm lens compatibility, Beginner modes, Decent image sharpness with supplied lens
Cons: Starts at ISO200, Functions on menus, Weak fps performance, Noise at ISO200, Lacks sophisticated focus options