Excerpt: I owned this camera a few years ago and have since moved on to the K-x bodies for better high ISO performance and more resolution. That said, I've gotten some of my best photos with the K100D. For the price they go for on the used market these days (around $100) they're positively a steal.
Pros: Great image quality, great color rendering, build quality, ergonomics, size
Cons: Only 6MP, high ISO performance not as good as newer DSLRs
Excerpt: I purchased the Pentax K100D in 2006 as a means for photographing my own artwork as a professional artist. It has served its purpose well, however, I think I needed to get a better lens for my detail shots. I would definately recommend this to someone who wants to take pictures but I would say the Pentax K100D is not the best for the professional photographer.
Summary: This camera was listed in my course requirement for my photography appreciation class. What I liked about this camera is that it took good pictures and it was easy for me to find all the options in the menu. It was manageable. What I didn't like about it is that the camera adjusted the white balance by itself and when taking pictures, it came out dark. I am trying to figure out how to fix that. Beside, overall review about the camera is that I enjoyed using it!
Summary: I have used Pentax camera equipmet for 39 years. The most amazing thing is that I can still use the special lenses I purchased for my Spotmatic back in 1972 on the digital bodies I purchase today. This has also allowed me to buy older pentax equiipment on E-bay at a relatively low price and take advantage of the great Pentax lens legacy. I now own a K100D and used it on a recent vacation in Hawaii. I got great images of sunrises and sunsets, tropical flowers and birds.
Summary: This K100D is a great step up from the point and shoot cameras. The extra features and possible camera adjustments provide the option of mimicking professional photography. Not a duplication . Ease of operations, along with the built in shake reduction make this an easy camera to shoot, and get good results. There are better cameras available for a lot more money. Remember more money does not make more honey.
Summary: I bought this camera to replace my venerable Pentax K1000 film camera. I chose it because the K body will accept the lenses from my old camera, which it does quite well. The camera is nicely ergonomic and fits well in the hand. All the controls are easy to get to with the possible exception of the focus mode switch which is hidden on the front. Pictures are excellent under almost all conditions. I do have some reservations though.
Overall good but picture quality could be better.....
3 November 2010
Summary: I had Pentax *ist DS before and it broke so I decided to buy something similar but a little bit more advanced. The Pentax K100D was an obvious choice. Having similar dimentions and layour of the controls, it is just feels right in your hands. The camera is compact and filled with useful features. My only dissapointment was some pictures came out with a lot of grain.
Summary: The K100D has a good, solid feel in my hand. The controls are fairly simple to use, and almost becomes a "point and shoot" camera for the novice. However, the more advanced user will find it possible to have a greater degree of creative control as well. Since I consider myself an advanced amateur who wants to become a much better photographer, this is an important consideration. The camera is also back compatible with any lens made to fit a Pentax camera body.
Summary: The Amazon price is steep for this camera that is two generations old, but if you can find on Ebay or somewhere else at a lower price, this is a great buy. I use it as a backup to my K10D. It is a simple dSLR to use, and the shake reduction is an awesome feature since few other entry level dSLRs have it. With the shake reduction built in, your investment in lenses is going to be less since it works with all K-mount lenses.