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Monday, November 3, 2008

Next-Generation D-SLRs

New models deliver technology advances for photographers of every level

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next generation d-slrsPENTAX K2000
Pentax’s newest D-SLR is aimed at those looking to move up from a compact digital camera to a D-SLR. The svelte K2000 comes in a convenient kit, complete with 18-55mm zoom and AF200FG Auto Flash unit. The new camera features Pentax’s sensor-shift Shake Reduction that works with all lenses, a comprehensive sensor-dust removal system and a dedicated programmable Help button for the D-SLR newcomer.

10.2-Megapixel CCD
The K2000 employs the proven 10.2-megapixel, APS-C-format CCD sensor previously seen in the K10D and K200D, and other D-SLRs.

3.2 fps Shooting
Interestingly, the K2000 can shoot faster than any other Pentax D-SLR: 3.2 fps, for up to 4 RAW or JPEG images. At 1.1 fps, it can shoot unlimited JPEGs, but still just 4 RAW images.

Shake Reduction System
Handheld camera shake causes many an unsharp photo, so the K2000 includes a sensor-shift Shake Reduction system, which works with all lenses.

Sensor-Dust Deterrence
The low-pass filter over the K2000’s image sensor is coated with Pentax’s SP fluorine coating to deter dust, plus the camera uses ultra-high-speed vibrations to shake off any dust that does settle on the sensor assembly.

Compact, Ergonomic Body
The smallest Pentax D-SLR, the K2000 is easy to carry anywhere. A rigid, stainless-steel chassis provides strength, yet the camera weighs just 18.5 ounces. Despite the small body size, the K2000 incorporates a 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot LCD monitor that can be viewed at angles of up to 160 degrees. There’s no Live-View mode, but the big monitor makes it easy to set menu items and check just-shot images.

next generation d-slrsWide Lens Compatibility
Like all Pentax D-SLRs, the K2000 can use just about every Pentax SLR lens ever made, including (via adapters) old screw-mount models and lenses for the 645/67 camera system. Like the K20D and K200D, the K2000 is fully compatible with the new SDM lenses, which feature good dust- and weather-resistance, quick and quiet AF, and a Quick-Shift mechanism that allows you to adjust focus manually while in AF mode—handy for macro work or to get a quick start on action subjects.

Specifications

Image Sensor: 10.2-megapixel (effective) CCD
Resolution: 3872 x 2592 pixels
Sensor Size: 23.5x15.7mm (APS-C), 1.5x
AF System: 5-point
Shutter Speeds: 1⁄4000 to 30 sec., X-sync up to 1⁄180 sec.
ISO Settings: 100-3200 (1/3 EV increments)
Continuous Firing Mode: 3.2 fps
Recording Format: JPEG, RAW
Metering: 16-segment, CW, spot
Storage Media: SD, SDHC
Dimensions: 4.8x3.6x2.7 inches
Weight: 18.5 ounces
Power Source: 4 AA batteries
Estimated Street Price: $699 (with 18-55mm zoom and AF200FG flash)


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