Short Report: Pentax K100D
Shake reduction with every lens—at a very low price
Those moving up to a D-SLR from a compact digital camera will be happy to learn that the K100D uses SD cards to store images (same as many compact digital cameras) and widely available AA batteries. The camera manual says a set of four AA lithium batteries is good for around 660 shots; I got more than 1,300 on a set of Energizer e2 Lithiums, with Shake Reduction switched on for nearly all of them. (Besides good capacity, lithium batteries have an excellent shelf life and great cold-weather performance.)
Another K100D feature is a big 2.5-inch LCD monitor, making it easy to read menus and check your images. A Digital Preview function lets you examine an image on the LCD monitor before taking it.
In this heady era of 8-megapixel-plus entry-level D-SLRs, the Pentax K100D's 6.1 megapixels might seem a bit "light," but image quality is very good. And with a full range of shooting features, good performance and Shake Reduction for just $619 (body only), this camera is an excellent value.
Contact: Pentax, (800) 821-0450, www.pentaximaging.com.
Sensor Size: 6.1-megapixel CCDLCD: 2.5-inch
AF System: 11-point wide-frame AF
Metering: 16-segment, center-weighted and spot metering
Shutter Speeds: 30 to 1⁄4000 sec. & Bulb
Flash Sync: Up to 1⁄180 sec.
Built-In Flash: Yes
Shooting Speed: 2.8 fps
Size: 5.1x3.6x2.8 inches
Weight: 19.8 ounces
• Effective built-in Shake Reduction works with all lenses
• Powered by four AA batteries or two CR-V3 lithium cells
• ISOs from 200 to 3200
• Wide range of features
• Very low price