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Pentax K100D and K110D
Digital SLR Cameras

Pentax K100D Digital SLR

May 23rd, ,2006

Pentax has today introduced the compact 6.1 megapixel Pentax K100D and K110D digital SLR cameras, which feature a large 2.5" rear LCD display, 11-point area Auto Focus, 1/4000 sec maximum shutter speed, support for SD memory cards, and the capability to capture up to 5 shots consecutively at approximately 2.8 frames per sec.



Pentax K100D Digital SLR

Both the Pentax K100D and the Pentax K110D are designed to be compatible with most Pentax interchangeable lenses to meet a wide range of applications. The Pentax K100D differs from the Pentax K110D digital SLR in that it features a CCD-shift Shake Reduction system to help minimize the potential effects of camera movement while taking the picture.

The Pentax K100D digital SLR is slated for a July 2006 release in Canada. The MSRP for the Pentax K100D DSLR kit with Pentac SMC 18-55mm zoom lens will be $699 US. Pentax Canada has not yet announced a price for the K100D.

The Pentax K110D digital SLR is slated for August 2006 release in Canada. The MSRP for the Pentax K100D DSLR kit with the Pentax SMC 18-55mm zoom lens will be $599 US.

Pentax K100D and K110D Digital SLR
Major Features

PENTAX-original Shake Reduction mechanism for sharp, blur-free images (Pentax K100D DSLR Only)

The K100D is equipped with the PENTAX-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system, which effectively reduces camera shake for sharp, blur-free images even under difficult shooting conditions, such as using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark or at night without a supplementary flash illumination, or using extended exposures for sunset scenes. The SR mechanism incorporated in the K100D is designed to minimize camera shake by oscillating the CCD image sensor vertically and horizontally at high speed using magnetic force, while adjusting the speed of oscillation in proportion to the amount of camera shake detected by a built-in sensor. As a result, it does not require special anti-shake lenses, and can be used with almost all existing PENTAX interchangeable lenses.*

* Lenses compatible with this mechanism are: PENTAX K-, KA-, KAF- and KAF2-mount lenses; screw-mount lenses (with an adapter); and 645- are 67-system lenses (with an adapter). Certain lenses may lose part of their functions.

11-point wide-frame AF to capture off-center subjects in crisp focus

The Pentax K100D and K110D's sophisticated SAFOX VIII autofocus system features 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors in the middle) to automatically focus on the subject with utmost precision, even when it is positioned off center. The in-focus sensor point is automatically superimposed in red in the viewfinder for at-a-glance confirmation. This high-precision AF system offers a choice of two AF modes: the conventional single AF, and the continuous AF,** which maintains focus on the moving subject as long as the shutter release button is pressed halfway down.

** The continuous AF mode is selectable by the user only when P, Tv, Av, M or B is selected as a shooting mode on the mode dial. This mode is automatically activated by the camera when the Auto Picture Program, or one of the Picture or Scene modes, is selected.

Auto sensitivity control up to 3200 standard output sensitivity

The Pentax K100D and K110D feature an auto sensitivity control function, which automatically sets the optimum standard output sensitivity — up to 3200, which is the highest automatic setting in its class — based on such data as the subject’s brightness level and the lens’ focal length. Since this function allows the use of higher shutter speeds in poor lighting situations (such as indoor sports events and night scenes), it helps the photographer to effectively reduce camera shake and prevent blurred images.

Pentax K100D Digital SLR with 18-55mm lens


Auto Picture Mode for effortless point-and-shoot SLR photography

The Pentax K100D and K110D offer the PENTAX-developed Auto Picture Mode, which automatically and instantly selects one of the five Picture modes — including Portrait, Landscape and Macro — by calculating various photographic factors to assure optimum results. Since this advanced shooting mode takes away all the concerns about aperture, shutter-speed, white-balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness settings, the photographer can concentrate on image composition and shutter opportunity.

Large LCD monitor to facilitate image viewing and menu setting

The Pentax K100D and K110D digital SLR's both incorporate a large 2.5-inch color LCD monitor on its back panel. Its wide-view design allows the photographer to check the monitor image over 140 degrees vertically and horizontally, ensuring effortless image viewing even from a diagonal position. With a total of approximately 210,000 pixels, it also offers digital zooming of playback images up to 12 times for easy confirmation of the image’s focusing status and details. The large monitor size allows for large letters, digits and icons on the menu screens to facilitate menu confirmation and camera operations. In addition, the color scheme between the menu listings and the background is optimized for each menu screen to assure at-a-glance confirmation, even under varying shooting conditions.

True-to-life, rich-gradation images assured by 6.1 effective megapixels

The Pentax K100D and K110D feature a large, high-performance 23.5mm x 15.7mm CCD as its image sensor, assuring the faithful reproduction of the desired photographic intention in the resulting images — from images with beautiful out-of-focus backgrounds to those with edge-to-edge sharpness. By combining 6.1 effective megapixels with a high-performance imaging engine and advanced image-processing technologies, the Pentax K100D and K110D digital SLR's are designed to produce beautiful, true-to-life images that are rich in gradation. What’s more, it offers a choice of two finishing touches of “Natural” or “Bright” to create a distinctive atmosphere.

Super-compact, ultra-lightweight body, with outstanding rigidity

While the K100D and the K110D are designed to be compact and lightweight to enhance operability and portability, it also incorporates a newly developed stainless-steel chassis and a fiber-reinforced engineering plastic housing to reinforce its overall rigidity and durability.

Bright, clear viewfinder

The Pentax K100D and K110D digital SLR's feature a lightweight penta-mirror viewfinder, which combines a Pentax-original finder optics with a Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen to deliver a bright, clear subject image with a 0.85-times magnification and a 96-percent field of view.

Top shutter speed of 1/4000 second

The Pentax K100D and K110D DSLR's offer a top shutter speed of 1/4000 second to freeze fast-moving subjects and capture decisive moments. It also features a flash synchronization speed of 1/180 second and a bulb setting (B) for extended exposures.

Continuous shooting at approximately 2.8 images per second

To trace the movement of an active subject or capture a sequence of the subject’s expressions, the Pentax K100D and K110D digital SLR's offer a continuous shooting mode that allows the photographer to capture multiple images (up to five images at “Best” image quality in JPEG format) at a maximum speed of approximately 2.8 images per second.

Upgraded standard software package

The Pentax K100D and K110D's standard software package consists of the Pentax Photo Laboratory 3 that features the reliable Silkypix image-processing engine (developed by ICHIKAWA SOFT LABORATORY) for RAW data processing, and the Pentax Photo Browser 3 that offers faster data processing speed and better operability than the previous version.

Other features

  • 19 custom functions to personalize camera operations
  • SD memory card compatibility
  • Eight distinctive Scene modes to accommodate specific subjects/applications
  • Choice of two preview functions (digital/optical)
  • Storage of recorded images in day-by-day files on an SD memory card
  • Choice of 16-segment multi-pattern metering, center-weighted metering and spot metering to accommodate various photographic applications
  • Noise reduction mechanism to reduce digital noise during extended exposures
  • Dual power source (two CR-V3 lithium batteries, or four AA-size batteries)
  • USB 2.0 (HI-SPEED) compatibility for speedy data transfer to PC
  • Choice of image format between JPEG (Best, Better or Good) and RAW
  • Five digital filters (Black-and-white, Sepia, Slim, Soft and Brightness) for easy editing of recorded images
  • PictBridge compatibility

Pentax K100D Digital SLR with SMC Pentax DA 21mm F3.2 AL lens

Download the Pentax K100D and K110D Digital SLR Specifications (PDF)


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