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Pentax K100D Super
6.1 MP Digital SLR Camera

Pentax K100D Super Digital SLR with
Pentax DA 18-55mm AL Lens



June 28th, 2007

Pentax has today introduced the compact 6.1 megapixel Pentax K100D Super digital SLR camera, which features 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 Super Digital SLR

Pentax Canada Press Release:

Pentax is pleased to announce the release of the Pentax K100D Super. This new digital SLR camera combines the acclaimed Pentax-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system with an innovative Dust Removal (DR) system to assure optimum image quality.

The K100D Super has been developed based on the popular Pentax K100D lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera. The K100D Super incorporates the Pentax-developed Dust Removal (DR) system, previously available only in the K10D, to prevent adhesion of dust to the CCD surface and assure spotless images. It will also support the super sonic motors in the new SDM lenses for smoother, quieter focusing. SDM system lenses will be available in late July or early August.

The K100D Super also offers an array of advanced technologies, user-friendly features, and an easy-to-hold and easy-to-use design. By combining 6.1 effective megapixels, the K100D Super is designed to assure high-quality digital SLR photography to users of all levels, from SLR beginners to experienced hobbyists, with minimum effort.

The K100D Super will be available in Canada mid-August 2007 at an anticipated retail of $749.99 with the smc Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL lens.

Pentax K100D Super
Major Features

Pentax-original Shake Reduction mechanism for sharp, blur-free images

The Pentax K100D Super 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.

Dust Removal system to keep dust off the CCD surface

The K100D Super features the Pentax-developed Dust Removal (DR) system to prevent dust from sticking to the surface of the CCD image sensor (or low-pass filter). Applied to the CCD surface through a vapour deposition process of a fluorine compound, the Pentax-original Super Protect (SP) coating effectively prevents dust and stains from sticking to the surface. In the next step, dust that remains on the surface will be shaken off when the SR system shifts the CCD at high speed. The dust that is shaken off the CCD will fall onto an adhesive sheet positioned at the bottom of the SR unit, eliminating any possibility of its returning to the CCD surface.

Auto sensitivity control up to 3200 standard output sensitivity

The K100D Super features 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. This function allows the use of higher shutter speeds in poor lighting situations (such as indoor sports events and night scenes), helping the photographer to effectively reduce camera shake and prevent blurred images. The user can pre-program a desired level, from ISO 200 to the super-high sensitivity of the ISO 3200.

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

The Pentax-original Auto Picture mode automatically and instantly selects one of five Picture modes (including Normal, Portrait, Action, Landscape, and Macro) to create the most appropriate visual effect for a given subject. The camera sets all primary parameters (including shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness), allowing the photographer to concentrate on picture composition and timing of the shutter release.

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

The K100D Super’s sophisticated SAFOX VIII autofocus system features 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors in the middle that are sensitive to both horizontal and vertical subjects) to automatically focus on the subject with utmost precision, even when it is positioned off centre. The in-focus sensor point is automatically superimposed in red in the viewfinder for at-a-glance confirmation.

Large LCD monitor to facilitate image viewing and menu setting

The K100D Super features a large 2.5-inch colour 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. It provides 210,000 pixels for high-resolution image viewing, with a zoom display function that lets user magnify and image up to 12 times for easy confirmation of the focusing status and the subject’s expressions. The large monitor size allows for large letters, digits and icons on the menu screens to facilitate menu confirmation and camera operations.

Bright, clear viewfinder

The K100D Super features a lightweight penta-mirror viewfinder, which combines 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 96-percent of the image area. Using the optional Magnifying Eyecup O-ME53 the image magnification increases to 1.00 times still showing 96-percent of the image area.

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

The K100D Super features 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 K100D Super is designed to produce beautiful, true-to-life images that are rich in gradation. It also offers a choice of two finishing touches of “Natural” or “Bright” to create a distinctive atmosphere.

Compatibility with high-quality, high –capacity SDHC memory card

The Pentax K100D Super accepts not only the conventional SD memory card as its storage media, but also the newly standardized SDHC card, ** which allows the user to store a great number of large data files, such as RAW-format images.

** SD High Capacity card, with a storage capacity exceeding 2 GB

Compatibility with SDM system for smoother, quieter autofocusing operation

The K100D Super’s camera body is compatible with a new SDM system, which assures smoother, quieter autofocusing operation using a built in supersonic motor in the lens instead of the in body motor. When the lens equipped with SDM system is mounted on the Pentax K100D Super camera body, the focus mode is automatically switched to SDM-assisted autofocusing. SDM system lenses will be available in late July or early August.

Compact, lightweight body with optimum holding comfort

The K100D Super has been designed to be compact and lightweight for easy carrying and enhanced maneuverability but it still has a rugged stainless steel chassis and lens mount. It also offers an easy-to-hold grip to assure a stable shooting position.

Other features

  • 19 custom functions to personalize camera operations

  • Consecutive shooting of up to five frames at the speed of approximately 2.8 frames per second (at BEST image quality in JPEG format)

  • Eight distinctive Scene modes to accommodate specific subjects/applications

  • Choice of two preview functions (digital/optical)

  • 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

  • Five digital filters (Black-and-white, Sepia, Slim, Soft and Brightness) for easy editing of recorded images

  • PictBridge compatibility
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