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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the PENTAX K100D is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Attractive SLR Camera for First-Timers

Quality construction. Excellent images. Built-in shake reduction works with all Pentax lenses. ISO to 3,200 for extreme low-light photography. Uses AA batteries ; Continuous shooting limited to four to five frames before buffer fills. Four-way rocker...

Continuous shooting limited to four to five frames before buffer fills. Four-way rocker switch not positive enough. Short battery life

The K100D is a quality camera that's fun to shoot with and delivers superb images, and it's available at a great price if you're looking for your first SLR.

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Pentax K100D


The enthusiast level Digital SLR market in India is primarily dominated by Canon's Digital Rebels and Nikon's D series. Though there were quite a few models launched by other manufacturers, the market monopoly in this segment still stood strong with...

In all my shooting experience, the Pentax K100D was more than enjoyable, and the results speak for themselves. Even casual users can stick to the auto mode and find excellent results, as the camera practically takes care of everything for you. It's...

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Pentax K100D Super SLR


The Pentax-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system in the K100D Super effectively offers a two- to three-stop advantage for sharp, blur-free images even under difficult shooting conditions. The SR mechanism is designed to minimize camera shake by...

The K100D Super's user-friendly features include a comfortable eyelevel viewfinder, a 2.5 inch color LCD monitor, a generous LCD data panel, and an innovative Auto Picture mode for automatic selection of the proper exposure program. Offering quick,...


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Pentax K100D Super


The feature-rich Pentax K100D Super is a surprisingly strong purchase for budget-conscious DSLR users.

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Pentax K100D Digital Camera Review


The Pentax K100D is one of a slew of budget DSLRs with advanced features currently on the market. The 6-megapixel K100D has sensor-shift shake reduction and an excellent autofocus system, which boasts nine cross-points. Until the K100D and other...

- Excellent Auto-Focus - Logical layout and interface - Durable construction - Good color performance in low light

- Dim, low-magnification viewfinder - Limited white balance controls - Single control dial - AA batteries - Compartment doors aren't sealed

The Pentax K100D is just what an entry-level DSLR should be - simple to use and functional enough to take good pictures. Pentax deserves praise for putting such a good autofocus system in an inexpensive camera. The combination of the autofocus system...

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Pentax K100D


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Pentax K100D SLR


The PENTAX-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system in the K100D effectively offers a two- to three-stop advantage for sharp, blur-free images even under difficult shooting conditions, such as using a telephoto lens or shooting in low light without a flash

The SR mechanism 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...

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Pentax K100D


The K100D and K110D digital SLRs were announced in May 2006, aimed as a straight replacement for the *ist DS series (actually the DS2) these two SLRs are designed to appeal to the affordable end of the digital SLR market but don't compromise on...

About as good as six megapixel resolution gets, crisp and detailed, a big improvement ; Excellent detail even at higher ISO's, overall noise levels on par with competition ; Effective long exposure noise reduction (necessary too) ; Accurate and fast...

Limited continuous shooting capability, buffer only large enough for four JPEG frames ; Over-saturated default image tone ('Bright'), can lead to channel clipping ; Relatively loud shutter release ; Slightly humorous user interface compromise ('Cntnuos...

When we reviewed the *ist DS it was a camera which equally surprised and disappointed; on one hand it was one of those cameras which functioned beyond its expectation or billing, and on the other it disappointed with its relatively poor in-camera image...

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K100D SLR Digital Camera


The K100D's $700 price tag (as of November 6, 2006) puts it at the low end of the entry-level digital SLR market, and its 6.1-megapixel resolution lags behind the current state-of-the-art. Nevertheless, this camera offers a feature set ideally suited...

Solid construction; low price Top-mounted LCD status display

Noisier images at high ISO settings Low battery life

The K100D is a great entry-level SLR camera, with an unmatched price. Pentax offers an extensive array of lenses to buy separately, and the camera's interface and design make for a comfortable shoot. If you want a full-featured SLR with fairly advanced...

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Pentax K100D Digital SLR


The PENTAX K100D combines 6.1 effective megapixels of resolution with a host of advanced technologies including a Shake Reduction (SR) system to deliver high-quality digital SLR photography and user-friendly operation to all levels of photographers.

Product Specifications

Pentax takes entry-level SLR users to the next level with the K100D Super Digital SLR. Adding a Dust Removal system to help keep the CCD surface dust-free and full compatibility with SDM lenses, Pentax has upgraded an already fully featured set to bring you a technologically advanced SLR at a very affordable price. Compatible with any Pentax lens ever produced and featuring Shake Reduction, the affordable Pentax K100D Super offers a large 2.5 inch LCD monitor with 210,000 pixel resolution and a friendly Mode Dial featuring Auto Picture and Picture modes as well as new Scene modes for even simpler photography. The 6.1 megapixel APS-C size CCD, 11-point auto focus mechanism, and sophisticated 16 segment multi-pattern metering delivers outstanding image reproduction, while the bright, high-precision Penta mirror viewfinder features a 96% field of view and 0.85X magnification. All these features and more combine in a compact design with a high-rigidity stainless-steel chassis that is built to last.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA / CR-V3

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:miniSD Card / MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Action / Candle / Kids / Landscape / Macro / Museum / Night portrait / Night scene / Pet / Portrait mode / Sunset / Surf & snow / Text/Action / Kids / Landscape / Night portrait / Night scene / Portrait mode / Sunset / Surf & snow / Text


Model:K100D/K100D Super
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/PENTAX-DA 18-55mm lens
Max Focal Length:55mm
Min Focal Length:18mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.7 x 23.5mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.7 x 23.5 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:6.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level mirror pentaprism/Eye-level penta-dach mirror

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Special Effects:Black & White / Color / Sepia / Slim / Soft/Color / Sepia / Slim / Soft
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical