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Pentax K2000 / K-m

alaTest has collected and analyzed 380 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the performance and lens. The portability and value for money also get good feedback. The finish and video get critical reviews.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Pentax K2000 / K-m is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Pentax K2000


Stepping up from a point-and-shoot to a DSLR can seem as daunting as trading in your minivan for an 18-wheeler. To ease the transition, Pentax has placed all the controls on its new 10.2MP K2000 to the right of the camera's bright, 2.7-inch LCD...

Compact, stainless steel frame. Excellent image quality. Built-in help guide. Comfortable grip. Extremely long battery life

Hi-speed burst rate takes only seven exposures before buffer fills. Built-in flash could be more powerful

With built-in image stabilization, a sensor dust-removal system, side-by-side picture comparison, automatic bracketing, high and low burst rates, and a plethora of other features, the K2000 assures that if you're ready to move up, it can't get any easier.

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Pentax K-m


The Pentax K-m (also known as the K2000) boasts a comparatively small build. At 123 x 92 x 68 mm, it's comparable to the Nikon D60, which was considered as one of the smallest consumer DSLR bodies in the market. In weight however, the K-m is a bit...

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Pentax K2000


Priced affordably at $450 including an 18-55mm kit lens, $600 with 18-55mm and 50-200mm kit lenses, or $680 in a limited-edition white body with an 18-55mm kit lens (all as of 8/26/09), the 10.2-megapixel Pentax K2000 may tempt quite a few people to...

Easy to use, with handy help button ; Very good overall imge quality ; Easy to use, with handy help button ; Body-based image stabilization ; Body-based image stabilization

No auto-orientation sensor ; Limited control over autofocus ; Limited control over autofocus ; No auto-orientation sensor ; No video recording features ; No Live View

The K2000 is a beginner-friendly DSLR with body-based stabilization, but autofocus speed and controls are drawbacks.


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Pentax K2000 (with 18-55mm lens and AF200FG flash)


Rather than replacing its K200D with an enhanced model at the same price, as most manufacturers tend to do, Pentax chose to replace it with a version that makes some trade-offs, albeit at a lower price. In exchange for a lighter, slightly more compact...

Very fast autofocus; relatively nice viewfinder; wireless flash and in-body image stabilization

No Live View mode; poor default JPEG image settings

Speedy performance lifts the Pentax K2000 above the cheap-dSLR masses, but bad default settings make it an iffy choice for newbies.

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The Pentax K2000 delivers a lot of photographic power at a low $599.99 price including lens and external flash. It's a fine choice for those stepping up from point-and-shoot cameras to their first SLR, but there's also surprising customizability for...

While price isn't a factor in our testing procedures, that doesn't mean we don't appreciate a solid value when we see one, and that's very much the case with the Pentax K2000. It incorporates ease-of-use features such as sophisticated autoexposure...


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Pentax K2000


Don't buy a compact digital camera!” That's the advice most photographers will give you these days, mostly because DSLR (digital single lens reflex) models are finally coming down in price – well below $1,000 in some cases. And they carry some major...

Fast motor; works well in cold conditions; includes kit lens and flash; light and portable

No HD video; average color quality; no multi-format flash support; lacks a touch screen

We recommend the K2000 for its fast motor and its ability to shoot in cold weather.

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Pentax K2000


For those looking for an entry into digital SLR (D-SLR) photography, the $599.95 (direct, with 18–55mm lens) Pentax K2000 is a great choice at a great price. This 10.2-megapixel camera performs quite well in well-lit outdoor shots, where its captures...

Takes sharp pictures. Fast operation and autofocus. Help button provides useful information about other camera functions. Includes additional flash accessory

Images can be noisy at or above ISO 800. Camera recycle times slow down after a few seconds of consistent shots. LCD can't be used as a viewfinder

Despite a few issues shooting in low light, the Pentax K2000 has great speed, solid image sharpness, and costs less than most competing D-SLRs.

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Pentax K2000 SLR Review


GOLDEN, CO (September 22, 2008)�PENTAX Imaging Company has announced the PENTAX K2000 DSLR system designed specifically for consumers who are ready to make the transition from a point-and-shoot digital camera to digital SLR photography. The PENTAX...


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Pentax K-m


The fastest-growing part of the camera market is currently being powered by photographers moving from compact cameras to DSLRs. Unfortunately for manufacturers, the added competition this has attracted has seen the prices they can charge being eroded...

Easy-to-use on-screen control panel, Compact size with good build-quality, Good high-ISO performance, Plenty of features for the first-time user (Auto Pict mode/Help button), Efficient image stabilization, Reliable flash exposure, Wireless flash, Good...

Default JPEGs too contrasty and poorly sharpened, JPEG engine not making the most out the camera's RAW data (regardless of settings), Unsophisticated, uninformative AF system with no indication of chosen point in viewfinder, No orientation sensor (get...

The entry-level DSLR sector has become argue ably the hardest-fought camera sector over the past year.

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Pentax K-m


If you're a point-and-shoot or digital super zoom user, and you're ready to take the step up to an SLR, the Pentax K-m makes an excellent choice. Everything about the camera is aimed at the entry-level market, including the price. When compared to...

Large 10.2MP image sensor2.7 inch 230,000 dot LCD displayLarge, bright viewfinderIn-camera shake reduction systemNew intelligent auto mode

The Pentax K-m is a new full-featured, entry level 10.2MP digital SLR...

Product Specifications

Pentax K2000 provides a rich learning experience in a lightweight, ergonomic package. One of the smallest and lightest available designs makes the K2000 perfect for spontaneity. Easy one-handed operation with a comfortable carrying weight makes transitioning from a point and shoot trouble-free.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Manufacturer Battery Name:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

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

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/PENTAX-DA 18-55mm and 50-200mm lenses/PENTAX-DA L 18-55mm AL 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:10.2Megapixel

Optical System

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

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level mirror pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1600/3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-3200 / ISO auto (100-3200)/ISO 100-3200 / ISO auto (100-3200)
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Color / Color Extract / Custom Effect / Cyan / Green / HDR / High contrast / Illustration / Infrared / Magenta / Orange / Red / Retro / Sepia / Slim / Soft / Starburst / Toy camera / Yellow/Black & White Blue filter / Black & White Cyan filter / Black & White Green filter / Black & White Infrared filter / Black & White Magenta filter / Black & White Orange filter / Black & White Red filter / Black & White Yellow filter / Bright / Color Extract / HDR / High contrast / Illustration / Landscape / Monochrome / Natural / Portrait / Retro / Sepia / Slim / Soft / Starburst / Toy camera / Vibrant/Portrait / Landscape / Black & White Green filter / Monochrome / Black & White Infrared filter / Black & White Cyan filter / Black & White Magenta filter / Vibrant / Bright / Natural / Illustration / Black & White Orange filter / Black & White Blue filter / Black & White Yellow filter / Black & White Red filter / Slim / Sepia / Soft / Retro / HDR / Color Extract / Toy camera / Sta
Still Image Format:DNG (RAW) / JPEG / PEF (RAW)/JPEG / DNG (RAW) / PEF (RAW)
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical