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Pentax K100D

Pentax K100D
alaScore 89

540 reviews

Mar, 2024

alaTest has collected and analyzed 540 reviews of Pentax K100D. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and portability. The performance and price also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the shutter and flash, and there are some mixed reviews about the sensor.

usability, price, performance, portability, image quality

focus, color, viewfinder, flash, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax K100D is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 user reviews of Pentax K100D from The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers really like the durability and portability. The performance and price are also appreciated. The shutter and viewfinder get less positive reviews, and views are divided on the reliability.

usability, price, performance, portability, durability

viewfinder, shutter

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Mar, 2024

Consumer review ( review summary for Pentax K100D


alaTest has collected and analyzed 100 user reviews of Pentax K100D from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers are impressed by the price.


80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Mar, 2024

Expert review by : PCMag Staff (

Pentax K100D


Preview of the Pentax K100D.

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Dec, 2006

Expert review by : Phil Askey (

Pentax K100D Review


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...

Dec, 2006

Expert review by : Ben Long (

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...

Nov, 2006

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Pentax K100D SLR


Physical Views Continue on to Page Two K100D Specifications Type Interchangeable lens Single-Lens-Reflex type digital still camera with TTL auto exposure,autofocus and built-in retractable P-TTL auto flash.

Sep, 2006

Expert review by (

Pentax ME Super


For its time, the Pentax ME Super was quite a camera. Available at a considerable savings over offerings from the competition, the ME series quickly became popular. And the ME Super was one of the most popular models, mainly due to the inclusion of...

Aperture priority automatic exposureElectronic focal plane shutter with speeds from 4 seconds to 1/2000 secondTTL exposure meteringShutter speed shown in viewfinderAvailable with compact M-series lenses

Introduced in 1979, the Pentax ME Super was quite an advanced camera for...

Jul, 2009

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Pentax K100D review


This year Pentax have given their series of digital SLR cameras another complete update. This means we finally see the end of the rather ridiculous name *ist D; which didn't exactly appeal to the imagination, if you even managed to pronounce it at all....

Although Pentax started with digital SLR cameras relatively late, the brand now frequently introduces new models. The Pentax K110D and the K100D are the latest entry-level models, which have been designed according to the Pentax motto: simplicity above...

Expert review by : Shawn Barnett (

Pentax K100D Digital Camera - Review


The Pentax K100D, along with its sibling the K110D, are the company's first DSLR models to forgo the rather confusing "*istD" branding. Both share an identical (newly developed) body and feature set, with the exception of an anti-shake mechanism -...

The Pentax K100D stores images on optional Secure Digital or MultiMediaCards, in either Raw (uncompressed) or JPEG (compressed) formats. Connectivity includes both NTSC / PAL switchable video output and a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed computer link, as well as a DC...

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Dan Richards (

Hands On: Pentax K100D


Image stabilization has become the hot feature to have on a camera, whether it's a pocket point-and-shoot or a DSLR. And now Pentax has joined in with the K100D ($699 estimated retail, with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Pentax DA lens), an easy-handling...

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (

Pentax K100D


Other features on the K100D include a 6.1 Megapixel CCD, full manual controls, a 2.5" LCD display, and all the expandability you'd expect from a digital SLR. And did I mention that it uses AA batteries

Very good photo quality; low noise through ISO 800 ; Great value ; Image stabilization system works with all Pentax lenses ; Solid construction; doesn't feel "cheap" despite the low price ; Large 2.5" LCD display ; Full manual controls, as you'd expect...

Buffer memory fills up way too quickly; unimpressive continuous shooting mode as a result ; Performance not quite as good as other D-SLRs ; Some vignetting with kit lens ; Menus not terribly user friendly ; Limited white balance options (no fine-tuning...

I pretty much covered all the negative points about the K100D in the preceding paragraphs. With a street price of a little over $600 (with the kit lens), the Pentax K100D is quite a bargain. It doesn't have the resolution of most of the competition,...

Feb, 2008

Expert review by : Alex Burack (

Pentax K100D Digital SLR Camera Review


A culmination of point-and-shoot accessibility and prosumer features characterize the Pentax K100D. The camera is the company's first DSLR released under its resurrected moniker, derived from its K1000 35mm SLR - arguably its most recognized...

With just over 6 million pixels coating its CCD, the Pentax K100D has less to work with than many competing models. Its use of the resolution, however, is fairly efficient. Resulting images contain an ample amount of detail with limited sharpening...

Sep, 2007

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