Today sees the announcement of two new 6.1 million pixel DSLRs from Pentax, the K100D and the K110D. Both cameras offer high precision 11-point wide frame AF, ISO sensitivity up to 3200, a large 2.5-inch screen and a top shutter speed of 1/4000 sec as well as being compatible with existing Pentax lenses. The K100D is also Pentax's first DSLR to feature a CCD-shift Shake Reduction system.

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PENTAX K100D

A Popular-Class Lens-Interchangeable Digital SLR Camera Featuring Innovative Shake Reduction System and a Host of Advanced Technologies for High-Quality, User-Friendly Digital SLR Photography

PENTAX Corporation is pleased to introduce the PENTAX K100D lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera. This new digital SLR camera combines 6.1 effective megapixels with a host of advanced technologies — including a PENTAX-original Shake Reduction (SR) system — to deliver high-quality digital SLR photography and user-friendly operations to all levels of photographers.

Developed as a popular-class digital SLR camera, the K100D packs an array of advanced, user-friendly features — including a PENTAX-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system, high-precision autofocus and auto sensitivity control — into a compact, well-balanced body to accommodate a wide range of shooting and playback requirements. Its outstanding overall performance makes high-quality digital SLR photography effortless, fun and exciting for all users in all situations — from casual travel snapshots and memorable family pictures to highly specialized applications. All together, the K100D is a versatile all-around performer for all levels of photographers — from current digital-compact users who want to step up to digital SLR photography, to more experienced, discriminating photographers.

Major Features

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

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 K100D’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 K100D 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. 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.

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

The K100D offers 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 K100D incorporates 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 K100D 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 is 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 is 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 K100D features 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 K100D offers 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 K100D offers 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 K100D’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 K110D

A Multi-Feature, Simple-to-Operate Entry-Class Digital SLR Camera with Lens Interchangeability for High-Quality, User-Friendly Digital SLR Photography

PENTAX Corporation is pleased to introduce the PENTAX K110D, an entry-class lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera that combines a host of advanced technologies with a simple, user-friendly operation system and a compact, lightweight body. It brings high-quality digital SLR photography to everyone — especially to first-time digital SLR users.

Developed as a starter camera for beginning digital SLR photographers, the K110D is designed to capture high-quality images with simplified operation in a variety of applications, including the documentation of hobby scenes and the preservation of family events. In addition to a sophisticated autofocus system that rivals the performance of higher-grade models, the high-performance K110D offers such outstanding features as a bright, clear viewfinder, an extra-large, wide-view LCD monitor, and 6.1 effective megapixels.

Major Features

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

The 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.

Bright, clear viewfinder

The K110D features 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.

Large LCD monitor to facilitate image viewing and menu setting

The K110D incorporates 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.

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

The K110D offers 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.

Auto sensitivity control up to 3200 standard output sensitivity

The K110D 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. 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.

AA-battery power supply for easy battery replacement on the road

The K110D is powered by four AA-size batteries — available nearly everywhere around the globe — for worry-free batter replacement. It also accepts two CR-V3 lithium batteries.

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

The K110D 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 K110D is 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.

Compatibility with existing PENTAX interchangeable lenses

The K110D is compatible with all existing PENTAX interchangeable lenses — both old and new.** This compatibility lets the photographer use various lenses for the same subject, or select the most appropriate lens for a given situation, assuring the top visual creativity available only through SLR photography.

** Lenses compatible with the K110D are: K-, KA-, KAF- and KAF2-mount lenses; screw-mount lenses (with an adapter); 645-system lenses (with an adapter); and 67-system lenses (with an adapter). Certain lenses may lose part of their functions.

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

While the K110D is 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.

Other features

  • High-speed shutter unit, with a top speed of 1/4000 second
  • High-speed continuous shooting, up to five images (at “Best” image quality in JPEG format) at the speed of approx. 2.8 images per second
  • Eight distinctive Scene modes to accommodate specific subjects/applications
  • 19 custom functions to personalize camera operations
  • SD memory card compatibility
  • 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
  • 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
  • Standard software package, featuring PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory 3 RAW data processing software and PENTAX PHOTO Browser 3 image browser software

Pentax K100D and K110D specifications

  Pentax K100D Pentax K110D
Sensor

• 6.31 million pixels total
• 6.1 million effective pixels
• Interline interlace CCD with a primary color filter

Image sizes • 3008 x 2000
• 3008 x 2008 (RAW)
• 2400 x 1600
• 1536 x 1024• JPEG (8-bit)
• RAW (12-bit)
• DCF
• DPOF
• PRINT Image Matching lll
File formats
Lens Mount Pentax KAF bayonet mount
Focus • TTL Phase-matching 11-point wide autofocus system (SAFOX Vlll)
• AF Single
• Manual
• AF Continuous
Image Stabilization Shake Reduction (SR) system No
AF assist lamp Yes (by built-in flash)
Metering • TTL open-aperture 16-segment (coupled with lens and AF information)
• Multi-segment
• Center-weighted
• Spot
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200
Exposure compensation • +/- 2EV
• 1/2EV or 1/3 EV steps
Exposure bracketing 3 frames within range of +/-0.5EV, +/-1.0EV, +/-1.5EV (0.5EV steps) or +/-0.3EV, +/-0.7EV, +/-1.0EV (0.3EV steps)
Shutter Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Shuttter speed 1/4000 - 30 sec
Modes • Auto Picture mode
• Picture mode
• Scene
• Program AE
• Shutter Priority AE
• Aperture Priority AE
• Metered Manual
• Bulb
Picture modes • Portrait
• Landscape
• Macro
• Action
• Night Scene Portrait
• Standard Flash Off
Scene modes • Night Scene
• Surf & Snow
• Text
• Sunset
• Kids
• Pet
• Candlelight
• Museum
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Shade
• Cloudy
• Tungsten Light
• Fluorescent Light (W, D, N)
• Flash
• Manual
Self timer 2 or 12 sec
Continuous shooting Approx 2.8 fps: JPEG(up to 5fps), RAW(up to 3fps)
Flash • Built-in retractable P-TTL pop-up
• Guide number 15.6
• Flash synch with RTF and via hotshoe
Viewfinder • Fixed molded penta-mirror type
• 96% field of view
• Diopter adjustment -2.5 to 1.5m
LCD monitor • 2.5-inch low temperature polysilicon TFT
• 210,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-speed
• NTSC/PAL
Print compliance PictBridge
Storage SD card
Power • 4 x AA batteries(Alkaline, Lithium, rechargeable Ni-MH)
• 2 x CR-V3 llithium batteries
• Optional AC adapter
Weight (no batt) 560 g (19.8 oz) 485 g
Dimensions 129.5 x 92.5 x 70 mm (5.1 x 3.6 x 2.8 in)

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