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Software

The K2000 is provided with two CD-ROMs which include:

  • Full camera manuals
    Detailed camera manuals in PDF format.
     
  • Pentax Photo Browser 3 (Windows / Mac)
    Image browsing (JPEG and RAW), organization, viewing and comparison, conversion of PEF (Pentax RAW) to DNG, detailed metadata (including lens used, Shake Reduction information) *
     
  • Pentax Photo Laboratory 3 (Windows / Mac)
    Automatic or advanced manual RAW conversion (including white balance, digital exposure compensation, noise reduction, lens aberration correction, tone curve and highlight compensation) *

* Note that both these applications are 'Powered by Silkypix'.

RAW conversion

As is normal in our digital SLR reviews we compare the supplied RAW conversion software and some third party RAW converter. The output from Photo Browser and Laboratory is identical which means they both use the same conversion engine, so we only need to include Photo Laboratory here along with Adobe Camera RAW 5.2.

  • JPEG - Large/Fine, Default settings
  • PPL- Pentax Photo Laboratory 5.2
  • ACR - Adobe Camera RAW 4.61

Color reproduction

Place your mouse over the label below the image to see the color from a GretagMacbeth ColorChecker chart produced using each RAW converter. There is hardly any difference between the camera's default 'JPEG Bright' output and the default output from Pentax Photo Laboratory. As we are used to seeing Adobe Camera RAW takes a more conservative, less saturated approach to color.

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BrightNaturalPortraitLandscape
VibrantMonochromeAdobeRGB

Sharpness and Detail

The default out-of-camera JPEG is a distinctly oversharpened with some artifacts and jagged lines. Photo Laboratory delivers a marginally better result but by far the most balanced and clean output is produced by Adobe ACR.

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Resolution

The best results again were obtained using Adobe Camera RAW. It delivers quite a significantly higher resolution and the results also show less moiré than the JPEG or Photo Laboratory output. PPL is doing a better job of pulling resolution out of the shot than the camera can manage, though.

JPEG from camera Photo Laboratory (RAW)
 
Adobe Camera RAW 4.5 (RAW)  

Real-world shooting

Here are some examples of RAW conversion of real-world images, to show what the above crops mean for your photos. The Adobe Camera Raw output might not be as saturated but it's certainly more detailed than either the camera's JPEG engine or Pentax Photo Laboratory's attempt, despite lower levels of sharpnening.

JPEG from camera Photo Laboratory (RAW)
 
Adobe Camera RAW 4.5 (RAW)  
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