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Menus

Supporting our impression that Pentax has very carefully looked around to identify 'industry best practice' when creating the K2000 are the newly revised menus. The available options are essentially the same as the previous K-series DSLRs but have been carefully re-arranged in a way that would be familiar to users of other brands. And while it can be admirable to plough ones own furrow and chart ones own destiny, there's also a lot to be said for recognizing a good solution to a problem rather than trying to coming up with a different answer for the sake of doing so.

Only with the slightly awkward 'Multi-img dsp. setngs.' option in the playback menu has Pentax fallen back into its old habit of clumsy abbreviation.

The camera's menus are split into four sections; Record, Playback, Setup and Custom Functions. Each of these sections is represented by a 'Tab' at the top of the menu page.

Rather than then running vertically down off the page as they did on the K20D and K200D, each tab is now separated into numbered pages. A definite improvement.

Record Menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
Custom image see below  
Digital Filter • Off
• Toy camera
Shading level 1-3
Blurring 1-3
Tone break R/G/B

• High Contrast
Contrast ratio 1-3

• Soft
Soft focus 1-3

• Star Burst
No. of light sources 1-3
Size 1-3
Angle
0°-45° (4 steps)
• Retro
Blue-Amber (5 steps)
White frame (3 steps)
• Extract color
Red
Magenta
Cyan
Blue
Green
Yellow
Applies a series of special effects to the images being shot. Many of these can also be applied as post-shot effects (with a similar level of control), from the playback menu.
File Format • JPEG
• RAW
• RAW + JPEG
 
JPEG Recorded Pixels • 10M
• 6M
• 2M
- 3872 x 2592 pixels
- 3008 x 2000 pixels
- 1824 x 1216 pixels
JPEG Quality

 
RAW File Format • PEF
• DNG
 
Color Space • sRGB
• Adobe RGB


AF Mode • AF-A
• AF-S
• AF-C
 
AE Metering • Multi-segment
• Center-weighted
• Spot
 
Select AF point • Wide
• Spot
 
Instant Review

Display Time
1 sec
3 sec
5 sec
Off
• Histogram
Off
On
• Bright/Dark area

Off
On

Controls the appearance of the Instant Review
Memory • Flash Mode
• Drive Mode
• White Balance
• Sensitivity
• EV compensation
• Flash Exposure Compensation
• Playback Display
• File No.
• Custom Image
• Digital Filter
This lets you select which settings to save when the camera is turned off.
AF Mode • Help Function
• Digital Preview
Histogram
Off
On
Bright/Dark area
Off
On
• Custom Image
• Digital Filter
• RAW Button
Cancel each time
No
Yes
JPEG >
JPEG
RAW
RAW+
RAW >
JPEG
RAW
RAW+
RAW+ >
JPEG
RAW
RAW+
 
Shake reduction • On
• Off
 
Input Focal Length Choose a focal length between 8 and 800mm. Default setting is 35mm. If you use an old lens that that does not report its focal lens to the camera you can set it here. This information is used to optimize the performance of the Shake Reduction.

Custom Image sub-menu

Now accessed through the Record menu, the Custom Image menu allows control over the image parameters. Pressing the exposure compensation button takes an image to preview the settings.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Custom Image  • Bright
 • Natural
 • Portrait
 • Landscape
 • Vibrant
 • Monochrome

Selects from one of the preset custom images styles. The default varies depending on the language chosen and will be either 'Bright' or 'Natural.'

Saturation/
Filter effect

 • 9 steps (Color modes)
 • Filter effect (Monochrome)
None
Green
Yellow
Orange
Red
Magenta
Blue
Cyan
Infrared color

Adjusts saturation in color modes.

In monochrome mode, the camera varies the amount of information taken from the sensor's Red, Green and Blue channels in order to mimics the effect of placing different colored filters in front of the lens.

Hue/Toning

 • 9 steps

In color modes, 'Hue' shifts the hue in color modes. Toning 'warms' or 'cools' the tint applied to mono images

Contrast  • 9 steps All modes
Sharpness  • 9 steps
Sharpness/Fine Sharpness
The dial selects fine sharpening for representing fine detail. [Example]
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