Pentax K2000 / K-m Review
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.
|Option||Values / Actions||Notes|
|Custom image||see below|
|Digital Filter|| Off
Shading level 1-3
Tone break R/G/B
Contrast ratio 1-3
Soft focus 1-3
No. of light sources 1-3
Angle 0°-45° (4 steps)
Blue-Amber (5 steps)
White frame (3 steps)
|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 + JPEG
|JPEG Recorded Pixels|| 10M
|- 3872 x 2592 pixels
- 3008 x 2000 pixels
- 1824 x 1216 pixels
|RAW File Format|| PEF
|Color Space|| sRGB
|AF Mode|| AF-A
|AE Metering|| Multi-segment
|Select AF point|| Wide
|Controls the appearance of the Instant Review|
|Memory|| Flash Mode
Flash Exposure Compensation
|This lets you select which settings to save when the camera is turned off.|
|AF Mode|| Help Function
Cancel each time
|Shake reduction|| On
|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.|
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
Selects from one of the preset custom images styles. The default varies depending on the language chosen and will be either 'Bright' or 'Natural.'
| 9 steps (Color modes)
Filter effect (Monochrome)
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.
| 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
|The dial selects fine sharpening for representing fine detail. [Example]|
- 19 Photographic tests (DR)
- 20 Photographic tests (DR)
- 21 Photographic tests
- 22 Photographic tests
- 23 Compared to
- 24 Compared to (JPEG)
- 25 Compared to (JPEG)
- 26 Compared to (JPEG)
- 27 Compared to (JPEG)
- 28 Compared to (RAW)
- 29 Compared to (RAW)
- 30 Compared to (RAW)
- 31 Compared to (RAW)
- 32 Compared to (Higher ISO)
- 33 Compared to (Resolution)
- 34 Conclusion
- 35 Samples
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