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Pentax K100D 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera Shake Reduction and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

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Body with 18-55mm Lens
  • 6.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 14 x 19-inch prints
  • 2.5-inch color LCD monitor; 11-point wide-frame AF
  • In-camera Shake Reduction (SR) system to combat blur from hand shake or low light
  • Auto sensitivity control up to ISO equivalent 3200
  • Stores images on SD memory cards; powered by 2 CR-V3 lithium batteries or 4 AA-size batteries
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Technical Details

Style: Body with 18-55mm Lens
  • Brand Name: Pentax
  • Model: 19018
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 6.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 1 x
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Product Details

Style: Body with 18-55mm Lens
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 3.6 x 2.8 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000FTLSR0
  • Item model number: 19018
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,590 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 14, 2006

Product Description

Style: Body with 18-55mm Lens

From the Manufacturer

The Pentax K100D combines 6.1 effective megapixels with a host of advanced technologies including a Shake Reduction (SR) system to deliver high-quality digital SLR photography and user-friendly operation to all levels of photographers. The ease of use, advanced features, and attractive price also make the Pentax K100D digital SLR a perfect choice for users moving up from a point-and-shoot camera. Both the K100D and the K110D reflect a new digital SLR naming system that references the reverse compatibility that each body has with the legacy of Pentax K-mount lenses.

The Pentax-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system in the K100D effectively offers a two-stop advantage for sharp, blur-free images even under difficult shooting conditions, such as when using a telePhoto lens or shooting in low light without a flash. The SR mechanism 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, the system does not require special anti-shake lenses and can be used with almost all existing Pentax interchangeable lenses.

Features:

Pentax-original Shake Reduction mechanism for sharp, blur-free images
The K100D features a 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 low light conditions without a supplementary flash illumination. The K100D SR mechanism 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. This system does not require special anti-shake lenses and may 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- and 67-system lenses (with an adapter). Certain camera and/or lens functions may be disabled.)

11-point wide-frame AF to capture off-center subjects in crisp focus
The sophisticated K100D SAFOX VIII autofocus system features 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors) 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 ISO equivalent 3200
The K100D features an auto sensitivity control function, which automatically sets the optimum standard output sensitivity--up to equivalent ISO of 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 Photographers reduce camera shake and prevent blurred images.

Auto Picture Mode for effortless point-and-shoot SLR Photography
The K100D offers the exclusive Pentax Auto Picture Mode, which automatically and instantly selects one of the four 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 that offers a wide-view design that allows views from over 140 degrees vertically and horizontally, ensuring effortless image viewing even from a diagonal position. With a total of approximately 210,000 pixels, the monitor 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. 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 Pentax finder optics and a Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen to deliver bright, clear subject image with a 0.85x 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 and 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, which offers faster data processing speed and better operability than the previous version and can convert RAW images to the DNG format. DNG is a public, archival format for digital camera raw data.

Save-by-day Storage Capability on an SD memory card
Images may be stored in a standard format where all files are located in one folder, or the images can be stored in folders for each day of shooting automatically on an SD memory card.

Additional camera body features:

  • 19 custom functions to personalize camera operations
  • SD memory card compatibility
  • Eight distinctive Scene modes to accommodate specific subjects/applications
  • Choice of two depth-of-field preview functions (digital/optical)
  • 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 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 lens included
Ideal for beginners, the Pentax smc P-DA 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 lens provides a focal length covering a wide to moderate wide-angle range. Like all Pentax lenses, the smc P-DA 18-35mm f3.5-5.6 zoom lens is treated with Pentax's acclaimed smc coating for maximum light transmission, sharp definition, and high contrast while minimizing flare and ghost imaging.

What's in the box
Pentax K100D body (19016), USB cable I-USB17 (39233), video cable I-VC28 (39262), strap O-ST53 (TBA), hotshoe cover FK (31040), eyecup FO (TBA), body mount cover (31016), finder cap for ME (31011), (4) AA alkaline batteries, software (CD-ROM) S-SW53, smc P-DA 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL lens (21547), lens hood PH-RBA 52mm (38741), lens cap F 52mm (31515)

Product Description

CL) PEN K100D SLR W/PENT 18-55 DA L

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Anti-Shake feature is a life-saver when not using the flash indoors. Image quality is stunning and far superior than that of equal or higher priced P&S cameras. Read more ›
Worth every penny. Outdoor results are outstanding. Indoor results are very good. Read more ›
When the family is around and I'm taking snapshots I use the onboard flash along with a handheld slave (Phoenix) flash that helps…My outdoor shots were easy and wonderful. Read more ›
For…Picture quality was very good ( I ususally do outdoor photography) and most importantly I was able to use my 28mm- 210 mm lenses on this one with absolutely no hassel. Read more ›
This camera has an awesome image stabilization feature, and I have been very impressed by most of the features; good color fidelity, great in low light etc. And it's cheap. Read more ›
The 18-55mm lens that was paired with the camera is very good quality and worth the extra money. Read more ›
Pentax has a good selection of lenses, but not up there with the likes of Canon and Nikon. Read more ›
It has a very nice "instant" manual focus override feature, and is packaged…Mechanically, it is the nicest standard kit lens from any manufacturer that adds under $200. Read more ›
Pentax has a good selection of lenses, but not up there with the likes of Canon and Nikon. Read more ›
I purchased the unit with the 18-55mm f/3.5-4.5 kit lens and have been very…I really like the lens hood supplied with it and the way it stores on the lens when not in use. Read more ›
Unless you need extensive control over your camera, high frame rates, or big resolution to crop extensively or print larger than poster size...there's nothing wrong in… Read more ›
The shake reduction is awesome, battery life is great, pictures clear, the 11-point AF is a godsend for these cameras, the kit lens is the best compared to Nikon and Canons… Read more ›
However, I am told that in case you want to use the new lenses, the current K100D…The current model is fast enough for my current skill level and I am not too concerned. Read more ›
Pictures - As advertised, takes great pictures off the shelf with the lens…Plenty of control if you want it, but a great "automatic" mode, too, when you just want to shoot. Read more ›
I got this body mainly to…These old lenses don't allow for the auto focus so some adjustments need to be made with the functions menus before the camera will take pictures. Read more ›
~Operating the camera would be a bit faster if the 4-way controller directly adjusted ISO, white balance, drive mode, and flash rather than going through the Function menu… Read more ›
I would highly recommend this camera for any novice who does not already own a set of lenses from either of the other…Great camera with great features for a killer price. Read more ›
One possible disadvantage may be that the new DA* lenses scheduled for March 07 release may not work with full features on the K100D. The DA* lenses will use a new mount… Read more ›
I've had my K100D now for well over a year and I've gotten a ton of use out of it. It's easy to use and feels good in your hand. You can go totally automatic or totally… Read more ›
I received my Pentax today, and so far it's been very easy to use. The shake reduction feature works great. Read more ›
I have had this camera for 6 months now and love it! It takes great shots and is easy to use. I love the compatibility with old lenses and the shake reduction built into… Read more ›
Easy to use. Very sharp pictures. Read more ›
Excelent option, great photos, easy to use, the shake reduction really help. Read more ›
One that I can use all…I find it easy to use, easy to change between auto and manual focus, the photos look great (I am picky about this) and so far have had no problems. Read more ›
Well, I have had this…When I first got the camera I was AMAZED at the quality of photos, the built in shake reduction worked wonders and the auto focus was pretty quick. Read more ›
It has a very good image…The Auto Focus is fast and the variety of shooting modes means you can get just about any photo, quickly, once you learn how to work with them. Read more ›
I feel that there are some who's hearing is extremly sensitive or they are shooting primarily in libraries and…After working with this camera, the auto focus is fast. I… Read more ›
Having been oppressed…The auto-focus has been very good so far with just one occasion where it didn't seem to adjust properly, but that also could have been operator error. Read more ›
However,…Most of the time autofocus works well and is fast, however on a couple of occasions I've found the AF would not lock or got confused, then I had to focus manually. Read more ›
My only gripe is that I couldn't always get the camera to autofocus on what I wanted, but manually focusing is as simple as on any other SLR camera. Read more ›
The Amazon price is steep for this camera that is two generations old, but if you can find on Ebay or somewhere else at a lower price, this is a great buy. I use it as a… Read more ›
Also, Pentax made this camera backward-compatible…This camera is especially good for the beginning/amateur photographer, and Pentax quality at this price is well worth it. Read more ›
Have had the camera a short time and have grown to love its features and capabilities. Do purchase the 50 mm-200mm telephoto zoom lens; for the price it is a nice lens. I… Read more ›
This is a great camera even in the aftersale \ used marketplace. If you want a quality AA battery powered DSLR camera at a good price in reasonable condition I'd act now. I… Read more ›
6mp is small by todays standard but for those looking to get into a DSLR on the cheap I think this camera used is one of the best values out there. Plus it's compatible… Read more ›
At the present time, I am doing great with my PZ20 and K100D systems and…I would recommend the Pentax cameras to anyone that wants good solid value for the money spent. Read more ›
The camera construction is solid, and a bit heavier than you might think because of its metal interior. For good or bad, the camera uses 4 AA batteries. Read more ›
We've been partial to Canon dSLRs; for the past four years…Image quality, solid build and features from those two legendary cameras put them far ahead of most competitors. Read more ›
*Very solid build. Feels much better in your hand than the Rebel XT/XTi. Read more ›
It was a no brainer for me because…It has excellent build quality, reflecting on Pentax's history of solid cameras (I also own a Pentax Spotmatic film slr from the 1960's). Read more ›
To my surprise, it is a great entry level DSLR and affords the serious amateur great IQ, shake reduction (about two stops), low noise at high ISO's, and superb handling… Read more ›
The 18-55 zoom is not of professional grade construction, but it is well made, and has a metal mount. It has a very nice "instant" manual focus override feature, and is… Read more ›
The k100d is a really good camera with great image quality. The pictures have good color and are sharp. the shake reduction actually does work and has been really helpful… Read more ›
Also, the quality of SLR pictures is worth the added expense. Exact focus, vivid color, and no delay. It's a glorious thing. Read more ›
It takes good pictures, the colors are accurate and it has a sensitivity up to ISO 3200. I am not anyway an expert or even competent photographer, but it's a good choice if… Read more ›
T…I would like to take a macro shot of a orange/pink tulip, but it comes out RED because I can't adjust the Saturation, Sharpness, Contrast, or even the Natural/ Vivid color.. Read more ›
I don't usually like the color I get from the auto white balance mode, particularly when I am shooting inside. I have noticed this problem to be worse when I am in a large… Read more ›
There certainly is a lot to love about the K100D - it feels good in the hand; it takes a wide range of Pentax and Pentax-friendly lenses; images at 200 & 400 ISOs when… Read more ›
IT is simple to switch from auto to manual focus, with a switch within reach while holding the camera to your eye. It also has outstanding battery life. I have the sandisk… Read more ›
As an experiment, I filled the card full, taking over 50 of those shots with the flash on (all with autofocus and shake-reduction on), and then formatted the card again,… Read more ›
Carrying a pocketful of a dozen charged AAs is a…I hope that Pentax will ditch the AAs and move on to a more powerful single battery for the K100D's eventual successor. Read more ›
The shake reduction is awesome, battery life is great, pictures clear, the 11-point AF is a godsend for these cameras, the kit lens is the best compared to Nikon and Canons… Read more ›
In my opinion, this camera has a great battery life, with the energizer rechargeable 2500 mah batteries I can typically get around 800 photo's as long as I do not use the… Read more ›
and it feels amazing in your hands. The grip is really deep, the buttons are firm, and all the doors have a nice spring shut. It's very satisfying to handle (making it hard… Read more ›
The pictures become very grainy using auto…This can be rectified easily, though, by adjusting the ISO to a lower level manually (I use 800) in the Function button menu. Read more ›
This way no movement of the main selector is necessary. Also the function (fn) button has some pre-set functions that are easy to find. One being the shutter release… Read more ›
So, I went with the K100D. Its medium size feels solid, the buttons and general layout are good, and it has all the basic features most people will need. Read more ›
I…This camera is easy to hold for long periods of time especially compared to the Canon Rebel XTI model (which caused my hand to cramp up within 5 minutes of holding it). Read more ›
The viewfinder is bright and larger than on other cameras. I find the k100d very comfortable to hold in my hands, not too small but not too large. It also feels very solid… Read more ›
The Pentax is the heaviest due to 4 AA's, but battery life is fine with rechargeables and the weight makes it…Controls could not be better placed and 2.5" LCD is bright. Read more ›
Even though the body is quite compact, the grip is excellent - way better than the canon rebels and comparable to the Nikon D50. 3. Large, crisp LCD screen 4. Nice shutter… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

101 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Grant on August 13, 2006
Style Name: Body Only
The Pentax K100D is a nice upgrade, replacing the well thought of *ist DL camera. The K100D builds on that camera, and boast improvements in focusing and stabalization.

The improvement to multi-point, cross sensors is very welcome. This should dramatically improve the general focus operation of the camera, while at the same time, the new sytem allows the user more control than the older *ist DL. [Cross type autofocus means that at that particular point, the camera can focus on both horizontal and vertical lines. Many cameras, like the Canon Rebel XT, only have one cross sensors. This K100D has 9.]

The stabalizer is the real gem here. The stabalizer will be a big benefit to anyone who does a high percentage of the shots indoors, WITH or without flash. For candid, non-flash photos, the stabalizer allows you to shoot at slower shutter speeds. That's also great for things like museums, that don't allow flash photos.

What people sometimes miss is how the stabalizer helps with flash. The flash fires fast, up to 1/10,000th of a second. But it only lights up our subject. If no other light get through, then we have cardboard cut-out subjects standing in front of a black background. At normal flash shutter speeds, we often have a background, but much is too dark. The stabalizer allows you to shoot at a slower speed without shaking the camera. This brings out more background. Additionally, more available light strikes the subject, requiring a bit less light from the flash. This makes the subject appear more "real", our goal with flash photos.

The camera construction is solid, and a bit heavier than you might think because of its metal interior. For good or bad, the camera uses 4 AA batteries.
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By James Lin VINE VOICE on September 2, 2006
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I took this camera on a trip to Europe and found it to work really, really well. The shake reduction was perfect for our visits to dimly lit museums. The flash also works well when you need it, and it doesn't overexpose your images.

The 18-55mm lens is really good for a kit lens. At 18mm, I found that I could usually get a decent picture of a building or room. It worked great for scenery too.

Since I didn't want to spend most of our trip adjusting my camera for each photograph, I usually just used Aperture Priority mode and auto focus. I feel that my photographs turned out great.

My only gripe is that I couldn't always get the camera to autofocus on what I wanted, but manually focusing is as simple as on any other SLR camera.

I would definitely recommend this camera for enthusiasts and even novices willing to learn a bit about photography.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Dave on January 11, 2007
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When in the market for an entry-level DSLR, I stumbled upon the K100D and ended up getting it. I'm not sorry I did. While Pentax doesn't have the market share of Canon or Nikon, this is probably the best bang for your buck as far as entry level DSLR's go. Here are some pros and cons of this camera:

PROS:

*Excellent size--not too big, not too small. Fantastic grip and shutter-button placement.

*Very solid build. Feels much better in your hand than the Rebel XT/XTi.

*In-body IS. This, to me, is the trump card for this camera. It works, and instantly any lens you have is stabilized. Even if some people argue a lens-based IS regime is better, what good is it when you can't afford the expensive IS lenses anyway? Fact is, in-body IS works--shots taken even at 1/8 to 1/10 have a much higher hit-rate with than without it.

*Can use any Pentax lens ever made. If you're like me and are on a budget, scouring eBay for deals can be fun and educational.

*Solid kit lens. Comes with the standard 18-55 but has a metal mount and is quite good, apparently, as far as kit lenses are concerned.

*Prime lenses. I can't believe how much of a difference a fast prime lens can make, and Pentax is probably the leader with these. With an f/1.7 or so lens, you just can' believe the kind of shutter speeds you can get even in low light. 1/10 on a normal lens can easily transform into 1/50 with a fast prime. It makes a huge difference.

*AA batteries. When I was in Europe with my P&S and I fried my AA NiMH charger, the fact my camera took AA's saved my butt. You can get them anywhere in a pinch, and a small investment in some good NiMH's get excellent results with this camera.

*Comes bundled with RAW software.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Gary P. Olson on August 18, 2006
Style Name: Body with 18-55mm Lens
Other reviewers have covered some of the technical details of the K100D, but I would like to focus on the ease-of-use perspectives. I have owned a Pentax ZX-5n film SLR for a number of years so I have been waiting for the right time to add a digital body.

It was logical for me to stick with Pentax, but it really gets back to the reason I went with Pentax in the first place. Compared to the other major manufacturers, I think Pentx does a much better job designing a camera that does NOT require you to carry a camera manual with you at all times. One of the problems with modern technology is that it offers almost endless choices which can intimidate and bewilder the average user. The imbedded functions on some of the modern digital SLRs are often only accessible through a complex set of menus or user-defined codes.

I trusted Pentax would not design a camera that way, and the K100D is quite usable right out of the box. The default settings are quite robust, and this camera can be used readily as a high-quality point-and-shoot. Most SLR users want more than that from a camera: aperature and shutter priority, ISO settings and a few other things. On the K100D, moving from auto to manual adjustment is straightforward and simple.

Pentax optics are excellent and the picture quality from the K100D is perfect for anyone short of a professional photographer. Overall, this camera has delivered everything I expected and more.
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