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Pentax K100D Super facts

Ralf Jurrien
IFA Report
Monday 16th, July 2007
Posted by: Ralf Jurrien

The new Pentax K100D Super digital SLR camera is equipped with the Pentax original Shake Reduction (SR) system to reduce camera shake for sharp, blur-free images even under demanding shooting conditions such as when using a telephoto lens or when 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 Pentax K100D Super SLR gives the equivalent to approximately 2 to 3.5 shutter steps of compensation.

Pentax K100D Super facts

Pentax 100D super - Dust removal
Since this versatile system is compatible with all existing Pentax interchangeable SLR lenses, it does not require special anti-shake lenses equipped with add-on optics or devices. The Pentax K100D Super features the Pentax original Dust Removal (DR) system to prevent dust from sticking to the surface of the low-pass filter in front of CCD image sensor. Through a vapor deposition process, a fluorine compound is applied to the surface of the low-pass filter. This Pentax original Super Protect (SP) coating effectively prevents dust and stains from sticking to the surface.

Pentax K100D - Auto focus and Supersonic motor
Any remaining surface dust falls off when the SR system shifts the CCD at high speed. The dust lands on an adhesive sheet positioned at the bottom of the SR unit, eliminating any possibility of it returning to the CCD surface. The Pentax K100D Super’s camera body is compatible with a new SDM system, which assures smoother, quieter autofocusing operation using a built in supersonic motor. When a lens equipped with the SDM system is mounted on the Pentax K100D Super camera body, the focus mode is automatically switched to SDM-assisted autofocusing.

Pentax K100D SLR facts - Sensitivity and Picture
The Pentax K100D Super features an Auto Sensitivity Control function that automatically sets the optimum sensitivity up to ISO equivalent of 3200 (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), photographers can effectively prevent blurred images. Users may also manually preprogram a desired level, from ISO 200 to the super-high sensitivity of the ISO 3200. The Pentax original Auto Picture mode automatically and instantly selects one of five Picture modes (including Portrait, Landscape, and Macro) to create the most appropriate visual effect for a given subject. While the camera sets all primary parameters (including shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness), the photographer may concentrate on picture composition and shutter opportunity.

Pentax K100 Super SLR - Focus and LCD monitor
The K100D Super’s sophisticated SAFOX VIII auto focus 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. The Pentax K100 Super features 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. It provides 210,000 pixels for high-resolution image viewing, with a zoom display function that lets users magnify and image up to 12 times for easy confirmation of the focus status and the subject’s expressions. The large monitor size allows for large letters, digits and icons on the menu screens to facilitate menu confirmation and camera operations.

Pentax K100D Super facts

Pentax K100D Super SLR camera - Viewfinder and CCD sensor
The Pentax K100D Super features a lightweight penta-mirror viewfinder, which combines 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. The Pentax K100D Super features a large, high-performance 23.5mm x 15.7mm CCD. By combining 6.1 effective Megapixels with a high-performance imaging engine and advanced image-processing technologies, the K100D Super is designed to produce beautiful, true-to-life images that are rich in color gradation. The Pentax K100D Super offers a choice of two finishing touches of “Natural” or “Bright” to create a distinctive atmosphere.

Pentax K100D DSLR - Memory and Body
The Pentax K100D Super accepts not only the conventional SD memory card as its storage media, but also the newly standardized SDHC card, which allows users to store higher numbers of large data files, such as RAW format images. The Pentax K100D Super has been designed to be compact and lightweight for easy carrying and enhanced maneuverability with an easy-to-hold grip to assure a stable shooting position.

Pentax K100D Super features
• 19 custom functions to personalize camera operations
• Consecutive shooting of up to 5 fps at the speed of approximately 2.8 fps
• Eight distinctive Scene modes to accommodate specific subjects/applications
• Choice of two preview functions (digital/optical)
• 16-segment multi-pattern metering, center-weighted metering and spot metering
• 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
• Five digital filters (Black-and-white, Sepia, Slim, Soft and Brightness)
• Pentax Photo Laboratory 3 RAW data and image processing software included
• Pentax Photo Browser 3 image browser software included
• Compatibility with PictBridge, DPOF, Exif Print and PRINT Image Matching III formats

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