It's best in class on a number of specification fronts, but does this entry-level DSLR deserve its 'Super' moniker?...

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Pentax K100D Super

Overall score:86%
Image Quality:90%


  • Handling, Image Quality, Low noise, Built-in IS, Price


  • Burst shooting performance, Too menu dependent, Menu interface, No Raw+JPEG option


Pentax K100D Super Review


Price as reviewed:


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So many of the queries we get from people looking to buy their first digital SLR contain the sentence ‘I can’t decide between Nikon or Canon’ that a casual observer may conclude that there’s no other choice. In reality they make up only about 20% of the DSLR brands available, though they account for about 90% of sales.

Of the others, Pentax is one of the oldest and most respected names in photography – its Spotmatic was one of the best-selling SLRs of the 1960s. But in the digital era, the company has been rather quiet – its current range consists of just two models (if you exclude the K110D variant).

But quantity shouldn’t be confused with quality – we gave Pentax’s flagship K10D a 90% rating and a Gold Award. So what of its entry-level offering, the K100D? Since it launched it has been quietly selling by the bucket-load, despite its low profile.

Age catches up with us all eventually, though, and with no sign of a replacement, Pentax clearly felt that it needed to do something to freshen the K100D up a bit. The list of additions and improvements is somewhat short: the inclusion of a dust-reduction system, and the addition of the required contacts to make it compatible with Pentax’s new range of high performance, motor-driven SDM lenses. Oh, and the addition of the word ‘Super’ on the body. But is this superlative deserved? We’ll see.


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Pentax K100D Super verdict

Pentax K100D Super specifications

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features: Page 1
  3. 3. Features: Page 2
  4. 4. Design
  5. 5. Performance
  6. 6. Image Quality
  7. 7. Value For Money
  8. 8. Verdict
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