The latest addition to the bustling entry-level market the Pentax K-m, but just what does it offer that the K200D doesn’t?

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Pentax K-m

Overall score:89%
Image Quality:85%


  • Value, compact size, silver flash design, prompt AF, image detail, tone.


  • AEB/self-timer conflict, noisy AF with kit lens, underexposure


Pentax K-m Review


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Differentiating with a range of DSLRs can often prove problematic for a manufacturer. The manufacturer can either focus on restricting the inner workings of the camera to keep costs down, or simply alter the design and size to the same end.

Pentax has clearly opted for the latter approach with regards to differentiating the K-m from the six-month-old K200D. The latter camera, while debuting at a price point towards the high end of the entry-level market, was acclaimed for featuring facets of its more advanced sibling. It, of course, follows that the K-m also features said facets, owing to the fact that it?s essentially the same camera ? but, of course, over £150 cheaper than the K200D was at launch. What you also have to consider is that the K-m is, in essence, more than an entry-level DSLR. The slight quirks with underexposure, and in turn white balance, mean that shooting Raw is certainly preferable, and as such an understanding of image-editing software needed.

But this is what the K-m offers ? an eminently affordable DSLR that produces good results if you?re willing to put a bit of effort into your shots, a process which will in turn improve your photography.


AF Points:5-point-focusing
Cable Release:No
Max Flash Sync:1/180sec
PC Socket:No
Built-in Flash:Yes, GN 11 @ ISO 100
Colour Temp Control:Yes
DoF Prview:No
White Balance Bracket:No
Colour Space:sRGB, Adobe RGB
Exposure Comp:+/- 2EV, 1/3EV
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
Built-in Image Stabilisation:Yes
Dust Reduction:No
Focusing Modes:AFa/AFs/AFc/MF
Dimensions:122 x 91.5 x 67.5mm
Power:4 x AA
Live Mode:No
Connectivity:High-speed USB 2.0, HDMI
Memory Card:SD / SDHC
Viewfinder Type:Fixed molded penta-mirror type
Field of View:Approx. 96%
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous, Self-timer (2s, 10s), Auto Bracket
White Balance:Auto, 8 presets, manual
ISO:Auto 100-3200
Metering System:TTL open-aperture 16-segment metering (multi/centre/spot)
Exposure Modes:Auto, PASM, Custom, 15 scene
Shutter Speeds:1/4000-30sec, bulb
Compression:3-stage JPEG, 1-stage Raw
File Format:JPEG / RAW / DNG
Lens Mount:Pentax K Mount
LCD:TFT, 230k dots
Focal Length Mag:1.5x
Output Size:3872 x 2592 pixels
Sensor:23.5 x 15.7mm CCD
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Design
  4. 4. Performance
  5. 5. Image Quality
  6. 6. Value for Money
  7. 7. Verdict
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