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Product Overview

Overall rating:


Pentax K100D

Overall score:83%
Image Quality:80%


  • Small and compact, stabilisation, autofocus, in-camera editing options, noise control, build quality, lens options


  • Underexposes the images, limited burst capacity, ugly menu, no simultaneous RAW+JPEG, overly menu-reliant, price


Pentax K100D Review


Price as reviewed:



There’s a lot to recommend the Pentax. I like the camera’s design, if not the menu, and it can produce the goods if you treat it with care. Certainly image quality is potentially excellent, but there is an issue with the camera’s metering system.

If you’re a keen Pentax user then the camera doesn’t offer that much more over previous models, other than the stabilisation, which may be a big saleable point. However, for upgraders, the forthcoming Pentax K10D is bound to be a more attractive option.


AF Points:11 AF points
Cable Release:Wired optional
PC Socket:No
Max Flash Sync:1/180sec
Built-in Flash:Built-in, GN15.6m @ ISO200
DoF Prview:No
Colour Temp Control:-
White Balance Bracket:No
Exposure Comp:-2 to +2 EV in 0.5 or 0.3 EV steps
Colour Space:-
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Focusing Modes:TTL Phase-matching 11-point wide autofocus system (SAFOX VIII)
Dust Reduction:Yes
Built-in Image Stabilisation:Yes
Dimensions:92.5 x 129.5 x 70mm
Live Mode:No
Power:4x AA (lithium, alkaline, and rechargeableNi-MH) or 2x CR-V3 lithium
Connectivity:USB 2.0
Memory Card:Secure Digital (SD)
Field of View:96% coverage
Viewfinder Type:Fixed molded penta-mirror
White Balance:9 presets plus manual
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous (max 2.8 fps)
Metering System:16-segment multi-zone, Centre-weighted, and Spot metering
Compression:JPEG Best, Better, Good, RAW Non-compressed
Exposure Modes:P, A, S, M, Auto + 13 scene modes
File Format:Raw or JPEG
Shutter Speeds:1/4000 - 30 sec. and bulb
Lens Mount:Pentax KAF
Focal Length Mag:1.5
Output Size:JPEG: [6M] 3008 x 2000 pixels, [4M] 2400 x 1600 pixels,
LCD:2.5 inch, low-temperature polysilicon TFT colour LCD monitor (Approx. 210,000 pixels), brightness adjustable, Wide angle view
Sensor:23.5 x 15.7mm CCD with 6.1 million effective pixels
  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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