Pentax K2000

Last update (21 April’12):
– Review by GoodGearGuide

Pentax K2000 is a 10.2 megapixels digital SLR features Ultra-compact, lightweight design, body-based Shake Reduction, Dust Alert function, Pentax Real IMage Engine (PRIME), Full backward lens compatibility, AA battery compatibility, and a 2.7 inch high-resolution, wide-view LCD monitor beautifully displays your pictures, and provides intuitive, easy-to-read menus. [Download Pentax K2000 Brochure]

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Pentax K2000 Reviews

GoodGearGuide reviews the Pentax K2000/K-m and writes;
“Overall, despite the Pentax K2000’s stellar image quality and what the company has done to make this model appealing and easy to use, it is difficult to recommend the K2000 wholeheartedly due to its focusing shortcomings. If you have an arsenal of Pentax lenses, I’d advise laying out the cash for a higher-end Pentax model.”
Rating: ★★★★½

ePhotozine reviews the Pentax K2000/K-m and writes;
“using the camera was such fun with the HDR and Cross Processing modes, I never knew what I was going to get. Even simple photographs look great when they’ve been processed with a digital filter.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Shutterbug reviews the Pentax K2000/K-m and writes;
“The K2000 would be my first recommendation for any young photographer just getting into photography, much as the storied K1000 was oh-so many years ago..”
Rating: N/A

CNETasia reviews the Pentax K2000/K-m and writes;
“The bottom line: We like the K-m and the image quality it offers, but having to fumble over the inconsistent metering and white balance can be an issue for users not familiar with manual exposure controls.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET reviews the Pentax K2000/K-m and writes;
“The good: Very fast autofocus; relatively nice viewfinder; wireless flash and in-body image stabilization. The bad: No Live View mode; poor default JPEG image settings. The bottom line: Speedy performance lifts the Pentax K2000 above the cheap-dSLR masses, but bad default settings make it an iffy choice for newbies.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCI reviews the Pentax K2000/K-m and writes;
“Pentax K2000 proved itself competitive in key image quality areas against several more expensive cameras, particularly when it comes to image noise and dynamic range. Color accuracy was lower than we’d like, but this is a measure of accuracy, not beauty, and the images we shot in the field, under a variety of lighting conditions, came out well.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

InfoSync reviews the Pentax K2000/K-m and writes;
“Pros: Great RAW image quality. Impressive feature set and interface. Solid handling. Cons: JPEG image performance was not the best. Lens cap kept falling off. “
Rating: ★★★★½

DevHardware reviews the Pentax K2000/K-m and writes;
” Its rugged design and ease of use will prove to be the perfect accompaniment for shooters looking to develop their photography skills and purchase a reasonably priced camera that they can not only practice new techniques on, but keep around for a few solid years. “
Rating: ★★★★½

TrustedReviews reviews the Pentax K2000/K-m and writes;
“It has better build quality than most of its rivals, it handles and performs well, and is capable of producing excellent results even in the hands of a novice, while still having enough features and custom options to satisfy more experienced photographers…. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalTrends reviews the Pentax K2000/K-m and writes;
“Highs: Fast motor; works well in cold conditions; includes kit lens and flash; light and portable. Lows: No HD video; average color quality; no multi-format flash support; lacks a touch screen”
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Pentax K2000/K-m and writes;
“The entry-level Pentax K-m digital SLR is built to a high standard, with features rivalling more expensive models from competitors. The bundled 18-55mm lens is nothing special, but overall the Pentax K-m is a great SLR for beginners. “
Rating: ★★★★½

PCMag reviews the Pentax K2000/K-m and writes;
“The Pentax K2000 is a solid choice if you’re looking for basics like speed and sharp images in good light, and its Help button can be a valuable guide for those new to D-SLR photography. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Pentax K2000 and writes;
“K2000 is a good transition camera for those looking to break into the world of dSLR cameras… With overall good performance, very good quality and a MSRP of US$699, this is worth looking into if you are looking for your first dSLR. “
Rating: N/A

Megapixel reviews the Pentax K2000/K-m and writes;
Positives: Excellent photo quality, Very good ergonomics, Powerful LCD Control Panel, Super battery life. Negatives: Dim viewfinder in bright sunlight, No “Live View”, No video “
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Pentax K2000/K-m and writes;
“Buy this camera if: You’re seeking a capable DSLR with a straightforward user interface and plenty of creative filter effects for in-camera image processing, You want a DSLR camera that produced natural-looking hues and tones in JPEG files straight from the camera…..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR compares the Pentax K2000 to Nikon D60 and writes;
“I would probably tend toward the Pentax: I like its less obvious processing and smoother images throughout the the ISO range. Plus, it’s hard to beat the K2000’s tweakability … But for a family snapshooter looking to grab shots in auto mode and send them straight to print, the D60’s workflow advantages are hard to beat.”
Rating: N/A

DCR reviews the Pentax K2000 and writes;
“this camera will very likely become my new travel camera of choice. At the MSRP of $699.95 ($599.95 street price) for the camera, lens, and flash, the K2000 offers a solid value compared to other cameras in the same price range.”
Rating: N/A

TechRadar reviews the Pentax K2000/K-m and writes;
“The Pentax K-m really does deserve to sell well. The kit lens isn’t particularly good, but it’s not alone there. The camera itself is excellent, and not just for beginners. It’s well-made, robust, versatile and practical.”
Rating: ★★★★½

ePhotozine reviews the Pentax K2000/K-m and writes;
“For the money you will spend, the build quality is great, the colours are rich and the effects are enough fun to keep you occupied for a while. Highly Recommended.”
Rating: ★★★★½

ImagingResource reviews the Pentax K2000 and writes;
“It’s a small, well-conceived SLR design with solid image performance… It’s definitely worth considering if you’re shopping for an entry-level digital SLR, and worthy of a Dave’s Pick.”
Rating: N/A

Pentax K200 preview by PopPhoto;
“Overall, the K2000 stacks up strongly against its competitors… The K2000 should help Pentax hold onto its stellar reputation.”
Rating: N/A

PhotographyBlog reviews the Pentax K2000/K-m and writes;
“Pentax K-m certainly hits the mark in terms of features, performance and most importantly image quality. The only major difference between the K-m and K200D is that the latter offers better low-light performance”
Rating: ★★★★½


Pentax K2000 Samples

– Pentax K2000/K-m Sample Photos: 123 @ InfoSync
Pentax K2000/K-m Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
Pentax K2000/K-m Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Pentax K2000/K-m Sample Photos @ Megapixel
Pentax K2000/K-m Sample Photos @ DCR
Pentax K2000/K-m Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
Pentax K2000/K-m Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Pentax K2000/K-m Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog


Pentax K2000 User Manual (PDF)

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Pentax K2000 Press Release

PENTAX U.K. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-m digital SLR camera. Designed primarily for entry level digital SLR photographers, it offers simplified, user-friendly operation, and an easy-to-maneuver compact, lightweight body.

The PENTAX K-m was developed to enable first-time digital SLR users and family photographers to enjoy high-quality digital SLR photography with ease. The camera features an upgraded version of the PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode, which automatically detects the type of subject or scene, and sets the proper shooting mode for the photographer. It also features a host of advanced features and sophisticated functions — including the innovative in-body Shake Reduction mechanism — to assist the photographer. It also offers a compact, lightweight body, designed by incorporating PENTAX’s advanced downsizing technologies.

Along with the PENTAX K-m, PENTAX will also launch two DA L-series interchangeable zoom lenses: the smc PENTAX-DA L 18-55mmF3.5-5.6AL and the smc PENTAX-DA L 50-200mmF4-5.6ED. Designed for exclusive use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras, these DA L-series lenses are designed to be more compact and lightweight than conventional counterparts, without sacrificing any of the exceptional optical performance common to all PENTAX lenses.*

Main Features

1. Compact, lightweight body for enhanced portability and maneuverability
Despite the incorporation of a large-sized image sensor (23.5mm by 15.7mm), the PENTAX K-m offers a compact, lightweight body to assure remarkable portability and maneuverability. This was made possible by the development of a compact, lightweight and high-rigidity stainless-steel chassis, the downsizing of the Shake Reduction mechanism and circuit boards, the employment of latest high-density packaging technologies assuring most efficient positioning and layout of various parts, and the repositioning of the battery compartment. The camera grip has also been redesigned to assure firm, comfortable hold of the camera body.

2. Simplified operation system for easy camera handling
The PENTAX K-m features a newly designed control system, which positions most of the buttons and levers on the camera’s grip side, making it easier for first-time digital SLR users to operate the camera. What’s more, the functions of each button or lever are instantly displayed on the camera’s LCD monitor with a single press of the help button to facilitate camera operation — especially for those who are unfamiliar with digital SLR cameras.

3. PENTAX-original Shake Reduction mechanism for sharp, blur-free images
The PENTAX K-m comes equipped with the PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which effectively reduces camera shake for sharp, blur-free images even under demanding shooting conditions — such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark or at night without supplementary flash illumination, or using extended exposures for sunset scenes. This innovative SR mechanism shifts the position of the image sensor vertically and horizontally at high speed using magnetic force, while adjusting the shifting speed in proportion to the amount of camera shake detected by a built-in sensor. It offers an outstanding compensation effect — up to the equivalent of approximately four shutter steps. As a result, it does not require special anti-shake lenses, and can be used with almost all existing PENTAX interchangeable lenses.**

4. Comprehensive Dust Removal system with prevention, removal and confirmation devices
The PENTAX K-m features the user-friendly DR (Dust Removal) system to prevent dust from appearing on captured images. Applied to the CCD image sensor surface (or low-pass filter) through the vapor deposition process of a fluorine compound, the PENTAX-original SP (Super Protect) coating effectively removes dust and stains from the surface. In the next step, dust that still remains on the surface will be shaken off when the SR system shifts the image sensor at high speed. Finally, the dust that is shaken off the image sensor will fall onto an adhesive sheet positioned at the bottom of the SR unit, eliminating any possibility of it returning to the image sensor surface. This DR system even offers a Dust Alert function, which allows the user to confirm the dust-adhesion status of the CCD in advance.

5. Auto Picture mode for automatic selection of optimum shooting mode
The PENTAX-developed Auto Picture mode is programmed to automatically select the most appropriate shooting mode — from such choices as Portrait, Landscape and Macro — for a given subject. With the PENTAX K-m, this user-friendly mode is further upgraded, with automatic detection of situations requiring the Night Scene Portrait mode. Since all camera settings, including aperture, shutter speed, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness, are automatically adjusted by the camera for optimum results, the user can concentrate on image composition and shutter opportunity.

6. High-quality image
The PENTAX K-m combines a large, high-performance CCD image sensor (23.5mm by 15.7mm) with the sophisticated PRIME (PENTAX Real Image Engine) as its imaging engine. With its approximately 10.2 effective megapixels, it produces beautiful, fine-detailed images with subtle gradations and delicate texture description. It also features a Custom Image function, which offers a choice of six finishing touches.

7. High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 3.5 frames per second
The PENTAX K-m lets the user keep shooting images at the speed of approximately 3.5 frames per second (in the JPEG recording format), allowing the user to capture a sequence of a fast-moving subject with great ease.

8. High-precision 5-point AF system
The PENTAX K-m incorporates a five-point wide-area AF system (SAFOX VIII with five cross-type sensors) to assure dependable, high-precision autofocusing. Using the five sensors positioned in a cross pattern over the image field (one in the middle, two at the sides, and two at the top and bottom), this system automatically and unfailingly selects the optimum sensor for a given subject. It also allows the user to fix the AF detection point at the middle sensor. Thanks to a thorough review of the AF algorithm, this AF system also offers improved autofocusing speed under poor-lighting conditions, in which conventional AF systems take longer to focus on the subject.

9. Auto sensitivity control up to ISO 3200

The PENTAX K-m’s auto sensitivity control function automatically sets the optimum sensitivity between ISO 100 and ISO 3200, based on such data as the subject’s brightness level and the lens’ focal length. Since this function allows the user to take advantage of faster shutter speeds in poor lighting situations (such as indoor sports events and night time scenes), it helps the photographer to effectively reduce camera shake and subject shake and prevent blurred images.

10. Effective gradation compensation
The PENTAX K-m’s dynamic-range expansion function allows the user to expand a dynamic range (or a range of gradation reproduction) to minimise white-washed areas in the image. On the other hand, its shadow compensation function minimises pitch-black areas lacking details. Combined, they help the user to produce beautiful, rich-gradation images when shooting high-contrast subjects.

11. Large, easy-to-view 2.7-inch LCD monitor
The PENTAX K-m features a large 2.7-inch color LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots on its back panel. This monitor’s wide-view design allows the photographer to check the on-screen image from approximately 170 degrees both vertically and horizontally. It even offers digital zooming of playback images up to 16 times for easy confirmation of the image’s focusing status and details.

12. Bright, clear viewfinder
Thanks to a combination of a lightweight penta-mirror prism, a PENTAX-original finder optics and the acclaimed Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen, the PENTAX K-m’s viewfinder delivers a large, bright subject image with an approximately 96-percent field of view and an approximately 0.85-times magnification.

13. Digital filters for unique visual expressions
The PENTAX K-m’s built-in digital filters let the user effortlessly add some creative and artistic touches to recorded images — without the use of a PC. The user can select one of 14 different digital filters — including the new Toy Camera and Retro filters — to create a desired visual effect.

14. Other features
1) 10 Scene modes, switchable with simple icon selection
2) Energy-efficient power supply, recording approximately 1,650 images
with four AA-size lithium batteries
3) Status screen, displaying camera settings on the LCD monitor on the
camera’s back panel for at-a-glance confirmation
4) Index function, for five different types of display and printing modes

5) Choice of 16-segment multi-pattern metering, center-weighted metering
and spot metering to accommodate various photographic applications
6) Simultaneous recording of RAW- and JPEG-format images
7) Compatibility with SD and SDHC memory cards as external
data-recording media
8) In-body development of RAW-format images
9) Compatibility with SDM-equipped lenses for quiet, smooth autofocus operation
10) PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory 3 RAW data processing software and PENTAX PHOTO Browser 3 browser software included

Main Features of the smc PENTAX-DA L 18-55mmF3.5-5.6AL Lens
1. A compact standard zoom lens with focal lengths from 27.5mm to 84.5mm (in the 35mm format) covering wide-angle to medium-telephoto ranges
2. Latest optical design featuring high-performance aspherical lens element and super-low dispersion glass element for effective compensation of various aberrations

Main Features of the smc PENTAX-DA L 50-200mmF4-5.6ED Lens
1. A super-compact, ultra-lightweight telephoto zoom lens with focal lengths from 76.5mm to 307mm (in the 35mm format)
2. ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass optical element for effective compensation of chromatic aberrations over the entire zoom range and enhanced image-description performance

* The smc PENTAX-DA L 18-55mmF3.5-5.6AL and smc PENTAX-DA L 50-200mmF4-5.6ED lenses will be marketed only as a part of the PENTAX K-m Lens Kit or PENTAX K-m Double Zoom Kit.
** Lenses compatible with this mechanism are: the PENTAX K, KA, KAF, KAF2, and KAF3 mount lenses; screw-mount lenses (with an adapter); and 645- and 67-system lenses (with an adapter). Some functions may not be applicable with certain lenses.

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