Pentax K2000 10.2MP Digital DSLR Camera Review and Features
Those photographer seeking to upgrade their compact, point and shoot digital-camera to a digital SLR camera, the Pentax K2000 digital dslr camera is an excellent choice for them. Featuring PENTAX Auto Picture modes and powerful learning functions, such as a dedicated help button, the Pentax K2000 is one of the smallest, lightest DSLR camera body in its class. Additional features include a 10.2 megapixel CCD, a 2.7 inch, 230,000 dot-high resolution, wide view LCD panel, and an ultra compact design that facilitates one handed operation. The camera body also features the PENTAX developed Shake Reduction and Dust Reduction. In all, the PENTAX K2000 DSLR system is quite simple and ideal for digital SLR beginners . High ISO range selection of up to 3200 allows faster shutter speeds in lower lighting to freeze subject action, while making the most of ambient light Includes long life Energizer AA Lithium batteries - Using rechargeable AA batteries gives you outstanding runtime with a popular battery format that's available around the world Coated Pentax DA L 18-55MM F3.5-5.6 AL LENS offers a focal length equivalent of 27mm to 82.5mm in the 35mm format. Pentax K2000 Digital DSLR Body dimensions (W x H x D) - 4.8 x 3.6 x 2.7; Weight - 20.8 oz loaded
Pentax K2000 10.2MP Digital DSLR Camera Features :
10.2-megapixel resolution captures enough detail for poster-sized prints
Includes 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DA L lens and AF200FG flash
2.7-inch wide-view LCD panel; Shake Reduction Technology
Dedicated, reprogrammable Help button displays information on LCD
Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
Manufacturer Description For Pentax K2000 DSLR Camera :
The Pentax K2000 offers uncomplicated operation for new digital SLR users and family photographers seeking high-quality digital SLR photography for the first time. Combining Pentax-developed, easy-to-use Auto Picture modes as well as powerful learning functions all housed in one of the smallest, lightest camera bodies in its class, the Pentax K2000 system is ideal for digital SLR beginners. Additional features on the newest digital K2000 SLR body include a 10.2-megapixel CCD, a 2.7-inch wide-view LCD panel and an ultra-compact design that facilitates one-handed operation. The body also features the same Pentax-developed Shake Reduction technology found on more advanced K-series digital SLRs. Pentax Shake Reduction is compatible with more than 25 million Pentax lenses, and delivers sharp images even when hand-held at slower shutter speeds. The K2000 also features the powerful, Pentax-developed Auto Picture Mode, which selects from Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, and Night! Portrait modes to tailor the camera settings to guide and teach you about digital SLR photography.
Pentax K2000 Digital SLR Highlights
Compact, lightweight body for enhanced portability and maneuverability
Despite the large image sensor (23.5mm by 15.7mm), the Pentax K2000 offers a compact, lightweight body to assure remarkable portability and maneuverability. The design incorporates a high-rigidity stainless-steel chassis, a more compact Shake Reduction mechanism and circuit boards, and the latest in high-density body component assembly to ensure efficient positioning and layout of various parts, including the repositioning of the battery compartment, to maximize ergonomics. The camera grip has also been redesigned for a firm, comfortable hold of the camera body.
Simplified ergonomics with dedicated Help button
The Pentax K2000 features a newly designed control system that positions most of the buttons and dials on the camera’s grip side making it easier to operate the camera with one hand. Additionally, a dedicated reprogrammable Help button displays camera functions on the camera’s LCD screen. This built-in user’s manual is ideal for those who are unfamiliar with digital SLR cameras .
Pentax original Shake Reduction mechanism for sharp, blur-free images
The Pentax K2000 comes equipped with the Pentax developed Shake Reduction (SR)* mechanism to reduce camera shake for sharp, blur-free images even under demanding shooting conditions - such as with telephoto lenses, in low light, at night without supplementary flash illumination and for extended exposures in 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 exact proportion to the amount of camera shake detected by a built-in sensor. SR offers an outstanding compensation effect up to the equivalent of approximately four shutter steps. As a result, the body does not require special anti-shake lenses and may be used with almost all existing Pentax interchangeable lenses.
Comprehensive Dust Detection and Removal system
The Pentax K2000 features the user-friendly Dust Removal (DR) system to prevent dust from appearing on images. Applied to the CCD image sensor low pass filter surface through the vapor deposition process of a fluorine compound, the Pentax developed original SP (Super Protect) coating effectively prevents dust from sticking to the sensor. For any stubborn dust that still remains on the surface, the SR system shifts the image sensor at high speed to shake off these particles. Finally, the dust that is shaken off the image sensor falls 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 also offers a Dust Alert function, which allows the user to detect any placement of dust on the sensor in advance of cleaning operations.
Auto Picture and creative Scene modes
The Pentax-developed Auto Picture mode is programmed to automatically select the most appropriate shooting mode such as Portrait, Landscape, Action, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, and Macro for a given subject. Since all camera settings, including aperture, shutter speed, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness are then automatically adjusted by the camera for optimum results, users can concentrate on image composition rather than mode selection. For more unconventional subjects and environments, Pentax also includes 10 creative scene modes. Combined, the K2000’s automatic modes offer users great flexibility as they explore digital SLR photography.
The Pentax K2000 combines a large, 10.2-megapixel sensor with the sophisticated Pentax Real Image Engine (PRIME) as the imaging engine. This combination produces beautiful, detailed images with subtle gradations. The K2000 also features a Custom Image function, which offers a choice of six processing presets to give photographers high quality image processing flexibility.
High-speed continuous shooting at 3.5 frames per second
The Pentax K2000 allows users to shoot images up to approximately 3.5 frames per second (in the JPEG recording format), allowing photographers to capture fast action sequences with ease.
High-precision 5-point AF system
The Pentax K2000 incorporates a five-point, wide-area AF system (SAFOX VIII with five cross-type sensors) for dependable, high-precision autofocusing. Using the five sensors positioned in a cross pattern over the image field, this system automatically selects the optimum focus sensor for a given subject. Additionally, Center Focusing allows the photographer to enable only the centermost focus sensor. Pentax engineers were also able to improve the focus speed under poor lighting conditions for improved autofocus performance overall.
Auto sensitivity control up to ISO 3200
The Pentax K2000’s auto sensitivity control function automatically sets the optimum sensitivity between ISO 100 and ISO 3200, based on such data as the subject brightness level and lens focal length. Since this allows the user to take advantage of faster shutter speeds in poor lighting situations (such as indoor sports events and night scenes), it helps the photographer to effectively reduce blur due to camera shake and subject movement.
Enhanced Dynamic Range and Shadow Adjustment Mode
The K2000’s Enhanced Dynamic Range function allows the user to extend the dynamic range to prevent clipping in the highlight areas of the image. Additionally, Shadow Adjustment mode brings out detail in the darkest parts of the image. Combined, these functions help the user to produce beautiful, detailed images when shooting high contrast subjects.
Large, easy-to-view 2.7-inch LCD monitor
The Pentax K2000 features a large 2.7-inch color LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots of resolution. This monitor’s wide-view design allows the photographer to check the on-screen image from approximately 160 degrees both vertically and horizontally and offers digital zooming of playback images up to 16x for easy confirmation of the image’s focus and subject details.
Bright, clear viewfinder
With a lightweight penta-mirror prism and the acclaimed Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen, the Pentax K2000’s viewfinder delivers a large, bright image with an approximately 96 percent field of view and approximately 0.85X magnification.
Digital filters for unique visual expressions
The Pentax K2000’s built-in digital filters allow users to effortlessly add creative and artistic touches to recorded images without the use of a PC. Users may select one of 14 different digital filters including the new Toy Camera and Retro filters to create the desired visual effect.
Pentax K2000 10.2MP Digital DSLR Camera Additional Features :
• Energy-efficient power supply, recording approximately 1,650 images with four AA-size lithium batteries (included)
• Status screen, displaying camera settings on the LCD monitor for at-a-glance confirmation
• Index function, for five different types of display and printing modes
• Choice of 16-segment multi-pattern metering, center-weighted metering and spot metering to accommodate various photographic applications
• Simultaneous recording of RAW and JPEG format images
• Compatibility with SD and SDHC memory cards
• In-body development of RAW images
• Compatibility with SDM autofocus lenses for quiet, smooth focus operation
• Pentax PHOTO Laboratory 3 RAW data processing software and Pentax PHOTO Browser 3 browser software included
Great Entry Level DSLR
If you're looking for a DSLR that focuses on a specific aspect of photography and does it better than any other camera, then you are looking at the wrong camera. If you are looking for a camera that does it everything well (except video) but doesn't excel in any one category then you should buy it now. The resolution is perfect, the camera shoots in RAW DNG format, and the kit lens and flash are adequate for someone starting out with their first DSLR. Why did I choose Pentax over a bigger name like Nikon or Canon. In-body shake reduction vs. in lens shake reduction. Add in the fact that I grew up shooting on a fully manual Pentax film body (I'm 26 and shot mostly with an ME and an MX), and I think you'll understand.
Though they might not get as much press as Nikon, Canon, or some of the other big names Pentax is still a brand to be reckoned with, with a lot of avid supporters. If you choose this as your first DSLR, you won't be disappointed.
Nice features, but not an upgrade for the nikon d50 digital dslr camera
i bought this a couple of month's ago when amazon had it deeply discounted for the gold box special. while i bought it as a replacement for my nikon d50, i found that my d50 (even with only 6 megapixels) performed much better and had much better low light capabilities - which was odd given the fact that the k2000 had shake reduction. the auto setting on the k2000 was pretty much useless indoors, and the camera often defaulted to "night portrait," meaning any movement caused blur. this is a definite problem if you want to take pictures of your children or pets, for example. i did like the very small size, the non-proprietary batteries, and the dust remover, but i decided to stick with my d50 until a better entry-level camera comes around.
Something was not right with this camera
It worked fine, few pictures I took looked OK, but something was loose inside and every time I picked up the camera I felt that something slide inside of this camera. I returned it. I think I just got a bad one. Package/price itself was very nice, it came with flash.
To sum up this Pentax K2000 10.2MP Digital DSLR Camera Review , we would like to say that this DSLR camera is good for beginners who are upgrading themselves from a normal digital camera to a more complex DSLR.
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