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Pentax K100D | Digital Camera Review | Camera
The Pentax K100D fits in the category of very compact digital SLR cameras. Although it isn't the smallest one available; the new 10 Megapixel Olympus E400 FourThirds system camera is an indisputable contender for this title, consumers who value practicality will undoubtedly still find the new Pentax model to be a welcome solution. Despite its compact housing, the Pentax K100D proves very easy and comfortable to hold. As a result, you certainly will not feel as if you are holding a cheap product.
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Pentax K100D DSLR - Bayonet mount
Naturally, the bayonet mount can be found on the camera's front side. Pentax have been working with the same mount for years, which means that even older lenses can be attached to the Pentax K100D. The mount itself is made from metal, which gives it a solid, durable look. Although plastic has also proven to be very wear-resistant, manufacturers seem to have returned to choosing metal. After all, the way things feel certainly matters too. Left of the bayonet, we find the lens unlock, whilst the right side holds the switch to activate or deactivate the auto focus. Personally, I would also have liked to see the switch to set the focus on single or continuous here. The hand grip features a led for the self-timer or the remote control. The fact that your hand covers the led when holding the camera shouldn’t be regarded as a problem. After all, this led will only be needed when working with the Pentax K100D on a tripod, in which case you will generally not be holding the camera.

Pentax K100D SLR - Secure Digital & USB
The Secure Digital memory card is placed into the slot on the left side of the camera. The small door features an attractive design and is equipped with a very decent spring. The camera's right side holds a door behind which the external contacts can be found. The remote control, the USB cable and the external power supply can be all connected here. However, the contacts have not been designed in a way that fully protects them from dust, something that prospective users will have to keep in mind. Although I do wonder how many users of a Pentax K100D will actually be taking the camera out into the rain or dusty conditions. Upon turning the camera around, we see the metal tripod mount and the lid for the 4x AA format batteries.

Pentax K100D SLR camera - Flash
The mode dial located on the top left side of the Pentax K100D digital SLR enables you to select a variety of exposure modes. The various pictogram modes can also be found here. Fortunately, Pentax have opted to assign the sensitivity to a different button. The hot shoe for the external flash can be found in the centre. The built-in flash is located above the viewfinder. It has to be said that the flash does not pop up all that high, which may cause difficulties, particularly when working with a lens hood; in which case a considerable loss of light easily occurs.
The LCD right of the viewfinder offers all the photographic information you could possibly need. It is in fact a familiar place to find information. The shutter release button, which is surrounded by the main switch, is found on the hand grip, as well as the button for the exposure correction. The latter also serves as a selection button for the aperture when working with manual exposure.

Pentax K100D - 2.5 inch LCD monitor
A large 2.5-inch LCD monitor is the dominant feature on the back side of the Pentax K100D camera. We are glad to see that 2.5-inch seems to have become the standard for digital SLR cameras. Not only do the attractively large screens come in handy when reviewing your images, they also prove their value when browsing through the menu. Left of the monitor we find a row of buttons; one to pop up the flash, the menu button, the button for the recycle bin, the info button and the play button. On the right upper side we see the command dial, through which -among other things- the shutter speed can be adjusted. Next to it, you find the exposure lock, which also allows you to prevent your images from being deleted. The four-way controller, with the OK button in the centre, is found immediately right of the monitor. This button enables you to access the settings for the white balance, the image speed, the sensitivity and the flash. A LED, positioned entirely at the bottom, signals any reading or writing action to the memory card. On its right, we find the switch to activate or deactivate the anti-shake function.

Pentax K100D DSLR - Viewfinder
Although the viewfinder is quite small, it offers plenty of information. Besides small, however, the viewfinder also proves to be somewhat dark, a fact that is undoubtedly related to the use of mirrors. A brighter lens should also help to improve the view. Above the lens, the dioptre can be set, a feature that used to be restricted to the more expensive cameras. It should be said that the entire design of the Pentax K100D is not likely to win any beauty contests. Although the K100D certainly isn't an unattractive camera, its looks come across slightly outdated. Not that this influences the actual quality of the K100D in any way, but let's be honest: looks do matter.
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