|Pentax K100D - Exposure programme
One of the first things to be set will undoubtedly be the exposure programme. In the AutoPict mode, the camera truly takes care of everything automatically, which means certain options cannot be accessed. This is the so-called foolproof mode. If we are honest, there isn't all that much that can go wrong, but you will miss out on virtually all of the control; for example, over the flash. The P mode does pretty much the same thing, yet does offer you the control. Therefore, I would recommend using the P mode over the AutoPict.
Pentax K100D - Pictogram modes
Naturally, the pictogram modes are also present. These quickly provide the user with the correct settings for frequently encountered situations, such as portraits, macro and moving subjects. The Scenes allow you to take things even further. Here you can, for instance, find the suitable settings to capture shots of text, children, a sunset, or to take photos in a museum. Although the exact process remains somewhat shrouded in mystery, these scenes do provide a certain degree of support for the less experienced photographer. You also have the option to expose entirely manually or semi-automatically. All in all, the Pentax K100D has something to offer to everyone.
Pentax K100D DSLR camera - Menu
Most settings can be found in the menu of the Pentax K100D, which has been logically arranged. Furthermore, the menu can be set in a wide variety of languages, a very welcome addition. After all, nothing beats being able to operate the camera in your native language. This simply saves time thinking and prevents incorrect settings. Thanks to the large screen, everything proves easy to read, which means there is not as much of a need to use all sorts of odd abbreviations. Besides the common menu options, the Pentax K100D offers personal settings, which enable you to set the camera to your own preferences. However, we would recommend taking a bit of time to read through the user manual and try out a thing or two.
Pentax K100D SLR - Recording menu
The recording menu allows you to set everything having to do with the capturing of your image and the colour rendition. The settings for the auto focus can also be found here, and the same goes for the light metering. Personally, I would have preferred it if these functions had been assigned their own button on the camera.
|Especially when deciding whether you want the auto focus to focus continuously or solely on an image, you will often find this is a function you wish to alter. The light metering will perhaps be changed a little less frequently. The light metering offers the choice between a multi-segment metering, centre-weighted metering and spot metering. These are all features that we often encounter in DSLR cameras, even in this class. Apart from tricky light situations, such as a concert, the spot metering isn't likely be used on many occasions. The multi-segment metering generally produces superbly exposed images. Even when working with high contrasts, you will find the camera does not give up easily.
Pentax K100D - Standard settings
The standard settings for colour saturation, contrast, image tone and sharpness are excellent indeed, and produce pleasant colours. Those who enjoy editing the images through Photoshop may opt to switch the image tone to natural. The colours become slightly less saturated, the contrast somewhat lower and the sharpening a little less. These are all issues that can be added afterwards, yet not removed. For those who wish to get the very best from the files, the Pentax K100D offers the larger AdobeRGB colour space and RAW as storage format. Unfortunately, you do not have the option to record in RAW and JPEG at the same time. However, this is only a small omission.
Pentax K100D - ISO settings
Like all cameras with the 6 Megapixel image sensor by Sony, the sensitivity starts at ISO 200. Although ISO 100 would have been even better, ISO 200 often easily suffices even when working with a large amount of light. The sensitivity ranges up to ISO 3200, which is rather high indeed. Fortunately, Pentax prove well in control of the amount of noise. Up to and including ISO 800, there isn't all that much of a problem. However, ISO 1600 does show noise, and when using ISO 3200 you will notice a clear increase. Then again, this amount of noise only comes across bothersome when seen at 100% on the monitor. In fact, when working with a regular image size, such as an A4 print, it almost doesn't bother you. The sharpness proves excellent at every sensitivity. The details hardly suffer from the noise, if present at all, and that is a superb performance indeed.