Pentax K100D Super review: Pentax K100D Super

CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding

Average User Rating

4.5 stars 2 user reviews
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The Good Results on a par with 10-megapixel competitors; 18-55mm lens included in price; 11-point autofocus system; warm, colour-rich images straight out of the camera; easy to use; reliable all-rounder.

The Bad Bundled with non-rechargeable AA batteries; image noise at higher settings.

The Bottom Line In many ways, the operation and performance of the Pentax K100D Super exceeds expectations, given both its price and 'mere' 6-megapixel resolution. For just £370, it represents one of the biggest dSLR bargains out there for anyone looking to make the trade up from a compact or swap from a film SLR

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Without quite the marketing bite of Canon or Nikon, Pentax has been relying on keen pricing to push its dSLRs to the forefront of consumer consciousness and at £370 for body and 18-55mm lens, the Pentax K100D Super is significantly cheaper than its predecessor.

Not only that, it now sports a CCD-shift based dust prevention system that gives it an immediate advantage over its closest competitor in the Nikon D40, which lacks both anti-dust and anti-shake features.

Strengths
Given that enticing price, which is almost £100 less than the plain old K100D's kit on launch, it doesn't really matter that not a great deal has otherwise changed on this Pentax. Nothing about the build feels compromised and those AA batteries add a reassuring weight that suggests the camera wouldn't fall apart if you dropped it.

By keeping matters beginner friendly, controls are large and functions obvious. There's even a separate display window on top of the camera displaying key shooting options in addition to the main LCD -- a rarity on cheaper dSLRs. A simplistic mode wheel allows you to point and shoot from the off and move onto more creative functions as confidence builds, with the usual subject and scene modes.

Turn the camera on and it immediately goes to work. An 11-point autofocus system ensures that your subject is sharply in focus no matter where it is in the frame -- locking onto the target with a beep of confirmation -- backed up by built-in Shake Reduction activated via a slider at the back that proves handy when shooting at extreme telephoto settings.

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Pentax K100D Super

Part Number: CNETPentax K100D Super

Typical Price: £370.00

See manufacturer website for availability.