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Two new Pentax dSLRs mark end of *ist D name

Two new Pentax dSLRs mark end of *ist D name

Pentax has just announced two new dSLRs, including the company's first dSLR with image stabilization. In homage to the 30th anniversary of the company's legendary K1000, the new cameras will be named K100D and K110D. Both will include 6.1-megapixel CCD sensors, 11-point autofocus, 2.5-inch 210,000-pixel LCD screens, top shutter speeds of 1/4,000 second, and sensitivity up to ISO 3,200. Additonally, they can capture bursts of up to 5 highest-quality JPEGs at up to 2.8 frames per second. The K100D will also include Pentax's shake-reduction system, which detects camera movement and shift the camera's sensor to compensate.

Like their unfortunately named *ist D cousins, the K100D and K110D will accept a wide array of Pentax K-mount lenses, as well as screw-mount and 645- or 67-system lenses with K-mount adapters. Both new cameras record images onto SD cards and can be set to automatically create a new folder each day, to help organize your photos on your card.

The Pentax K100D will hit stores first, in July at a suggested price of $699.95 when sold as a kit with the Pentax SMC 18mm-to-55mm zoom lens or $619.95 for the body only. The K110D will follow in August for a suggested price of $599.95 with the same kit lens or $519.95 for the body only. In addition to the two dSLRs, Pentax has introduced a new limited-edition lens: the smc Pentax DA 21mm f.3.2 AL, which will ship to stores in July for a suggested price of $549.95 and sport a pancakelike design similar to the company's smc P-DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited.