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Pentax's K100D Super digital SLR. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Pentax announces K100D update (UPDATED)
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(Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 18:00 EDT)

From its US headquarters in Golden, Colorado, Pentax Imaging Co. has today announced its upcoming Pentax K100D Super digital SLR.

Closely based on the existing Pentax K100D model which was first launched back in May 2006, the K100D Super has two main changes from its predecessor - both of them inherited from the higher-spec Pentax K10D model. Most significantly, the new camera now supports Pentax's SDM (or "Supersonic Drive Motor") lenses. SDM lenses offer two main advantages - they're quieter, and they can potentially focus faster thanks to the higher torque, gearless motors they employ. (The system is similar to those from other manufacturers, such as Canon's "Ultrasonic Motor" / USM, Nikon's "Silent Wave Motor" / SWM, and Olympus' "Supersonic Wave Drive" / SWD, amongst others).

Pentax isn't actually shipping any SDM lenses yet, but the first such models are fast approaching. The Pentax smc DA * 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM and smc DA * 16-50mm F2.8 ED/AL (IF) SDM are both expected to ship later next month, with the smc DA * 200mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM and smc DA * 300mm F4 ED (IF) SDM following from September. If all goes according to plan, Pentax will have a total of five SDM lenses on the market by December, when the smc DA * 60-250mm F4 ED (IF) SDM is expected to arrive at retail. Two other SDM lenses have been announced - the smc DA 35mm SDM and smc DA * 55mm F1.4 SDM - but no release dates have been announced for either model.

The other main change in the Pentax K100D Super is the addition of a dust removal function as seen in the Pentax K10D. As with that camera, the K100D Super uses its Shake Reduction mechanism as part of a two-pronged approach to fighting dust on the image sensor, shaking the sensor assembly at high frequency to free any dust that has stuck to the low-pass filter over the image sensor. An adhesive sheet captures the dust and prevents it returning to the sensor. The other portion of the dust removal function is a vapor-deposited fluorine compound applied to the surface of the low-pass filter, making dust less likely to adhere in the first place.

Other features of the Pentax K100D Super such as the camera body, image sensor, viewfinder, LCD display, storage, connectivity options and etc. are all essentially identical to the existing Pentax K100D model. The addition of SDM lens support and dust removal has added a scant 0.3 - 0.4 of an ounce to the weight of the newer K100D Super variant.

Alongside the new camera model, Pentax has also unveiled a new P-TTL compatible flash strobe - the Pentax AF-200FG. With a guide number of 20 at ISO100/m, and a focal range of 28mm equivalent (24mm equiv. with wide angle panel), this daylight-balanced strobe takes four AA batteries, and weighs just under seven ounces without these installed.

Pentax K100D Super
Pentax's K100D Super digital SLR. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera TypeSLR
ManufacturerPentax
Model NumberK100D Super
Dimensions5.1 x 3.6 x 2.8"
129.5 x 92.5 x 70.0mm
Weight

666.0 g
23.3 oz
(including batteries)

Image Capture
Sensor TypeAPS-C CCD
6.31 megapixels (total)
6.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Focal Length Multiplier1.50
Aspect Ratio3:2
Image Dimensions3008 x 2008 (6.0 megapixels)
2400 x 1600 (3.8 megapixels)
1536 x 1024 (1.6 megapixels)
Capture SpeedStandard: 2.8 frames per second for 5 frames
Image Quality4 levels
Image Preview / Review
ViewfinderYes, SLR Penta-Mirror
96% field of view
LCD2.5", 210,000 pixels
100% field of view
Playback Zoom12.0x max
Lens
Lens TypeInterchangeable Lens
bundled with 3x optical zoom
52mm lens thread
Lens Mount Compatible with Pentax KAF2, KAF, KA (including SDM lenses)
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length (kit lens)18.0 - 55.0mm (actual)
27 - 83mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range (kit lens)f/3.5 - 22 (W), f/5.6 - 38 (T)
Focusing System11-point TTL phase-matching (SAFOX VIII) with AF assist lamp
Manual Focus possible
Focusing Range (kit lens)Normal: 10" - infinity (25 cm - infinity)
Exposure
ISO SensitivityAuto (200 - 3200), 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Shutter Speed30 - 1/4000 second
Exposure Modes Program, Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Bulb
Metering Modes16-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Flash, Manual, Manual
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Flash-off, Flash-on, Auto + Red-eye reduction, Flash-on + Red-eye reduction
Range: 15.6m (at ISO 200)
Flash Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/2EV increments
Creative
Scene ModesNight Scene, Surf & Snow, Text, Sunset, Kids, Pet, Candlelight, Museum
Self TimerYes, 2 or 12 seconds
Time LapseNo
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC (includes SDHC)
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format CCD-RAW, JPEG (EXIF v2.21)
Connectivity
VideoYes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
OtherDC input
Power
Battery TypeAlkaline or Lithium disposable, NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor4 x AA or 2 x CR-V3
Product Bundle
Battery / Charger4 x AA alkaline disposable battery
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneNo
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlYes, Remote Control F
 

Pentax AF-200FG
Pentax's AF-200FG flash strobe. Courtesy of Pentax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Type Clip-on P-TTL auto flash
Flash Control TTL-series-control auto flash
manual flash
Flash Modes P-TTL (TTL corrective auto flash, contrast-control auto flash)
TTL (TTL auto flash)
FULL (manual flash)
Discharge Angles 70° horizontal, 53° vertical
(78° horizontal, 60° vertical with wide angle panel)
Focal Length Coverage

28mm equivalent
(24mm equivalent with wide angle panel)

Guide Number 20 at ISO 100/m, FULL
28 at ISO 200/m, FULL
Flash Range 2.3-11.8’ (GN 20, ISO 100, f/5.6)
Interval & Battery Life Alkaline batteries: approx 4s interval, 300 full discharges
Lithium batteries: approx 4s interval, 450 full discharges
NiMH batteries: approx 4s interval, 400 full discharges
Color Temperature Balance Daylight
Synchronization Modes Leading Shutter Curtain Sync
Other Functions Auto Power Off, Test Discharge, Flash Exposure Compensation (-0.5 EV, -1 EV)
Power Source 4 AA batteries
(alkaline, lithium, NiMH)
Dimensions (HxWxD) 2.7 x 3.3 x 3.7”
Weight 6.8 oz without batteries
 

UPDATED 2007-06-28 15:35ET:

Pricing and availability for the Pentax K100D Super have now been announced as $599 in kit form with an 18 - 55mm lens, or $519 body-only.

This puts the Super variant a full $100 below the retail pricing for the original K100D model when it was announced a little over a year ago...


Original Source Press Release:

PENTAX INTRODUCES ENTRY-LEVEL K100D SUPER DIGITAL SLR WITH ADVANCED FEATURES

GOLDEN, CO. (June 27, 2007)….PENTAX Imaging Company announced the PENTAX K100D Super digital SLR with innovative features usually found on more advanced, higher-priced cameras. The newest member of the K Series of digital SLRs combines the PENTAX Shake Reduction (SR) system, an innovative Dust Removal (DR) system, and full compatibility with PENTAX SDM lenses.

The K100D Super builds on the popular PENTAX K100D digital SLR camera that first shipped in July 2006. Incorporating the PENTAX-original Dust Removal (DR) system previously available only in more advanced models, PENTAX takes entry-level SLR users to the next level with the new K100D Super Digital SLR. A PENTAX-original design, the Dust Removal system helps keep the CCD surface dust-free to ensure spotless images. The new PENTAX digital SLR also offers full compatibility with PENTAX SDM lenses. Together, these features upgrade the K100D Super to a technologically advanced SLR at a very affordable price.

Compatible with any PENTAX SLR lens ever produced,* PENTAX K100D Super offers a large 2.5 inch LCD monitor with 210,000 pixel resolution and a friendly Mode Dial featuring Auto Picture and Picture modes as well as new Scene modes for even simpler photography. The 6.1 megapixel APS-C size CCD, 11-point autofocus mechanism, and sophisticated 16 segment multi-pattern metering delivers outstanding image reproduction, while the bright, high-precision Penta mirror viewfinder features a 96% field of view and 0.85X magnification. With this array of advanced features and an easy-to-hold, easy-to-use design, the K100D Super delivers high-quality digital SLR photography to users of all levels including SLR beginners.
*With adapter for screw mount and 645/67 lenses

Along with the SLR, PENTAX has announced a new compact, easy-to-use AF200FG Auto Flash. The hot-shoe mount flash features a compact, lightweight body, a guide number of 20 (at ISO 100/m) and simple dial operation to assure effortless flash photography for everyone. The P-TTL auto flash system assures proper exposure level by measuring the flash’s pre-discharge with the camera’s multi-pattern metering system. The AF200FG uniformly covers the wide discharge angle of a 28mm lens (in the 35mm format) and includes a flip-down diffuser that can cover the angle of a 24mm lens (in the 35mm format).

PENTAX Imaging Company is an innovative leader in the production of digital SLR and compact cameras, lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, eyepieces and mobile printers and scanners.  For more than 80 years, PENTAX technology has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of consumers and businesses.  With headquarters in Golden, Colorado, PENTAX Imaging Company is a division of PENTAX of America, Inc.

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Consumers: 
1-800-877-0155 
pentaxinfo@pentax.com


PENTAX K100D Super Fact Sheet

PENTAX-Original Shake Reduction Mechanism For Sharp, Blur-Free Images
The K100D Super is equipped with the PENTAX-original Shake Reduction (SR) system to reduce camera shake for sharp, blur-free images even under demanding shooting conditions such as when using a telephoto lens or when shooting in low light without a flash. The SR mechanism is designed to minimize camera shake by oscillating the CCD image sensor vertically and horizontally at high speed using magnetic force, while adjusting the speed of oscillation in proportion to the amount of camera shake detected by a built-in sensor. As a result, the K100D Super gives the equivalent to approximately 2 to 3.5 shutter steps of compensation. Since this versatile system is compatible with all existing PENTAX interchangeable SLR lenses,* it does not require special anti-shake lenses equipped with add-on optics or devices.
*Compatible with K-, KA-, KAF-, KAF2-mount lenses without an adapter, and screw-mount, 645-system and 67-system lenses with an adapter. Available functions may be limited with certain lenses.

Dust Removal System For Spotless Images
The K100D Super features the PENTAX original Dust Removal (DR) system to prevent dust from sticking to the surface of the low-pass filter in front of CCD image sensor. Through a vapor deposition process, a fluorine compound is applied to the surface of the low-pass filter. This PENTAX-original Super Protect (SP) coating effectively prevents dust and stains from sticking to the surface. Any remaining surface dust falls off when the SR system shifts the CCD at high speed. The dust lands on an adhesive sheet positioned at the bottom of the SR unit, eliminating any possibility of it returning to the CCD surface.

Compatibility With SDM System For Smoother, Quieter Autofocus Operation
The K100D Super’s camera body is compatible with a new SDM system, which assures smoother, quieter autofocusing operation using a built in supersonic motor. When a lens equipped with the SDM system is mounted on the PENTAX K100D Super camera body, the focus mode is automatically switched to SDM-assisted autofocusing.

Auto Sensitivity Control Up To ISO equivalent of 3200
The K100D Super features an Auto Sensitivity Control function that automatically sets the optimum sensitivity up to ISO equivalent of 3200 (the highest automatic setting in its class) based on such data as the subject’s brightness level and the lens focal length. Since this function allows the use of higher shutter speeds in poor lighting situations (such as indoor sports events and night scenes), photographers can effectively prevent blurred images. Users may also manually preprogram a desired level, from ISO 200 to the super-high sensitivity of the ISO 3200.

Auto Picture Mode For Effortless Point-and-Shoot SLR Photography
The PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode automatically and instantly selects one of five Picture modes (including Portrait, Landscape, and Macro) to create the most appropriate visual effect for a given subject. While the camera sets all primary parameters (including shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness), the photographer may concentrate on picture composition and shutter opportunity.

11-Point Wide-Frame AF To Capture Off-Center Subjects In Crisp Focus
The K100D Super’s sophisticated SAFOX VIII autofocus system features 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors in the middle) to automatically focus on the subject with utmost precision, even when it is positioned off center. The in-focus sensor point is automatically superimposed in red in the viewfinder for at-a-glance confirmation.

Large LCD Monitor To Facilitate Image Viewing And Menu Setting
The K100D Super features a large 2.5-inch color LCD monitor on its back panel. Its wide-view design allows the photographer to check the monitor image over 140 degrees vertically and horizontally, ensuring effortless image viewing even from a diagonal position. It provides 210,000 pixels for high-resolution image viewing, with a zoom display function that lets users magnify and image up to 12 times for easy confirmation of the focus status and the subject’s expressions. The large monitor size allows for large letters, digits and icons on the menu screens to facilitate menu confirmation and camera operations.

Bright, Clear Viewfinder
The K100D Super features a lightweight penta-mirror viewfinder, which combines PENTAX-original finder optics with a Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen to deliver a bright, clear subject image with a 0.85-times magnification and a 96-percent field of view.

True-to-Life, Rich-Gradation Images Assured By 6.1 Effective Megapixels
The K100D features a large, high-performance 23.5mm x 15.7mm CCD. By combining 6.1 effective megapixels with a high-performance imaging engine and advanced image-processing technologies, the K100D Super is designed to produce beautiful, true-to-life images that are rich in color gradation. The K100D Super offers a choice of two finishing touches of “Natural” or “Bright” to create a distinctive atmosphere.

Compatibility With High-Quality, High–Capacity SDHC Memory Card
The K100D Super accepts not only the conventional SD memory card as its storage media, but also the newly standardized SDHC card,* which allows users to store higher numbers of large data files, such as RAW-format images.
* SD High Capacity card, with a storage capacity exceeding 2 GB

Compact, lightweight body with optimum holding comfort
The K100D Super has been designed to be compact and lightweight for easy carrying and enhanced maneuverability with an easy-to-hold grip to assure a stable shooting position.

Other features:

  • 19 custom functions to personalize camera operations
  • Consecutive shooting of up to five frames at the speed of approximately 2.8 frames per second (at BEST image quality in JPEG format)
  • Eight distinctive Scene modes to accommodate specific subjects/applications
  • Choice of two preview functions (digital/optical)
  • Choice of 16-segment multi-pattern metering, center-weighted metering and spot metering to accommodate various photographic applications
  • Noise reduction mechanism to reduce digital noise during extended exposures
  • Dual power source (two CR-V3 lithium batteries, or four AA-size batteries)
  • USB 2.0 (HI-SPEED) compatibility for speedy data transfer to PC
  • Five digital filters (Black-and-white, Sepia, Slim, Soft and Brightness) for easy editing of recorded images
  • PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory 3 RAW data and image processing software and PENTAX PHOTO Browser 3 image browser software included on the accompanying CD-ROM
  • Compatibility with PictBridge, DPOF, Exif Print and PRINT Image Matching III formats

SDHC Logo is a trademark
PENTAX and SDM are trademarks of PENTAX Corporation
PENTAX PHOTO Browser and PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory are trademarks of PENTAX Corporation
All other brands or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
Design and Specifications are subject to change without notice


PENTAX AF200FG Auto Flash FACT SHEET

  • Guide Number: 20 max. (at ISO100/m). Manual setting: Full, 28 max. (at ISO200/m). Manual Setting: Full
  • Discharge angles: 70 horizontally (78 with wide-angle panel), 53 vertically (60 with wide-angle panel)
  • Focal-length coverage: covering angles of view for 28mm lenses (in 35mm format). 24mm angle view covered with wide-angle panel
  • Flash interval and battery life: Approx. 4-second interval, approx. 300 full-level discharges (with alkaline batteries)
  • Flash modes: (1) P-TTL modes (TTL corrective auto flash, contrast-control auto flash); (2) TTL modes (TTL auto flash); (3) M modes (manual, Full)
  • Flash range (in P-TTL, TTL modes): (1) film speed coupling range: ISO100-ISO1600; (2) Illumination range: 0.7m-3.6m (at G.N.20, ISO100, F5.6); (3) Illumination range: 0.7m-5.0m (at G.N.28, ISO200, F5.6)
  • Flash exposure compensation: -0.5Ev, -1Ev
  • Power source: (1) 4 AA-size alkaline batteries; (2) 4 AA-size lithium batteries; (3) 4 AA-size Ni-MH batteries
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 68mm x 83.5mm x 93mm (2.7” x 3.3” x 3.7”)
  • Weight: 190g (6.8 oz) without batteries

PENTAX is trademark of PENTAX Corporation
Design and specifications is subject to change without notice


 

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