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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The New Generation Of D-SLRs

Cameras keep getting better, and the latest models to come out this fall are among the very best yet for nature photographers

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Pentax K2000
Aimed at those looking to move up from a compact digital camera to a D-SLR, the compact Pentax K2000 comes in a convenient kit, complete with an 18-55mm zoom and the AF200FG Auto Flash unit. The new K2000 (no “D” at the end, although it’s a D-SLR) features Pentax’s sensor-shift Shake Reduction that works with all lenses, a comprehensive sensor-dust removal system and a dedicated programmable Help button for the D-SLR newcomer.

3.5 fps Shooting The K2000 can shoot faster than any other Pentax D-SLR, 3.2 fps, for up to 4 RAW or JPEG images. At 1.1 fps, it can shoot unlimited JPEGs, but still just 4 RAW images.

Shake Reduction System The built-in sensor-shift Shake Reduction system, which works with all lenses, keeps your images sharp without a tripod. While we haven’t had a chance to test the K2000 yet, the Shake Reduction system has proven very effective with previous Pentax D-SLRs we’ve used.

Anti-Dust Measures Outdoor shooters can change lenses in the field without worrying about sensor dust. The low-pass filter over the K2000’s image sensor is coated with Pentax’s SP fluorine coating to deter dust, while the Shake Reduction system uses ultra-high-speed vibrations to shake off any dust that does settle on the sensor assembly.

10.2-Megapixel CCD The K2000 employs the proven 10.2-megapixel APS-C format CCD sensor previously seen in the K10D and K200D and other D-SLRs.

Lineage The K2000 is Pentax’s 11th D-SLR and replaces 2007’s 6.1-megapixel K100D Super as the company’s entry-level model. The Pentax D-SLR lineup now includes the 10.1-megapixel K2000, the mid-level K200D and the top-of-the-line 14.6-megapixel K20D.

Wide Lens Compatibility Like all Pentax D-SLRs, the K2000 can use just about every Pentax SLR lens ever made, including old screw-mount models and lenses for the 645/67 camera system (via adapters). Like the K20D and K200D, the K2000 is fully compatible with the new SDM lenses, which feature good dust- and weather-resistance, quick and quiet AF, and a Quick-Shift mechanism that allows you to adjust focus manually while in AF mode—very handy for macro work or to get a quick start on flying birds.

Compact, Ergonomic Body The K2000 is easy to carry anywhere. Despite the rigid stainless-steel chassis, the body weighs just 18.5 ounces and it incorporates a 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot LCD monitor that can be viewed at angles of up to 160 degrees. There’s no Live-View mode, but the big monitor makes it easy to set menu items and check just-shot images.

Cool Factor A turn-key D-SLR system for $699.

Image Sensor: 10.2-megapixel (effective) CCD
Resolution: 3872 x 2592 pixels
Sensor Size: 23.5x15.7mm (APS-C), 1.5x
AF System: 5-point
Shutter Speeds: 1/4000 to 30 sec., X-sync up to 1/180 sec.
ISO Settings: 100-3200 (1/3 EV increments)
Continuous Firing Mode: 3.2 fps
Recording Format: JPEG, RAW
Metering: 16-segment, CW, spot
Storage Media: SD, SDHC
Dimensions: 4.8x3.6x2.7 inches
Weight: 18.5 ounces
Power Source: 4 AA batteries
Estimated Street Price: $699 (including 18-55mm zoom and AF200FG flash)
Contact: Pentax, (800) 877-0155, www.pentaximaging.com
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