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Digital SLR Cameras: K-m

K-m
<General function and specification>
<Storage Medium>
<Battery and Power sources>
<Capture and Playback>
<Connecting with a computer and Software>
<Troubleshooting>

<General function and specification>
How long does it take for the camera to start up?
Start-up time for the K-m is approximately 0.25 sec. (start - up time is from turn on the power switch until going into condition that photo can be taken.)
What is the magnification and field of view of the viewfinder?
Magnification: approx. 0.85x (50 mm/F1.4 lens at infinity); Field of View: approx. 96%.
What is the approximate distance of the viewfinder's Eye Relief? (Maximum distance between eye and viewfinder at which the whole field is still visible)
Approx. 21.5mm.
What is the size and resolution of the LCD monitor?
And the backlight brightness can be adjustment?
The LCD monitor is a 2.7-inch, wide viewing field, low temperature poly-silicon TFT color LCD with approx 230,000 dots, brightness adjustment function.
What is the field of view of the LCD monitor?
Approx. 100%.
What is included in the K-m kit?
The K-m includes the following:
  • Hot shoe cover FK* (installed on the camera)
  • Eyecup FQ* (installed on the camera)
  • Body mount cover (installed on the camera)
  • USB cable I-USB7*
  • Software CD-ROM S-SW84 (PENTAX PHOTO Browser/Laboratory 3)
  • Strap O-ST84*
  • Four AA lithium batteries
  • Operating manual
  • PENTAX PHOTO Browser/Laboratory 3 Operating manual

* Available also as an optional accessory.
Is anything else necessary that is not included in the kit?
SD/SDHC Memory Card is not included in the kit, so please prepare the necessary capacity of the SD/SDHC Memory Card.
To play back the images on the TV etc., please prepare the video cable I-VC28 of optional accessory.
Is an exclusive camera case included in the kit?
An exclusive camera case is not included in the kit.
* The camera case O-CC84 is available as an optional accessory.
Is the K-m designed to be weather/dust-proof?
No
What is the 'Dust Alert' function?
It is a function that detects any dust collecting on the surface of the image sensor and alerts you about that. The Dust Alert function clearly displays the location of the dust to make it easier for you to clean the image sensor.
* If using the DR (Dust Removal) function cannot eliminate all the dust from the image sensor, please use the optional Image sensor Cleaning Kit O-ICK1. You can also contact a PENTAX Service Center for professional image sensor cleaning.
Can a Ref-converter A or M be used with the camera?
Yes.
Does the camera feature any function for avoiding dust in the image sensor?
SP coating on the low-pass filter prevents dust from sticking to the image sensor. In addition, the Dust Removal function can be used to shake any dust off. The camera also features a Dust Alert function that detects any dust collecting on the image sensor.
Can an eyecup M or M II be used with the camera?
Eyecup M can not be used.
Eyecup M II can be used.
Is the focusing screen interchangeable?
No.
Does the K-m support P.I.M. (PRINT Image Matching III ™) and Exif Print (Exif 2.2)?
JPEG images shot with this camera support both. RAW images do not.
Does the K-m support PictBridge?
Yes it does. Print mode can be selected from Single Image, All Images or DPOF Autoprint.
The following print settings can be set: Date imprint (on/off), paper size, paper type, print quality and border status. Depending on the printer used, some print settings may not be applied.
What is the recording format of the images?
You can choose to record images in the versatile JPEG format or the high-quality and fully editable RAW format. You can also select JPEG+RAW and record in both formats. Pictures taken in RAW format can be developed in the camera and saved as JPEG images.
Is the AF Illuminator available?
Yes, The built-in flash is discharged automatically multiple times to make the autofocus operation easier. However, AF illuminator is activated only in AF.S mode.

AF illuminator is not activated AF-C, MF, when built-in flash is retracted and below mode.

  1. Shooting mode with activate AF-C
    Picture mode --- Moving Object
    Scene mode --- Pet, Stage Light, Kids

  2. Shooting mode with activate flash off
    Picture mode --- Flash OFF
    Scene mode --- Night Scene, Sunset, Stage Light, Candle Light, Museum
What finishing touches settings are included in the Custom Image function?
Select from the following finishing touches: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant and Monochrome. It can be set from status screen in capture mode.
How long does the date / time stay in memory when the battery is removed?
The camera will remember the date/time, and the internal clock will continue to run for approximately 48 hours after the battery is removed.

Note: The above data is based on testing after the camera has already run with a new, fully charged battery for a minimum of 12 hours. A brand new camera that has not yet passed 48 hours with a fully charged battery may display different results.
Can I view images on a TV?
Yes. Connect the USB/Video terminal on the camera7s side to the TV's video input terminal using the provided optional Video cable I-VC28. Make sure to turn off the camera and the TV while connecting the cable.
What is Dynamic Range (D-Range)?
It is the ratio that indicates the light gradation expressed by the CCDsensor pixels from bright areas to dark areas.
By using the Expand Dynamic Range function, you can expand the light gradation expressed by the CCD sensor pixels, making it more difficult for bright areas or dark areas to occur in the image.

* The sensitivity can be set between ISO 200 and 6400.
What is Noise Reduction?
When you use a digital camera to take pictures with a long exposure or high sensitivity setting, image noise (image roughness or unevenness) becomes noticeable. This camera offers two noise reductions functions that can b e used for different conditions: Slow Shutter Speed NR and High-ISO NR.

* Images shot with Noise Reduction take longer to save.
What is the built-in RAW data development?
RAW data can be converted in the camera and saved in JPEG format. Image quality and sensitivity can be adjusted.


 

Shake Reduction (SR)

How effective is the Shake Reduction in terms of shutter speed steps?
The effect of Shake Reduction is equivalent to up to 4 shutter speeds.
* The Shake Reduction effect may vary depending on the focal length of the lens, distance to the subject, shooting conditions and individual technique.

It is generally said that the slowest shutter speed to avoid blur is 1/focal length.
However, with cameras featuring an APS-C size image sensor (like the K-m), please consider the focal length as 1.5 times longer (35 mm-equivalent focal length).
For example, a 100 mm lens is equivalent to a 150 mm lens in 35 mm format so, generally speaking, the slowest shutter speed for such lens is 1/150 sec. You can expect Shake Reduction to be effective at shutter speeds 2.5 to 4 steps slower than 1/150.
Will the Shake Reduction (SR) function work with non-PENTAX lenses?
The Shake Reduction mechanism will function but the effectiveness of the results can not be guaranteed. PENTAX will assume no responsibility or liability for accidents, damages and malfunctions resulting from the use of lenses made by other manufacturers.
Are there any lenses with which the Shake Reduction (SR) function cannot be used?
No, there isn't one. This function can be used with all PENTAX lenses that can be attached to the camera.

* The [Input Focal Length] setting menu does not appear when using a lens that supports automatic acquisition of lens information such as focal length because [Focal Length] is set automatically. (DA, DA L, D FA, FA J, FA, or F is set automatically) If type of lens that does not support automatic acquisition of lens information such as focal length is used, the [Input Focal Length] menu appears. Set [Focal Length] manually on the [Input Focal Length] setting menu.

* When using lens without the A position on the aperture or with the aperture set to a position other than the A position, set [19. Using aperture ring] on the [C Custom Setting 3] menu to [2. Permitted].

Would it be better to leave the SR function always on?
The camera features a Shake Reduction switch to easily turn off the SR function according to shooting conditions, for example when using the camera with a tripod.
Does the battery life change depending on the position of the Shake Reduction switch?
No, it does not.
Can the Shake Reduction function be used in B (Bulb) mode?
No.
* The Shake Reduction function is automatically turned off in the following situations: When using the self-time, remote control shooting, when shooting in B (Bulb) mode or when using wireless mode with an external flash.
Will the Shake Reduction (SR) function work with slow synchronization of the flash?
Yes, it will function.
Can the effect of the Shake Reduction function be checked in the viewfinder?
No.
Can the effect of the Shake Reduction function be checked before taking the picture?
No. The Shake Reduction function only activate when shutter is released.

Lenses that can be used

Can the SDM autofocus system be used?
Yes. When mounted on an SDM lens to K-m, the focus mode is automatically switched to SDM autofocus system.
Can the function of POWER-ZOOM of FAStar or FA-ZOOM be used with the camera?
No.
What lenses can be used with the camera?
The following lenses can be used.
  • DA lenses
  • DA L lenses
  • FA J lenses
  • D FA, FA and F lenses with the aperture ring set to A (Auto) position.
See the following table for details.

* The area captured with this camera will differ from that captured with a 35 mm SLR camera even if the same lens is used because the format size for 35 mm film and CCD sensor are different. The area captured will be equivalent to that captured with a 35 mm SLR camera using a lens with a focal length approximately 1.5 times longer than the lens used.

  Usable lens Reference
Function / Lens [Mount type] DA, DA L, D FA, FA J, FA lenses [KAF/KAF2/ KAF3]*3 F lenses [KAF]*3 A lenses [KA] *3 M lenses P
lenses [K]*6
Autofocus
(lens only)
(with AF adapter 1.7x)*1

Yes
-

Yes
-

-
Yes*5

-
Yes *6
Manual focus
(with focus indicator) *2
(with matte field)

Yes
Yes

Yes
Yes

Yes
Yes

Yes*6
Yes
5 AF points Yes Yes No*5 No
Power zoom - - - -
Aperture-priority automatic exposure Yes Yes Yes Yes*6*7
Shutter-priority automatic exposure Yes Yes Yes No
Manual exposure Yes Yes Yes Yes*6
P-TTL auto flash *4 Yes Yes Yes No
Multi-segment metering Yes Yes Yes No
Automatic lens focal length acquirement when using the Shake Reduction function Yes Yes No No

Yes: Function is available when the aperture ring is set to the A position.
No: Function is not available.

*1 Lenses with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or brighter. Available only when the aperture ring is set to the A position.
*2 Lenses with a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or brighter.
*3 To use an F/FA soft 85 mm f/2.8 lens or FA soft 28 mm f/2.8 lens, set [Using aperture ring] to [Permitted]. Pictures can be taken with the aperture you set, but only within the manual aperture range.
*4 When using the built-in flash and AF540FGZ, AF360FGZ AF200FG or AF160FC.
*5 The AF point is automatically set to Center.
*6 Cannot be used with default settings. Set [Using aperture ring] to [Permitted] in the Custom Setting menu.
*7 The aperture remains open regardless of the position of the aperture ring. The shutter speed changes in relation to the open aperture.

What restrictions apply when using K-mount lenses that do not have an A position for the aperture ring?
When using K mount lenses without an A position in the aperture ring and when using D FA, FA, F or A lenses with the aperture ring set to a value other than A position, the camera operates in Av (Aperture Priority) mode, even if the mode dial is set to Auto Picture, Picture, SCN, P, SV, TV. Also, the aperture indicator on the status screen and in the viewfinder will appear as [F--].

See the following table for other restrictions.
Lens Used Exposure Mode Restriction
D FA, FA, F, A, M lenses (lens only or with auto diaphragm accessories such as auto extension tube K) Av (Aperture Priority) mode The aperture remains open regardless of the aperture ring position. The shutter speed changes in relation to the open aperture but an exposure error may occur. In the viewfinder and status screen, [F--] appears for the aperture indicator.
D FA, FA, F, A, M , S, lenses (attached using the respective K-mount adapter) (with diaphragm accessories such as extension tube K) Av (Aperture Priority) mode Pictures can be taken with the specified aperture value but an exposure error may occur. In the viewfinder and status screen, [F--] appears for the aperture indicator.
Manual diaphragm lens such as reflex lens (lens only) Av (Aperture Priority) mode
FA, F Soft 85 mm, FA Soft 28 mm lenses (lens only) Av (Aperture Priority) mode Pictures can be taken with the set aperture value. In the viewfinder and status screen, [F--] appears for the aperture indicator.
All lenses M (Manual) mode Pictures can be taken with the set aperture value and shutter speed. In the viewfinder and status screen, [F--] appears for the aperture indicator.
Can S (Screw mount) lenses, PENTAX 67 lenses or PENTAX 645 lenses be used with this camera?
These types of lenses can be attached using the respective K-mount adapter.
However, shutter release will not be available with default settings. To allow shutter release, change the following settings.

(1) Set [Using aperture ring] to [Permitted] in the Custom Setting menu.
(2) Set the focus mode lever to MF.

Av (Aperture Priority) mode and M (Manual) mode can be used but an exposure error may occur.
In the viewfinder and status screen, [F--] appears for the aperture indicator.
The camera operates in Av (Aperture Priority) mode even if the mode dial is Auto picture, Picture mode, SCN, Program, SV and TV mode.
How does the area captured change when using medium format lenses?
Focal length is a characteristic of the lens, whether it is used with 35 mm format or medium format (645 or 67) cameras. In 35 mm equivalent terms, the area captured will be the same as that of an image captured using a lens with a focal length approximately 1.5 times longer than the lens used.
Can non-PENTAX interchangeable lens be used?
Not recommended.
We assume no responsibility or liability for damage resulting from the use of lenses made by other manufactures.

<Storage Medium>
What type of storage medium does the camera use?
The K-m uses SD Memory Cards or SDHC Memory Cards. (It does not include built-in memory).
Which SD (SDHC) Memory Cards have been tested for compatibility?
Compatibility with the K-m has been tested with memory cards from the following manufacturers.

Panasonic
• SD Memory Cards with capacities between 128 MB and 2 GB
• SDHC Memory Cards with capacities between 4 GB and 32 GB

Toshiba
• SD Memory Cards with capacities between 128 MB and 2 GB
• SDHC Memory Cards with capacities between 4 GB and 32 GB

SanDisk
• SD Memory Cards with capacities between 128 MB and 2 GB
• SDHC Memory Cards with capacities of 4 GB and 16 GB

* As of September 2008
* The information above is given for the convenience of customers and does not guarantee complete compatibility with the K-m

Can MMC (MultiMedia Cards) be used with the K-m?
No.
Can the miniSD card and the microSD card be used through the adaptor?
Not recommended.
Does the performance of the Memory Card used affect the shooting interval or other functions of the camera?
When using SD Memory Cards with slow transfer rates, the start-up time and the number of images for continuous shooting may be affected. (The adverse effect may be noticed when using Memory Cards with a maximum transfer rate of 2 MBps.)
Approximately how many images can be stored on SD (SDHC) Memory Card?
The actual number of images varies depending on shooting conditions and subjects. The approximate number of images that can be found here.
Are there any precautions that should be observed when using SD (SDHC) Memory Cards?
Please observe the following precautions.
Use the K-m to format (initialize) unused Memory Cards or Memory Cards that were used on another camera, on a computer or any digital device other than the K-m. Follow the procedure below.
  1. Turn on the camera. (Capture mode)
  2. Press the MENU button.
  3. Press the four-way controller (right) 7 times to display the [Set-up] menu.
  4. Press the four-way controller (up) once to select [Format].
  5. Press the four-way controller (right) once to display the [Format] screen.
  6. From [Cancel], press the four-way controller (up) once to select [Format].
  7. Press the OK button. [Formatting] is displayed and then it changes to [Exit].


* Be careful because all data, including protected images, will be deleted.
* Do not remove the Memory Card or turn the camera off while data is being saved to the card, images are being played back, or the camera is connected to a computer with the USB cable.
* Do not bend the Memory Card or subject it to violent impacts. Keep it away from water and store away from high temperatures.
* Avoid using or storing the Memory Card where it may be exposed to static electricity or electrical interference.
* If the camera is not used for a long time or the SD (SDHC) Memory Card is damaged, the data on the card may become unreadable. It is recommended to regularly back up important data.


<Battery and Power sources>
What type of batteries can be used with the K-m?
The K-m can be powered by the four AA lithium battery, AA Ni-MH rechargeable and AA alkali battery.

Note: Due to their characteristics, AA alkaline batteries may not allow the camera to make full use of its capabilities, and therefore they are not recommended except for emergency use or checking the camera functionality.

Can CR-V3 lithium-ion battery be used with the K-m?
No
Can OXYRIDE (Oxy Nickel Hydroxide) battery be used with the K-m?
The use of OXYRIDE batteries are not recommended as the batteries' voltage characteristics may cause a malfunction.
How many photos can I take? or How long can I playback image?
Refer to below table

Batteries (Temperature) Normal Recording Flash photography (50%use) Playback time
AA lithium batteries (23°C) 1650 pictures 1000 pictures 750 minutes
AA rechargeable batteries (NI-MH / 23°C) 1100 pictures 640 pictures 510 minutes
AA alkaline batteries (23°C) 360 pictures 260 pictures 350 minutes

* The image storage capacity is for reference only. The actual image storage capacity may vary depending on the SD memory card and the subject.

Is there an optional AC adapter available?
Yes, the optional AC Adapter K-AC84.

<Capture and Playback>
How can I set the Expand Dynamic Range function?
Press the +/- button for the [Sensitivity] setting in the ISO menu to turn this function on or off.
What is the continuous shooting mode?
Picture can be taken continuously while the shutter release button is held down.
JPEG image /10M /Quality levelStarStarStar/drive mode [Hi] --- Approx. 3.5 frames/sec, up to 5 frame.
RAW image / 10M / Quality levelStarStarStar / drive mode [Hi] --- Approx. 3.5 frames/sec, up to 4 frame.
JPEG image /10M /Quality levelStarStarStar/drive mode [Lo] --- Approx. 1.1 frames/sec, up to SD memory card full.

*Maximum consecutive shooting figures may vary depending on the transfer speed of SD memory card.

What is the Sv (Sensitivity Priority) mode on the mode dial?
You can set the sensitivity to suit the brightness of the subject.
The shutter speed and aperture are automatically set according to the selected sensitivity to obtain the appropriate exposure.

*Note: In Sv mode the sensitivity is always displayed in the viewfinder.
The sensitivity can be adjusted in 1EV steps or As EV steps (1/2 EV or 1/3 EV steps).

Can Digital preview be used?
Yes.
It can be allocated the function of digital preview to the (Help) button.
Can a remote control be used with the K-m?
Yes. The optional Remote Control F is available.
You can select the remote control shooting mode from [Remote control] or [3 sec. delayed release].
Can a cable switch CS-205 be used with the K-m?
No
Can Multi-exposure Shooting be used with the K-m?
No
Can the Bulb shooting be used?
Yes. Set the mode dial position to [M] (Manual exposure), select next [30 sec.] is Bulb. [Bulb] is displayed on status screen in the LCD monitor.
Is it possible to turn off the Guide Display on the LCD monitor?
Yes. Press the MENU button and in the [Set-up] menu remove the checkmark from the [Guide display] option to turn it off.
Can polarizing filters be used with the K-m?
Circular type polarizing filters (C-PL/Circular PL) can be used.
Normal, non-circular polarizing filters can affect the exposure and AF and cannot be used.
What is the "Bright/Dark Area" warning?
When this function is activated, areas in the image that are too bright or too dark and have lost gradation detail will blink on the monitor during playback and instant review.
Can the White Balance be adjusted manually?
Yes, you can adjust the White Balance depending on the light source used when shooting.
With Manual White Balance, the camera can store delicate shades that cannot be precisely adjusted with the white balance preset values provided in the camera. This provides the optimal white balance for your specific shooting conditions.
What is the guide number of the built-in flash?
The guide number is approximately 11 (ISO 100/m).
What is the maximum focal length covered by the built-in flash?
The flash covers the angle of view of an 18 mm lens (35 mm equivalent: 28 mm lens).
Can the flash output be compensated?
Yes, the output of the built-in flash or an exclusive external flash can be changed in the range of -2.0 to +1.0 in the [Flash Mode] screen in the status screen.
* If the maximum flash output is exceeded when corrected to the plus (+) side, the compensation will not be effective.
How can I set the sensitivity?
You can set the sensitivity to suit the brightness of the surroundings.
The sensitivity can be set to [AUTO] or within a range equivalent to ISO 100 to ISO 6400.
The default setting is [AUTO]. Set [Sensitivity] in the status screen.

* You can set the upper and lower sensitivity limit for automatic correction when the sensitivity is set to [AUTO].

Are there any restrictions on the built-in flash depending on the lens used?
When using the built-in flash, vignetting may occur depending on the lens used and shooting conditions. We recommend taking a test shot to confirm this.
* The flash will fire at full intensity, without flash output control if [Using aperture ring] in the Custom Setting menu is set to [Permitted] but the aperture ring is set to a position other than A, and when using either lenses without an A position in the aperture ring or soft lenses.
Are there any restrictions regarding the flash functions that can be used?

Available functions depend on the external flash used. Use the table below as a reference.
(Yes: Available *: Restricted No: Not available)

Function/Flash Built-in flash AF540FGZ
AF360FGZ
AF200FG
AF160FC
AF500FTZ
AF330FTZ
AF400FTZ
AF240FT
AF140C
Red-eye reduction flash Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Automatic flash discharge Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
After the flash is charged, the camera automatically switches to the flash sync speed. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Aperture is automatically set in P (Program) mode and Tv (Shutter-priority) mode Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auto check in the viewfinder No No No No No
P-TTL auto flash (appropriate sensitivity: 100 to 3200) Yes *1 Yes *1 Yes *1 No No
TTL auto flash No No No No No
Slow-speed sync Yes Yes Yes No No
Compensating flash output Yes Yes Yes No No
AF illuminator Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Trailing curtain sync *2 No Yes No No No
Contrast-control-sync flash *3 Yes *4 No No
Slave flash No Yes No Yes *6 No
Multiple flash No No No Yes *6 No
High-speed flash sync No Yes No No No
Wireless flash *4 Yes *5 No No No

*1 When using DA, DA L, D FA, FA J, FA, F, or A lens. When combining with the AF200FG movement sensitivity is 200-1600.
*2 Shutter speed of 1/90 or later sec.
*3 When combined with the AF540FGZ or AF360FGZ, 1/3 of the flash discharge can be output by the built-in flash and 2/3 can be output by the external flash.
*4 Only available when combined with the AF540FGZ / AF360FGZ.
*5 Multiple AF540FGZ or AF360FGZ units or a combination of an AF540FGZ / AF360FGZ unit and the built-in flash is required.
*6 Not available with the AF330FTZ.

Does the K-m have a sync socket for professional flashes?
No, Combining with flashes from other manufacturers may cause equipment breakdown.
We recommend using the PENTAX dedicated automatic flashes.
Can the flash be used in wireless mode?
Yes. Wireless mode is available when using the AF540FGZ or AF360FGZ external flash.
How built-in flash can set to off position?
There are the following two methods.
  1. Set mode dial to the Flash off position.
  2. Select flash mode [Flash On] in status screen and keep retracting the Built-in flash.
Is flash output control done using a pre-flash, and if so, how many pre-flashes are used?
Yes, a pre-flash is used to adjust flash output.
When using the built-in flash or an AF540FGZ, AF360FGZ AF200FG or AF160FC with the flash mode set to [P-TTL auto], the flash pre-flashes once and then the actual flash output is adjusted accordingly.
* The flash will fire at full intensity, without flash output control if [Using aperture ring] in the Custom Setting menu is set to [Permitted] but the aperture ring is set to a position other than A, and when using either lenses without an A position in the aperture ring or soft lenses.
What is the auto picture / Picture mode?
The K-m is equipped to make camera operations simple and effortless for the user.
Its innovative Auto picture mode automatically and instantly selects the optimum combination of exposure settings for a given subject or situation, including shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast, and intensity of edges. The built-in auto flash automatically pops up in dimly lit or backlit situations.
What is the picture mode?
You can select a Picture mode to reflect a special shooting condition.
There are eight available Picture modes as follows.

AUTO PICT
(Auto Picture)
Selects automatically from Portrait, Landscape, Macro, and Moving Object modes.
Portrait Optimal for capturing portraits.
Landscape Deepens the focus range, emphasizes of flower and other small subjects at short distances.
Macro Lets you take vibrant pictures of flowers and other small subjects at short distances.
Moving Object Lets you take sharp pictures of a quickly moving subject, such as at sporting event.
Night Scene Lets you capture people against a night view or dusk.
Flash OFF The bult-in flash is deactivated. Other settings are the same as the Normal mode in [AUTO PICT]
SCN (Scene) Lets you select from 10 shooting scenes depending on the shooting conditions.
What mode does the SCN (scene) mode include?
By setting the SCN (Scene) icon to the dial indicator, you can choose from the following 8 shooting scenes as follows

Scene
Function
Night Scene Used for night scenes. Use a tripod, etc, to prevent shaking.
Surf & Snow For capturing images of dazzling backgrounds, such as snowy mountains.
Food For capturing images of food.
Saturation will be rather high to make it look appetizing.
Sunset For capturing the sunrise or sunset in beautiful colors.
Stage lighting For capturing moving subjects in poorly light place.
The recorded pixels is fixed at 2M. Flash does not work in this mode.
Kids For capturing moving kids.
Reproduces healthy and bright skin tone.
Pet For capturing moving pets.
Candlelight For capturing scenes in candlelight.
Museum For capturing images in places where a flash is prohibited.
Night snap For taking snapshots in poorly light place.
The recorded pixels is fixed at 2M.

<Connecting with a computer and Software>
What are the system requirements of the K-m?
  • [For Windows]
    • USB connection
      Computers with built-in USB 2.0 ports and a pre-installed version of Windows XP or Windows Vista.
    • Application software
      <PENTAX PHOTO Browser 3 or PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory 3>
      • OS: Windows XP or Windows Vista
      • CPU: Pentium 4 or better (Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or better recommended)
      • Memory: 1 GB or more
      • Display: 1280x1024, 24 bit (Truecolor, 16.8 Million colors) or better
      • HDD free space: 250 MB or more (500 MB or more recommended)
  • [For Macintosh]
    • USB connection
      Macintosh computers with built-in USB 2.0 ports and a pre-installed version of Mac OS X v10.3 or later.
    • Application software
      <PENTAX PHOTO Browser 3 or PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory 3>
      • OS: Mac OS X v.10.3 and later
      • CPU: PowerPC G5 or better (Intel Core processor or better recommended, Universal Binary compatible)
      • Memory: 1 GB or more
      • Display: 1280x1024, 24 bit (Truecolor, 16.8 Million colors) or better
      • HDD free space: 250 MB or more (500 MB or more recommended)

* Applicable OS refer only to pre-installed versions of the OS that have been upgraded to the latest available version.
* Recommended system requirements do not guarantee complete operation for all computer systems.

Can the PENTAX REMOTE Assistant3 be used with K-m?
No, K-m does not support PENTAX REMOTE Assistant3.
Does K-m support the USB 2.0?
Yes it does.

<Troubleshooting>
How can I set the camera when attaching K mount zoom lens without A position
Set [19.Using aperture ring] to [Permitted] in the [C custom setting 3] menu. There are some restrictions but pictures can be taken with the aperture you set, Set [Focal Length] manually in the [Input Focal Length] setting menu.
Enter a focal length that is closest to the focal length that will be used for the actual shooting.
I made a mistake in the Initial Settings. How do I reset the settings?
The Initial Setting screen is only displayed once.
If any of the settings are incorrect, they must be reset individually.

* If an option other than Japanese, English or Korean is selected in the initial settings, the video output is set to [PAL].


-- Adjusting the language
  1. Turn on the power switch. (Capture mode)
  2. Press the MENU button.
  3. Press the four-way controller (right) 5 times to open the Setting screen.
  4. Press the four-way controller (down) once to select [Language].
  5. Press the four-way controller (right) once to open the Language screen.
  6. Use the four-way controller to select the language.
  7. Press the OK button.

    *Note: To change the date and time, follow the steps in [Adjusting the date]

  8. Press MENU button. (Back to the capture mode)
Setting menu  →  Select the your language

-- Adjusting the date (Date Style, Date and Time settings)
  1. Turn on the power switch. (Capture mode)
  2. Press the MENU button.
  3. Press the four-way controller (right) 5 times to open the Setting screen.
  4. Press the four-way controller (down) 2 times to select [Date Adjust].
  5. Press the four-way controller (right) once to display the [Date Adjust] screen.
  6. [Date Style] setting
    Press the four-way controller (right) once to move the selection frame
    . Use the four-way controller (up/down) to select [yy/mm/dd], [dd/mm/yy] or [mm/dd/yy].
    Next, press the four-way controller (right) once to move the selection frame.
    Use the four-way controller (up/down) to select [12h] (12-hour display) or [24h] (24-hour display).
    After making your selection, press the four-way controller (right).
  7. [Date] setting ([yy/mm/dd] selected as the date style)
    Press the four-way controller (down) once to move the selection frame to [Date].
    Press the four-way controller (right) once and then use the four-way controller (up/down) to select the [Year] setting. Press the four-way controller (right) once and then use the four-way controller (up/down) to select the [Month] setting.
    Press the four-way controller (right) once and then use the four-way controller (up/down) to select the [Day] setting.
    After completing the settings, press the four-way controller (right).
  8. Press the four-way controller (down) once to move the selection frame to [Time].
    Press the four-way controller (right) once and then use the four-way controller (up/down) to select the [Hour] setting. Press the four-way controller (right) once and then use the four-way controller (up/down) to select the [Minute] setting. After completing the settings, press the OK button.
  9. Press the four-way controller to select [Settings are completed].
  10. Press the OK button. (The Setting screen reappears)
  11. Press the MENU button. (The camera returns to Capture mode.)
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The message “Memory card full” appears.
The SD (SDHC) Memory Card is full and no more images can be saved.
Replace it with a new SD (SDHC) Memory Card or delete unwanted images.
You may be able to save new images by changing the file format (RAW/JPEG), the JPEG record pixels (10M/6M/2M) or the JPEG quality (StarStarStar / StarStar / Star) settings.
The message “Memory card error” appears.
The camera cannot correctly recognize the SD (SDHC) Memory Card. Image capture/playback is impossible. You may be able to view the content of the Memory Card on a computer.
The message “Card not formatted” appears.
The SD (SDHC) Memory Card you have inserted is unformatted or has been formatted on a computer or other device and is not compatible with this camera. Use the SD (SDHC) Memory Card after formatting it with the camera.
The message “Card locked” appears.
The write-protect switch on the SD (SDHC) Memory Card is set to the “Lock” position. You can still operate the menus, switch modes and play back the images.
The built-in flash is discharged continuously. Is this a malfunction?
The AF illuminator is being activated.
If you press the shutter release button halfway when the built-in flash is up in the AF mode and the object is dark, the built-in flash is discharged automatically multiple times to make the autofocus operation easier.
How should I attach the K-mount Adapter for 645 lenses?
You may not be able to attach K-mount Adapters for 645 lenses due to the direct contact with the locking screw. To attach the K-mount Adapter to the K-m you will need to align in advance the position of the mount unit.

* After loosening the locking screw of the K-mount Adapter you can rotate the mount unit; click-stops are located at 90-degree intervals.

Attaching the adapter:
  1. Position the K-mount Adapter so the red dot mount index on the 35 mm side of the adapter is opposite the locking screw.
    Attach the K-mount lens cap to the K-mount Adapter.
    Loosen the locking screw, rotate the K-mount lens cap so the red dot mount index is on the opposite side and tighten the lock screw.

    * Avoid holding the mount unit directly with your fingers.

  2. Remove the K-mount lens cap from the K-mount Adapter and attach the adapter to the K-m.
  3. After attaching the K-mount Adapter, the locking screw should be at the bottom. Loosen the locking screw, rotate the K-mount Adapter 90 degrees counter-clockwise and tighten the locking screw.
  4. Mount the 645 lens to the K-mount Adapter.

Removing the adapter:
  1. To remove the K-mount Adapter loosen the locking screw and rotate the adapter so the locking screw is found at the bottom. Tighten the locking screw and then remove the K-mount Adapter.

* Set the lens to maximum aperture before focusing. When shooting, set the desired aperture value. (minimum aperture light metering)
* When the aperture ring of 645 lenses is set to the A position, the minimum aperture will be used.
* The lens shutter of 645 LS 75 mm, f/2.8 lenses and 645 LS 135 mm, f/4 lenses cannot be used.

The [Input Focal Length] function cannot be selected.
The [Input Focal Length] setting menu does not appear when using lenses that support the automatic acquisition of lens information such as focal length (for example DA, D FA, FA, F lenses) because [Focal Length] is set automatically.
None of the [Input Focal Length] setting options matches the focal length of the lens.
Use the closest setting to the actual focal length of the lens used.
(For example, select [18] for a 17 mm lens or [100] for a 105 mm lens.)
What [Input Focal Length] setting should be selected when using MF zoom lenses?
Enter a focal length that is closest to the focal length that will be used for the actual shooting.
The shutter speed and aperture value indicators blink in the viewfinder.
If the subject is too bright or too dark, the shutter speed and aperture value will blink in the viewfinder. Change the shutter speed and aperture value. When the indicator stops blinking, you can take the picture with proper exposure.

* Use an ND (Neutral Density) filter if the subject is too bright. Use the flash if it is too dark.

The image cannot be printed even after connecting the K-m to a PictBridge-compatible printer with the USB cable.
Change the camera’s [USB Connection] from [PC] to [PictBridge]. Follow the procedure below to change the USB connection.
  1. Turn on the camera.
  2. Press the MENU button.
  3. Press the four-way controller (right) 6 times to select the [Set-up] menu.
  4. Press the four-way controller (down) 4 times to select [USB Connection].
  5. Press the four-way controller (right) once to display the [PC/PictBridge] screen.
  6. Press the four-way controller (down) once to select [PictBridge].
  7. Press the OK button to change the connection to [PictBridge].
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