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Digital SLR Camera: K100D
K100D
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<General function and specification>
How long does it take for the camera to start up?
What are the magnification and the filed of Viewfinder?
How long the finder eye relief?
What is the size and resolution of the LCD monitor? Can the brightness be adjusted?
What is the filed of view of the LCD monitor?
What is included in the K100D kit?
Is the SD memory card included in the K100D kit?
Is there an exclusive camera case to the K100D?
Can the voice be recorded?
Is there any mechanics to protect the Dust on CCD?
Is the camera equipped a waterproof and dust proof function?
Is there AF assist lamp available?
There is two kind of colour tone of picture can be selected. What is the difference?
How long does the date / time stay in memory when the battery is removed?
Can I view image on a TV?
What kind of SR system equipped on K100D?
How shake reduction works?
How SR system is effective to the shake reduction?
Which lens can use the SR function?
Why is there SR switch?
Is the SR switch position (ON/OFF) influence in the battery life?
Can the SR function works when setting on Bulb mode?
Can the effect of the shake reduction be confirmed in the finder?
Can the effect of the shake reduction be confirmed before takes a picture?


<Storage Medium>
What kind of memory does the K100D for storage?
Which SD memory cards can be used?
Can the MMC (Multi-media card) be used with K100D?
Does the performance of the SD memory card influence a shooting interval?
How many photos can be stored on a memory card?
Are there any notes about SD memory card?


<Capture and playback>
Can take the picture while looking LCD monitor?
What is the continuous shooting mode?
Can the remote control be used?
Can the Multi Exposure Shooting be used?
Can the Guide display be turned off?
Can Polarizing filter be used?
What is the Hot Spot Warning?
Can the White balance be adjusted manually?
What is the Guide umber of the built- in flash?
What focal length the Built-in flash cover?
Is there flash amount compensation available?
Can the built-in flash be used with any type of lens?
Can the external flash be used?
Is the synch terminal for professional flash attached on K100D?
Can the flash be used in wireless?
How built-in flash can set to off position?
What is the auto picture mode?
What is the picture mode?
What is the SCN (Scene) mode?


<Battery and power sources>
What types of batteries are available for K100D?
Can the battery grip D-BG1 (for istD) be used with K100D?
Is an optional AC adapter available?
How many photos can I take? or How long can I playback image?
Can all 35mm interchangeable lenses be used? Is there any problem for performance?
Can K mount lens be used with K100D? And when the aperture ring is set at other than A (auto) position, is there any restriction?
Can PENTAX 645 lenses, 67 lenses and S (Screw mount) type of lens be used with K100D?
Can non-PENTAX interchangeable lens be used?
Is there an interchangeable focusing screen available?
Can Refconverter A or M be used?
Does the the K100D support "PIM III" (PRINT Image Matching III) and “Exif Print” (Exif 2.2)?


<Connecting with PC and software>
What is the communicate interface with PC?
What type of computer do I need with K100D?
What is included application software in the CD-ROM of the K100D?


<Others>
Does K100D support PictBridge?
What is the RAW data?
What is the advantage for taking picture with RAW data?




<General function and specification>

How long does it take for the camera to start up?
Start-up time for the K100D is approximately 0.8 sec. Start-up time is from turn on the power switch until the LCD panel shows Number of recordable images.
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What are the magnification and the filed of Viewfinder?
Magnification: 0.85x (with 50mmf/1.4 lens at infinity) Field of view: 96%
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How long the finder eye relief?
Approx 21.5mm
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What is the size and resolution of the LCD monitor? Can the brightness be adjusted?
2.5 inch [TFT colour LCD] with backlight and 210,000 pixel resolution. The brightness can be adjusted.
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What is the filed of view of the LCD monitor?
Approximately 100%
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What is included in the K100D kit?
The K100D kit includes the following: K100D camera, Hot shoe cover Fk, Eyecup Fo, ME finder cap, Body mount cover, USB cable (I-USB17), AV cable (I-VC28), Software CD-ROM (S-SW53), Strap (O-ST53), AA alkaline batteries, K100D Product Manual, PENTAX PHOTO Browser 3, PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory 3, Operating Manual, Warranty
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Is the SD memory card included in the K100D kit?
No,
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Is there an exclusive camera case to the K100D?
Yes, O-CC53 is available as optional.
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Can the voice be recorded?
No.
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Is there any mechanics to protect the Dust on CCD?
There is no special mechanics.
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Is the camera equipped a waterproof and dust proof function?
No.
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Is there AF assist lamp available?
Yes, the AF assist lamp works by built-in flash except when camera set on moving object mode or standard flash off mode in the Picture mode.
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There is two kind of colour tone of picture can be selected. What is the difference?
Bright: Images are finished brightly, with high contrast and sharpness.
Natural: Images are finished naturally and suitable for retouching.
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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.
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Can I view image on a TV?
Yes, by using the AV cable (I-VC28), you can capture and play back images on a TV that has a Video in port.

 

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What kind of SR system equipped on K100D?
It is image sensor shift system that built in the K100D body.
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How shake reduction works?
The K100D's SR system features a newly developed image sensor shift mechanism. In this innovative mechanism, two gyro sensors are used to detect the amount and direction of camera shake. The data accumulated by these sensors is transmitted to the camera's CPU to instantly calculate the vertical and horizontal shift levels required to compensate for camera shake. The image sensor is then shifted at the optimum levels using magnetic force generated by the permanent magnets on the front plate and the electrical magnets on the center plate
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How SR system is effective to the shake reduction?
This SR system offers shake reduction effects equivalent to approximately 2 to 3.5 shutter-speed steps.
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Which lens can use the SR function?
All lenses that can be installed in the camera can be used.

[Note]
  • If the camera uses a DA, D FA, FA J, FA or F lens, the lens information is automatically acquired when the Shake Reduction function is activated. [Focal Length] cannot be set from [Shake Reduction] menu in the [Rec Mode] (The menu items cannot be selected).
  • If another type of lens is used, the lens information cannot be automatically acquired even when the Shake Reduction function is activated. In this case, the [Shake Reduction] menu appears. Set [Focal Length] manually on the [Shake Reduction] menu. 1 Setting the Shake Reduction Function
  • When using a lens without the s position on the aperture or with the aperture set to a position other than the s position, set [Using aperture ring] on the [A Custom Setting] menu to [Permitted].
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Why is there SR switch?
To make it switch arbitrarily according to shooting conditions
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Is the SR switch position (ON/OFF) influence in the battery life?
No,
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Can the SR function works when setting on Bulb mode?
No, The Shake Reduction function automatically turns off in the following situations. When using self-timer, 2 sec. self-timer, remote control shooting, 3 sec. delay shooting, Bulb shooting, or wireless mode with an external flash

[Note] Be sure to turn off the Shake Reduction switch when using the camera with a tripod.
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Can the effect of the shake reduction be confirmed in the finder?
No,
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Can the effect of the shake reduction be confirmed before takes a picture?
No,
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<Storage Medium>


What kind of memory does the K100D for storage?
The K100D use Secure Digital (memory) cards.
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Which SD memory cards can be used?
You should be able to use any SD card in your camera. While Pentax does not guarantee compatibility with any particular manufacturer or model, we have seen consistent compatibility with SD cards from Panasonic ( 64 / 128 / 256 / 512MB / 1GB / 2GB ), SanDisk ( 64 / 128 / 256 / 512MB / 1GB / 2GB ), and Toshiba ( 64 / 128 / 256 / 512MB / 1GB )
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Can the MMC (Multi-media card) be used with K100D?
No,
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Does the performance of the SD memory card influence a shooting interval?
When using an SD memory card with a slow recording speed it may influence for the number of continuous shooting and start-up time.
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How many photos can be stored on a memory card?
The following table shows the approximate number of recordable images when using memory cards of various sizes, at different combination of recorded pixels and quality levels

Recorded Pixels Quality
Level
2GB 1GB 512MB 256MB 128MB
6M: 3008No2008 RAW 185 90 46 22 11
6M: 3008No2000 582 330 167 78 34
1237 607 311 149 70
1975 966 498 242 117
4M: 2400No1600 938 459 234 111 51
1654 807 415 201 96
2665 1397 674 330 161
1.5M: 1536No1024 1800 880 453 220 106
2787 1397 722 354 173
4384 2151 1115 549 271
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Are there any notes about SD memory card?
1) SD memory card should be format with K100D when use first time or the SD card used with other devices.
* The data such as images and voice will be deleted after formatted the SD card
2) Do not remove SD card or turn off the power while recording the images or connecting the camera with computer via USB cable
3) We recommend back-up the data regularly
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<Capture and playback>


Can take the picture while looking LCD monitor?

No. mainly reason is mechanism of Single Lens Reflex Camera.
For take the picture while looking LCD monitor, the CCD needs to catch the right all the time for taking the picture while looking LCD monitor such as compact digital camera.
On the other hand, Single Lens Reflex Camera has mirror at the front of CCD for conducting light through the viewfinder. The CCD catches the light only shutter is opening.

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What is the continuous shooting mode?

Picture can be taken continuously while the shutter release button is held down. The K100 D records up to 5 images consecutively at a speed of approximately 2.8 frames per second for high-speed consecutive shooting when the noise reduction off.

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Can the remote control be used?
The optional IR remote control F is available for K100 D
The [3 second] or [Immediate operation] can be selected on the display while pressing the Fn button.
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Can the Multi Exposure Shooting be used?
No,
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Can the Guide display be turned off?
Yes, you can turn the Guide Display On and Off at [ Guide display] in the [ Set-up] Menu
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Can Polarizing filter be used?
The Circular type Polarizing Filter (C-PL/ Circular PL) can be used. The normal Polarizing Filter will effect exposure and AF therefore, it can not be used for K100D.
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What is the Hot Spot Warning?
If the [ Hot Spot Warning ] is selected on the instant Review and playback screens, bright areas in the image blink.
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Can the White balance be adjusted manually?
Yes, you can adjust the white balance depending on the light source when taking pictures when you select the Manual White Balance in the Fn menu.
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What is the Guide umber of the built- in flash?
GNO.15.6 (ISO200/m)
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What focal length the Built-in flash cover?
Angle of coverage: 18mm lens angle of view (equivalent 28mm in 35mm format)
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Is there flash amount compensation available?
Yes, you can change the flash output in a range of -2.0EV ~ +1.0EV by setting the [Flash Exp. Comp] in the [Rec.Mode] menu when using built-in Flash or External flash.
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Can the built-in flash be used with any type of lens?
The PENTAX DA,D FA, FA J, FA and F lens compatibility with the built-in Flash., the built-in flash fully discharges when used the lens that have no aperture A position., also vignetting may occur depending on the lens being used and the capture condition. We recommend taking a test shot to confirm this.
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Can the external flash be used?
Yes, Refer to below table.
(Yes: Available #: Restricted No: Not available)
Camera Function / Flash Built-in Flash AF540FGZ
AF360FGZ
AF500FTZ
AF330FTZ
AF400FTZ
AF240FT
AF140C
Red-eye reduction flash Yes Yes Yes No
Automatic flash discharge Yes Yes Yes Yes
After the flash is charged, the camera automatically swatches to the flash sync speed. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Aperture is automatically set in P (Program) mode and Tv (Shutter Priority) mode Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auto check in viewfinder No No No No
P-TTL auto flash (appropriate sensitivity: 200 to 3200) Yes*1 Yes*1 No No
TTL auto flash No No No No
Slow-speed sync Yes Yes No No
AF illuminator Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rear curtain flash *2 No Yes No No
Contrast-control-sync flash mode *2 No Yes No No
Slave flash No Yes Yes*3 No
Multi flash No No Yes*3 No
High-speed flash sync No Yes No No
Wireless flash *4 No Yes No No

*1 When using DA or FAJ lens, or DFA, FA or A lens with lens aperture ring set to the A position.
*2 Shutter speed of 1/90 sec. or slower.
*3 Can not be used AF330FTZ.
*4 Two or more AF360FGZ (or AF540FGZ) units are required..
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Is the synch terminal for professional flash attached on K100D?
No, Combining with flashes from other manufacturers may cause equipment breakdown. We recommend using the PENTAX dedicated automatic flashes.
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Can the flash be used in wireless?
Yes, shooting using the flash without connecting the camera and flash with a cord by using two AF360FGZ or AF540FGZ units. Built-in flash can not be used wireless mode
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How built-in flash can set to off position?
1) Set mode dial to the Flash off position.
2) Select Manual discharge in Fn menu.
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What is the auto picture mode?
The K100D 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.
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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 Picture Selects automatically from Portrait, Language, Macro, and Moving Object modes.
Portarait 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 as porting event.
Night Scene Portrait 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]
Scene Lets you select from 8 shooting scenes depending on the shooting conditions.
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What is the SCN (Scene) mode?
By setting the SCN (Scene) icon to the dial indicator, you can choose from the following 8 shooting scenes as follows.

Night Scene Used for night scenes. Use a tripod, etc, to prevent shaking.
Surf & Snow For capturing images of dazzing backgrounds, such as snowy mountains.
Text Lets you take clear pictures of text or writing.
Sunset For capturing the sunrise or sunset in beautiful colors.
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.
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<Battery and power sources>


What types of batteries are available for K100D?
The K100D can be powered by the two CR-V3 lithium batteries, four AA lithium battery, and AA Ni-MH rechargeable
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Can the battery grip D-BG1 (for istD) be used with K100D?
No,
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Is an optional AC adapter available?
Yes. The AC adaptor kit (K-AC10) is available as an optional accessory. We do not recommend the use of 3rd party AC adapters.
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How many photos can I take? or How long can I playback image?
Refer to below table

Batteries (Temperature) Normal
recording
Flash photography Playback
time
50%use 100%use
CR-V3 (23°C) 730 630 480 700 minutes
(0°C) 300 210 180 470 minutes
AA lithium batteries (23°C) 660 570 450 470 minutes
(0°C) 520 360 310 400 minutes
AA rechargeable batteries (23°C) 430 300 260 350 minutes
( NI-MH 2500mAh )(0°C) 350 250 200 300 minutes
AA alkaline batteries (23°C) 80 60 40 140 minutes
(0°C ) Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable 70 minutes

*This still pictures storage capacity is based on measuring conditions in accordance with CIPA standards and the playback time is based on PENTAX measuring conditions. Some deviation from the above figures may occur in actual use depending on shooting mode and conditions.
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Can all 35mm interchangeable lenses be used? Is there any problem for performance?
Basically, usable lenses that without limit for function of K100D are DA lens, FAJ lenses, lenses that have an aperture A (Auto) position. (DFA, FA and F lens) Refer to below table.

Function / Lens[Mount type] DA/D FA/
FA J/FA lens
[KAF, KAF2] *3
F lens
[KAF] *3
A lens[KA]
Autofocus (Lens only)
(With AF adapter 1.7x)*1
Yes
-
Yes
-
-
Yes*5
Manual focus
(With the focus indicator)*2
(With Matte field)

Yes
Yes

Yes
Yes

Yes
Yes
Eleven AF points Yes Yes No*5
Power zoom No No No
Aperture Priority Auto Exposure Yes Yes Yes
Shutter Priority Automatic Exposure Yes Yes Yes
Manual Exposure Yes Yes Yes
P-TTL Auto flash*4 Yes Yes Yes
Multi (16-segment) metering Yes Yes Yes
Automatic lens focallength acquirement when using the Shake Reduction function Yes Yes No

Yes : Functions are available when the aperture ring is set to the A position.
No : Functions are unavailable.

*1 Lenses with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or brighter. Only available at 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] in the [A Custom Setting] menu (p.106). Pictures can be taken with the aperture you set, but only within manual aperture range.
*4 When using the built-in flash and AF540FGZ or AF360FGZ.
*5 The AF point becomes Center weighted metering
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Can K mount lens be used with K100D? And when the aperture ring is set at other than A (auto) position, is there any restriction?
When [Using aperture ring] is set to [Permitted] in [A Custom Setting] menu, the shutter can be released even if the aperture ring of the D FA, FA, F or A lens is not set to the A position or a lens without A position is attached. However, the features will be restricted as shown in the table below.

Lens used Exposure mode Restriction
D FA, FA, F, A, M (lens only or with auto diaphragm accessories such as auto extention 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, [F--] appears for the aperture indicator.
D FA, FA, F, A, M ,S (with diaphram accessories such as extention tube K) Av (Aperture Priority) mode Pictures can be taken with the specified aperture calue but an exposure error may occur. In the viewfinder, [F--] appears for the aperture indicator.
Manual diaphram lens such as reflex lens (lens only) Av (Aperture Priority) mode
FA, F Soft 85mm FA Soft 28mm (lens only) Av (Aperture Priority) mode Pictures can be taken with the specified aperture value in the manual aperture for the aperture indicator. When depth of field is checked (Optical Preview), AE Metering is switched on. Exposure check is possible.
All lenses M (Manual) mode Pictures can be taken with the set aperture value and shutter speed. In the viewfinder, [F--] appears for the aperture indicator. When depth of field is checked (Optical Preview). AE Metering is switched on. Exposure check is possible.
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Can PENTAX 645 lenses, 67 lenses and S (Screw mount) type of lens be used with K100D?
PENTAX 645, 67-system lenses and S (Screw mount) type of lenses can be used with an adapter, some function may not be available with certain lenses.
When [Using aperture ring] is set to [Permitted] in [C Custom Setting] menu, the shutter can be released.
Av (Aperture Priority) mode and M (Manual) mode can be used but an exposure error may occur. In the viewfinder,[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 and TV mode.
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Can non-PENTAX interchangeable lens be used?
Not recommended. When assume no responsibility or liability for damage resulting from the use of lenses made by other manufactures.
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Is there an interchangeable focusing screen available?
No,
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Can Refconverter A or M be used?
Yes,
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Does the the K100D support “PIM III” (PRINT Image Matching III) and “Exif Print” (Exif 2.2)?
The JPEG image which was took by *istDS will be supported but RAW data will not be supported.
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<Connecting with PC and software>


What is the communicate interface with PC?
USB2.0
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What type of computer do I need with K100D?
Please note the following system requirements:

[For windows]
*USB Connection
The computer should be equipped with built-in USB ports and a pre-installed version of Windows 2000/Me/XP Home Edition / Professional
*Application soft <PENTAX PHOTO Browser 3 and PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory 3>
OS Windows 2000 / XP Home Edition / Professional
CPU: Pentium 4 or later recommended
Memory: 512MB or more
Monitor: 1024 x 768 with 24bit full color

[For Macintosh]
*USB Connection
The computer should be equipped with built-in USB ports and a pre-installed version of Mac OS 10.2 or later
*Application soft <PENTAX PHOTO Browser 3 and PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory 3>
OS Mac 10.2 or later
CPU: PowerPC later than G4
Memory: 512MB or more
Monitor: 1024 x 768 with 24bit full color
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What is included application software in the CD-ROM of the K100D?
The following software is included

<PENTAX PHOTO Browser 3>
PENTAX PHOTO Browser is software for viewing and managing images taken on your digital camera and saved on your computer. When you select a folder containing saved images, PENTAX PHOTO Browser compatible images in the folder automatically appear as thumbnails. You can select a thumbnail image to view an image. PENTAX PHOTO Browser also does the following tasks.
  • Save image files under a new name, change file names, copy, cut, delete and paste.
  • Create new folder, change folder name, copy, cut,delete and paste.
  • Save image data list
  • Check image data
  • View RAW image data easily

<PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory 3>
Perform color separation processing and other processing on CCD RAW image data recorded in PENTAX digital camera dedicated format, enabling them to appear on commercially available image viewing and editing software.
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<Others>


Does K100D support PictBridge?
Yes,
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What is the RAW data?
The RAW data is “raw” data that is recorded data before carry out image data processing for captured data.
When taking a picture, firstly the light of CCD caught is converted into electronic signal.This electronic signal is carried out image data processing to edit image data then image data is recorded. This recorded image data is JPEG or TIFF. On other hand, the Row data is directly recorded “raw” electronic signal before carry out image data processing. The Row data which is not carry out image data processing, if forward to the computer as it is, can not see as image with regular software. Therefore, the image data processing is necessary with software [PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory 2.0] which is packed with the *istDS camera.But when playing back image on the LCD monitor of camera, the row data which is before carry out image data processing can be displayed. Also when playing back image on the TV monitor with connecting Video cable, it can be displayed.

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What is the advantage for taking picture with RAW data?
The RAW data is “raw” data that is recorded data before carry out image data processing for captured data. Therefore, after taking picture you can set the setting such as White balance, Contrast, Saturation and Sharpness etc for each frame. (Non-Raw image must be set before taking (picture) But for sensitivity, with increase amount of compensation, the image of quality might be deterioration. Therefore, when taking picture, adjust exposure with correct exposure as much as possible.
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* PENTAX PHOTO Browser, PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory and PENTAX REMOTE Assistant are trademarks of RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
* PENTAX is a trademark of RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
* K100D is a trademark of RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
* All other brands or product names are trademarks of registered trademarks of their respective companies.
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