Pentax K100D

Released May, 2006
  • 6 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.7 mm CCD
  • 2.5" LCD
The best performance here was Adobe Camera RAW which delivered sharp, crisp edge detail and good texture.
by DPReview (Dec, 2006)
8.9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Pentax K100D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Pentax K-5
Pentax K-x
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Pentax K-5
Pentax K-x
Focus lag


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

Reviews from,, and


Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews


Benchmarks Real world tests of the Pentax K100D

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

182 ms
Pentax K-x
97 ms
Pentax K-5
104 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

149 ms
Pentax K-x
82 ms
Pentax K-5
92 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

1,600 ms
EOS 1100D
100 ms
Pentax K-r
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

2.8 fps
Pentax K-5
7 fps
K-5 IIs
7 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

630 photos
K-5 IIs
980 photos
Pentax K-30
410 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Pentax K100D

1/80th, f/8, ISO 400 At 400 ISO the image is still perfectly noise free, with good colour and contrast.

With a nice combination of auto and manual features, the Pentax K100D offers enough features to quench both experienced and amateur photographers.

The blocky typefaces and kindergarten colours really undermine this camera's quality feel.


8.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Like the *ist DS2, the built-in pop-up flash has a guide number of 15.6 at ISO 200, but the angle-of-view coverage has been widened to 18mm to match the widest angle-of-view of the lens included in the kit version: the Pentax DA 18mm-to-55mm (35mm equivalent) f/3.5-to-f/5.6 zoom lens.
by c|net (Aug, 2006)
This combination means that assuming the 'input image' is sharp (good lens and/or stopped down slightly) you're going to get a great detailed image.
by DPReview (Dec, 2006)
The 18-55mm kit lens has good and bad points, too.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2006)


Like most DSLRs the K100D can shoot in RAW mode, as well as the usual JPEG, but unlike some models it can’t shoot RAW + JPEG, which will put some enthusiast users off.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
1/350th, f/9.5, ISO 800 At 800 ISO there is a slight hint of colour speckling in the dark and mid-tone areas, but the image is still quite usable.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The unwashed, pixel-obsessed masses will no doubt complain about the 6.1-megapixel CCD sensor, but it's still more than enough for letter-size prints, which should be plenty for most casual shooters.
by c|net (Aug, 2006)

Image stabilization

One addition here is obviously the Shake Reduction switch.
by DPReview (Dec, 2006)
It’s worth noting that none of these competing cameras have shake reduction systems.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
On the other hand, if you're really looking to save money, and shake reduction doesn't float your boat (though it probably should), then you can always step down to Pentax's K110D, which is the same camera without the shake-reduction feature.
by c|net (Aug, 2006)


It’s an option to change between auto AF area, manual AF area and centre spot AF, so why not just label it “AF area?
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
You can choose from Auto AF-point selection, manual point selection or center point only.
by DPReview (Dec, 2006)
Shooting in continuous mode, you can shoot as many as five images before the buffer fills.
by c|net (Aug, 2006)

Image quality

In addition to the Tone baseline you can also adjust Contrast, Saturation and Sharpness.
by DPReview (Dec, 2006)
Despite the overcast conditions, the K100D has produced a nicely balanced shot with good contrast and very natural colour balance.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Maybe it's a sign of the sensor's age (in development terms) but using the K100D without noise reduction for a typical thirty second exposure will lead to a liberal sprinkling of 'hot pixels' all over the image, some more pronounced than others.
by DPReview (Dec, 2006)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Type CCD
Megapixels 6 MP
Resolution 3008 x 2008
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 61.1 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 3,200 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG


Type LCD
Size 2.5"
Resolution 210 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view No


Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s


Max continuous shooting 2.8 fps
Battery life 630 photos
Continuous shooting 2.8 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 182 ms
Shutter lag 149 ms
Startup delay 1,600 ms


Video None

focus system

Type Contrast detection


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 96%
Magnification 0.85x
Viewfinder size 0.55x

form factor

Size 129 x 93 x 70 mm
Thickness 70 mm
Weight 660 g
Is weather sealed No


Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Sensor shift
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