Pentax K2000

Released September, 2008
  • Pentax K2000
  • K-m
  • 10 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.7 mm CCD
  • 2.7" LCD
The control dial has a positive action and the right weighting, and the viewfinder is big and clear.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2008)
8.9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Pentax K2000

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Pentax K-5
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Pentax K-5
continuous shooting


What do the experts think?

Reviews from,, and


Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews


Benchmarks Real world tests of the Pentax K2000

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

513 ISO
1,385 ISO
Pentax K-5
1,162 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

3.5 fps
Pentax K-5
7 fps
Pentax K-50
6 fps

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

22.4 bits
24.3 bits
24.1 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

11.4 ev
Pentax K-5
14.1 ev
13.2 ev

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Pentax K2000

The K2000 is probably the most accessible DSLR Pentax has yet made, with its small size, refined interface and very reasonable balance of features and price.

The K-m has a fairly good five-point AF system, with a choice of wide area or centre spot focusing, and it does focus quickly and accurately in most lighting conditions, but for shots where the main subject is not in the centre of the frame, or where a precise focus point is desirable such as macro photography, it would be an advantage to know exactly where the camera is focusing.

The K2000 also has Pentax's Sensitivity Priority mode, which allows you to select ISO sensitivity while shutter speed changes and aperture remains fixed; this is especially useful for homing in on appropriate settings for low-light shooting.

This is a great camera for shooting JPEGs because you can experiment with all these colour modes knowing that you're scarcely losing anything in quality by not shooting RAW.


8.0 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Because Pentax's anti-shake is built into the body, it should offer shake-reduction with any lens, whereas Nikon and Canon favour stabilisation systems built into the lens instead.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2008)
You'd have to invest in one of Pentax's more expensive zooms to get round this (the 17-70mm f/4, for example), but this will double the price.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2008)
We have tested each of these lenses and their performance is all-but identical at the apertures used (though the Zuiko is more consistent into the corners of the frame).
by DPReview (Jan, 2009)


Whatever changes the system is making, they're included in the RAW file (probably via a metadata tag) in such a way that they can be interpreted by a variety of RAW converters, so you are not tied to Pentax's own software to see the benefit in RAW.
by DPReview (Jan, 2009)
It has a menu button and D-pad, with secondary functions on the D-pad buttons for white balance, ISO setting, flash mode and self-timer/drive mode.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)
Which makes the dissappointing JPEGs even harder to understand: if the sensor is capturing at least as much detail as the Canon, why does it need such crude sharpening to convey that detail in JPEG?
by DPReview (Jan, 2009)

Image quality

Using the default 'Natural' image tone the chances are that color saturation is strong enough to deliver pleasing images while avoiding clipping of any particular color channel when taking shots of bright colors.
by DPReview (Jan, 2009)
Each of the custom presets has a slightly different mix of image color mapping, contrast, saturation and sharpness.
by DPReview (Jan, 2009)
The K2000 strobes its internal flash unit to aid focus in low light - not always a pleasant experience for the subject - but the camera's pre-exposure metering flash burst is well timed so that it doesn't leave you waiting around but rarely prompts subjects to close their eyes.
by DPReview (Jan, 2009)


It uses the K200D's sensor but comes with a simplified control layout (geared towards users coming from compact cameras) and a less sophisticated AF-system (5 points vs 11 on the K200D).
by DPReview (Jan, 2009)
It is possible to focus on specific points by using the centre spot AF and re-framing, but other entry-level SLRs have selectable AF points with illuminated viewfinder targets.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)
You don't get illuminated AF points, alas, and although the K-m's 5-point AF system is a little more sophisticated than the 3-point systems in the Nikon D60 and Olympus E-420, say, there's very little advantage if the AF points aren't highlighted in any way.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2008)


The flash is naturally available separately as well.
by c|net (Jun, 2009)
It typically takes 0.5 second for two consecutive shots, though enabling the on-camera flash slows it down to 1.1 seconds, which is on the high side for a dSLR.
by c|net (Jun, 2009)
The flash performance is pretty impressive for a camera in this class with both exposure and color handled well.
by DPReview (Jan, 2009)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Type CCD
Megapixels 10 MP
Resolution 3872 x 2592
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 36.8 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG


Type LCD
Size 2.7"
Resolution 230 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 3.5 fps
Continuous shooting 3.5 fps, JPEG


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


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 123 x 92 x 68 mm
Thickness 68 mm
Weight 590 g
Is weather sealed No
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