Pentax K100D S
- 6MP - APS-C Sensor
- 2.5" Fixed Screen
- ISO 200 - 3200
- Sensor based Image Stabilization
- No Video
- Pentax KAF2 Mount
- 646g - 129 x 91 x 71mm
- Launched June 2007
- Succeeded the Pentax K100D
- Updated by Pentax K200D
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Pentax K100D S overview
Pentax K100D S is Pentax's Entry-Level DSLR digital camera originally introduced on June of 2007. It comes with a 6 MegaPixel, CCD APS-C sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 3008 x 2008.
Pentax launched this model in an effort to upgrade the earlier Pentax K100D (Read Full Comparison) and afterwards released the more recent Pentax K200D (Read Full Comparison) as a way to upgrade this camera.
The K100D S places at #71 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras and all round #645 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. You can test our Smart camera filter to see camera listings based on your custom factors.
Here is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Pentax K100D S history
The Pentax K100D S comes with a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can take a look at all previous and brand new models along with main specifications.
K100D S vs KF24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2022
K100D S vs K-7024MPAPS-C6.0 fps2016
K100D S vs K-S220MPAPS-C5.4 fps2015
K100D S vs K-50016MPAPS-C6.0 fps2013
K100D S vs K-5016MPAPS-C6.0 fps2013
K100D S vs K-r12MPAPS-C6.0 fps2011
K100D S vs K-x12MPAPS-C5.0 fps2009
K100D S vs K200D10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
K100D S vs K100D6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
K100D S vs K110D6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Pentax K100D S Gallery
You can check the K100D S from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Pentax K100D S Pros and Cons
Below is a checklist of good and bad points of the Pentax K100D S based on factors that are generally seen as essential in a digital camera.
Pentax K100D S Sensor info
The size of the sensor in the Pentax K100D S is 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 369 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 3008 x 2008 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor based). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The CCD sensor boasts 6MP and gives a standard ISO range of 200 - 3200. RAW format is saved which means that you have wider margin for error.
The picture below displays the K100D S's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The K100D S sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is displayed in green.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Pentax K100D S dimensions
Pentax K100D S has a weight of 1.42 lb (646g / 22.79 ounces) and features external size of 129mm x 91mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.8"). The weight of general Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540g so the Pentax K100D S is more heavy when compared to various competitors.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Listed below is a visual of the Pentax K100D S beside a softdrink to help you have a feel for its scale.
The top view directly below will illustrate the button layout on the K100D S.
Pentax K100D S Lens info
The K100D S uses the Pentax KAF2 mount and has 17 lenses to pick from. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the K100D S.
Pentax K100D S Connectivity
The K100D S has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily copy files and at times change camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.
Some applications even give a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery with the USB port.
Pentax K100D S Video info
Pentax K100D S doesn't take video. In case you are wanting a digital camera to take only photos, this might not be a problem.
Pentax K100D S Weather Sealing
Pentax K100D S doesn't include weather proofing so rainy conditions can easily damage the camera.
Pentax K100D S Screen and Viewfinder
The Pentax K100D S comes with a 2.5 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 210 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen. The K100D S also has a Top screen in order to quickly checkout camera settings.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The View Finder specifications regarding Pentax K100D S are as follows:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
- Coverage 96%
- Magnification 0.57x
Viewfinders can be rather helpful in bright outdoor situations which will make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.
Pentax K100D S Shutter info
Pentax K100D S continuous shooting speed is 3.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.
Pentax K100D S Flash and Hot shoe info
Pentax K100D S includes both built-in flash plus external flash ability. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/180 seconds.
Pentax K100D S Autofocus info
Pentax K100D S includes both Phase Detect Autofocus and Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier & accurate when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.
It comes with 11 focus points to select from. Pentax K100D S features manual focusing in case it is needed in low light situations or you want to have more precise control on focusing.
Pentax K100D S Battery life
The typical Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x offers the highest (1900) battery life in this group of cameras.
Here is a listing of Entry-Level DSLR cameras which have the best battery life:
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Pentax K100D S for different styles of photography
The following bar chart provides a overview of the Pentax K100D S for different styles of photography. To learn more, have a look at the specific section below.
Pentax K100D S Portrait photography advice
The Pentax K100D S gets a points tally of 51 which is reasonable, meaning that it is reasonably adequate to use for portrait photography. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor size, support for RAW files & potential to work with off-camera flash.
Pentax K100D S Street photography features
Getting a above average points total of 64, the Pentax K100D S is a respectable option to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.
Pentax K100D S as a Sports photography camera
A modest sports photography rating of 48 means the Pentax K100D S is reasonably appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have good tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Pentax K100D S Travel photography features
Weight is extremely crucial in buying a travel camera. All round, the Pentax K100D S gets a bad 45 for a travelling camera which makes it not suitable to take with you on your travels.
Pentax K100D S Landscape photography features
If you find yourself looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Pentax K100D S at it's average grade of 52 as a landscape camera is somewhat adequate within the current marketplace.
Pentax K100D S as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera preferably should come with a moving display screen, mic port and if possible IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Pentax K100D S is not suitable for vlogging as it comes to a bad rating of 9.
Pentax K100D S Alternatives
If you are in the market for alternatives to the K100D S, here is a number of the highest scored cameras which fall under the family of Entry-Level DSLR.
The graph followed below gives you a summary of the K100D S compared to it's highest rated rivals shown previously.
Here are a handful of other cameras you might view as alternative options. To check out a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.