Pentax User Guide To All Pentax Digital SLRs

Pentax User guide to Pentax Digital SLRs, from the oldest to the newest, including the HP-Pentax, and Samsung alliance.

06/05/2011 - 09:12

Here's a handy guide to Pentax Digital SLRs... from the first real Pentax Digital SLR, the Pentax *ist D released in 2003, all the way up to the most current Pentax K-5. Click the name of the model to find out more about the camera.

Pentax K-5 DSLR

Here's the facts, and below you'll find some of the highlights...

Model Year MP Fps LCD -ISO
Mem IS Ratio Focus Points Power Video Sensor Weather
K-5 2010 16.3 7 3.0 100 12800 SDXC Y 3:2 11 Lith-Ion 1080p CMOS Y
K-r 2010 12.4 6 3.0 200 12800 SDHC Y 3:2 11 Lith-Ion 720p CMOS N
645D 2010 40 1.1 3.0 200 6400 SDHC Y 4:3 11 Lith-Ion N CCD Y
K-x 2009 12.4 4.7 2.7 200 12800 SDHC Y 3:2 11 AA 720p CMOS N
K-7 2009 14.6 5.2 3.0 100 6400 SDHC* Y 3:2 11 Lith-Ion 720p CMOS Y
K-m 2008 10.2 3.5 2.7 100 3200 SDHC Y 3:2 5 AA N CCD N
K200D 2008 10.2 2.8 2.7 100 3200 SDHC Y 3:2 11 AA N CCD Y
K20D 2008 14.6 3 2.7 100 3200 SDHC Y 3:2 11 Lith-Ion N CMOS Y
K100D Super 2007 6.1 2.8 2.5 200 3200 SDHC Y 3:2 11 AA N CCD N
K10D 2006 10 3 2.5 100 1600 SDHC Y 3:2 11 Lith-Ion N CCD Y
K100D 2006 6.1 2.8 2.5 200 3200 SD Y 3:2 11 AA N CCD N
K110D 2006 6.1 2.8 2.5 200 3200 SD N 3:2 11 AA N CCD N
*ist DL2 2006 6.1 2.8 2.5 200 3200 SD N 3:2 5 AA N CCD N
*ist DS2 2005 6.1 2.8 2.5 200 3200 SD N 3:2 11 AA N CCD N
*ist DL 2005 6.1 2.8 2.5 200 3200 SD N 3:2 3 AA N CCD N
*ist DS 2004 6.1 2.8 2.0 200 3200 SD N 3:2 11 AA N CCD N
*ist D 2003 6.1 2.7 1.8 200 3200 CF N 3:2 11 AA N CCD N
EI-2000 2000 1.9 3 2 25 400 CF N 4:3 ? AA N CCD N

* Firmware 1.11 for the K-7 extended support to SDXC cards, although ultra high speed (UHS) transfer rates are not supported.

Here's some of the highlights and history of the range:

The Pentax K100D was the first to feature built in body based image stabilisation: SR: Shake Reduction.
The Pentax K10D was the first weather sealed body available, first with more than 6.1 megapixels, first with SDHC support, and first with dust removal.
The Pentax K20D was the first to feature a CMOS sensor, with 14.6 megapixel sensor.
The K-7 was the first with ISO upto 6400, and the first to include 720p Video recording.
The K-x the first with ISO upto 12800.
The K-5 was the first Pentax DSLR to support SDXC memory cards, and full HD 1080p video.

Medium Format:
And of course, the Pentax 645D is the first medium format SLR from Pentax, or in fact, any of the main camera companies (excluding of course Hasselblad, Phase One, etc), and features a 40 megapixel sensor, weather sealing and 4:3 aspect ratio.

Earliest model?
The Pentax EI-2000 was a joint venture between HP and Pentax to produce a Digital SLR, although it featured a split mirror, and a non-changeable 3x optical zoom lens. The first real Digital SLR from Pentax is the *ist D released in 2003.

Samsung / Pentax Partnership:
Speaking of joint ventures, this guide to Pentax Digital SLRs wouldn't be complete if we didn't mention the Samsung partnership where Samsung also released Pentax cameras under the Samsung name:

Samsung GX-1L = Pentax *ist DL2
Samsung GX-1S = Pentax *ist DS2
Samsung GX-10 = Pentax K10D
Samsung GX-20 = Pentax K20D

If you think there are any key features that are missing from the table, or have a favourite camera from the range, then please leave a comment.

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