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Monday, September 22, 2008
New PENTAX K-m digital SLR camera

HOYA Co. PENTAX announced the launch of the PENTAX K-m digital SLR camera. Designed primarily for beginning digital SLR photographers, this new entry-class model offers simplified, user-friendly operation, and an easy-to-maneuver compact, lightweight body.

The PENTAX K-m was developed as an entry-class digital SLR camera offering simple, straightforward operation, making it possible for first-time digital SLR users and family photographers to enjoy high-quality digital SLR photography with little trouble or confusion.

It features an upgraded version of the PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode, which automatically detects the type of subject or scene, and sets the proper shooting mode for the photographer. It also features a host of advanced features and sophisticated functions - including the innovative in-body Shake Reduction mechanism - to assist the photographer. It also offers a compact, lightweight body, designed by incorporating PENTAX?s advanced downsizing technologies, accumulated over the years of digital SLR development, into different body parts. As a result, the PENTAX K-m assures simple operation and outstanding operability, even for inexperienced first-time digital SLR users.

Along with the PENTAX K-m, PENTAX will also launch two DA L-series interchangeable zoom lenses: the smc PENTAX-DA L 18-55mmF3.5-5.6AL and the smc PENTAX-DA L 50-200mmF4-5.6ED. Designed for exclusive use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras, these DA L-series lenses are designed to be more compact and lightweight than conventional counterparts, without sacrificing any of the exceptional optical performance common to all PENTAX lenses.

K-m Main Specifications

Effective Pixels
10.2 megapixels

Image Sensor
Total pixels: 10.75 megapixels
Type: Interline interlace CCD with a primary color filter
Size: 23.5mm x 15.7mm

Color Depth
8 bit (JPEG) or 12 bit (RAW)

Recorded Pixels
JPEG: [10M] 3872 x 2592 pixels, [6M] 3008 x 2000 pixels, [2M] 1824 x 1216 pixels
RAW: [10M] 3872 x 2592 pixels

Sensitivity(Standard output sensitivity)
Auto, Manual : 100-3200 (1EV steps or 1/2EV steps or 1/3EV steps) , Bulb mode : up to ISO1600

Recording Formats
RAW(Original), JPEG (Conforms to Exif 2.21), Conforms to DCF (Design rule of Camera File system) 2.0

Image Formats
Compressed: JPEG - Baseline (Three star: Best , Two star: Better, One star: Good)
Compressed: RAW ( PEF ) , Non compressed: RAW ( DNG )
RAW+JPEG : avaiable

Storage Media
SD , SDHC memory card

White Balance
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy,Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light (W, D, N), Flash, Manual setting, with WB fine adjustment

Type: Fixed molded penta-mirror type
Focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen
Field of view: approx. 96%
Magnification: approx. 0.85X (with 50mm F1.4 lens, infinity, -1m-1)
Diopter adjustment: approx. -2.5 - +1.5m-1

LCD Monitor
Type: TFT color LCD monitor , brightness adjustable, Wide angle view
Size: 2.7 inch
Dots: 230,000 dots

Focusing System
Type: TTL Phase-matching 5-point wide autofocus system (SAFOX)
Focus Mode: AF.A(auto), AF.S(single, with focus lock), AF-C(continuous), Manual focus
Focus Point: Wide, Spot
AF assist lamp: avaiable (by Built-in Flash)

Image Stabilizer Type
Image sensor shift mechanism , Max 4 stops

Dust Removal Type
Image sensor moving mechanism and SP coating with Dust Alert

Exposure Control
Metering System: TTL open-aperture 16-segment metering (coupled with lens and AF information) Metering Mode: (1) Multi-segment metering (2) Center-weighted metering (3) Spot metering
Exposure Range: EV 0 - 21 (at Standard Output Sensitivity 100 with 50mm F1.4 lens)
Modes: (1) Auto Picture mode, (2) Picture mode, (3) Scene mode, (4) Program AE, (5) Sensitivity-Priority AE, (6) Shutter-Priority AE, (7) Aperture-Priority AE, (8) Metered Manual, (9) Bulb
Exposure Compensation: 2 EV (0.5EV steps or 0.3EV steps)
Auto-bracketing: 3 frames within range of 0.5EV, 1.0EV, 1.5EV (0.5EV steps) or 0.3EV, 0.7EV, 1.0EV (0.3EV steps)
AE Lock: This function can be allocated to AF button by Menu.

Shutter Type: Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Shutter Speed: 1/4000 - 30 sec. and bulb

Drive Modes
Single-frame , Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12s, 2s), Remote control (0s, 3s), Auto bracket
Continuous shooting
Max. approx. 3.5fps , sequence : 5 frame (JPEG and Continuous (Hi)) 4 frame (RAW) approx. 1.1fps , sequence : until the memory card becomes full (JPEG and Continuous (Lo)) 7 frame (RAW)

Built-in Flash
Type: Built-in retractable P-TTL auto pop-up flash
Guide number: approx. 11 (Standard Output Sensitivity 100/m)
Angle of view coverage: 28mm wide-angle (equivalent to 35mm)

Flash Synchronization
Hot shoe, sync-speed: 1/180 sec., P-TTL, high-speed-sync, wireless-sync with PENTAX dedicated flash

Power Sources
Four AA (lithium, alkaline, and rechargeable Ni-MH) batteries
Optional AC adapter also available.

Battery Life
Number of recordable images: approx. 1650 (Normal Recording) , 1000 (50% use Flash)
Playback time: approx. 750 minutes

USB2.0 (HI-SPEED)/Video

Lens Mount
PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount

Usable Lens
PENTAX KAF3-, PENTAX KAF2-, KAF-, and KA-mount lenses.

122.5(W) x 91.5(H) x 67.5(D)mm (4.8 x 3.6 x 2.7 inches)

525g (18.5 oz.) without battery and SD memory card.
590g (20.8oz.) loaded and ready with lithium battery and SD memory card
625g (22.0oz.) loaded and ready with alkaline battery and SD memory card

DA L Lenses Specifications

smc PENTAX-DA L 18-55mmF3.5-5.6AL

Lens mount: PENTAX KAF mount
Lens Construction: 11 elements in 8 groups
Angle of View: 76-29 (wiith PENTAX D-SLR camera body)
Aperture control: Automatic
Minimum Aperture: F22-F38
Number of Diaphragm Blades: 6
Minimum Focusing Distance: 0.25 (0.82 ft.)
Filter size: 52mm
Maximum Magnification: 0.34X
Dimensions (Maximum Diameter x Minimum Length): 68.0mm x 67.5mm (2.7 inch x 2.7 inch)
Weight: 200 g / 7.1 oz
Lens Hood: PH-RBA52mm(Optional)

smc PENTAX-DA L 50-200mmF4-5.6ED

Lens mount: PENTAX KAF mount
Lens Construction: 11 elements in 10 groups
Angle of View: 31.5-8.1 (wiith PENTAX D-SLR camera body)
Aperture control: Automatic
Minimum Aperture: F22-F32
Number of Diaphragm Blades: 6
Minimum Focusing Distance: 1.1m (3.6 ft.)
Filter size: 52mm
Maximum Magnification: 0.24X
Dimensions (Maximum Diameter x Minimum Length): 66.5mm x 78.5mm (2.6 inch x 3.1 inch)
Weight: 235 g / 8.3 oz
Lens Hood: PH-RBB52mm(Optional)

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