Pentax Japan has used Photokina to officially announced a new 10.2-million-pixel digital SLR called the Pentax K-m.

Features on board the entry-level camera include dust removal, a top equivalent ISO of 3200 and a maximum burst rate of 3.5 frames per second.

The newcomer sports a 2.7in (230,000 dots) screen, a 5-point AF system, plus shake reduction.

Also showcased are new lenses: the Pentax -DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL; and 50-200mm f/4-5.6ED.

Pentax has also revealed the DA* 60-250mm f/4 ED [IF] SDM and DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM optics.

There is no word as yet on UK availability or pricing.

Pentax K-m

Full specification, as supplied by Pentax Japan:

Effective Pixels approx.10.2 megapixels

Image Sensor Total pixels: approx.10.75 megapixels

Type: Interline interlace CCD with a primary color filter

Siz:e 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

Viewfinder 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 approx. 230,000 dots

Preview Method Digital preview *This function can be allocated to Help button by Menu.

Playback One Image, Index (4 or 9 or 16 thumb nails), Enlargement (up to 16X, scroll available), Image Rotation, Folder view, Slideshow ,Histogram, Bright/Dark area, Resize, Trimming, Index

Digital Filter Rec. mode Toy camera, High contrast, Soft, Star burst, Retro, Extract color

Playback Toy camera, High contrast, Soft, Star burst, Retro, Extract color, Illustration(Pastel, Water color), HDR, B&W, Sepia, Color, Slim, Brightness, Custom

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

* Auto Picture and Picture mode : only when the Action mode is selected.

* Scene mode : only when the Kids, Pet, Stage lighting and Night snap mode is selected.

* P/Sv/Tv/Av/M/B : AF.A, AF.S or AF.C selectable

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 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

Data Folder Folder Name Date (100_MMDD???) / PENTX (100PENTX, 101PENTX???) ,

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)*2 , 1000 (50% use Flash)*1

Playback time approx. 750 minutes*2

Interfaces USB2.0 (HI-SPEED)/Video

Lens Mount PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount

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

* Power zoom function not available. K-mount lenses usable with restrictions. S-mount lenses, 67/645 lenses usable with adapter and with restrictions.

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

Weight approx. 525g (18.5 oz.) without battery and SD memory card.

approx. 590g (20.8oz.) loaded and ready with lithium battery and SD memory card

approx. 625g (22.0oz.) loaded and ready with alkaline battery and SD memory card

*1 Recofding capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing. Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions.

*2 According to the result of PENTAX in-house testing.

[K-m Storage capacity ]


Recorded Pixels 3872 x 2592 3872 x 2592 3872 x 2592 3008 x 2000 1824 x 1216

Quality Level PEF DNG

128MB 7 7 29 44 75 50 73 125 116 200 339

256MB 14 14 58 86 147 97 143 245 227 390 662

512MB 29 29 115 171 293 193 284 487 450 774 1313

1GB 59 58 231 343 586 387 570 974 902 1549 2627

2GB 120 119 469 698 1181 787 1159 1982 1807 3073 5121

4GB 236 235 921 1371 2320 1547 2277 3893 3549 6034 10057

8GB 481 478 1874 2791 4723 3148 4634 7923 7224 12280 20468

[DA L Lenses Specifications]


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


Lens mount PENTAX KAF mount

Lens Construction 11 elements in 8 groups 11 elements in 10 groups

Angle of View 76-29°

(wiith PENTAX D-SLR camera body) 31.5-8.1°

(wiith PENTAX D-SLR camera body)

Aperture control Automatic Automatic

Minimum Aperture F22-F38 F22-F32

Number of Diaphragm Blades 6 6

Minimum Focusing Distance 0.25 (0.82 ft.) 1.1m (3.6 ft.)

Filter size 52mm 52mm

Maximum Magnification 0.34X 0.24X


(Maximum Diameter x Minimum Length) 68.0mm x 67.5mm (2.7 inch x 2.7 inch) 66.5mm x 78.5mm (2.6 inch x 3.1 inch)

Weight approx. 200 g / 7.1 oz approx. 235 g / 8.3 oz

Lens Hood PH-RBA52mm(Optional) PH-RBB52mm(Optional)

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