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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 9:22 am 
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Hi folks,

Not to be outdone Pentax has announced the K-m, also known as the K2000.
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From the press release we have:
    HOYA CORPORATION PENTAX Imaging Systems Division is pleased to announce 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.
Follow the link above for a lot more detail.

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Irritatingly, I haven't been able to track down any more official product images in the Pentax site but here are some from pocket-lint.co.uk:

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Leica D Vario-Elmar 14mm-150mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 ASPH.
OM-D E-M5, H-PS14042E, Gitzo GT1541T, Arca-Swiss Z1 DP ball-head.
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and another image from Electronista where they report an expected price in Europe of €499 with an 18-55mm kit lens and availability in November.
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Leica D Vario-Elmar 14mm-150mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 ASPH.
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Thanks Bob!


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 9:54 pm 
Top screen missing & no buttons on the left side of the camera? :( This design is really not after my liking.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 1:41 am 
This might be one of the smallest camera around. It is a bit smaller than Canon XS/XSi and only abit thicker than Olympus E-420.

If I'm Pentax marketing, I will argue that this is the most versatile compact ever and pair it with pancake lens. This will beat Olympus E-420 because Pentax has built in stabilized body.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:10 am 
Enche Zein wrote:
This will beat Olympus E-420 because Pentax has built in stabilized body.

And in terms of built quality,of course. (presuming that has the stainless steel chasis & 60 seals of the K200D)


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:45 am 
I assume that this camera doesn't include a Live View option. That's bound to put off the majority of its intended audience.

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Bonjour,

If this new camera shares the same 10.2 M-pixel sensor with the :arrow: K10D and the K200D, be ready to obtain very nice images :)

The missing LCD display on the top is not an issue, since most of the informations provided are available on the view finder. AA batteries provide great convenience since they're easy to find and replace. Scene modes could ease life.

SDM-compatibility opens the door of the high quality range of SDM and DA* lenses, but expect to pay more for a single lens that for the camera body :!:

In conclusion : terrific value :)

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 3:32 pm 
my comment on this camera is, it will attract only a specific audience, I agree with jumpysystems, that not having a live view might be the argument not to buy.. only oldschool users might lik,e not to have live view..
all others, who come from compact world, will see it as a huge minus.

Other than that it is a great camera, and great value.. however liveview for many novice photograpehers mean a lot.

and i do think it doesn't have any wheather proof seals.


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Bonjour,

Mystic wrote:
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not having a live view might be the argument not to buy.. only oldschool users might lik,e not to have live view..
all others, who come from compact world, will see it as a huge minus.
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Actually, I'm still looking for the real use of live-view but I may be part of the oldschool users :)

As Gordon wrote in his K20D review, live-view implementation on the K20D is of limited use.

So the lack of live-view on the K-m / K2000 doesn't seem to be a stop-shopper :!:

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:59 pm 
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Bonsoir Gordon,

I've a job for you, Gordon :)

The K10D, then the K200D and now the K-m / K2000 seem to share the same 10 M pixels sensor.

Could you make a comparison between those three cameras and see how they perform :?: It could be great news for a K2000 / K-m would-be purchaser to know he/she would have the same incredible quality the K10D brought a couple of years ago... for a fraction of the initial price :!:

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 3:31 pm 
rei_vilo wrote:

As Gordon wrote in his K20D review, live-view implementation on the K20D is of limited use.

So the lack of live-view on the K-m / K2000 doesn't seem to be a stop-shopper :!:


how do you judge that absence of liveview won't be a stop -shopper with K2000 case.. ?
the model has just appeared..

users of K20D do have live view, even though it's to say softly a traditional. but it's there. K20D on paper has everything that is needed, however when one buys it, he/she realise, that it's not that refined, as to say K10D was..
Looking to the future, at least a year.. live view.. will become more and more important factor especially for people coming from compacts.

Users of K20D bought it and only after experimentation, realised that live view, isn't that good, but still it is there..

I'm already waiting for K30D, with improved fps, AF, Liveview.
then i will surely buy one..

Rei_vilo agree with your suggestion, it would be tremendously interesting to look at how K10D, K200D and K2000D stand in relation to one another.. in terms of image quality.. Gordon, should have this in mind, when revieving the K-m.
best regards to Gordon.. i like his reviews much. especially video tours.


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Bonsoir Mystic,

Mystic wrote:
I'm already waiting for K30D, with improved fps, AF, Liveview.


I agree 100% with you.

I didn't buy a K20D because the extra pixels weren't :arrow: big enough a reason to consider switching from my K10D. Also, as the learning curve is averaging 1 year, I can't change my camera every, not to mention financial considerations :)

So let's wait for the K30D, with true LiveView, dynamic ISO, improved shake-reduction, as I stated in :arrow: my wish-list :!:

In the meantime, I'll go for the DA* 60-250mm lens :wink:

Back to the K2000 / K-m, I hope Gordon is going to receive one quickly, so he could test it and share his review :!:

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