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Pentax K110D

Luuk Jurrien
Photokina report
Saturday 31st, December 2005
Posted by: Luuk Jurrien

Pentax Corporation is pleased to introduce the Pentax K110D, an entry-class lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera that combines a host of advanced technologies with a simple, user-friendly operation system and a compact, lightweight body. It brings high-quality digital SLR photography to everyone, especially to first-time digital SLR users. Developed as a starter camera for beginning digital SLR photographers, the Pentax K110D is designed to capture high-quality images with simplified operation in a variety of applications, including the documentation of hobby scenes and the preservation of family events. The Pentax K110D is introduced next to the Pentax K100D dSLR.

Pentax K110D

Pentax K110D - Digital system camera
In addition to a sophisticated auto focus system that rivals the performance of higher-grade models, the high-performance Pentax K110D offers such outstanding features as a bright, clear viewfinder, an extra-large, wide-view LCD monitor, and 6.1 effective Megapixels. The Pentax K110D digital SLR camera is powered by four AA-size batteries, available nearly everywhere around the globe, for worry-free batter replacement. It also accepts two CR-V3 lithium batteries.

Pentax K110-D dSLR - Auto focus system
The K110D’s sophisticated SAFOX VIII auto focus system features 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors in the middle) to automatically focus on the subject with utmost precision, even when it is positioned off center. The in-focus sensor point is automatically superimposed in red in the viewfinder for at-a-glance confirmation. This high-precision AF system offers a choice of two AF modes: the conventional single AF, and the continuous AF (The continuous AF mode is selectable by the user only when P, Tv, Av, M or B is selected as a shooting mode on the mode dial. This mode is automatically activated by the camera when the Auto Picture Program, or one of the Picture or Scene modes, is selected), which maintains focus on the moving subject as long as the shutter release button is pressed halfway down.

Pentax 110D - Viewfinder and Body
The Pentax K110D features a lightweight penta-mirror viewfinder, which combines a Pentax-original finder optics with a Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen to deliver a bright, clear subject image with a 0.85-times magnification and a 96-percent field of view. While the Pentax K110D is designed to be compact and lightweight to enhance operability and portability, it also incorporates a newly developed stainless-steel chassis and a fiber-reinforced engineering plastic housing to reinforce its overall rigidity and durability.

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Pentax K-110D - LCD monitor
The K110D camera from Pentax incorporates a large 2.5-inch color LCD monitor on its back panel. Its wide-view design allows the photographer to check the monitor image over 140 degrees vertically and horizontally, ensuring effortless image viewing even from a diagonal position. With a total of approximately 210,000 pixels, it also offers digital zooming of playback images up to 12 times for easy confirmation of the image’s focusing status and details. The large monitor size allows for large letters, digits and icons on the menu screens to facilitate menu confirmation and camera operations. In addition, the color scheme between the menu listings and the background is optimized for each menu screen to assure at-a-glance confirmation, even under varying shooting conditions.

Pentax K110D camera - Scene and ISO
The Pentax K110D offers the Pentax-developed Auto Picture Mode, which automatically and instantly selects one of the five Picture modes, including Portrait, Landscape and Macro, by calculating various photographic factors to assure optimum results. Since this advanced shooting mode takes away all the concerns about aperture, shutter-speed, white-balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness settings, the photographer can concentrate on image composition and shutter opportunity. The Pentax K110D features an auto sensitivity control function, which automatically sets the optimum standard output sensitivity, up to 3200, which is the highest automatic setting in its class, based on such data as the subject’s brightness level and the lens’ focal length. Since this function allows the use of higher shutter speeds in poor lighting situations (such as indoor sports events and night scenes), it helps the photographer to effectively reduce camera shake and prevent blurred images.

Pentax K110D digital SLR - CCD image sensor
The K110-D features a large, high-performance 23.5mm x 15.7mm CCD as its image sensor, assuring the faithful reproduction of the desired photographic intention in the resulting images, from images with beautiful out-of-focus backgrounds to those with edge-to-edge sharpness. By combining 6.1 effective Megapixels with a high-performance imaging engine and advanced image-processing technologies, the Pentax K110D is designed to produce beautiful, true-to-life images that are rich in gradation. What’s more, it offers a choice of two finishing touches of “Natural” or “Bright” to create a distinctive atmosphere.

Pentax K110D

Pentax digital SLR lenses
The Pentax K110D is compatible with all existing Pentax interchangeable lenses — both old and new (Lenses compatible with the Pentax K110D are: K-, KA-, KAF- and KAF2-mount lenses; screw-mount lenses (with an adapter); 645-system lenses (with an adapter); and 67-system lenses (with an adapter). Certain lenses may lose part of their functions). This compatibility lets the photographer use various lenses for the same subject, or select the most appropriate lens for a given situation, assuring the top visual creativity available only through SLR photography.

Pentax K110D features
• High-speed shutter unit, with a top speed of 1/4000 second
• High-speed continuous shooting, up to 5 fps (Best/JPEG) at 2.8 fps
• Eight distinctive Scene modes to accommodate specific subjects/applications
• 19 custom functions to personalize camera operations
• Secure Digital flash memory card compatibility
• Choice of two preview functions (digital/optical)
• Storage of recorded images in day-by-day files on an SD memory card
• 16-segment multi-pattern metering, center-weighted metering and spot metering
• Noise reduction mechanism to reduce digital noise during extended exposures
• USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) compatibility for speedy data transfer to PC
• Choice of image format between JPEG (Best, Better or Good) and RAW)
• PictBridge compatibility
• 5 digital filters (Black-and-white, Sepia, Slim, Soft and Brightness)
• Standard software package, featuring Pentax Photo Laboratory 3 RAW data processing software and Pentax Photo Browser 3 image browser software

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