At the back is a pop-up flash button, viewfinder and e-dial for setting things such as shutter speed, aperture and sensitivity, plus an AF button. Below are a 2.7in LCD screen with 230,000 dots, playback button, info button for displaying the various camera settings, menu button, delete button, and a four-way controller that offers quick adjustment to drive mode, white balance, ISO and flash.
At the side is a flap covering an SDHC card slot, and at the bottom, the battery compartment. The K-m uses AA batteries and you have a choice of lithium, NiMH or alkaline, although the instruction book strongly suggests avoiding the latter two types. We’re puzzled as to why, because the K-m worked perfectly well with four alkalines, and we shot dozens of frames and still had power to spare.
A quick rundown of the K-m’s specifications includes support for JPEG and RAW (DNG) file formats; a top resolution of 3872 x 2592 pixels; shutter speed range of 1/4000-30 seconds with Bulb for even longer exposures; ISO range from 100-3200; two continuous speed modes; various scene modes and a handful of digital filters (see the sample shots, below).
Naturally, for a camera at this price point, some compromises have been made. There’s no movie mode, no Live View and no viewfinder eye sensor system. The info screen remains on until the default time setting switches it off, and the K-m makes do with a five-point AF system. But overall, you get a lot of bang for your buck with this camera.
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When it comes to handling, the K-m is both good and bad. The large mode dial makes it easy to select the various modes which comprise of auto, manual, scene, program AE, shutter priority, aperture priority and sensitivity priority. You can also select various picture modes: portrait, landscape, macro, action, night scene portrait and flash-off. If that’s not enough, there are ten scene modes that include night scene, sunset, kid and pets.
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The (mostly) white one
That (mostly) white model looks like a camera that would look good in a Star Wars trooper's hands...
Psychology is an interesting thing. The 18mm stock lenses of our Pentax cameras are actually the same as 27mm in 35mm film camera terms, due to the sensor size crop factor (which for Pentax is 1.5x). So it would be interesting if your 18mm (I mean, 27mm) shots felt less cramped than the ones from the FZ28.
Are you sure about the AF?
I've got the older model which uses the same AF system.
In my case the camera does tell you which AF spot it's using because it flashes it red, very briefly, when you half press the shutter button.
I'd be surprised if they've ditched this on the newer model so are you sure you haven't just missed it?
Movie mode, wide angle...
A lot of people seem affronted by the idea of movie mode on a DSLR. Sure, you won't be able to use the viewfinder for video, and the handling might leave something to be desired but the benefit of being able to use the same lenses for video and stills, and not requiring two separate devices with somewhat similar components.
I'm not quite sure why people are directly comparing 18mm kit lens to '28mm' on the FZ28. The FZ28 lens is 4.8mm at the wide end... in the context of field of view the two lenses give on their respective bodies, they are both approximately equivalent to ~27mm on a 35mm camera. It's about time people started learning to talk about actual FOV, rather than '35mm equivalent focal length' so that these confusions can be avoided.
a.k.a. K2000, in the US
... in case my fellow colonials want to hunt for it in the pricegrabber. Maybe that was mentioned on one of the several pages I skipped...
Seems to start at $560 for a kit with the DA 18-55mm AL Lens & AF-200FG Flash
('cause we fink brits is aliens over here)
£400 seriously???? I thought most DSLRs sit around £200 mark?