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May 23, 2006

Pentax K100D and K110D Hit the Street

Pentax has announced the latest additions to their digital SLR camera line-up: the K100D and K110D. At first glance, the 6.1 MP seem at first to be a rehash of existing models in a rapidly saturated market catering to point-and-shoot owners, but Pentax has chosen this line to introduce their version of image-stabilization called Shake Reduction.

Similar to Konica-Minolta's (now Sony) Anti-Shake, the capability is in-camera which automatically gives VR-like ability to all compatible Pentax lenses. The K100D has SR, and the K110D is simply a K100D without SR.

This development will heat up the entry-level DSLR market where growth is anticipated to be the strongest. We are now seeing USD500 and USD600 SLRs with high MP counts (although 6MP is now long in the tooth) but with other "killer" features such as wireless multiple flash and image stabilization that is making it a very competitive segment. Members should expect to see more opening salvos for this year from other manufacturers as the term-life of DSLRs shortens.

Posted by covey22 at May 23, 2006 5:56 PM