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  • 10.2 Megapixel CCD sensor with integrated Shake Reduction
  • Dust Reduction system with Dust Alert function
  • ISO from 100 to 3,200
  • 5-point wide autofocus system (SAFOX VIII with five cross-type sensors)
  • 3.5 fps JPEG burst mode
  • 2.7 inch, 230,000 pixel LCD screen
  • SD / SDHC memory card
  • Compatible with SDM autofocus lenses

(From Pentax literature) Pentax Imaging Company has announced the Pentax K2000 DSLR system designed specifically for consumers who are ready to make the transition from a point-and-shoot digital camera to digital SLR photography. The Pentax K2000 is an entry-level system consisting of the new Pentax K2000 body, the smc Pentax DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL lens, and the Pentax AF200FG Auto Flash.

Bundled as a complete kit for the convenience of the customer, the Pentax K2000 system offers uncomplicated operation for new digital SLR users and family photographers seeking high-quality digital SLR photography for the first time. Combining Pentax developed, easy-to-use Auto Picture modes as well as powerful learning functions all housed in one of the smallest, lightest camera bodies in its class, the Pentax K2000 system is ideal for digital SLR beginners. Additional features on the newest digital K2000 SLR body include a 10.2 megapixel CCD, a 2.7 inch, 230,000 dot high resolution, wide-view LCD panel, and an ultra compact design that facilitates one handed operation. The body also features the same Pentax developed Shake Reduction technology found on more advanced K series digital SLRs. Pentax Shake Reduction is compatible with more than 25 million Pentax lenses to deliver sharp images even when handheld at slower shutter speeds. The K2000 also features the powerful Pentax developed Auto Picture Mode, which selects from Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, and Night Portrait modes to tailor the camera settings for any photographic situation. The camera also has a comprehensive Dust Removal system to help keep images spotless. A dedicated programmable help button clearly explains current camera settings to guide and teach the user about digital SLR photography.

The lens included with the Pentax K2000 system is the first of a new series introduced with the DA L designation. Along with the smc Pentax DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL lens, Pentax is announcing the smc Pentax DA L 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED zoom lens.* The affordable DA L series offers the same optical design, construction and compatibility as the current smc Pentax DA 18-55mm II and smc Pentax DA 50-200mm lenses. Also included with the system is the easy-to-use Pentax AF200FG Auto Flash. This hot-shoe flash features a compact, lightweight body, wide angle diffuser, a guide number of 20 (at ISO 100/m) and simple dial operation to assure effortless flash photography for everyone.

The Pentax K2000 will initially be sold from November 2008, with both an smc Pentax DA-L 18-55mm lens and an AF200FG flash strobe included in the product bundle, for a price tag of $699.95.

*Note:The smc Pentax DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL and smc Pentax DA L 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED lenses will only be available in the US as part of the Pentax K2000 Lens Kit or Pentax K2000 Double Zoom Kit. This new Pentax digital SLR body will only be available under the Pentax K2000 product name in the US. The same body will be available under the Pentax K-m product name outside of the US.

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