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PENTAX K2000 (K-m) White DSLR Review

I believe Canon was the first to do it: use white to identify a photographic product, especially some of its lenses. Now Pentax takes it further and splashes white onto one of its DSLR models.

Pentax K-M White Angle

The original PENTAX K2000 (also known as the K-m in some parts of the world) DSLR arrived on the scene late in 2008 — and it was black. Then many were surprised to see a limited edition, white version of the camera just a few months later. And it sure is a nice looking camera.

White, they tell us, is an ideal colour for cameras used in the hot outdoors because of its reflective capacity. But, for me, a white camera solves one of my persnickety grumbles: the visibility of external controls and their function labels. The black buttons and text IDs just leap off the snowy-white camera. Problem solved.

K-M White Two Lens Zoomset

PENTAX PENTAX K2000 (K-m) Features

Claimed by Pentax to be “world’s smallest DSLR”, this entry-level model has respectable but not eye-bursting specs: 10.2 megapixels on a 23.5×15.7mm CCD, with a 35 SLR lens factor of 1.5; maximum image size of 3872×2592 pixels (prints out to 33×22 cm at 300 dpi); 8-bit JPEG or 12-bit RAW capture plus JPEG+RAW; ISO range from 100 to 3200; SD/SDHC storage; shutter speeds from 30 to 1/4000 second with flash sync at 1/180 second; 6.9 cm LCD and pentaprism viewing; auto, Program AE, aperture and shutter priority, manual exposure plus 15 scene modes and six ‘digital filters’; image noise reduction; multi-segment/centre-weighted/spot metering; single and continuous mode auto and manual focus; five JPEG frames can be shot at 3.5 fps.

The camera takes a different approach to Live View, allowing a frozen frame preview of the scene to splash across the LCD screen so you can assess focus, brightness etc.

The internal shake reduction system works with a floating CCD, so any almost any Pentax lens can be accommodated. The CCD has a dust repellent function, by shaking the CCD each time the camera starts up.

Unusually, the Pentax uses four single use or rechargeable AA batteries. Four AAs are of course heavier and larger than a single lithium cell but at least you can buy them almost anywhere.

For the newbie there is a supportive Help button on the LCD: press it and explanatory text immediately pops up on the screen. Then there’s the useful Auto Picture that sets the camera to the right mode when the camera senses there is a portrait, landscape, macro shot, a moving subject or a night scene before the lens.

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Picture quality: well-saturated colour, with excellent sharpness.

The K2000 (K-m) White is an entry level camera that will encourage timid photographers to greater challenges. You won’t be fazed at a myriad of controls and the viewfinder menus are enough to put you on the right track.

My only question is why does it cost more for the white model?

PENTAX K2000/K-m Specifications

  • Image Sensor: 10.2 million effective pixels.
  • Metering: Multi segment, centre-weighted, spot.
  • Effective Sensor Size: 23.5×15.7mm.
  • 35mm Focal Length Equivalent: 1.5X.
  • Memory: SD/SDHC cards.
  • Image Sizes (pixels): 3872×2592, 3008×2000, 1824×1216,
  • File Formats: JPEG, RAW.
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100 to 3200.
  • Flash: Auto, red-eye reduction, forced on and off, wireless.
  • Power: 4AA lithium, NiMH rechargeable or alkaline batteries, AC.
  • Dimensions: 122.5×91.5×67.5 WHDmm.
  • Weight: Approx. 525 g (minus battery).

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Barrie Smith is an experienced writer/photographer currently published in Australian Macworld, Auscam and other magazines in Australia and overseas.

  • http://www.akemidesigns.com akemi designs

    My first thought when I saw that white pentax is that it looks like a Storm Trooper in a camera’s body.

  • michael

    a camera fit for a clone trooper!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/poisonberry/ scott detweiler

    This is going to get grubby pretty quickly I bet. I am very happy my Nikon is black :-) Also, I TOTALLY thought the same thing about the storm trooper armor.

  • http://www.tommyleong.com/tommyBlog tommy

    Great
    Finally someone realise the goodness of white cameras and white camera bags.
    They work as great reflectors to fill in the dark shadows if you shoot in daylight….

    I always wear white when I shoot outdoors. It works , try it :)

  • http://quotidian-photography.blogspot.com/ Jessica S.

    Okay, Storm Trooper didn’t come to mind for me. I think the white camera is very pretty. If Canon made a white version of its cameras I might consider it for my next purchase, just for the unusualness of it all.

    However, a white camera body alone is not likely to get me to switch to Pentax any time soon.

  • http://echomrg.deviantart.com marcello

    i’d really like to see one after a couple of years worth of serious use: even the slightest dent becomes very visible on white surfaces (think of white iphones) and even my old D70 is showing some degree of wear in some places. and it’s black.

    i think white for a high-use device is a wrong idea.

    M

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/tcdk/ TC

    Thanks for posting this. Good to see Pentax getting a bit of love/exposure here…. (I’m a Pentax K10D/K20D owner).

    Yeah, it doesn’t look fit for a storm/clone trooper… ;)

  • Joseph McAllister

    Unfortunately, what you overlooked is the fact that it was a limited edition model. A Pentax rep. told me a few weeks ago that it had sold out within a few weeks of it’s arrival. Cute it is; available, it is not.

  • Tommy

    I agree that the camera looks like a stormtrooper. Of all colours…why WHITE?

  • Dave

    It looks like a toy.

  • Evelyn in Oregon

    White costs more probably for the same reason foods without sugar cost more than those with! Just because! ;-) That is one nice-looking camera. Changes in packaging were made for consumers like me.

  • mp

    Yup, the white one is a limited run – only 3000 were made.

    And they do make a camo green version of the K-m, too. Too bad it’s one of those “only in Japan” special editions..

  • Bill Ferguson

    Hey guys why all the negativity and the comparison to ‘Stormtroopers’? Great to see Pentax stepping away from Black or Silver. Just lets hope that no manufacturer goes to the sill kiddie colours that Cellphone have gone to

    Bill Ferguson

  • http://kevwilfoto.com/ kevin

    it’s so tiny – may it’s for a stormtrooper’s wife/girlfriend? (kidding)

  • Ross Barnard

    I was lucky enough to secure one of these soon after the original announcement that only 40 would be imported into Australia. My first DSLR. I’m loving it! Produces great quality images. Generates a lot of comment when I’m out and about with it. Don’t be fooled by the white colour – it’s a solid, robust unit.

  • Shaz

    Haha, I totally agree with the stormtrooper comments. White cameras look awesome, but there’s something about the whiteness of that shell; it looks like a toy that could be broken easily.

  • Ben

    Although it looks pretty, I’m not sure that having a camera that stands out so much is a good idea if you don’t want it to get nicked

  • Charity

    I got one as soon as I saw an add for it. I absolutely love it – and yes, i have stormtrooper key chain on my camera bag to commemorate my camera’s wonderfully fun stormtrooper look. The white is not a problem at all. This camera has been on wilderness trips and traveled quite a bit here in the Southwestern part of the US. Not a scratch or a bit of dirt has collected on it. I was a K1000 owner and had been waiting for the right DSLR to come my way so i thought this was a natural progression. I have never been a professional, but I’ve gotten many professional looking photos from both the K1000 and now my well beloved K2000.

    Cheers!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/41481547@N07/ Ben

    Beautiful camera! It’d be nice if Nikon and Canon came out with white bodies for some of their models.

  • http://www.zoombits.co.uk/cables/ cables

    Yep….
    I am also one of the daily user of Pentax K2000 and I am fully familiar with the features of this.
    It has great reflectors to fill in the dark shadows if you shoot in daylight.
    Its really nice experience to use it.
    Thanks for posting.

  • ROBERT

    can someone send me a catalog or a brochure of the white PENTAX K2000 ? Probably i will buy it. THANKS.

Some older comments

  • ROBERT

    October 9, 2009 05:08 pm

    can someone send me a catalog or a brochure of the white PENTAX K2000 ? Probably i will buy it. THANKS.

  • cables

    September 16, 2009 10:53 pm

    Yep....
    I am also one of the daily user of Pentax K2000 and I am fully familiar with the features of this.
    It has great reflectors to fill in the dark shadows if you shoot in daylight.
    Its really nice experience to use it.
    Thanks for posting.

  • Ben

    September 9, 2009 08:33 am

    Beautiful camera! It'd be nice if Nikon and Canon came out with white bodies for some of their models.

  • Charity

    September 5, 2009 10:50 am

    I got one as soon as I saw an add for it. I absolutely love it - and yes, i have stormtrooper key chain on my camera bag to commemorate my camera's wonderfully fun stormtrooper look. The white is not a problem at all. This camera has been on wilderness trips and traveled quite a bit here in the Southwestern part of the US. Not a scratch or a bit of dirt has collected on it. I was a K1000 owner and had been waiting for the right DSLR to come my way so i thought this was a natural progression. I have never been a professional, but I've gotten many professional looking photos from both the K1000 and now my well beloved K2000.

    Cheers!

  • Ben

    September 4, 2009 10:22 am

    Although it looks pretty, I'm not sure that having a camera that stands out so much is a good idea if you don't want it to get nicked

  • Shaz

    September 4, 2009 10:14 am

    Haha, I totally agree with the stormtrooper comments. White cameras look awesome, but there's something about the whiteness of that shell; it looks like a toy that could be broken easily.

  • Ross Barnard

    September 4, 2009 07:11 am

    I was lucky enough to secure one of these soon after the original announcement that only 40 would be imported into Australia. My first DSLR. I'm loving it! Produces great quality images. Generates a lot of comment when I'm out and about with it. Don't be fooled by the white colour - it's a solid, robust unit.

  • kevin

    September 4, 2009 04:59 am

    it's so tiny - may it's for a stormtrooper's wife/girlfriend? (kidding)

  • Bill Ferguson

    September 4, 2009 03:19 am

    Hey guys why all the negativity and the comparison to 'Stormtroopers'? Great to see Pentax stepping away from Black or Silver. Just lets hope that no manufacturer goes to the sill kiddie colours that Cellphone have gone to

    Bill Ferguson

  • mp

    September 4, 2009 02:48 am

    Yup, the white one is a limited run - only 3000 were made.

    And they do make a camo green version of the K-m, too. Too bad it's one of those "only in Japan" special editions..

  • Evelyn in Oregon

    September 4, 2009 02:22 am

    White costs more probably for the same reason foods without sugar cost more than those with! Just because! ;-) That is one nice-looking camera. Changes in packaging were made for consumers like me.

  • Dave

    September 4, 2009 01:14 am

    It looks like a toy.

  • Tommy

    September 3, 2009 07:41 pm

    I agree that the camera looks like a stormtrooper. Of all colours...why WHITE?

  • Joseph McAllister

    September 3, 2009 07:33 pm

    Unfortunately, what you overlooked is the fact that it was a limited edition model. A Pentax rep. told me a few weeks ago that it had sold out within a few weeks of it's arrival. Cute it is; available, it is not.

  • TC

    September 3, 2009 06:08 pm

    Thanks for posting this. Good to see Pentax getting a bit of love/exposure here.... (I'm a Pentax K10D/K20D owner).

    Yeah, it doesn't look fit for a storm/clone trooper... ;)

  • marcello

    September 3, 2009 05:09 pm

    i'd really like to see one after a couple of years worth of serious use: even the slightest dent becomes very visible on white surfaces (think of white iphones) and even my old D70 is showing some degree of wear in some places. and it's black.

    i think white for a high-use device is a wrong idea.

    M

  • Jessica S.

    September 3, 2009 02:04 pm

    Okay, Storm Trooper didn't come to mind for me. I think the white camera is very pretty. If Canon made a white version of its cameras I might consider it for my next purchase, just for the unusualness of it all.

    However, a white camera body alone is not likely to get me to switch to Pentax any time soon.

  • tommy

    September 3, 2009 12:32 pm

    Great
    Finally someone realise the goodness of white cameras and white camera bags.
    They work as great reflectors to fill in the dark shadows if you shoot in daylight....

    I always wear white when I shoot outdoors. It works , try it :)

  • scott detweiler

    September 3, 2009 10:53 am

    This is going to get grubby pretty quickly I bet. I am very happy my Nikon is black :-) Also, I TOTALLY thought the same thing about the storm trooper armor.

  • michael

    September 3, 2009 09:13 am

    a camera fit for a clone trooper!

  • akemi designs

    September 3, 2009 08:31 am

    My first thought when I saw that white pentax is that it looks like a Storm Trooper in a camera's body.

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