Pentax K100D Super SLR Review

By Movable Type Admin


Click for our main menu

Pentax K100D Super Super


Bundled Software



Pentax K100D Super, image (c) 2007 Steve's Digicams

Pentax PHOTO Browser is software for viewing and managing images taken on your digital camera then transferred to your computer (Windows or Macintosh OS X). When you select a folder containing compatible (files with extensions [.PEF (RAW)], [.TIF (TIFF)], and [.JPG (JPEG)] are supported) saved images, Pentax PHOTO Browser automatically creates thumbnails.You then select a thumbnail to view an image. The screen captures presented here are shown operating in Windows XP.

Pentax PHOTO Browser also does the following tasks:

  • Save image files under a new name, change file names, copy, cut, delete and paste.
  • Create new folder, change folder name, copy, cut, delete and paste.
  • Save Image Data List
  • Check Image Data
  • View RAW image data easily.

Also, Pentax PHOTO Laboratory provides RAW image editing and Pentax REMOTE Assistant allows remote camera control. Both of these applications can be invoked from within the Pentax PHOTO Browser.



Pentax K100D Super, image (c) 2007 Steve's Digicams

The Pentax PHOTO Browser window layout:
  • Tree view:   Internal data on your computer appears as a folder tree and you select the folder containing saved image files here. Also, the tree view handles operations such as creating new folders, erasing folders or moving/copying folders. (Applies only to Windows)
  • Thumbnail pane:   Images in the folder selected appear here as thumbnails. The size of thumbnails can be selected from a choice of four sizes. When a thumbnail image is selected in the thumbnail pane, the image appears in the preview pane and the image data appears in the image data pane.
  • Preview pane:   An image selected in the thumbnail pane appears in this view.
  • Image data pane:   The image information for the image selected in the thumbnail pane appears here.




Pentax K100D Super, image (c) 2007 Steve's Digicams

Double-clicking on a thumbnail image opens the edit window, where tools are available to crop, Auto Fix and rotate the image, or to invoke Pentax PHOTO Laboratory.





Pentax K100D Super, image (c) 2007 Steve's Digicams

Pentax Photo Laboratory V. 3 processes RAW image data produced by the K100D Super, enabling them to appear on commercially available image viewing and editing software. Enhancements over version 2 include print bracketing, noise reduction, lens aberration correction, crop/resize, rotate/shift, a more advanced tone panel and enlarged preview panel for selecting a grey point for white balance correction.


Pentax K100D Super, image (c) 2007 Steve's Digicams

When you click the [View] button, a drop down menu allows you to select the RAW processing tools to use. When you select each item (White Balance, Tone, Noise Reduction, Lens aberration correction, Other settings [Sensitivity, Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness], individual setting panels are displayed.



Pentax K100D Super, image (c) 2007 Steve's Digicams

Setting the Sensitivity / Contrast / Saturation / Sharpness
    Adjusts the sensitivity of development processing.
    + : The image becomes brighter.
    - : The image becomes darker.

    Adjusts the contrast between light and shadow.
    + : Increases contrast between light and shadow.
    + : Decreases contrast between light and shadow.

    Adjusts the strength of the colors after RAW data development.
    + : The colors become stronger.
    - : The colors become weaker.

    Adjusts the sharpness of the edges.
    + : Image contour is enhanced.
    - : Image contour is softened.





Pentax K100D Super, image (c) 2007 Steve's Digicams

White Balance settings panel with the preset selections shown. You can select the Camera Setting, use a preset, select a gray point from the image or manually set the color temperature. The changes made will be shown real time in the preview window.



Pentax K100D Super, image (c) 2007 Steve's Digicams

Tone curve:   The relationship between the input level and output level is set using a graph (Up to 16 points.). If the graph is left clicked, the line on the graph moves to that spot and the point can be set. The point can be released by right clicking (Windows only).

Histogram (Brightness) displays the light distribution when combining RGB.

    Histogram (R) Displays the light distribution for R (Red).
    Histogram (G) Displays the light distribution for G (Green).
    Histogram (B) Displays the light distribution for B (Blue).
Reset Deletes the tone curve settings, and returns to a straight line.



Pentax K100D Super, image (c) 2007 Steve's Digicams

The Lens aberration panel provides three tools: Marginal lumination compensation, Distortion Correction and Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction.

The Marginal lumination correction reduces light falloff at the corners. Sliders are provided for lens angle of view and brightness correction.



Pentax K100D Super, image (c) 2007 Steve's Digicams

Distortion Correction resolves lens aberration that photographs straight lines as curved lines. The Correction balance slider adjusts the distortion correction level between the center and margins of the image. (Slide to the right to widen the range.) The Compensation slider sets the compensation level.



Pentax K100D Super, image (c) 2007 Steve's Digicams

Lateral Chromatic Aberration corrects differences in the image magnification and image size due to different color wavelengths at the image margins. The Red compensation slider adjusts the magnification of red light and the Blue compensation slider adjusts the magnification of blue light.



Pentax K100D Super, image (c) 2007 Steve's Digicams

The Noise Reduction panel offers tools for reducing image noise. Random noise reduction reduces random noise (especially electrical noise visible in dark areas). Spurious color signal reduction settings are provided to reduce moire.



Pentax K100D Super, image (c) 2007 Steve's Digicams

The Tool drop down menu lets you change Image Tone, Rotate and Crop/Resize the image. The available save formats are JPEG (5 levels), TIFF 8-bit, and TIFF 16-bit.



Pentax REMOTE Assistant

This software has an additional function that controls the camera from a computer. To use Pentax REMOTE Assistant, you will need to purchase and install the Pentax REMOTE Assistant separately. Pentax PHOTO Laboratory and Pentax REMOTE Assistant can also be run as standalone applications.






Continue on to
Steve's Conclusion


Return To Our
Reviews Menu


Visitors of Steves can visit the stores below for real-time pricing and availability. You can also find hot, soon to expire online offers on a variety of cameras and accessories at our very own Camera Deals page.

Buy related cameras and accessories from Amazon.com
Related Product Description Price
Olympus E-PL5 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Silver)  - International Version (No Warranty) Olympus E-PL5 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Silver) - International Version (No Warranty) $599.00
Meade - Deep Sky Imager Pro CCD Camera Meade - Deep Sky Imager Pro CCD Camera $599.00
Olympus E-PL5 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black)  - International Version (No Warranty) Olympus E-PL5 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black) - International Version (No Warranty) $599.00
Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR 16 MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black) - 16286412 Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR 16 MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black) - 16286412 $499.95
Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR 16MP Digital Camera + Two NPW-126 Replacement Lithium Ion Battery  + External Rapid Charger + 8GB SDHC Class 10 Memory Card + 58mm 3 Piece Filter Kit + 58mm 2x Telephoto Lens + 58mm Wide Angle Lens + Carrying Case + SDHC Card USB Reader + Memory Card Wallet + Deluxe Starter Kit Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR 16MP Digital Camera + Two NPW-126 Replacement Lithium Ion Battery  + External Rapid Charger + 8GB SDHC Class 10 Memory Card + 58mm 3 Piece Filter Kit + 58mm 2x Telephoto Lens + 58mm Wide Angle Lens + Carrying Case + SDHC Card USB Reader + Memory Card Wallet + Deluxe Starter Kit $390.29
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Motorized Telephoto Zoom Lens For The Pentax ist D, ist DS, ist DS2, ist DL, ist DL2, K10D, K20D, K-m, K-r, K-x, K-5, K-7, K100D/K110D, K100D Super, & K200D DSLR Cameras Includes 3 Year Extended Lens Warranty + 0.43x High Definition II Wide Angle Panoramic Macro Fisheye Lens + 2.2x Extreme High Definition AF Telephoto Lens + Professional 3 Piece Pro Filter Kit (UV, CPL, FLD) + Flower Lens Hood + Deluxe Lens Cleaning Kit + LCD Screen Protectors + Mini Tripod + 47stphoto Microfiber Cloth + $50 Photo Print Gift Card! Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Motorized Telephoto Zoom Lens For The Pentax ist D, ist DS, ist DS2, ist DL, ist DL2, K10D, K20D, K-m, K-r, K-x, K-5, K-7, K100D/K110D, K100D Super, & K200D DSLR Cameras Includes 3 Year Extended Lens Warranty + 0.43x High Definition II Wide Angle Panoramic Macro Fisheye Lens + 2.2x Extreme High Definition AF Telephoto Lens + Professional 3 Piece Pro Filter Kit (UV, CPL, FLD) + Flower Lens Hood + Deluxe Lens Cleaning Kit + LCD Screen Protectors + Mini Tripod + 47stphoto Microfiber Cloth + $50 Photo Print Gift Card! $224.89
Pentax K-AC76U AC Adapter Kit for K100D, K110D, K100D Super Digital SLR Camera Pentax K-AC76U AC Adapter Kit for K100D, K110D, K100D Super Digital SLR Camera $119.00