Pentax's Potent K100D

Expect crisp photos with this feature-packed, intuitive digital SLR model, but beware the short battery life and hard-to-use software

When it comes to photos, my left eye has a short attention span. Under ordinary circumstances, the eye sees just fine; it's just as open, alert, and focused as its counterpart. But somewhere between "cheese" and click, it loses all interest and simply shuts.

Battery issues aside, the K100D is a step up from most high-end digital compact cameras. It takes clear pictures, has plenty of features, and the shutter speed is fast enough to eliminate the awkward poses caused by click delays. How do I know? I got a friend to take my picture—and both my eyes are smiling.

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