Summary: A great feature set for the price, pro-level customization, and excellent photo quality make the Pentax K10D a bargain amateur dSLR. Only unremarkable performance holds it back from joining the pack leaders.
Pros: Excellent photo quality; well-designed and solidly built body; premium features for its price class; nice kit lens.
Cons: Occasional autofocus hunting; Shake Reduction only buys you a little over one stop.
Summary: With several innovative features, the K10D distinguishes itself among its competitors. The full list of differences can be found in our 10 Megapixels DSLR Comparison feature. These unique features include: sensitivity priority mode, shutter-and-aperture priority mode (camera selects ISO), choice of program line for automatic mode, digital white-balance preview and in-camera RAW conversion.
Pros: Natural image colors, Excellent metering accuracy, Good focus speed and accuracy, Innovative exposure modes and choice of program line, Digital white balance and depth of field preview, Built-in stabilization for all lenses, Durable weatherproof body, Customizable auto ISO and ISO warning, Flexible image parameters, Built-in dust reduction, Large viewfinder, Good LCD visibility, In-camera RAW conversion, Great price
Cons: Slightly soft JPEG images, Above average noise at ISO 1600, Slightly less dynamic range than peers, Poor automatic white-balance under artificial light, Sealed body means doors are harder to open
Conclusion: My first impressions of the K10D were very positive, a well designed and robust body with a clearly extensive range of manual functions and a fairly logical control layout. The positive experience continued in use with the large, bright Pentaprism viewfinder, fast auto focus and short lag times. Menus and playback are equally as snappy although I personally found the connected 4-way controller less easy to use than the K100D's four separate buttons.
Pros: Smooth clean images with good color and tone, not as crisp as we would like, Robust body with dust and weather seals, high build quality, Accurate and fast auto-focus, Unique exposure modes; sensitivity, shutter/aperture priority, hyper program, Selectable program lines; Normal, Hi speed, Depth and MTF (lens sharpness), Good range of image parameter adjustment (-5 to +5 for each), Dedicated RAW button a useful addition, Selectable RAW format (PEF or DNG), Unlimited co...
Cons: In-camera image processor unable to deliver crisp sharp edges, better to shoot RAW, About a third of a stop less highlight dynamic range than the competition, Slightly inconsistent continuous shooting rate (although always around 3.1 fps), Would have been nice to have hard buttons for White Balance and ISO sensitivity, Turning up sharpness setting doesn't deliver crisper edges, Average automatic white balance performance, still very poor under incandescent light, Flas...
Excerpt: In the boisterous parade of new 10-megapixel DSLRs, here comes the tough guy of the bunch, the Pentax K10D. This new model packs 10MP capture, CCD-based image stabilization, a self-cleaning sensor, and compatibility with an extensive lens system into what is probably the best-sealed DSLR body in the sub-$1,000 class. At $999 (estimated street) with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Pentax DA lens, or $899 for the body only, it's a tough deal to beat, too.
Excerpt: Camera Test: Pentax K10D27075121508PentaxK10DSince its first unveiling in September, readers and industry insiders alike have been abuzz about the feature set of the Pentax K10D ($920 street, body only). The 10.1-megapixel DSLR sports 22-bit processing, three frames per second JPEG capture-to-card capacity, weather toughness of a pro-level DLSR costing thousands more, in-camera DNG format support, sensor-shift stabilization and sensor-shake dust removal -- quite an...
Excerpt: Based on our test drive of a late-stage K10D prototype, we'd say Pentax has graduated from D-SLR underdog to serious contender. Priced at $899 to compete with other mid-level 10MP models, the K10D is more advanced in many ways and debuts technology found nowhere else.
Excerpt: 10MP DSLR Shootout: Pentax K10D27075121508PentaxK10DThis pleasant surprise combines an assortment of goodies -- built-in image stabilization, self-cleaning sensor, easy-to-use image controls -- in the beefiest, best-sealed body of the bunch. System flexibility: Pentax has an ample current lens catalog, and given its legacy as one of the earliest players in 35mm SLRs, there is a huge stockpile of older lenses that will work on the K10D to some degree.
Conclusion: The Pentax K10D is a high-quality camera with some innovative features not seen on other bodies in its price range. The K10D is the lightest smallest body that has extensive weather and dust sealing. Its backwards compatibility gives a photographer access to thousands of Pentax K-mount lenses from the past four decades. Default JPEG performance could be an issue, particularly for "pixel peeper" obsessive types.
Excerpt: With an excellent dust-proof, weather-resistant, ergonomic design and stability, the dSLR K10D (released in September 2006) is not a point and shoot camera: there are a lot custom settings, and you will have to find the ones that are the most important to your style. Pentax K10D brings some unique features and exposure modes into a very thoughtful and ergonomic design, like vibrating CCD sensor provides built-in Dust Reduction and Shake Reduction .
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