Excerpt: The Pentax / Samsung relationship has been something of a strange affair when it has come to their DSLR output, continually resulting in two products that can only be separated by the maker's name...
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...
Conclusion: Pentax K10D digital single lens reflex camera When DSLRs became popular a few years ago, it looked as if Pentax was going to miss the boat. Although it was a big name amongst camera manufacturers, Pentax was one of the last ones to join the digital adventure. First, it brought out models with unpronounceable names, later it came up with digital SLR cameras whose names were easier to remember and pronounce.
Excerpt: The bulky K10D has more in common with Nikon's D80 than the other sub-£500 digital SLRs. It bristles with buttons and a pair of command dials, and has a backlit passive LCD for settings. The ISO speed takes a couple of button pushes to reach, but a sensitivity-priority mode places this on one of the command dials for direct access. Image stabilisation is built into the sensor, a feature that Canon and Nikon's digital SLRs have yet to offer.
Summary: The Pentax K10D is quite a surprise. It might look like a 10-megapixel version of Pentax's existing SLRs, but it's not. It has a different, much larger body that feels like it's been hewn from a solid block of granite, and its performance matches anything its rivals can do. I started photography with Pentax K10D since July, and I can say that I had marvellous surprise !
Summary: The Pentax K10D is an excellent mid-range digital SLR camera that manages to achieve
the difficult task of being intuitive to use whilst offering
a lot of complex functionality. Pentax have included a number
of genuinely useful innovations that help to make the K10D
stand out from the crowd.
Pros: Good image quality, plenty of detail, excellent range (and some unique to Pentax) of exposure controls, body integral Anti-Shake, anti-dust system, build and environment protection, RAW+JPEG mode, good value for money
Cons: Slightly soft JPEG images "out of the camera", slight loss of highlight detail
Summary: A feature-rich, high-resolution DSLR for serious photographers with some innovative and useful functions.A relatively late entrant into the 10-megapixel DSLR category, the new Pentax K10D offers a number of advantages over its competitors, starting with its more robust, body, which has dust and weatherproof sealing. The plastic case is solidly mounted on a metal chassis, which gives added weight to the camera itself.