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.
Summary: What we’re looking at here is a pair of cracking DSLRs – the Samsung GX10 and the Pentax K10D – that redefine what we should expect at this price point. If you think ‘Nikon D200 at a D80 price’ you won’t go far wrong and I’m genuinely shocked to be saying that in many ways Pentax/Samsung are now...
Pros: Professional build quality, Top-end spec, Excellent price point, Good AF system
Cons: Multi-area metering underexposes too easily, Occasionally wayward auto white balance
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.
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 a...
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 Balan...
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.
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
Conclusion: Op de behuizing van de Pentax K10D verder valt weinig af te dingen. Hij is compact, ligt zeer goed in de hand en is kwalitatief uitstekend gebouwd. Bovendien kan hij tegen de nodige druppels en stof en dat is erg prettig als je vaak buiten fotografeert.
Excerpt: Incroyable surprise que nous fait Pentax ! Dans la même gamme de prix que l'EOS 400D et le D80, le K10D est un reflex expert qui a tout pour lui ! Tout d'abord, Pentax nous gratifie d'un très beau boîtier, à la finition exemplaire.
Pros: Stabilisation intégrée, Systèmes antipoussière, Boîtier robuste et anti-ruissellements
Cons: Pas de cadrillage possible dans le viseur pour simplifier la composition, Menus un peu trop chargés