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Pentax K10D

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Pentax K10D is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review: Pentax K10D


Pentax's new digital SLR camera offers the killer combo of ease of use and gorgeous pictures.

Superb build. Excellent images. Very low noise at high ISOs.Three-way shake reduction. Dust removal for CCD sensor ; Flash must be raised manually. Lens hood must be removed when using flash to avoid shadows. SD card not included

Flash must be raised manually. Lens hood must be removed when using flash to avoid shadows. SD card not included

If there's anything major not to like about the Pentax K10D, we couldn't find it. It's a good-looking, superb performer that'll more than satisfy even the pickiest photographer.

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Pentax K10D


The 10-megapixel K10D is the first viable prosumer body released by Pentax, marking a departure from the simplified 6-megapixel mold that characterized the manufacturer's previous efforts. At the camera's core are an APS-C-sized CCD chip and PRIME...

- Design and feature set built logically around photographers' needs - Dedicated RAW button - Mechanical image stabilization (Shake Reduction) - Dust Reduction - Sensitivity Priority, Aperture and Shutter Priority mode - Program Line is clever and...

- Autofocus system is loud, noisy, and at times, just irritating - Autofocus isn't as accurate as we had hoped - AF assist illuminator built into the pop-up flash (not on camera body) - LCD is not as sharp as competing models; displayed colors are...

Priced at $799 and available online for $599 during the holiday push, the K10D supplies a prosumer feature set at an entry-level price point. The feature-laden K10D introduces Sensitivity Priority, adds a dedicated RAW button near the lens mount,...

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Pentax K10D Digital SLR


The Pentax K10D digital SLR camera has 10.2 effective megapixels and a host of advanced technologies including a Pentax-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system and a weather-resistant body. It was designed to deliver high-quality digital images and...


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Pentax K10D (Body Only)


If you're looking to start afresh with a dSLR system but don't have a lot of cash to plunk down, the Pentax K10D may be your budget's dream come true. True, there are a lot of sub-$1,000 dSLRs out there today, but the K10D offers features that you...

Excellent photo quality; well-designed and solidly built body; premium features for its price class; nice kit lens.

Occasional autofocus hunting; Shake Reduction only buys you a little over one stop.

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.


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Pentax K10D


This is a much-anticipated digital SLR. Not only does this new Pentax have a 10.2-megapixel CCD, it also has built-in Shake Reduction and a cleaning system to keep dust off the imaging device (and your prints). It's also built to take a bit of beating...

10MP D-SLR weather-resistant with built-in Shake Reduction for under $1 ; 000 with lens

Heavy; no Program AE modes

It's hard to argue with the value this camera brings to the table for D-SLR first-timers.

Highly Recommended!

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Pentax K10D Review


When you first take the Pentax K10D out of its box, you can instantly tell that this is a serious camera. Weighing over 700g and measuring 101(H) x 141(W) x 70(D), this is a large and heavy DSLR, even without the lens fitted. The K10D has a...

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...

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Pentax K10D Digital Camera - Full Review


Just picking it up with a standard set of expectations, the Pentax K10D does not necessarily impress. Spend some time, explore the new exposure modes, learn how to tweak white balance, and you might discover a digital camera that could significantly...

Compatible with an extensive list of Pentax K lenses, Responsive with a good shutter lag time, very good shot-to-shot speed, Good color accuracy, Easy white balance adjustment, Bright, powerful built-in flash, Good quality in kit lens, Fairly quick...

Very warm color balance in low-lighting and warm outdoors, Auto white balance had a hard time with household incandescent lighting, Shadow detail lacking in JPEG images, Slightly high contrast, especially outdoors in full sun, Phantom pixels with...

As with several other manufacturers (pioneered by Olympus, and also including Canon and Sony), Pentax has equipped the K10D to fight a common problem of digital SLRs: dust. First, they've employed a vapor-deposited "Super Protect" fluorine compound...

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Pentax Takes Quantum Leap with New K10D


The features of the just-announced 10 megapixel Pentax K10D ($899 estimated street, body only) are sure to amaze Pentax lovers, and the photo world in general. Since abandoning the *ist nomenclature on its DLSRs, Pentax has slowly but surely built more...

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Pentax K10D


Is the Pentax K10D the ultimate midrange D-SLR? Find out now in our review

Excellent photo quality, though not at default settings ; Image stabilization system works with all Pentax lenses ; Great build quality; easy to hold; weatherproof seals ; Dust reduction system ; Large, bright 2.5" LCD display ; Full manual controls,...

JPEG quality at default settings leaves much to be desired ; Some vignetting with kit lens ; Battery life a bit below average

All things considered, the Pentax K10D is an excellent midrange digital SLR. It offers a solid, well-designed body, rocket-fast performance, and superb photo quality if you get away from the default settings. It may not be a great choice for those used...

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Pentax K10D


Carrying a large 10-megapixel sensor and innovative feature set, the K10D is Pentax's most advanced DSLR to date. It adds a new image processor and enhanced A/D converter, said to supply a more faithful rendering of the scene. The camera benefits from...

The K10D's image quality is solid all around, though unremarkable. Color fidelity approximates previous models in the line, but falls short of industry leaders in precision and white balance accuracy. Image detail and noise levels are well-balanced...

Product Specifications

The PENTAX K10D digital SLR features an array of PENTAX innovations including 10.2 effective megapixels and a PENTAX-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system that effectively offers a 2.5 to 4 stop advantage for sharp, blur-free images even under difficult shooting conditions, such as macro and telephoto photography or low light settings without a flash. Also featured is a newly developed Pentax Real IMage Engine (PRIME) designed exclusively for PENTAX digital SLR cameras to produce well-balanced, true-to-life images. PENTAX also incorporated a new high performance 22-bit A/D converter to quickly transfer images with accurate color tones and richer gradation from the CCD to the imaging engine. The new Dust Removal (DR) system incorporating PENTAX-original Special Protect (SP) coating helps keep the CCD surface dust-free, and adds a shift mechanism to shake dust off the CCD. All this is housed in a dependable dust-proof, weather-resistant body construction featuring 72 seals throughout the camera to allow photographers to continue shooting even in dusty or rainy environments.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-Li50

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/PENTAX-DA 18-55mm lens
Max Focal Length:55mm
Min Focal Length:18mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.7 x 23.5mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.7 x 23.5 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:10.2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Slim
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical