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Pentax K200D

Pentax K200D
alaScore 91

759 reviews

Apr, 2014

We have collected and analyzed 71 expert reviews and 688 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 78/100 and users rate it 93/100. The average review date is Nov 12, 2008. We have compared these reviews to 175394 reviews from other Digital SLR Cameras. The alaScore™ for this product is 91/100 = Excellent. Last update: Apr 24, 2014.

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Pentax K200D


Catch This Shooting Star Within the weatherproof body of the new, 10.2-megapixel Pentax K200D beats the transplanted heart of the K10D-a sophisticated, semipro camera that garnered a Mac|Life Editor's Choice last year (5 out of 5 stars, Jul/07)....

Excellent build. Superb images. Built-in shake reduction. Unique dust removal system. Very low power consumption

FlashMmust be raised manually. Continuous shooting at 2.8 frames per second is limited to four photos until buffer clears

The Pentax K200D can be used with confidence right out of the box by novice and advanced photographers alike. And it won't need to be replaced for a long time-the highest compliment a DSLR can earn.

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Pentax K200D


The K200D was announced in January 2008 as a straight replacement for the K100D (actually the K100D Super which itself was a minor upgrade of the K100D launched in June 2007). The new model is aimed at the entry level segment of the market where it...

Superb build quality for the class, weather-sealed body ; Efficient image stabilization (not as good as Pentax claims though) ; Top LCD (but no backlight) ; Largest and brightest viewfinder in its class ; Reliable flash exposure ; Wireless flash ;...

Default JPEGs too contrasty, oversharpened and smeared ; JPEG engine not making the most out the camera's RAW data ; No live view ; Few direct buttons (but Function menu sort of makes up for it) ; Dynamic range in the highlights slightly below average...

The Pentax K200D is competing in a very crowded segment of the marketplace. All manufacturers have been increasing the number of features and the quality of their cameras over the past couple of years or so and the entry-level segment is characterized...

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Pentax K200D (Body only)


Sensor-shift image stabilization; wireless flash control; sensitivity-priority mode; dust and water resistant.

Inaccurate, though still pleasing colors; tends to underexpose images; no live view mode.

Pentax's K200D entry-level SLR gives a lot of bang for the buck and has better performance than last year's model. Despite low noise and pleasingly detailed images, technically inaccurate colors keep it from capturing the gold medal for image quality.



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Pentax K200D


Pentax is the Rodney Dangerfield of camera companies—they just don't get any respect. The fact they operate on a shoestring budget, have recently been taken over by lens-maker Hoya and have as much clout with your local mega-retailer as I do may have...

Weather-resistant AA-powered 10.2MP D-SLR

Should be faster

Pentax definitely earned our respect with this D-SLR.

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Pentax K200D


If you're in the market for an entry- level digital SLR, or you're an enthusiast on a budget, the Pentax K200D definitely deserves a look. While the image quality is very close to Canon's or Nikon's similarly priced cameras, you won't notice it unless...

Dustproof, weatherproof construction10.2 MP resolution2.7Body-based shake reduction systemBackward Compatibility with all Pentax lenses

The Pentax K200D is the latest model from Pentax in the entry-level...

Highly Recommended!

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Pentax K200D Review


Pick the K200D up for the first time, attach the supplied 18-55mm kit lens, and this DSLR impresses from the off. Despite the budget pricing nothing about the K200D build quality feels compromised, with the weight and heft transcending its entry-level...

At first glance the Pentax K200D simply looks like an incremental upgrade of the K100D Super, with relatively few additions on offer apart from the 10 megapixel resolution (up from 6 megapixels) and a couple of new buttons. Thankfully Pentax have also...

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Pentax K200D Digital Camera - First Shots - The Imaging Resource!


Announced alongside the K20D at PMA 2008 is Pentax's new K200D, which adopts the ten megapixel CCD image sensor that was previously used in the K10D, along with the same buffer memory. Designed for ease-of-use, the Pentax K200D includes a range of auto...

Rugged construction with stainless steel chassis and full environmental sealing ; Nice 2.7-inch LCD ; Built-in shake reduction makes every lens image-stabilized ; High resolution with excellent detail, especially from RAW ; Superb print quality ;...

Frame rate 3 fps for only 5 frames, then ~1 fps ; No live view mode ; No focus lamp ; if light conditions are poor, camera relies on strobing flash to achieve focus ; Sluggish response in menu interface ; Auto white balance handles incandescent...

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Pentax K200D Digital Camera


The entry-level DSLR digital camera market is a crowded field, with some strong contenders. If you're going to compete in that arena, you'd better have some features that set you apart. Today we're going to look at Pentax's entrant, the K200D digital...

The K200D's shake reduction system alone makes it worth its price. Photographers, both amateur and professional alike, can consider blurred hand-held photographs, particularly those taken with telephotos or long exposure times, a thing of the past. Two...

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Pentax K200D Camera Review


Pentax K200D is a digital SLR camera that is perfect for the photography enthusiast or the professional photographer. By reading this review, you'll find out what this DSLR camera has to offer and if the Pentax K200D is the right camera for you and...

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Pentax K200D Review


The last Pentax SLR I touched was the K1000 35mm film camera I had in high school. The K1000 was a well-built, fully manual camera - a great learning tool. Along those same lines, the K200D is a high-quality, entry-level to serious amateur digital SLR....

Inexpensive, Dust and weather resistant, Shake Reduction image stabilization built into camera body, Surprisingly good image quality at ISO 1600, Uses convenient AA batteries, Allows simultaneous recording of RAW and JPEG format images, Dust Reduction...

Plasticky body, Auto focus lock does not work in continuous AF mode, Loud auto focus motor, Might be uncomfortable in big hands, Exposure compensation is only plus/minus two stops, No dedicated ISO button

Product Specifications

The PENTAX K200D, perfect for developing digital SLR users, offers an easy-to-use interface and incorporates award winning PENTAX imaging technology. With 10.2 megapixels, this DSLR features many of the advancements that are incorporated in the PENTAX K20D, including a LCD monitor, Custom Image functions for perfect control over how images are developed, and the Expanded Dynamic Range function. Compatible with any PENTAX lens ever produced and featuring Shake Reduction, the PENTAX K200D offers a high quality image sensor with the sophisticated PRIME (PENTAX Real Image Engine), a user-friendly Dust Removal system including the dust alert feature, 11-point SAFOX VIII auto focus system, sophisticated 16-segment multi-pattern metering and auto sensitivity control up to ISO 1600, all in a weather and dust resistant body.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Manufacturer Battery Name:AA

Camera Flash

Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

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

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Action / Candle / Food / Kids / Landscape / Macro / Museum / Night scene / Night scene with portrait / Pet / Portrait mode / Sunset / Surf & snow


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/PENTAX-DA 18-55mm II and 55-300mm lenses/PENTAX-DA 18-55mm lens
Max Focal Length:55mm
Min Focal Length:18mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

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:Eye-level mirror pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-1600
Special Effects:Black & White / Color / Illustration / Sepia / Slim / Soft
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical