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Pentax K10D (Lens Included)
Pentax K10D (Lens Included)

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Pentax K10D (Lens Included)

Editor's Review

The Pentax K10D Digital SLR takes extra steps to ensure that you get clean, blur-free photos. The CCD-shifting shake reduction compensates for hand movements and other jitters, while the 10D's intriguing dust reduction system shakes off debris that may collect on the CCD (which is specially coated to resist dust), ensuring clear and crisp photos with no obstructions.

Specifications

  • 10.2 megapixels
  • 11-point auto focus
  • CCD-shifting shake reduction
  • Accepts Pentax K- / KA- /KAF- / KAF2-mount lenses
  • Dust removal / reduction
  • ISO 100-1600
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • JPEG and RAW file formats
  • Release Date: Sep 18, 2006

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Pentax K10D (Lens Included) Reviews

Pentax K10D (Lens Included) Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Ideal system (GJL — 12/10/2007)

After entirely too many P&S from (my favorite) Nikon, Canon, and Kodak, I decided to get back to SLR photography.

After five months, I'm still grinning about the K10D decision.

With a Tamon 18-250 lens, 40 mm LTD prime, and older thyristor flash, it's a winner.

Highlights:

Optical image stabilization in camera. I see its value daily.
Comprehensive suite of manual functions.
Manual functions easy to access with external controls (dials, etc. This means we actually USE them.)
Acts like a fine point and shoot when that's what you want.
Intuitive controls and menus.
Good image quality with kit lens. Great glass for the price.
Ability to use essentially any lens Asahi/Takumar/Pentax made. Fine glass available cheaply.
Very solid, weather-sealed construction. Take it anywhere!

Lowlights:

Proprietary battery. Can't fall back on AA from Walgreen's.
Not as much competition for add'l lenses, although the options are sufficient.
Internal flash is a letdown. But that's true of any DLSR, I think.
Fewer camera shops carry lenses to try.

Still ... easily five stars. Very fine camera and an unbeatable combination of quality, functions, and price.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good DSLR (Mike — 11/27/2007)

This is an excellent camera when used outdoors. Indoors you need a flash. The pentax flashes are expensive but the promaster makes a nice flash for this camera. The pictures tend to be soft but the sharpness can be adjusted. Overall this is an excellent camera and is much cheaper than a canon 40d and gives equal pictures. With Sigma or ProMaster lenses, you can get some terrific pictures in daylight.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Pentax, the silent hero (Donetta — 11/18/2007)

You don't hear as much about pentax as nikon or canon
here in the Northwest, but this camera can stand up to them
with image and color quality. Combined with some of the
excellent pentax lenses, results can be breathtaking. Not the
fastest camera out there, but I have got some great action
shots of my grandson playing football.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Pentax k10d - my experience (Shishir — 09/25/2007)

While I dont consider myelf to be a pro..., with my limited knowledge I have observed the below.

1) Image quality and color rendition is simply excellent. it is so good that it some times looks your are looking at the real thing and not at the picture.

2) Image quality(color) is better in natural mode than Adobe. Adobe is artificially bright. Adobe can be used if non smc coated lenses/iii party lenses are being used.

3) You really need to spend a lot of time with the camera to make the most of it. It really makes you get involved. the aspects of the picture being soft, force you to try sharpening of images, contrast adjustment, etc.

4) the supplied software - silky pix is good for browsing, but for the RAW image development, I am not really convinced. I feel it is not user friendly. It is too complicating.

5) Availability of original pentax DA lenses is a real pain and headache (depending on which part of the world you live), so unless you are damn sure that the lenses are available, may be you should'nt immediately go for this camera. it sometimes happens that the camera is available with the default DA18-55m lens, however to add future lenses becomes really very tough due to lack of availability. I am in no way here doubting the quality of the lenses, as I am fully aware that the pentax lenses are among the finest in the world, however, if it is not available when you need it, it can be highly disappointing.

6) Being weather resistant gives a sort of confidence, though I personally felt that the camera was a bit bulky.... may be a bit smaller would have been better... I dont like advertising to the whole world that I have a Pentax on my hand.

7) the flash is good but feels a bit flimsy and delicate. it could get damaged due to wear & tear and rough use.

8) the camera generally underexposes when taking photos, so a bit of compensation is necessary.

9) White balance is truly excellent. It is beyond what I had expected. Though the camera does a sad job in tungsten lighting on default mode, we can more than make up for it by the corresponding white balance. For day times though, I prefer to leave it to the default mode, as I felt that the color reprodiction was indeed accurate.

10) the default lens is good, for a starter kit, but if you want to invest in a slr system, devote more resouces to getting hold of those fine pentax lenses. trust me, buying the camera is easier than the lenses. purchase the good quality prime lenses.

11) until you get pentax lenses (assuming you too find it hard to find) sigma can be a good choice on selective lenses.... their macro 105mm has received some good reviews. even some old primes of vivitar can be good.

12) use the camera a lot...try to use it everyday if possible and then, you will see that the camera has been exceptionally designed. it is very user friendly. you just begin to like it.

13) Be mentally prepared for the rapid fall in value of the camera as it is an electronic item. While the lenses will hold in good stead, unless you are fully conviced that a 10megapixel is needed, dont simply invest. As per my experience, the 6mp images too are just excellent. Depending on what your needs are, make a better and informed decision. Always remember, a better version will appear within 1 year, so thoughts shouldn't come after you buy the camera.

however, inspite of all the above, as a photographic tool, it is truly excellent. put into manual mode with 1/3ev sensitivity and it is a joy to take snaps. The options are so various, it will make you get personally more involved with the system.

As I dont own pentax lenses, I invested in III party lenses from vivitar, take snaps in Adobe format to make up for the reduced color rendition. Once you are comfortable with RAW, the potential is endless. Apart from the lack of easy availability of original pentax lenses, I see no other problems with this camera. For a hobbyist like me, I believe, in it I have made the right decision, barring the occassional frustration of non-availability of lenses.

Please do note that I have only mentioned my experience with the camera, as this is my first foray into digital from analog. I have been using previously vivitar & canon equipment. the vivitar is more of a low budget. hence do consider my biases which may have unknowingly been mentioned above.

  • 5.0 out of 5
pentax k10d (j. armijo — 08/29/2007)

I like the fact that all my film camera lenses work just fine on this camera. put aperature in (A) auto and operates like it does on my pentax pz10. also the included lens digital 18-55 works on my film camera. It only operates fully automatic, there is no f-stop aperature adjusting ring. I was slightly intimidated with this new camera, but reading the operators manual makes using the k10d extremely easy. the manual is very user friendly.every feature will give you a reference page so you dont have to search the manual to find the needed info. I am glad I bought this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best package, period. (Michael — 08/17/2007)

The k10d is the best bang for the buck, no doubt, and because lenses take pictures, not cameras (and Pentax has the highest ever rated lenses according to Popular Photography), and the award-winning software that comes with every Pentax digital (the best photo processing software available, according to most every source), it was kind of a no-brainer. I would've gone with the Pentax had it been $500 more. It was between this camera (with my existing Pentax Limited lenses) and a Leica M8, and honestly, there's real debate now about which would be the sweetest photographic tool. The reason so many Pros use Nikon/Canon almost exclusively is because they have legacy equipment they don't want to get rid of and they get kick-backs from the Big 2. Pentax is the Cinderella story of cameras... you'd be foolish not to get one.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera (John — 07/01/2007)

I bought the K10D in January 07, and bought the battery grip around a month later. The feature set you get with this camera is second to none and picture quality is absolutely superb. Love it !!

  • 5.0 out of 5
great deal (Rafi Green — 06/27/2007)

I´m an amateur and used Pentax many years, I changed to Nikon because of the market tendency. I was apprhensively about getting a Pentax again. But now I´m sure I wasen't wrong buying the K10D, the camera is great and easy to use, in a very small amount of time, I´m having a great experience and very nice work.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Truly great camera system (Don Fraser — 05/21/2007)

As an amateur and later in professional endeavours, I've owned Pentax (& other)systems for over 40 years in 35, 645 format and have never been disappointed in Pentax quality & performance. I'm still not. The K10D (following an ist* D which I gave to my wife because she seemed to have it all of the time :-) continues as an exceptional piece of equipment.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Pentax K10D (Denys Finney — 12/09/2006)

Best bang for the buck DSLR

  • 5.0 out of 5
It's early, but so far I love this camera! (Wendell Hoover — 11/28/2006)

Have taken over 50 pictures different times of day and some indoor shots of Christmas lights. Colors are true and Anti shake works great! Better than my Pentax istDS! Lots of great features I am still learning.

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