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Pentax K200D
Pentax K200D

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Pentax K200D

We've given the K200D a grade of C.

Editor's Review

Pentax has replaced this with the K-x model. Here's what we had to say about the K200D when it was released in January 2008:

The Pentax K200D is a good entry level digital SLR. 10.2-megapixel resolution captures enough detail for poster-sized prints, while Custom Image functions allow for an incredible degree of control. A 2.7-inch LCD screen allows for quick and easy review and editing of images. The K200D is compatible with any Pentax lens ever produced and features Shake Reduction and a high quality image sensor. A range of ISO options up to 1600 ensures that the Pentax K200D can handle a variety of lighting conditions. Features a weather and dust resistant body.


  • 10.2 Megapixels
  • Pentax KAF2 bayonet lens mount
  • 11 point wide autofocus with continuous focus in action mode
  • Body-based, sensor shift shake/dust reduction sensor movement system
  • Open aperture, 16 segment metering
  • ISO Levels: 100-1600
  • JPEG/RAW File Formats
  • 2.7-inch LCD
  • SD, SDHC memory card compatible
  • Power supplied by 4AA batteries (lithium, alkaline, NiMH rechargeable)
  • Part Number: KB88740
  • UPC: 027075146464
  • Release Date: Jan 28, 2008

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Pentax K200D Reviews

Pentax K200D Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent camera (helene — 11/25/2009)

excellent pictures. excellent features. tough and solid body.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Pentax 200d (Kathleen Hansen — 05/24/2009)

I am very disappointed with the undependable behavior of this camera. It tends to underexpose outside pictures no matter what setting. If you take photographs of birds, it is a disaster. Buyer beware as instead of correcting the issue in the pentax K200d, Pentax just keeps producing new cameras at an alarming rate! Two more sisnce I bought this turkey!

  • 5.0 out of 5
good (vyas — 12/23/2008)

it very good

  • 5.0 out of 5
very capable camera (Dan — 11/01/2008)

I had the ist DL before this and several point and shoot digitals. The DL was a capable camera for any amateur shooting, but I wanted the stability factor, and a couple of the custom features. There is precious little missing on this camera and what is missing can usually be worked around. The big complaint is the single wheel for adjustments.(compared to the K20d which sports front and back wheels) This is likely a slight problem for a pro, shooting hundreds of shots on a regular basis, but had caused me 0 grief. You can easily make adjustments, and the time lost is zilch for 99.9999% of the targeted users. It also lacks the live view that top of the line cameras offer, but I would seldom use that anyway, and in bright sunlight you ususally can't see the screen well . I do wish the panel on top was lighted, but you can see in the viewfinder, so it isn't life and death. This camera has been dinged for lackluster jpegs, most saying RAW is best. Well, RAW is better though it takes effort many amateurs don't want to expend. AND many folks have remarked on some of th color shots I have made, and I generally use jpeg. When I shoot weddings I do use RAW in case I need to milk the last drop out of the picture, but most folks would be very happy without it. You have the ability to shoot both at the same time, and make many in camera adjustmentsa. I have had many Pentax cameras. Spotmatic-K1000-ME Super-ME-ist DL-and now this and all have done their job. I am not knocking Nikon-Canon or anyone else. You can't go wrong with them, fine products, but Pentax holds it's own, and offers the use of most any lens they ever made. I use a couple M42 lenses as well a A lenses-M lenses-and a couple new Digital designed lenses. I'm happy. Dan

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camers (RIchard — 08/01/2008)

I have done photography for 42 years. Owned Nikon, Bronica, Hasselblad, Cannon. Have more fun with this camera though it can't do what more specialized cameras can do. Owned a comporable Nikon and find this superior in many ways. Bad thing is rechargable AA batteries.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A very solid camera (Jim — 07/19/2008)

This is a very well constructed camera with a fiberglas-reinforced steel chassis and both water resistant and dust proof design. It has no fancy frills - smile detection, live view, face detection, etc. It's just an excellent camera that takes great photos with ease. I just returned from Alaska and now have a photo library of 100's of fantastic photos. I was especially impressed with the rich colors and details of landscape shots. Flying eagles were no problem with the in-camera stabilization. The 18-55mm kit lens is very good quality, but I added the Pentax DA 55-300mm telephoto zoom and the Pentax 50mm portrait. This three lenses make a great combination. I highly recommend this camera for the enthusiast looking to move into the DSLR realm but within a reasonable budget.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best camera I've owned in 55 years! (Richard Earl — 07/05/2008)

I consider myself to be a "past pro" - I used to earn my living as a photographer but now I'm just an enthusiast/hobbyist. Nevertheless, I've owned at least a dozen cameras over the years - Canon, Nikon, Kowa Six, Olympus and my all-time favorite, Pentax.

To keep this short... the K200D with the two "kit" lenses (18-55mm and 50-200mm) produces WONDERFUL results whether set on "All Green (AUTO everything)", fully manual, or anywhere inbetween. Whenever I get a "bad" picture it is MY fault, not the camera's! I also use manual Pentax lenses from 40 years ago... results are crisp and clear. Sure using manual lenses is less convenient and takes more attention to detail, but anyone too lazy to bother with such details as aperture, shutter speed and focus, isn't a "photographer" anyway, IMHO.

The K200D may be labelled an "Entry level" DSLR but as far as I'm concerned, it's a PRO all the way. To paraphrase: "If it LOOKS like a professional camera, and OPERATES like a professional camera... then it's PROFESSIONAL'S camera." But even for a novice, the K200D, set on AUTO will produce terrific candids 99% of the time. What more can you ask?

That said, let's compare apples to apples! I'm sure a $5,000 Nikon or Canon with another $5,000 lens attached likely would outperform the Pentax K200D in special situations - high speed, lowest lighting, rapid firing, etc. But for most normal folks shooting landscapes, birds, flowers and families, it would take better eyes than mine to tell the difference between the photos this < $1,000 K200D takes and the ones you'd get from a >$10,000 Nikon or Canon!

  • 5.0 out of 5
CHEATING WITH A SMILE (Ken — 06/01/2008)

I wanted to own a DSLR camera when I saw how beautiful the pictures that my friends were taking. I just thought it complicated with all the adjustments. It was a good thing I found this camera. It was easy to use and had a lot of auto preselected settings that takes great pictures. My friends were amazed at my new found skill. They wanted to know what settings I took. I just smiled and said, " If you got it, you got it". This camera has room for me to grow and experiment a little and not be afraid of making mistakes. But i tell my self why learn when I already have results. This Camera is a must have. Thank you PENTAX.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A very nice unit indeed. (Robbie Reynen — 03/29/2008)

The Pentax K200D is our first DSLR camera. I had read many reviews surrounding most if not all of the other offerings in the same spec and price range. And all are worthwhile and fantastic in there own way. The Nikion D40X was bright and sharp but the colours seemed a little exagerated. The Canon 400D was fine too but felt flimsy and a little too fragile for an SLR; while the Sony A200 again had the goods but felt and looked like toy. With it's weather proof casing the K200D feels solid; at least much more so than the others. It's ease of operation is wonderful and the auto function does the job extremely well. The shake reduction function is tremendous. Taking indoor shots at 1/6 shutter speed without flash and presto they're pretty good; and I'm no "Steady Eddy" when holding a camera. For some lack of "live view" may be an issue but I have always found this feature on camera's extremely annoying. The Penta Mirror gives excellent, clear peripheral viewing. The Pentax K200D is an excellent unit. The only downside was the price of around $900.00US (although it came with the Pentax bag, lens cleaner, battery recharger, cleaning cloth, lens filter and USB SD card adaptor)
The Nikon 10 meg is around $750.00US but as mentioned, the other cameras in this range have that real cheap plastic feel. Cheerio and good shooting !