Pentax K200D Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 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)
  • Release Date: 2008-01-28
  • Final Grade: 75 3.75 Star Rating: Recommended

3.75 Star Rating: Recommended

Pentax K200D
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)
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

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.

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