Pentax K10D Review

 
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Pentax K10D Feature Comparison

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Pentax K10D vs other Pentax SLRs
Manufacturer
Pentax
Pentax
Pentax
Model
K10D
K100D
K110D
Imaging
System
Sensor Manufacturer
Sony Sony Sony
Sensor Type
CCD CCD CCD
Color Filter Array
RGB RGB
RGB
Total Megapixels
10.75
6.31
6.31
Effective Megapixels
10.2 6.1 6.1
Effective Sensor Size (mm)
23.5 x 15.7
23.5 x 15.7
23.5 x 15.7
Focal Length Multiplier (approx.)
1.5x
1.5x
1.5x
Image Processor
PRIME
Not stated
Not stated
Viewfinder
Type
Eye-level
pentaprism
Eye-level
pentamirror
Eye-level
 pentamirror
Coverage
95%
96%
96%
Magnification (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
0.95x
0.85x
0.85x
Eyepoint (mm)
?
?
?
Dioptric Adjustment Range (diopters)
-2.5 to +1.5
-2.5 to +1.5
-2.5 to +1.5
Focusing Screen
Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen
Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen
Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen
Viewfinder
Info Display
AF frames, spot metering area, anti-shake indicator, flash status, shutter speed, aperture, focus indicator, manual focus indicator, EV bar, EVcompensation indicator, flash exposure compensation indicator, AE lock, ISO warning, available images, ISO sensitivity, EV compensation value.
AF frames, spot metering area, flash status, AF mode, manual focus indicator, scene modes, ISO warning, focus indicator, shutter speed, aperture, EV compensation indicator, AE lock indicator, available images, EV compensation value, anti-shake indicator.
AF frames, spot metering area, flash status, AF mode, manual focus indicator, scene modes, ISO warning, focus indicator, shutter speed, aperture, EV compensation indicator, AE lock indicator, available images, EV compensation value.
Depth of Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview position on power dial.
Enabled with depth-of-field preview position on power dial.
Enabled with depth-of-field preview position on power dial.
Recording
System
Recording Media / Quantity / Slot Type
Secure Digital card
 (SDHC compatible)
Secure Digital card
(SDHC with firmware 1.01)
Secure Digital card
(SDHC with firmware 1.01)
Compatible File System
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
Recording Formats
RAW (PEF or DNG), JPEG
RAW, JPEG
RAW, JPEG
Maximum Resolution
3872 x 2592
3008 x 2008
3008 x 2008
Reduced Resolutions (JPEG only)
3008 x 2000; 1824 x 1216
2400 x1 600; 1536 x 1024
2400 x1 600; 1536 x 1024
RAW + JPEG Recording
Yes
No
No
Color Space &
White Balance
User-Selectable Color Space
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Processing Parameters
(Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Color Tone) / # of Increments
7 options each for sharpness, saturation, and contrast.

Image Tone: Bright, Natural

5 options each for sharpness, saturation, and contrast.

Image Tone: Bright, Natural

5 options each for sharpness, saturation, and contrast.

Image Tone: Bright, Natural

Preset WB settings
11 (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent W, Fluorescent N, Fluorescent D, Tungsten, Flash, Color Temperature (3 settings))
6 (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Flash)
6 (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Flash)
Manual Color Temperature Setting Range
Yes, 2,000-12,000K in 20 mired or 100K steps
Not available
Not available
WB Adjustment Range
±7 steps Blue to Amber and ±7 steps Magenta to Green, in 1-step increments
Not available
Not available
Autofocus
System
Type
TTL phase detection by SAFOX VIII autofocus module
TTL phase detection by SAFOX VIII autofocus module
TTL phase detection by SAFOX VIII autofocus module
# of Focusing Points (Focusing Point Type)
11 points, (9 cross-type, 2 single-axis)
11 points, (9 cross-type, 2 single-axis)
11 points, (9 cross-type, 2 single-axis)
Superimposed Focus Point Display Yes Yes Yes
AF Working Range
EV -1 ~ 18 (ISO 100)
EV -1 ~ 19 (ISO 200)
EV -1 ~ 19 (ISO 200)
AF-assist Beam
Yes, stroboscopic flash. Only available when flash is enabled.
Yes, stroboscopic flash. Only available when flash is enabled.
Yes, stroboscopic flash. Only available when flash is enabled.
One-shot AF
Available in
Single Shot AF mode
Available in
Single Shot AF mode
Available in
Single Shot AF mode
AI Servo (Tracking) AF
Available in Continuous AF Mode
Available in Continuous AF Mode
Available in Continuous AF Mode
AI Focus AF
Predictive focus control (with moving subjects in Continuous AF modes)
Predictive focus control (with moving subjects in Continuous AF modes)
Predictive focus control (with moving subjects in Continuous AF modes)
Exposure
Control
Shooting Modes
10 - Auto, User, Program, Shutter Priority, Sensitivity Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb, Flash
.
12 - Auto Picture, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Night Portrait, No Flash, Bulb, Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Program, and Scene modes

8 Scene modes (Night Scene, Surf & Snow, Text, Sunset, Kids, Pet, Candlelight, Museum)

12 - Auto Picture, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Night Portrait, No Flash, Bulb, Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Program, and Scene modes

8 Scene modes (Night Scene, Surf & Snow, Text, Sunset, Kids, Pet, Candlelight, Museum)

Metering Zones
16
16 16
Metering Modes
Multi-segment,
center-weighted,
spot
Multi-segment,
center-weighted,
spot
Multi-segment,
center-weighted,
spot
Metering System Working Range
EV 0 ~ 21
(ISO 100, f/1.4 lens)
EV 1 ~ 21.5
(ISO 200, f/1.4 lens)
EV 1 ~ 21.5
(ISO 200, f/1.4 lens)
ISO Range / Extended
100 ~ 1600
200 ~ 1600 / 3200
200 ~ 1600 / 3200
Exposure Compensation
+/- 3 EV in 1/2 EV increments or +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV increments
+/- 2 EV,
1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
+/- 2 EV,
1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
Automatic Exposure Bracketing
3 or 5 shots, +/-2.0EV (in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps)
3 shots +/-1.5EV (1/2 steps) or +/-1EV (1/3 steps)
3 shots +/-1.5EV (1/2 steps) or +/-1EV (1/3 steps)
Shutter Speeds,
Frame Rate, Shutter Lag
Shutter Type
Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Shutter Speed Range
1/4000 ~ 30 sec.,
bulb
1/4000 ~ 30 sec.,
bulb
1/4000 ~ 30 sec.,
bulb
Maximum Frames Per Second / Buffer depth
3.1 fps /
>20 large/fine JPEG frames
2.65 fps /
4 large/fine JPEG frames
2.65 fps /
4 large/fine JPEG frames
Shutter lag, full AF (sec.)
0.254
0.182
0.182
Shutter lag, prefocus (sec.)
0.107
0.149
0.149
Startup time (sec.)
0.4
1.6
1.6
Flash
Built-in Flash / Guide Number at ISO 100.
Yes (11 meters / 36 feet)
Yes (11 meters / 36 feet)
Yes (11 meters / 36 feet)
Max flash x-sync speed. (sec.)
1/180
1/180
1/180
Flash Exposure Compensation
-2 to +1 EV, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
-2 to +1 EV, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
-2 to +1 EV, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Slow-sync Flash
Yes
Yes
Yes
PC Sync Terminal
Hot shoe only
Hot shoe only
Hot shoe only
Playback
System
LCD Size / Pixel Count
2.5 in LCD / 210,000 pixels
2.5 in LCD / 210,000 pixels
2.5 in LCD / 210,000 pixels
Enlarged Playback / Scroll
1.2 - 20x / Yes
1.2 - 12x / Yes
1.2 - 12x / Yes
LCD Monitor Brightness Adjustment Range
? steps
? steps
? steps
Automatic Rotation for Vertical Shots
Yes
No ?
No ?
Other Features
Computer Connection
USB 2.0 High-Speed, PTP-compliant
USB 2.0 High-Speed, PTP-compliant
USB 2.0 High-Speed, PTP-compliant
Direct Printing (PictBridge-compliant printers)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Menu Languages
12 (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese (simplified, traditional), Korean, Japanese, Swedish, Dutch)
11 (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Swedish, Dutch)
11 (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Swedish, Dutch)
Camera Default Reset
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom Functions (Quantity)
Yes (32)
Yes (18)
Yes (18)
Remote Control
Optional wireless
remote control model F
Optional wireless
remote control model F
Optional wireless
remote control model F
Info LCD Panel / Illumination
Yes / Yes
Yes / No
Yes / No
Eye-start AF
No
No
No
Ultrasonic CCD dust-removal function
Yes
Yes
No
Anti-Shake
(CCD shift)
Yes
Yes
No
Multiple Exposure
Yes No No
Body Structure
Body Cover/Chassis
Plastic / Metal
Plastic / Metal
Plastic / Metal
Dust and Weather Seals
Yes No No
Power System
Battery Compatibility
D-LI50 Lithium Ion
Optional battery grip D-BG2
4 x AA (Lithium, Alkaline, NiMH) or 2 x CR-V3 lithium batteries
4 x AA (Lithium, Alkaline, NiMH) or 2 x CR-V3 lithium batteries
Rated Shooting Capacity at 20°C/68°F
CIPA standard:
480
CIPA standard:
300
CIPA standard:
300
Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm)
141.5 x 101 x 70
129.5 x 92.5 x 70
129.5 x 92.5 x 70
Weight (body only)
710 g / 25 oz.
560 g / 19.8 oz.
560 g / 19.8 oz.
Operational
Environment
Operating Temperature Range
0 ~ 40°C / 32 ~ 104°F
0 ~ 40°C / 32 ~ 104°F
0 ~ 40°C / 32 ~ 104°F
Operating Humidity Range
Not stated
Not stated
Not stated
Kit Lens
Focal length/aperture
18-55mm
f/3.5-5.6

18-55mm
f/3.5-5.6

18-55mm
f/3.5-5.6

Lens Compatibility
Lens Mount / Compatibility
Pentax KAF mount compatible with Pentax KAF2, KAF and KA mount lenses; Power zoom function - not available; K-mount lenses - usable with restrictions; S-mount lenses - usable with adapter and restrictions; 67/645 lenses - usable with adapter and restrictions.
Pentax KAF mount compatible with Pentax KAF2, KAF and KA mount lenses; Power zoom function - not available; K-mount lenses - usable with restrictions; S-mount lenses - usable with adapter and restrictions; 67/645 lenses - usable with adapter and restrictions.
Pentax KAF mount compatible with Pentax KAF2, KAF and KA mount lenses; Power zoom function - not available; K-mount lenses - usable with restrictions; S-mount lenses - usable with adapter and restrictions; 67/645 lenses - usable with adapter and restrictions.

 

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