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Pentax K10D - Perfect for advanced photo enthusiasts!

The Pentax K10D digital SLR features an array of Pentax innovations including 10.2 effective megapixels and a Pentax-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system that effectively offers a 2.5 to 4 stop advantage for sharp, blur-free images even under difficult shooting conditions, such as macro and telephoto photography or low light settings without a flash. Also featured is a newly-developed Pentax Real IMage Engine (PRIME) designed exclusively for Pentax digital SLR cameras to produce well-balanced, true-to-life images. Pentax also incorporated a new high performance 22 bit A/D converter to quickly transfer images with accurate color tones and richer gradation from the CCD to the imaging engine. The new Dust Removal (DR) system incorporating Pentax-original Special Protect (SP) coating helps keep the CCD surface dust-free, and adds a shift mechanism to shake dust off the CCD. All this is housed in a dependable dust-proof, weather-resistant body construction featuring 72 seals throughout the camera to allow photographers to continue shooting even in dusty or rainy environments.

  • Shake Reduction feature incorporating a 10.1 megapixel CCD is compatible with ANY Pentax lens produced
  • High-precision SAFOX VIII 11-point auto focus (9 cross-type sensors) system with single and continuous AF
  • Sensitivity equivalent to ISO 100 to 1600 with an auto mode that takes advantage of the entire range
  • Vibrating CCD sensor provides built-in Dust Reduction for improved image quality
  • Large 2.5-inch LCD monitor with 210,000 pixel resolution, wide viewing angle and 20 time zoom
  • Sophisticated 16-segment multi-pattern metering determines the optimal exposure settings

High-quality image reproduction - The K10D features a large, high-performance 23.5mm x 15.7mm CCD with 10.2 effective megapixels as its image sensor, assuring the reproduction of true-to-life, rich-gradation images.

Pentax-original Shake Reduction mechanism for blur-free images - The K10D is equipped with the exclusive, Pentax-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system, which effectively reduces camera shake for sharp, blur-free images even under demanding shooting conditions, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark or at night without supplementary flash illumination, or using extended exposures for sunset scenes. This innovative mechanism shifts the position of the CCD image sensor vertically and horizontally at high speed using magnetic force, while adjusting the shifting speed in proportion to the amount of camera shake detected by built-in sensors. It offers an outstanding compensation effect equivalent to 2.5 to 4 shutter-speed steps. As a result, it does not require special anti-shake lenses, and can be used with almost all existing Pentax interchangeable lenses.*
* Lenses compatible with this mechanism are the Pentax K-, KA-, KAF- and KAF2-mount lenses; screw-mount lenses (with an adapter); and 645- are 67-system lenses (with an adapter). Some functions may not be applicable with certain lenses.

Newly developed A/D converter for truthful image data conversion - The K10D incorporates a high-performance A/D converter, which faithfully converts the analog data collected by the CCD image sensor into digital data. With the highest resolving power (22 bits, or 4.2 million gradations) among all existing digital cameras, it offers a digital-conversion capacity 1,024 times greater than conventional 12-bit, 4,096-gradation A/D converters.

Newly designed PRIME imaging engine - The K10D incorporates the new PRIME (Pentax Real Image Engine) as its imaging engine. Designed exclusively for Pentax digital SLR cameras, this new imaging engine produces well-balanced, true-to-life images through efficient control of CCD signals, saturation, brightness, white balance, sharpness and contrast. Its new memory (DDR2: Double Data Rate 2) also serves to enhance speedy image processing and high-speed data transfer.

Dust Removal system to help keep the CCD surface dust-free - The K10D features the new Dust Removal (DR) system to prevent dust from sticking to the surface of the CCD image sensor (or low-pass filter). Applied to the CCD surface through a vapor deposition process of a fluorine compound, the Pentax-original Special Protect (SP) coating effectively prevents dust and stains from adhering to the surface. In the next step, dust that still remains on the surface will be shaken off when the SR system shifts the CCD at high speed. The dust that is shaken off the CCD will fall onto an adhesive sheet positioned at the bottom of the SR unit, eliminating any possibility of its returning to the CCD surface.

Dust-proof, weather-resistant construction - The K10D boasts a reliable dust-proof, weather-resistant construction, with special seals applied to 72 different parts of the camera body, including the shutter release button and switches/levers/dials. This dependable body makes it possible to use the K10D in the rain or at dusty locations without worries. Original exposure system for faithful reproduction of creative intentions

Hyper Program function - The K10D''s Hyper Program function allows the user to instantly switch to the Shutter-Priority AE (Tv) mode or Aperture-Priority AE (Av) mode from the Program AE mode, with a simple turn of the electronic dials on the grip (one on the front for index-finger control, and the other on the back for thumb control). To return to the Program AE mode, simply press the green button positioned next to the shutter release button.

Hyper Manual function - When shooting in the Metered Manual mode, a single push of the green button allows the user to instantly set the proper exposure for the subject.

Sensitivity-Priority mode - The K10D features a new Sensitivity-Priority AE (Sv) mode, which is designed to automatically select the optimum combination of aperture and shutter speed for user-selected sensitivity. The sensitivity can be shifted instantly (in 1/2 or 1/3 steps) by turning the electronic dial. Since this mode eliminates the need to recall a menu screen for sensitivity changes, the photographer can react more quickly to changing photographic conditions.

Shutter & Aperture-Priority mode - Another exposure mode offered by the K10D is Shutter & Aperture-Priority AE (TAv) mode, which is designed to automatically select the most appropriate sensitivity for a user-selected shutter-speed & aperture combination.

Bright, clear viewfinder - Featuring a glass pentaprism, the K10D''s viewfinder offers a 96-percent field of view and a 0.95-times magnification for easy viewing of the subject and effortless confirmation of focus and composition. Coupled with the acclaimed Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen, it delivers a large, bright subject image.

Auto sensitivity control up to ISO 1600 - The K10D''s auto sensitivity control function automatically sets the optimum sensitivity up to ISO 1600, based on such data as the subject''s brightness level and the lens'' focal length. Since this function allows the use of higher shutter speeds in poor lighting situations (such as indoor sports events and night scenes), it helps the photographer to effectively reduce camera shake and prevent blurred images. For specialized applications, the sensitivity can be set manually from ISO 100 to ISO 1600.

Continuous shooting at approximately 3 images per second - To trace the movement of an active subject or capture a sequence of the subject''s expressions, the K10D offers a continuous shooting mode that allows the photographer to capture a series of images at a maximum speed of approximately 3 images per second. In the JPEG recording format, the user is allowed to take as many images in succession as wished, until the capacity of an SD memory card runs out, or in RAW mode up to 9 images at 3.0 fps.

Reliable shutter unit - The K10D''s shutter unit is designed to withstand nearly 100,000 releases, while assuring high-precision operation over the entire shutter-speed range ? up to a top speed of 1/4000 second. It also features a flash synchronization speed of 1/180 second for more versatile flash photography.

11-point wide-frame AF - The K10D''s sophisticated SAFOX VIII autofocus system features 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors positioned in the middle) to automatically focus on the subject with utmost precision, even when it is positioned off center. The in-focus sensor point is automatically superimposed in red in the viewfinder for at-a-glance confirmation.

Extra-large, wide-view LCD monitor - The K10D incorporates an extra-large 2.5 inch color LCD monitor on its back panel. Its wide-view design allows the photographer to check the monitor image from 140 degrees both vertically and horizontally, ensuring effortless image viewing even from a diagonal position. With approximately 210,000 pixels, it also offers digital zooming of playback images up to 20 times for easy confirmation of the image''s focusing status and details.

Compatibility with supersonic motor-driven lenses - The K10D is designed to be compatible with supersonic motor-driven autofocus lenses (currently under development), which are expected to provide smoother, quieter autofocus operation than conventional lenses.

Additional features

  • Choice of 16-segment multi-pattern metering, center-weighted metering and spot metering to accommodate various photographic applications
  • High-rigidity stainless-steel chassis
  • 32 custom functions to personalize camera operations
  • Extended bracket function to capture three images of the same subject at different contrast, saturation, sharpness or white-balance levels
  • Compatibility with conventional SD memory cards and newly introduced SDHC memory cards
  • Choice of two preview functions (digital/optical)
  • Simultaneous recording of RAW and JPEG images
  • Manual fine adjustment of white balance
  • Day-by-day folders to simplify the arrangement and search of recorded images
  • Six built-in digital filters (Black-and-white, Sepia, Slim, Soft, Brightness and Color) for easy editing of recorded images

The Pentax 18-55mm smc P-DA F3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens

The Pentax smc P-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 is recommended for use with digital cameras. Ideal for beginners, it provides a focal length covering a wide to moderate wide-angle range. Like all Pentax lenses, the smc P-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 zoom lens is treated with Pentax''s acclaimed smc coating for maximum light transmission, sharp definition, and high contrast while minimizing flare and ghost imaging.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.8 stars
(based on 15 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Large clear LCD(11), Quiet(9), Short lag time(11), Simple controls(13), Strong construction(14)
Best Uses:
Art(9), Documentary(5), Fun(13), Photojournalism(6), Travel(11)
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast(11)
 
What a camera
By ScottVerified Purchaser from Stafford, NY on 7/29/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Art, Fun, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Pentax K10D DSLR Camera Body w/18-55 mm DA Lens:

A great camera to return to the slr world. easy to use and versitile.

 
All I can say is "Wow".
By SeanVerified Reviewer from East Lansing, Michigan (Go Spartans!) on 2/11/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Sleek, professional, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Art, Documentary, Fun, Photojournalism, Still lifes & Landscapes, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Pentax K10D DSLR Camera Body w/18-55 mm DA Lens:

I just purchased my K10D three days ago. It makes me wish it were summer so I could really enjoy it outside. A great camera overall, a fine addition to the Petax family. Still figuring out all the details, well worth the cost. Can't wait to see all that this baby can do! The filter effect under 'menu' is great also, I love the 'soft' effect. Love my camera, you will love it too!

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Awesome!!!!
By csjgatorVerified Reviewer from Athens, GA on 2/9/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Fun, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Pentax K10D DSLR Camera Body w/18-55 mm DA Lens:

Went in to buy a Canon came out with the Pentax K10D. Very pleased with this camera. You can't go wrong with this. Very easy to use.

 
GREAT CAMERA!
By Outdoor Freak from Northern Michigan on 1/27/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Outdoor Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Pentax K10D DSLR Camera Body w/18-55 mm DA Lens:

This is a great camera! I have done a lot of researching before buying a camera. This one was the winner. It is very solid. This camera has several seals on it so it is designed to take a beating. I shoot outdoors only. I needed a camera that is tough and can handle mother nature. If you are looking for a camera like that, this is the one. I absolutely love this camera.

 
I love this camera!
By Baby PixVerified Reviewer from Denver, Colorado on 1/12/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy to use, Strong Construction
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Pentax K10D DSLR Camera Body w/18-55 mm DA Lens:

This is a great camera for anyone, from beginner to professional. I love it.

 
I would definitely buy this again
By LuVerified Reviewer from Charlotte, NC on 1/10/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy to use, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Art, Fun, Grand children, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Pentax K10D DSLR Camera Body w/18-55 mm DA Lens:

Easier to use than I could have imagined. Compare to standard 35 mm.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Features that set it apart from the rest
By Jay4178Verified Reviewer from Seattle, WA on 1/4/2008
Pros:
Comfortable Controls, Dual Command Dials, Flexibility, Heritage lenses, ISO Range Setting, Raw Button, Shake Reduction, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction, Well Sealed Body
Best Uses:
Action photography, Art, Fun, General Photography, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Pentax K10D DSLR Camera Body w/18-55 mm DA Lens:

In this price range there were a few features that set the Pentax K10D apart from the crowd; the body is well sealed and ruggedly constructed, it has in-body shake reduction, a button to switch between RAW and JPEG on the body (rather than in menus), and a great user interface with two command dials.

Beginners may find that they miss the scene modes (portrait, landscape, action, etc), and when I recently helped my sister-in-law buy a DSLR, that was something important to her and swayed her to the Canon Rebel XTi. But if you are interested in photography and want to control the camera yourself, the K10D is definitely geared for you.

Others may find that the camera is too heavy; because it is ruggedly built, it weighs more than some of the others. For me, the durability is more important and the weight and seals represent the quality work of the Pentax engineers.

In-body shake reduction was important to me because I’ve lost so many shots in my film SLR without a little help in low-light situations. Lens based systems are somewhat more effective (some of the photo magazines have recently done comparison tests) but buying lenses with shake reduction is expensive and there is a limited selection (although growing). In-body shake reduction holds your shot steady with any lens you put on the camera and you avoid the added expense of purchasing stabilized lenses.

I mentioned the button that switches between RAW and JPEG. When I first purchased the camera I couldn't think what I'd use it for, but now, when I'm shooting and I think I might want a RAW file to work with to capture more shadow detail or adjust more carefully myself, that button allows instant access for just the shot(s) I want it for. After I’m done, I switch back to JPEG and off I go.

This could be an overwhelming camera for beginners at first, but as you use it, it begins to shine in quality and ease of use. The green box mode (full auto) allows you to hand the camera to anyone (my technically challenged mother for instance) and shoot great snapshots with only a moments instruction. You will probably find that you spend most of your time in either the Program mode or one of the Priority modes which allows more creative control of the camera.

I've been very impressed with the quality of my photos and the speed with which I'm improving with the instant feedback of digital.

Buyers can not go wrong with this system and I'm certain they will come to be as happy with it as I am.

 
Amazing Camera
By Coach ChipVerified Reviewer from Grand Junction Colorado on 12/29/2007
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Art, Documentary, Fun, Photojournalism, Sports, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Pentax K10D DSLR Camera Body w/18-55 mm DA Lens:

My first digital camera and waited for Pentax to come out with this before I bought one. I am so glad I waited. I've used it to photograph my son at his high school soccer games. Have some great pictures. The shake reduction is the best. The software that comes with the camera is easy to use. Highly recommend the K10 Camera.

 
Good choice for upgrading your camera
By OutdoorCameraGuyVerified Reviewer from Houston TX on 12/28/2007
Pros:
Good Frames per second, Small Lag Time
Cons:
None really
Best Uses:
Art, Fun, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Pentax K10D DSLR Camera Body w/18-55 mm DA Lens:

I was looking to move up to a better camera from a point and shoot. The Pentax K10D is an excellent choice. One thing I wanted was more shots per second, with little lag time. I did not want to have to wait for the camera while I missed shots. Also, Pentax is an established brand name with good quality. Less expensive than a Nikon, with a few extra featurs.

 
GOOD BUILD
By PENNYVerified Reviewer from CHICAGO, ILLINOIS on 12/21/2007
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Art, Documentary, Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Pentax K10D DSLR Camera Body w/18-55 mm DA Lens:

THE CAMERA HAS MANY USEFUL FEATURES AND IS CONSTRUCTED WELL.

 
the BEST camera at this price, BY FAR
By ShutterbugVerified Reviewer from Seattle, Wa. on 12/18/2007
Pros:
Beginner's price range, Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Huge selection of lenses, Professional quality, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
ANYTHING, Art, Documentary, Fun, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Studio, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Pentax K10D DSLR Camera Body w/18-55 mm DA Lens:

This is my first dslr, my first digital actually...and I'm SO glad I waited! It's amazing that a camera of this quality sells for this price. It was rated in the top 8 for 2007(by Pop Photo), compared with all pro-grade (and pro price!) cameras, Wait and see, it just may be the camera of the year!
AND..big plus..I can use all 7 of the Pentax lenses I already own!

 
Best camera for the cash WOOOOW!!!!!!!!!
By MannexVerified Reviewer from Lowell, MA on 12/15/2007
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Cons:
No Cons
Best Uses:
Art, Documentary, Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Pentax K10D DSLR Camera Body w/18-55 mm DA Lens:

I carry this camera everyware. I use it in all type of weather even in the rain. The camera is weather proof and dust. The functions are easy to use for starters or for pros. I got the camera for around [$] and check others in the same price range. I found that this camera has more features for the price. The shake reduction in the camera is a super plus.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Wow - what a camera!
By NHShutterbugVerified Reviewer from Kingston, NH on 12/10/2007
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Shake Reduction, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction, Weatherproof construction
Best Uses:
Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Pentax K10D DSLR Camera Body w/18-55 mm DA Lens:

As funny as this sounds, this can be anything from a beginners wildest dream to an ultra-high functioning digital SLR for the professional and everything in between. Easy to use, all of the best and latest features and when paired with a Professional grade memory card, it will allow you to take rapid pictures with no delay. Highly recommended and would be a great investment for the hobbyist looking to upgrade.

 
great camera
By Tim likes the cameraVerified Reviewer from Portland, OR on 11/27/2007
Pros:
Great photos, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Fun
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Pentax K10D DSLR Camera Body w/18-55 mm DA Lens:

I use this camera for capturing any type of image. It works great and is surprisingly simple; I do not know much about cameras but i was able to learn so much just from using this one.

 
Love It
By jeepin95Verified Reviewer from Austin, TX on 9/23/2007
Pros:
Comfortable Controls, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Fun
Describe Yourself:
Getting started
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Pentax K10D DSLR Camera Body w/18-55 mm DA Lens:

I'm a beginner, and haven't had the K10D very long, but I love it so far. Remote control via the computer works great for time lapse in RAW format as it will auto save to the computer rather than the SD card.

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