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Pentax K10D Weatherproof DSLR Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 7.71 (out of 10)
Review (Summary): "... After a series of rather lacklustre entry-level 6MP models under the incomprehensible and ill-conceived *ist brand name, Pentax finally got it right with the K10D and the two other K-series DSLRs, producing the camera that Pentax fans had been waiting for for six years. It is aimed squarely at Pentax's traditional territory in the the enthusiast and semi-pro market, currently dominated by the Canon EOS 30D (and now the 40D as well) and the Nikon D80. In theory it should compete well with these two models, because it offers many of the same features at a much lower price. ...

... Despite being over a year old, the Pentax K10D still compares well with other current mid-range enthusiast's DSLRs. It is one of the few digital SLRs on the market with a weatherproof body, and combines this with outstanding build quality and design, superb performance and excellent image quality. Add moving-sensor image stabilization and an effective anti-dust mechanism and you have what is unquestionably one of the best mid-range DSLRs on the market."

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Megapixel 9.11  01-12-07 Read Full Review
"The close of 2006 saw the introduction of one more upper-end, entry-level digital SLR, the Pentax K10D, along with the announcement that Hoya Corporation - the photographic filter and lens manufacturer - was to acquire Pentax Corporation and plans to become Hoya Pentax HD Corporation as of October 2007.

. The K10D's body is made of a black, lightly flecked polycarbonate, and all the dials, buttons and body joints are splash- and dust-resistant. Large sections of the front and back of the K10 are covered in a non-slip rubbery material, making the K10D one of the most comfortable dSLRs to hold.

The Pentax K10D is well-designed and this comes through very quickly when the camera is in hand. Controls are intelligently laid out, their position intuitive. In addition, the K10D is extremely capable. It is equipped with all the basic modes and adds a couple of interesting modes. The K10D has all the functions one expects from a high-end SLR: it can be user-customized for many functions, it has built-in stabilization that allows it to stabilize any Pentax lens; and it also provides a wide range of sensitivities, even yielding usable images at the highest part of that range. To boot, it is dust and moisture resistant, a claim few others can make."

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DPReview 8.81  12-15-06 Read Full Review
Review: "PAnnounced on September 14th 2006, just in time for Photokina 2006 the new K10D is Pentax's first foray into the serious-amateur digital SLR market. It's bigger, tougher and more feature rich than any Pentax digital SLR before it and it certainly carries a wide enough range of features to worry the 'big name' brands. Headline features include a stabilized ten megapixel CCD, high quality image processing pipeline, dust and weather proof seals, 11-point AF (with 9 cross-type points) and some unique exposure modes.

The K10D's advantages over the competition are fairly clear; dust and weather seals, in-camera Shake Reduction which delivers at least some low light advantage with all your lenses, selectable RAW file format (although both are 10MB+), user definable Auto ISO, digital preview and those unique sensitivity-priority and shutter/aperture-priority exposure modes. It's a camera which should provide more than sufficient 'gadget satisfaction' for even the most demanding shutterbug..."

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Imaging-Resource 8.60  04-05-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Pentax K10D is based around an APS-C sized CCD imager with an effective resolution of 10.2 megapixels. It uses a 22-bit Analog-to-digital converter (output is 8-bit JPEG or 12-bit RAW), and a new processing engine dubbed "PRIME" (Pentax Real IMage Engine). This is coupled with a Pentax KAF lens mount that's compatible with an impressive array of K-, KA-, KAF- and KAF2 lenses, as well as screw-mount / 645-system / 67-system lenses with an adapter....

Coming in at under $1,000 with a lens, the Pentax K10D is a lot of camera. Its body-based Shake Reduction is best-of-breed, and the kit lens is well-built. Smart design features, like an IR sensor on both the front and back of the K10D, and a left-side grip surface, make the camera easier to use. All of these smart, thoughtful features combine with a sturdy water-resistant body to create a fine SLR. ..."

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CNET Reviews 8.00  03-02-07 Read Full Review
Review: "If you're looking to start afresh with a dSLR system but don't have a lot of cash to plunk down, the Pentax K10D may be your budget's dream come true. True, there are a lot of sub-$1,000 dSLRs out there today, but the K10D offers features that you don't normally see in this price range: a 10-megapixel CCD with integrated lens-shift Shake Reduction technology; a solidly built dust- and weather-resistant body; a full set of exposure modes, including Bulb and external sync; interchangeable focusing screens; and an 11-point selectable autofocus.

I was also quite impressed with the K10D's photo quality as well, from its broad dynamic range to first-rate color reproduction. Photos had an excellent noise profile up through ISO 800, and at its maximum of ISO 1600 still fared well for its price class."

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Photography Blog 8.00  04-24-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Pentax K10D is one of the more interesting SLR cameras currently on the market. Pentax has obviously put a lot of thought into its flagship model, adding a number of features that set it apart from its competitors, cameras such as the Canon EOS 30D and Nikon D80. The 10 megapixel K10D has a Shake Reduction system built into the body, offering 2 to 4 stops of shutter-speed compensation for virtually all Pentax lenses. There's also a new Dust Removal system to prevent dust from sticking to the surface of the CCD image sensor. The K10D is one of the few cameras at this price-point to offer a dust-proof, water-resistant body, with seals in 72 different parts of the camera body. ...

... Overall we can highly recommend the Pentax K10D - not only does it have an attractive price-tag, but it is also a solidly-built, intuitive and responsive digital SLR that will meet the needs of the serious photographer."
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DCResource 7.76  03-08-07 Read Full Review
Review: "The K10D is the flagship camera in Pentax's digital SLR lineup. It arguably has more bang for the buck than any other camera in its class, with a 10 Megapixel CCD, optical image stabilization, dust removal system, support for two RAW formats, and a solid, weather resistant body. The K10D sells for under $1000 with an 18 - 55 mm kit lens.

Although I'm not thrilled with its straight-out-of-the-box photo quality, Pentax K10D is an exceptional digital SLR, and one that I can recommend easily. It offers superb build quality, great performance, tons of features (many of them unique to the K10D) - and it's not too hard on the wallet, either. As for the photo quality, there are easy workarounds that let you get much better results than what the camera gives you at its default settings."

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LetsGoDigital 7.67  03-16-07 Read Full Review
Review: "After having produced several models in the cheaper classes of digital SLR cameras, Pentax is now aiming at (semi) professional photographers. It's not a completely new market for Pentax, as they used to be one of the leading brands of camera manufacturers. Pentax has a lot of catching up to do with the digital market. They have come up with the Pentax K10D, a compact ten Megapixel DSLR camera with built-in image stabilization and several interesting features.

...The Pentax K10D is, above all, a clever camera with settings that you won't find anywhere else. Take the different exposure programs that make use of the sensitivity. They are all user-friendly, and help photographers without dictating to them how they should work. I found this one of the nicest aspects of the Pentax K10D. You can also determine how the programs select the values. This is an unknown luxury that any photographer will really appreciate."

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NEO Camera 7.51  04-01-07 Read Full Review
Head-to-Head (Summary): "The Sony Alpha A100 and the Pentax K10D compete head-to-head with the most similar feature set among 10 megapixels DSLR cameras. These two digital cameras share the same image sensor, built-in stabilization and dust-reduction. As a matter of fact, these are the only two currently shipping 10 megapixels DSLR cameras with built-in stabilization. Later this year, they will be joined by the Olympus E-510 which has a smaller 2X crop sensor with 4:3 aspect ratio.

The effectiveness of stabilization is not systematically measurable because it depends on so many factors including the photographer's movements. Instead, it must be measured empirically. For this we took shots of several targets while varying shutter-speeds and quantified the number of sharp shots. The results showed that the Sony Alpha A100's built-in stabilization performs statistically better and more consistently than the Pentax K10D. However, the difference is less pronounced than anticipated...."

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Digital Camera Review 5.00  03-20-07 Read Full Review
Hands-on Preview: "Pentax's K10D flagship dSLR is up against some pretty stiff competition, including Canon's EOS 30D and Nikon's D80, but (for many users) the K10D may actually be the best deal in the mid-level dSLR class. K10D features include 10 megapixel resolution, optical image stabilization, very fast AF, an automatic CCD dust removal system, support for two RAW formats, a robustly constructed dust/weather resistant body, a super bright pentaprism viewfinder, mirror lock-up, and a selection of unique user-driven shooting modes.

The K10D was clearly designed by photographers, for photographers - this dSLR is aimed at photo enthusiasts, rather than those upgrading from P&S digicams. The K10D is reliably fast across the board, noticeably quicker than the K100D I tested last summer. The K10D features a full range of manual exposure options and image parameter tweaks. The K10D also allows users to mount virtually every "K" mount lens ever manufactured. Nikon’s famous backward compatible F/AF mount doesn't come close to providing the optical versatility offered by the K10D - and every lens (no matter how ancient) benefits from the K10D's image stabilization technology."

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Digital Camera Info 1.00  12-13-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The 10-megapixel K10D is the first viable prosumer body released by Pentax, marking a departure from the simplified 6-megapixel mold that characterized the manufacturer's previous efforts. At the camera’s core are an APS-C-sized CCD chip and PRIME image processor, capable of 22-bit A/D conversion. Eleven-point autofocus (with 9 cross-type), mechanical image stabilization (Shake Reduction), dust removal, and weatherproofing are integral portions of the design. ...

... Priced at $799 and available online for $599 during the holiday push, the K10D supplies a prosumer feature set at an entry-level price point. The feature-laden K10D introduces Sensitivity Priority, adds a dedicated RAW button near the lens mount, captures direct DNG files, and allows users to process RAW files in the camera. ..."

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Camera Labs -----  04-06-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Pentax K10D is a 10 Megapixel mid-range Digital SLR with built-in image stabilization to combat camera shake. Announced in September 2006, the K10D is Pentax's top of the range DSLR and boasts a number of impressive features, several of which are totally unique.

...For starters it’s the most affordable DSLR with environmental sealing. The Shake Reduction may only have offered a couple of stops compensation in our tests, but it’s certainly better than nothing. The anti-dust system may not be as good as the Olympus SuperSonic Wave Filter, but it sure proved more effective than the Canon 400D and Sony A100 systems in our tests. The support for both proprietary and open RAW file formats, along with in-camera processing is also very welcome. And while it’s annoying not to have buttons offering direct access to the ISO and White Balance, the K10D makes up for it to some extent with its Sensitivity Priority mode and a dedicated RAW button."

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