Pentax K10D SLR, Digital Camera (Camera Body)

Pentax K10D, 10.2 Megapixel, SLR, Digital Camera (Camera Body)

Pentax K10D, 10.2 Megapixel, SLR, Digital Camera (Camera Body)

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  • 1Description

The Pentax K10D SLR Digital Camera combines 10.2 effective megapixels of image resolution with an array of advanced technologies, including a Shake Reduction (SR) system to minimize the adverse effects of camera shake, and a high-performance imaging engine - Pentax Real IMage Engine (PRIME) - designed exclusively for Pentax digital SLR cameras to produce well-balanced, true-to-life images. Pentax also incorporated a 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 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. Furthermore, the dependable dust-proof, water-resistant body construction of the K10D features 72 seals throughout the camera to allow photographers to continue shooting even in dusty or rainy environments. All combined, the K10D delivers exceptionally high image quality and responds brilliantly to the exacting demands of advanced photographers and keen amateurs alike.

10.2 Megapixel Resolution
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.
Shake Reduction Mechanism
The K10D is equipped with the Pentax Shake Reduction (SR) system, which effectively reduces camera shake for sharp, blur-free images. 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 a built-in sensor. It offers an outstanding compensation effect equivalent to two to four 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.
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 centre. The in-focus sensor point is automatically super-imposed in red in the viewfinder for at-a-glance confirmation.
22-Bit A/D Converter
The K10D incorporates a high-performance A/D converter, which faithfully converts the analog data collected by the CCD image sensor into digital data that offers a digital-conversion capacity 1,024 times greater than conventional 12-bit, 4,096-gradation A/D converters.
PRIME Imaging Engine
The K10D incorporates the PRIME (Pentax Real Image Engine) as its imaging engine. Designed exclusively for Pentax digital SLR cameras, this imaging engine produces well-balanced, true-to-life images through efficient control of CCD signals, saturation, brightness, white balance, sharpness and contrast. Its fast memory (DDR2: Double Data Rate 2) also serves to enhance speedy image processing and high-speed data transfer.
Dust Removal System
The K10D features the Pentax Dust Removal (DR) system to prevent dust from sticking to the surface of the CCD image sensor (or low-pass filter).The Pentax-original Special Protect (SP) coating effectively removes dust and stains from the surface. 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.
Versatile Exposure System for Flexibility and Creativity
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, and 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. Furthermore, the K10D features two unique shooting modes; the Sensitivity-Priority AE (Sv) mode, is designed to automatically select the optimum combination of aperture and shutter speed for a user-selected sensitivity, and the Shutter & Aperture-Priority AE (TAv) mode will automatically select the most appropriate sensitivity for a user-selected shutter-speed & aperture combination.
Dust-proof & Water-resistant Construction
The High-rigidity stainless-steel chassis of the K10D boasts a reliable dust-proof, and water-resistant construction, with special seals applied to 72 different parts of the camera body, including the shutter release button and switches/levers/dials, making it possible to use the K10D in the rain or in dusty locations without any worry.
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.
Compatible with All Pentax Interchangeable Lenses
Use your existing Pentax 35mm lenses and accessories. The K10D offers the outstanding benefit of lens interchangeability that allows users to take advantage of almost all existing Pentax interchangeable lenses. (PENTAX K, KA, KAF and KAF2-mount 35mm-format lenses can be used without an adapter or modification. Pentax screw-mount 35mm-format lenses and Pentax 645- and 67-system lenses can be used with an adapter. It is even compatible with supersonic motor-driven autofocus lenses (currently under development), which are expected to provide smoother, quieter autofocus operation than conventional lenses.
Continuous Shooting at 3 fps
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 three images per second. In the JPEG recording format, the user can take unlimited images in succession until the capacity of the SD memory card runs out.
Reliable Shutter Unit
The K10D's shutter unit is designed to withstand nearly 100,000 releases, whilst 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.
Extra-large, Wide-view LCD Monitor
The K10D incorporates an extra-large 2.5-inch color LCD monitor on its rear 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.
High Capacity Rechargeable Battery for Extended Shooting
The K10D features a large-capacity lithium-ion rechargeable battery, which can capture approximately 730 images when fully charged.
Powerful Software Package Included
The K10D includes Pentax Photo Laboratory 3 which features the reliable SILKYPIX image-processing engine for RAW data processing, and the Pentax Photo Browser 3 that offers faster data processing speed and better operability than the previous version, and can convert RAW images to the DNG format.
Direct Print Capable
The K10D Digital Camera is compatible with PictBridge, DPOF, Exif Print and PRINT Image Matching III systems, so you can print quality images using PictBridge supported printers - without the need for a computer.
In the Box
Pentax K10D, 10.2 Megapixel, SLR, Digital Camera (Camera Body)
  • D-LI50 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery for Pentax K10D
  • Battery Charger D-BC50
  • I-USB17 USB Interface Cable
  • I-VC28 Video Cable
  • 0-ST53 Neck Strap (replacement)
  • Fk Hot Shoe Cover
  • Eyecup (FP)
  • Body Mount Cover
  • Finder Cap for ME
  • Software CD-ROM (Pentax Photo Laboratory 3, Pentax Photo Browser 3)
  • User Guide
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Pentax K10D Specs

    Camera Type Interchangeable Lens SLR Digital Camera
    Image Quality
    Image Sensor APS-C (23.5 x 15.7mm) 10.75 Megapixel Interline interlace CCD with a primary color filter
    Effective Resolution 10.2 million pixels
    Color Depth 24-Bit RGB (JPEG) or 36-Bit RGB (RAW)
    Color Modes Color (18 types), Black & White (4 types), Sepia (3 types), Soft (3 levels), Slim (+/- 8 levels), Brightness (during playback)
    Image File Formats RAW (PEF or DNG)
    JPEG (Best, Better, Good)
    Exif 2.21, DCF, DPOF, PRINT Image Matching III
    Recorded Resolution 10M (3872x2592)
    6M (3008x2000)
    2M (1824x1216)
    Video Recording No
    Audio Recording No
    Lens Mount Pentax KAF mount
    KAF2, KAF and KA mount lenses - fully compatible
    K-mount lenses - usable with restriction
    S-mount lenses - usable with adapter and restrictions
    67/645 lenses - usable with adapter and restrictions
    Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
    Optical Image Stabilization Yes (CCD Image Sensor Shift)
    Focus Control
    Focus Type TTL phase-matching 11-point autofocus system (SAFOX VIII)
    Focus Modes AF-Single (with focus lock), AF-Continuous, Manual
    Exposure Control
    Sensitivity Auto ISO (user defined range)
    Selectable ISO (100, 200, 400, 800, 1600)
    Shutter Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
    Shutter Speed 30 - 1/4000 second
    Mirror Lock-Up Yes
    Exposure Metering TTL open-aperture metering (16-segment, Center-weighted, Spot)
    Exposure Modes Program AE, Green, ISO Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter & Aperture Priority AE, Metered Manual, Exposure Compensation (±3EV in 1/2EV steps or ±2 EV in 1/3EV steps), Auto Exposure Lock, Auto Exposure Bracketing (3 frames at ±1.5EV (1/2 steps) or ±1EV (1/3 steps))
    White Balance Modes TTL Auto, Pre-set (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash), Custom white balance, Manual
    Scene Modes No
    Built-in Flash Retractable P-TTL pop-up flash (Flash on, Red-eye, Leading curtain sync, Leading curtain + Red-eye, Trailing curtain sync)
    Effective Flash Range Up to 36' (11m) @ ISO 100
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    External Flash Control P-TTL high speed sync and wireless sync with PENTAX dedicated flash
    Maximum Flash Synchronization Speed 1/180 second
    Start-Up Time Not Specified
    Shutter Lag Not Specified
    Time Between Shots Not Specified
    Burst Capability Continuous at 3fps to card capacity (JPEG) or 9 frames (RAW)
    Self Timer 12 seconds or 2 seconds
    Interval Recording No
    Date & Time Stamp Yes
    Memory & Power
    Built-in Memory No
    Compatible Memory Cards Secure Digital (SD) card
    Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) card
    File Size Not Specified
    Battery Type D-LI50 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
    Power Adapter AC Adapter (optional)
    Computer Interface USB 2.0 (hi-speed)
    Direct Print Capable Yes (PictBridge)
    Remote Control Wireless Infrared Remote (optional)
    Video Output Yes (NTSC & PAL)
    System & Software Requirements Windows System
    • Pentium 4 processor (2GHz or higher recommended)
    • Windows 2000, XP
    • 512MB RAM
    • 250MB Hard Drive space (500MB recommended)
    • Standard equipped USB port
    • 1024 x 768, 24 Bit color Monitor

    Macintosh System

    • PowerPC G4 (G5 or Intel CORE)
    • MacOS X (10.2 or later)
    • 512MB RAM
    • 250MB Hard Drive space (500MB recommended)
    • Standard equipped USB port
    • 1024 x 768, 24 Bit color Monitor
    Viewfinder Pentaprism Viewfinder with Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen and Diopter Adjustment (-2.5m-1 to +1.5m-1)
    Viewfinder Info Shutter Speed, Aperture, Shake Reduction, Focus Indicator, EV Compensation, AE lock, Frames Remaining, Flash Status, Manual Control indication, Manual Focus Indication, EV Bar, Flash Compensation, ISO Warning
    Depth-of-Field Preview Yes
    LCD Display 2.5" TFT color LCD (210,000 pixels) with adjustable brightness
    Information Display Alphanumeric Monochrome LCD (Shutter Speed, Aperture, Bracket Indicator, Flash Compensation, Exposure Bar/Meter, EV Compensation, Battery Status, File Format, Frames Remaining, White Balance indicator, Drive Mode, Flash Mode, Multiple Exposure)
    Language Options English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Korean, Chinese (Traditional/Simplified), Portuguese, Japanese
    Playback Options Single, Index (nine image), Magnification (up to 20x), Image rotation, Folder view, Slide show, Digital filter, Histogram, Exposure warning, Erase and Image Protect Modes (Single, All), PictBridge Functions
    Dimensions (HxWxD) 4.0 x 5.6 x 2.8" (101 x 142 x 70mm) body only
    Weight 25.0 oz. (710g) body only

    Pentax K10D Reviews

    K10D SLR, Digital Camera (Camera Body) is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 27.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful camera! I use my K10d as an all purpose street camera year round in all manner of conditions! The camera holds up surprisingly well in our regular -25C winters too! The K10d is large enough that it feels fairly substantial in my hands, yet compact enough to fit in a small case with a couple of lenses and a few accessories. The image quality is quite good and in-body stabilization is useful. Functions on the camera are easily found and simple enough. A dedicated ISO button would have been nice, but not all that important for me. I also love that I can use all my old Pentax manual focus lenses. Overall, an A+ from Pentax.
    Date published: 2010-12-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from so far so good! this is my first SLR and after 8 weeks and 1000 photo's overall I am very happy. my only real complaint is the documentation really doesn't tell me how to use the camera, but rather just lists how the functions work. I have mostly used it in the green mode and overall very happy. on a sunny day the detail and clarity is amazing! Some problems shooting snowboarding pictures and when backlighting exists but with some practice I'm sure I can master. menu's buttons and switches are all solid and easy to use and the camera has a very solid feel. I am very happy with the battery life but the indicator seems to go from full to empty very fast.
    Date published: 2008-05-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from K10D purchase I finally moved from a low cost DC to a real DC. This camera lives up to the hype. I did quite a bit of research and although a year old, it does everything plus more. My old Pentax lenses (28-200 Sigma and a 100-300 Pentax) work well and I can only imagine what a real, current digital lense will do. While automatic in every respect this is not a simple point and shoot camera. But if your willing to put in the time you'll be well rewarded. Remember that results are only as good as the lense you use so be prepared to spend a few $$ on a lense or two.
    Date published: 2008-04-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good By Canon...Hello Pentax!!! I'm going to keep this brief and straight to the point. If you are looking to buy a DSLR with between 8-10 MP, buy this one. Dont waste your money on a canon or Nikon. Your only paying for the name with those brands. Many features that the other guys just dont have....mainly the 72 weather seals. Find a canon or Nikon in this price range that offer that!! You wont. Thank you Pentax for listening to the people that matter most, your customers!! Expertise: Pro Problems Encountered: Nothing Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Canon 20d 30d (already sold them) Items I Recommend: battery grip
    Date published: 2007-08-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp RAW/TIFF files Jpeg files are definitely soft, which I expected. Do your self a favor and shoot RAW only and convert with Adobe Raw. DO NOT use the supplied software. I used Benjamin Kanarek post processing method. Do a search on Pentax life. TIFF files were definitely sharp using a 43mm 1.9 Feel is excellent, grip ties everything together. very solid feeling to the camera. Easy to use. Battery had a substantial charge out of the box which was nice. Expertise: Professional Problems Encountered: Loading the 1.10 and above firmware. I guess I'll have to do without it. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: K100D, Canon 20D, Nikon D70, Mamiya 645, Contax G1 Items I Recommend: Grip, extra battery, 43mm 1.9 or 31mm 1.8, 16-45mm
    Date published: 2007-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not be more pleased I am well into film with a Maymia 645 and a Canon AO5 as well as a Holga but purchased the Pentax as a supplement to these. I am using it conjunction with the above but its weight, clarity of instructions, and features are excellent. I have compared it with Canons and Nikons which cost nearly twice as much for a body alone and find this is an unbelievable bargain. First I used it as a back to get potential images for the medium format but then have gotten to the point that the results are nearly as good. I produce digital negatives that are printed on fiber; they are about 99% as good as film which I will never give up. But I am the point that I will not go shooting without the Pentax.
    Date published: 2008-01-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great body I read so many forums about pros-cons of the entry level Canon, Nikon and others, but opted for Pentax K10D. This is my first DSLR (had a film SLR a while back) and I was attracted by the few features such as program mode and preview. The build quality of Canon Rebel and Nikon 40 make them look like McDonalds toys when compared to K10D. Once I got the camera, I appreciated a lot the multitude of controls and after a while, havnig them so easily accessible, I actually started playing with white balance, exposure compensation, changing the ISO and depth of field. These features are available in any pocket camera, but they are burried in menus so I never was compelled to use them. A friend with a Canon 5D was impressed with this as well. As a drawback, I don't know how to get more dynamic range out of the camera, e.g. sometimes the dark areas of a picture (say a portrait with the hair in shade) lack detail. Not sure if this is what is expected from current gen. DSLRs, but my black and white film was giving me more details accross both high exposed and low exposed areas.
    Date published: 2008-04-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic value..... hands down beats cameras costing hundreds more I have had a lot of experience using d-slr cameras as wellas film cameras. In my opinion this is one of the bestcameras out there. Why? Because it meets or exceeds most ofthe demands of shutterbugs out there. You can shoot andprocess raw format easily, the color is beautiful andstrong, the camera has a great solid feel and build quality,and you can mount any pentax lens, screw mount or bayonet,as well as autofocus lenses. The battery holds its chargeforever and the viewfinder is one of the best designsgoing. The camera has a 10.1 meg sensor, with excellent lownoise reduction. I have to say that I have never been apentax shooter and come from the Nikon/Canon camp. But inthe digital world for the money the k10d is a better camerathan the 30d and will hold its own against the 40d whichis near twice the cost. Pentax kept its k-mount allowing theuser to keep using all those great takumars out there, andalthough I think canon is a great camera company, they madea mistake by not making a more universal mount that couldtake those wonderful fd lenses. Expertise: Semi pro Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Canon 10d,20d,1ds nikon dix,d2x
    Date published: 2007-11-24
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