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Pentax K10D

Ergonomics 
 9.4
Build Quality 
 9.8
User Interface 
 8.8
Autofocus 
 8.0
Features 
 8.7
Value 
 9.6
Image Quality 
 9.3
Noise 
 8.0
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Pentax K10D

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Description:

The Pentax K10D was the first DSLR from Pentax to feature a sensor with a resolution higher than 6 megapixels.  It also launched a host of new innovative features which would later become standard on all Pentax bodies, such as Shake Reduction and Dust Removal.

It won the Camera Grand Prix Japan "Camera of the Year" award in 2007, and a special brown version with gold lettering was produced to commemorate this.

Camera Manuals:


Pentax K10D
Year Introduced
2006
In Production
No (Discontinued 2008)
Current US Price
N/A
In-Depth Review
N/A
Sensor
Sensor Format
APS-C
Sensor Type
CCD
Megapixels
10.2
Resolution
2592 x 3872 pixels
AA Filter
Yes
Super Resolution
No
Bit Depth
12
Minimum ISO
100
Maximum ISO
1600
ISO Range
100 - 1600
Imaging
Exposure Modes
Green, HyP, Sv, Av, Tv, TAv, HyM, X, B
Program Modes
Normal, Action, Depth of Field, MTF
Maximum FPS
3
Continuous Shooting
3 fps until card is full (JPG), 9 frames (RAW)
Shutter Speeds (Auto)
30s - 1/4000s (stepless)
Shutter Speeds (Manual)
B, 30s - 1/4000s
Shutter Life
Exposure compensation
+/-3 EV
Auto bracketing
3 or 5 frames
Expanded dynamic range
No
Exposure lock
Yes
Self timer
2 s with mirror lock-up, 12 s
Metering Sensor
16-Segment
Meter range
0 to 21 EV
Meter pattern
Multi-Segment,Center Weighted,Spot
Mirror lock-up
Yes
Interval shooting
No
HDR mode
No
Multiple exposures
Yes, average and additive, 2 to 9 shots
Pixel mapping
No
Scene Modes
None
Restrictions
Exposure modes with M and K lenses are restricted to Av (with aperture always wide open) and M (with stop-down metering)
Lens Mount
Mount
KAF2 (no aperture coupler)
Composition Adjustment
No
Stabilization
Yes (sensor-shift SR)
Power zoom
Supported (zoom only)
Supported Lenses
All Pentax K-mount lenses except for lenses with the KAF4 mount variant. Support for lenses with the KAF3 mount variant requires a firmware update. Manual focus only with K-, M-, and A-series lenses. Stop down metering only with K- and M-series lenses. M42, Pentax 645 and Pentax 6x7 lenses with the appropriate adapters (stop down metering and manual focus only).
Lens correction
None
Focusing
Autofocus (viewfinder)
Yes (SAFOX VIII, 11 focus points (9 cross type))
AF Points
11
Autofocus sensitivity
-1 EV
Front/back focus correction
No
Autofocus with SDM
Yes
Autofocus assist
Stroboscopic Flash
Viewfinder/LCD
Viewfinder
0.95x, 95%
Viewfinder type
Pentaprism
Diopter adjustment
-2.5 to +1.5
AF Points in viewfinder
Yes
Exchangeable screen
Yes
Depth of field preview
Yes
Digital preview
Yes (with image magnificaion)
Live View
No
Top LCD
Yes
Focus Peaking
N/A
Back LCD
2.5 in. 210,000 pix
Body
Weather resistant
Yes
Control wheels
2
Battery grip
D-BG2 with D-LI50
Card slots
1
Dust removal
Yes, Sensor Shake DR
Dust alert
No
Memory card type
SD, SDHC
Size (W x H x D)
141.5 x 101 x 70 mm
Weight
710 g
File format
PEF (RAW),DNG (RAW),JPG
Battery life
500 images without flash
Battery
D-LI50 lithium-ion rechargeable
Flash
Built-in flash
Yes, GN 11 (ISO 100/m)
Sync speed
1/180s
P-TTL flash
Yes
Flash functions
Auto discharge, On (leading curtain sync), Redeye reduction, Slow-speed sync, Trailing curtain sync, High-speed sync*, Manual*, Wireless*, Contrast control* * Available when combined with external flash
TTL flash
No
Flash exposure comp
-2 to 1 EV
Video
Resolution / Framerates
No
Exposure Modes
Movie mode restrictions
N/A
AF During Recording
N/A
Sound in Movie mode
N/A
Interfacing
GPS
Not Supported
Tethering
Wired (native)
Connectivity
USB 2.0/Video out, DC in, cable release
Latest Firmware
Version 1.31
Notes
In-camera RAW development
Special Editions

Grand Prix

Weather Sealed: Yes
Manual: http://www.pentax.jp/english/support/man-pdf/k10d.pdf
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Inactive Account

Registered: June, 2010
Location: Shenzhen
Posts: 1

1 user found this helpful
Review Date: October 14, 2013 I can recommend the Pentax K10D: Yes | Price: $1,250.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Easy to use and durable to use
Cons: noise at high ISO
Years Owned: 2009    Ergonomics: 9    Build Quality: 10    User Interface: 9    Autofocus: 9    Features: 9    Value: 9    Image Quality: 9    Noise: 8    New or Used: New   

Color of the image is perfect and the size is just fit in my hand.
Sharpness is good except that at high ISO value.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: March, 2012
Location: Venice, CA
Posts: 4,303
Review Date: October 14, 2013 I can recommend the Pentax K10D: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: In body shake reduction, manual metering bars, support for manual focus lenses and stop-down metering.
Cons: Highest ISO of 1600, weight, strap lugs, no AV, better suited for slightly larger hands than mine
Years Owned: 3    Ergonomics: 9    Build Quality: 10    User Interface: 8    Autofocus: 8    Features: 9    Value: 10    Image Quality: 9    Noise: 7    New or Used: Used   

I received this camera with the 18-55mm kit lens when my brother upgraded. The K-10D makes a fine introductory DSLR loaded with features. While it sports only a 10 megapixel sensor the results can still be outstanding.

The ability to use legacy manual focus lenses with manual stop-down metering is a big plus since I mainly do macrophotography these days. Autofocus is not as important.

The full range of features in making focus and exposure decisions is also a major plus to an old-dog manual focus film user.
   
New Member

Registered: August, 2010
Posts: 20
Review Date: October 14, 2013 I can recommend the Pentax K10D: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Ease of use, handling, best value for money, quality, water/weather proof
Cons: needs a little tweeking with the default) settings
Years Owned: 6    Ergonomics: 10    Build Quality: 10    User Interface: 8    Autofocus: 8    Features: 8    Value: 10    Image Quality: 9    Noise: 8    New or Used: New   

My first Pentax DSLR. No regrets. A good work companion. Reliable and long battery life. Not many (fiddling) buttons, just the basics, hence perfect functionality.
The default settings may not suit to everyone's tastes, not a drawback but a recommendation to go through the manual and make some adjustments.
   
New Member

Registered: December, 2007
Location: Quispamsis,Canada
Posts: 4
Review Date: October 14, 2013 I can recommend the Pentax K10D: Yes | Price: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Built like a tank..
Cons:
Years Owned: 5    Ergonomics: 10    Build Quality: 10    User Interface: 9    Autofocus: 9    Value: 10    Image Quality: 10    Noise: 8    New or Used: New   

This is my first DSLR and it's old. Time for an upgrade.
   
Junior Member

Registered: January, 2013
Posts: 49

1 user found this helpful
Review Date: April 27, 2013 I can recommend the Pentax K10D: Yes | Price: $300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very good results with lens-speed manual series Takumar
Cons: Small range of sensor sensitivity (ISO). One problem is the need to purchase a focusing screen for manual focusing.
Years Owned: 1    Ergonomics: 9    Build Quality: 10    User Interface: 9    Autofocus: 9    Features: 10    Value: 10    Image Quality: 10    Noise: 9    New or Used: Used   

For many years I was shooting with an analogue camera Pentax Spotmatic-F. K-1O allows me to use the good old Takumar lenses, at the same time he gives me a new quality of work and image. Mastering the exposure has made it easy and obvious. In principle, I work for the "Manual", but in many situations I use aperture priority settings and time. Very helpful is the image stabilization in the body, and the ability to manually adjust the white balance reduces the time needed for final processing photos. After a year of service, this is difficult for me to find any flaws in it, I'm very happy with my purchase of this body. It's a great camera!!!
   
Veteran Member

Registered: November, 2011
Location: ON, RH
Posts: 2,170
Review Date: January 31, 2013 I can recommend the Pentax K10D: Yes | Price: $1,000.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: WR,SR, very good IQ, well built, solid rugged body
Cons: crippled k-mount ... no video mode
Years Owned: 6    Ergonomics: 10    Build Quality: 10    User Interface: 10    Autofocus: 7    Features: 7    Value: 9    Image Quality: 10    Noise: 9    New or Used: New   

My second Pentax DSLR.

Great camera, well built. Even after so many years, accompanying me on outdoors trips and studio shootings, banged here and there against the rocks and a missing RAW button ... still going strong!

Now mainly used as a studio camera for small things and backup camera, is still getting some use and can't complain.

I would still recommend this camera since nowadays it can be picked up for very low prices and it will still give you great images to capture.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: May, 2010
Location: Hong Kong / Irvine, CA
Posts: 565

1 user found this helpful
Review Date: January 18, 2013 I can recommend the Pentax K10D: Yes | Price: $400.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: CCD
Cons: ISO is bad
Years Owned: 1    Ergonomics: 10    Build Quality: 10    User Interface: 8    Autofocus: 7    Features: 8    Value: 9    Image Quality: 9    Noise: 7    New or Used: Used   

One of the legendary camera.
CCD has a unique color compare to CMOS sensor.
Red looks very good, but be care for lighting because it can be wash out.

It looks like a nice piece when paired with the grip.
Great day time camera.
   
Junior Member

Registered: June, 2012
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Posts: 36
Review Date: January 9, 2013 I can recommend the Pentax K10D: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros:
Cons:
Ergonomics: 9    Build Quality: 10    User Interface: 7    Autofocus: 5    Features: 4    Value: 10    Image Quality: 9    Noise: 6    New or Used: Used   

My first (and still current) DSLR. It's a wonderful machine. May be a little out of date, but still an usable tool for serious photography. Has some flaws, but for the price on the used market you would hardly get anything better. The most positive thing are punchy CCD colors and the per pixel sharpness (only the new K5IIs is better). It is due to its extremely weak AA filter. 10mpx is not much but still enough. Another positive thing is the handling (ergonomics, viewfinder...) of the thing. WR is also nice.
The bad things are: autofocus (slow with focus issues with some lenses), lack of video and live-view and high ISO noise.
But still recommendable today as a budget camera, learning tool or a second body.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: October, 2008
Location: Japan
Posts: 1,074
Review Date: June 14, 2012 I can recommend the Pentax K10D: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros:
Cons:
Years Owned: 3 and a half    Ergonomics: 10    Build Quality: 10    User Interface: 10    Autofocus: 8    Features: 9    Value: 9    Image Quality: 8    Noise: 7    New or Used: New   

I've had the K10 for around 3 and a half years.
Bought new in Japan for around 55,000 Yen.

It's been a joy to use and the ergonomics make this the most comfortable camera to hold.
The menu is also good as is the inclusion of an SR switch.

Over the years, it has given me some lovely photos that I've been extremely satisfied with.

The only issues that I've had has been with high ISO over 800 and auto focus in lowlight situations.
Granted I haven't got the fastest lenses.

I now have a K-5 and will use the K10 mostly with my manual lenses and tripod work.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: January, 2008
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 547
Review Date: April 12, 2012 I can recommend the Pentax K10D: Yes | Price: $300.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: bright finder
Cons:

Good starter camer now, if the price is right.
   
New Member

Registered: February, 2012
Posts: 7
Review Date: March 25, 2012 I can recommend the Pentax K10D: Yes | Price: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp pictures, weather sealed, Build quality
Cons: Noise on higher ISO
Years Owned: 4    Ergonomics: 9    Build Quality: 10    User Interface: 9    Features: 9    Value: 10    Image Quality: 9    Noise: 9    New or Used: New   

This was my first DSLR and have enjoyed it since I bought it. I've never had a problem with and get great pictures from it.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: September, 2011
Location: California
Posts: 369
Review Date: March 14, 2012 I can recommend the Pentax K10D: Yes | Price: $250.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Color, Weather Sealed, Price, Accessories
Cons: None
Years Owned: 1    Ergonomics: 10    Build Quality: 10    User Interface: 10    Autofocus: 10    Features: 10    Value: 10    Image Quality: 10    Noise: 10    New or Used: New   

Excellent camera, glad I upgraded to this from my K100D Super. It was a great upgrade and allows you to learn a lot more! The weather sealing on the camera just amazes me, and how the OEM battery grip is also weather sealed. Great camera and affordable!
   
New Member

Registered: December, 2011
Posts: 2

3 users found this helpful
Review Date: December 17, 2011 I can recommend the Pentax K10D: Yes | Price: $950.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Weatherproof
Cons: AWB not accurate but
Years Owned: 4    Ergonomics: 10    Build Quality: 10    User Interface: 10    Autofocus: 8    Features: 8    Value: 10    Image Quality: 9    Noise: 8    New or Used: New   

I love this camera

After many years with film (car racing, car shows, weddings, etc....) I lost the joy in photography. Quit taking pics on any kind in 1990.
In 2001 I bought my first digital(Sony point and shoot) In 2004 I met my wife, we both had passions for photography in out past and about 5 point and shoots later we both decided to go DSLR. My wife has a Nikon D80 and I bought the Pentax K10D(2007) I am to say the least, rough on a camera. I wanted a tough outdoors camera that could be outdoors in a mist or rain and not be afraid of hurting it in any way. What I got was exactly that. If you are looking at buying a lightweight DSLR, the K10D is not your camera. This camera without a lens, weighs about what my wifes D80 does with a 50mm on it. Does that make it uncomfortable NO. It is the most balanced feeling camera I have felt, especially in the beginner to midrange DSLR major brands.

There are many reviews on here but in layman terms that everyone can understand, here is a very brief review.

Beginner to Midrange comparison
Image quality - equals or slightly below Nikon, Canon or Sony(=N,CorS) (soft on the edges on some pics) in RAW surpases all 3
White balance - Auto white is poor, always manual set. 60% of my pics I have to adjust the levels in photoshop.
Autofocus - about 100% accurate about 80% of the time. When it is off it is way off
AutoSettings - If you want auto settings like landscape, overcast etc... this camera is not for you. The K10D does not have any
scenesettings, This puts the camera in more of a midrange photography knowledge catagory for a beginner price
Camera Feel - In your hands it is heavy but balanced. Generous righthand grip size, bigger and more comfortable than (N,CorS)

My BIGGEST complaint. Availability of high end lenses 400mm 500mm 800mm

Ok now for real world - Would I buy again, 100% yes
Through my business I have been to Africa, Middle East, Europe, Canada, Central and South America and all over the US taking more than 20,000 pictures and this camera has been rock solid. All I have ever had to do to a pic in photoshop is adjust the levels.

I hope this helps
   
Senior Member

Registered: October, 2009
Location: Nis
Posts: 265

1 user found this helpful
Review Date: October 21, 2011 I can recommend the Pentax K10D: Yes | Price: $500.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Excellent ergonomics and build quality, nice colours,
Cons: Noise on higher ISO, no pixel mapping, heavy...
Years Owned: 3    Ergonomics: 10    Build Quality: 10    User Interface: 9    Autofocus: 8    Features: 8    Value: 9    Image Quality: 8    Noise: 6    New or Used: New   

This is an good workhorse DSLR camera, good image quality, nice colours, good features, simple user interface with baterry grip well in the hand, maybe little heavy. I used with Tamron 2.8/17-50mm, AF is fast but not always accurate, with manual lenses, focus confirmation sometimes makes mistakes. Noise on higher ISO is visible, and also colours in shadows especially in the case of manual lenses. All of this is to be expected since the camera is from older generation with CCD sensor. Nice feature is shake reduction on the sensor, so it is possible with all lenses. Weather resistance is also a big plus, I used several times in the rain and snowstorm.
   
Inactive Account

Registered: August, 2011
Location: Budapest
Posts: 5
Review Date: October 19, 2011 I can recommend the Pentax K10D: Yes | Price: $1,000.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Excellent building quality, comfortable handling
Cons: AF in low light
Years Owned: 5    Ergonomics: 10    Build Quality: 10    User Interface: 9    Autofocus: 5    Features: 7    Value: 9    Image Quality: 8    Noise: 7    New or Used: New   

Match this camera with good fix Pentax lenses.
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