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09-11-2006, 06:03 AM   #1
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Some K10D specs

Might be a rumor but if it's true


1. 关于22-bit ADC

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.

2. 关于D-BG2电池手柄 (注意这里可没有提能够用AA电池)

D-BG2 Battery Grip

Developed for exclusive use with the PENTAX K10D, this battery grip can be used in combination with the camera's rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to greatly extend the battery life. With an extra shutter-release button, preview lever, electronic dial, AE-lock button and green button, it makes vertical-position shooting simple and effortless. It also features the same dust-proof, water-resistant construction as the K10D camera body.

Marketing date (tentative): Mid October, 2006 (at the launch of the K10D)
Power source: Exclusive lithium-ion battery (D-LI50 type)
Dimensions: 140 (W) x 43 (H) x 73.5 (D) mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight: 235g (without battery)

3. 关于超声波马达

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.

4. 关于全新的PRIME影像处理引擎

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.

5. 关于防尘和防水机身

Dust-proof, water-resistant construction

The K10D boasts a reliable dust-proof, water-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.

6. 关于电池

Powerful rechargeable batteries for extended shooting

The K10D features new, large-capacity lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, which can capture approximately 730 images** when fully recharged.
** Under testing conditions prescribed by the CIPA standards (flash illumination used in 50% of images).

7. 关于CCD除尘

Dust Removal system to keep dust off the CCD surface

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 removes dust and stains from 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.

8. 关于全新的灵敏度(ISO)优先模式(可以不用进入菜单,方便地改动感光度)

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 a
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.

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09-11-2006, 07:08 AM   #2
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Thanks for posting. I hadn't seen all this detail before.
09-12-2006, 10:16 AM   #3
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Found this on another site...

10.2Mp APS-C sized sensor
Hardware noise-killing processing
Dust removal function
3 fps JPEG streaming
RAW + JPEG possible
22 bit image processing and built-in RAW-JPEG converter (SilkyPix algorithms?)
SDHC compatible card slot
Li Ion battery pack, AA batteries also possible
Li Ion battery/hand grip, AA batteries possible
Dust and weather sealed body and battery/hand grip
Full metal body
KAF3 lens mount with USM motors support
New DA 16-50 f/2.8 AL ED and 50-135 f/2.8 ED with USM motors.
Interchangeable focusing screens
Pentaprism viewfinder
11 point AF with 9 cross sensor points (same layout as the current bodies).
+ many other neat things.

Oh, and a link to Pentax dust removal patent:

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