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09-12-2006, 10:56 AM   #1
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New K10D Release Info

Wow is this server slow today!

Steves Digicams has the news, enjoy.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/pr/pentax_09132006_k10d_pr.html?AType=0

09-12-2006, 11:01 AM   #2
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Amazing!!! More than I expected! Glad I have one on order.

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The Specs...

Since Steve's went down, I figured I'd copy in the page here for us all to drool over:

(Snipped out most of it, really it is the same as the post here:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/6-pentax-dslr-discussion/110-some-k10d-specs.html )

K10D Specifications
Image Capture Device: Interline interlace CCD with a primary color filter
Shake Reduction – CCD Image Sensor Shift
Total Pixels – 10.75 megapixels
Color Depth – 8 bit (JPEG) or 12 bit (RAW) x 3 colors
Effective Pixels: 10.2 megapixels
Recorded Pixels: JPEG: 10M 3872x2592 pixels
6M 3008x2000 pixels
2M 1824x1216 pixels
RAW: 10M 3872x2592 pixels
Focus System: TTL phase-matching 11-point autofocus system (SAFOX VIII) w/AF assist lamp
Autofocus Modes - AF-Single (with focus lock), AF-Continuous, Manual
Illumination Range – EV1 - EV19 (At ISO 200 with 50mm f1.4 lens)
Lens Mount: PENTAX KAF mount compatible with PENTAX KAF2, KAF and KA mount lenses
Power zoom function - Not available
K-mount lenses - usable with restrictions
S-mount lenses - usable with adapter and restrictions
67/645 lenses - usable with adapter and restrictions
DA 18-55mm Lens: DA series smc PENTAX zoom
Focal Length - 18mm - 55mm
35mm Equivalent - 27mm -83mm
Aperture Range – F3.5 – F5.6
Construction - 12 elements in 9 groups
Light Metering: TTL open-aperature metering
16-segment, Center-weighted & Spot meter
Range: EV1 - EV21.5 (at ISO 200 with 50mm f1.4 lens)
Sensitivity: ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Exposure Control: Green, Program AE, ISO Priority AE, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Metered Manual, X-Sync, Bulb
Exposure Compensation - +/-3 EV (1/2 or 1/3 steps)
Auto Exposure Lock - Pushbutton type with approx. 20 sec. timer
Depth of Field Preview - Via main switch
Auto Bracketing: 3 frames +/-1.5EV (1/2 steps) or +/-1EV (1/3 steps)
Shutter: Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Shutter Speed - 1/4000 - 30 seconds and Bulb
White Balance: TTL Auto, Pre-set, Custom white balance
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Flash, Manual
Flash: Built-in series-control retractable P-TTL pop-up flash
Operation Modes - Auto, Flash-off, Flash-on, Auto + Red-eye reduction, Flash-on + Red-eye reduction
Guide Number - 15.6 (at ISO 200/m)
Angle of View Coverage - 28mm (equivalent to 35mm)
Flash Exposure Compensation - +1 to -2 (1/2 steps)
Flash Synchronization - With RTF and via hot shoe
Synchronization Speed - 1/180 sec, P-TTL high speed sync with PENTAX dedicated flash
Digital Filter: Black & White (4 types), Sepia (3 types) , Color (18 types), Soft (3 levels), Slim (+/- 8 levels), Brightness (during playback)
Drive Modes: Single-shot, Continuous 3fps to card capacity (JPEG), 12 frames (RAW), Self-timer (12sec, 2sec), Auto bracketing, Extended Bracketing, Remote Control (0sec, 3sec)
Time: Modes - dd/mm/yy, mm/dd/yy, yy/mm/dd; World Time - Displays the time in 70 cities (28 time zones)
Dust Reduction: Type - Image sensor vibration with SP coating
Image Storage: Storage Media - SD memory card, SDHC memory card;
File Formats - Still: JPEG (Exif 2.21), RAW (PEF, DNG), DCF (Design rule for Camera File system),
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), PRINT Image Matching III
Viewfinder: Optical Viewfinder -Pentamirror with Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen
Viewfinder Coverage - 95%
Viewfinder Magnification - 0.95x (with 50mm f1.4 lens, -1-1)
Diopter Adjustment - -2.5m-1 to +1.5m-1
LCD 2.5 inch, TFT color LCD (Low Reflection) –with Histogram display
LCD Coverage - 100%
LCD Resolution - Approx. 210,000 pixels
Angle of View - Approx. 140°
Playback Modes: Single, Index - Nine image
Magnification – 20x
LCD Function - Image rotation, Slide show, Digital filter, Histogram, Exposure warning
Erase and Image Protect Modes - Single, All
PictBridge: One image print, All image print, DPOF, Paper size, Paper type, Paper quality, Border
Language: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Swedish, Dutch
Interfaces: USB 2.0 high speed
Video Output - Compatible with NTSC and PAL formats
Power Supply: D-LI50 Lithium-ion battery, which can capture approximately 500 images when fully recharged (CIPA standards, flash illumination used in 50% of images).
Optional AC adapter also available
Operating Temperatures: 32° to 104° F / 0° to 40° C
Dimensions: (W x H x D) – 5.6 x 4.0 x 2.7 inches (141.5 x 101 x 67.5mm)
Weight: 25 oz. (710g) without battery and SD memory card; 27.9 oz. (790g) loaded and ready
Computer System Requirements: Mac Requirements - OS: Mac OS 10.2 or later, standard equipped USB port; PC Requirements - OS: Windows 2000, XP Home edition / Professional, standard equipped USB port

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09-12-2006, 12:45 PM   #4
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Unfortunately the page has disappeared.

The title said press release of Sept. 13, so it will probably appear tomorrow.

I got a chance to look at the specs ... all the rumours were true ... I want one

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http://ericcloninger.com/albums/DPRShots/StevesK10DRelease.pdf
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K10D release

I didn't see this at first but I'm glad some one was able to post it here. this is what we have been waiting for and If it comes down to the wife saying it's either me or the camera. (Well dear it was a great 20 years) I've got to have this camera.
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OK, all we are excited about K10 but let's try to put emotions aside and look what Pentax really offered here.

+ unlimited JPEG and 12 RAW buffer;
+ in body antishake;
+ antidust;
+ DNG (however is it compressed?).
+ AF modes, AE modes dials on body.

- WB and ISO setting through menu;
- Sony sensor (minus because all "informed" persons were claiming that it won't be noisy 10MP sensor from Sony)
- proprietary battery capable operating from 0 to +40? Well, I live in country where subzero temperatures in winter is a normal thing what should I do when it is -15 outside? For Lithium AA such temperature is not a problem.

And there are a lot of questions:

(?) 22 bit NuCore processor. Ok, 22 bits sounds nice but what real advantage do we get? Does it give us extended dynamic range?

(?) weather sealed body. Nice, but do we have any wether sealed lenses?

(?) in lense USM support. Also nice but how many USM lenses for Pentax do we have? Yes, coming 16-50/2,8 and 50-135/28 will have USM, but they'll cost in the area of $1000, not really cheap, probably out of many pentaxians' budget. What about DA 18-55/3,5-5,6 USM, DA 16-45/4 USM and DA 50-200/4-5,6 USM? Will Pentax offer us half-price upgrade from non USM versions to USM versions? I'm sure they won't. So, for me USM has no importance at all...

(?) is that nasty bug with Auto ISO fixed?


Anyway, we need to see pictures made with K10D, so far based on specifications it is clearly the best camera for it's price.
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Looks Excellent

QuoteOriginally posted by Photo Tramp Quote
I didn't see this at first but I'm glad some one was able to post it here. this is what we have been waiting for and If it comes down to the wife saying it's either me or the camera. (Well dear it was a great 20 years) I've got to have this camera.
Pretty funny, Dave. I have to agree - this hits almost all of my sweet spots.

The only gripe is the lack of mechanical aperture adjustment for pre-A lenses, but I can easily resolve that by selling those lenses. Done!

Unexpected great points to the camera:
  • ISO 100
  • Dust/weather sealing
  • Continuous JPEG shooting
  • Price

Expected great points to the camera:
  • Two scroll wheels (more professional interface in general)
  • 10 MP
  • Better/faster buffer and processing
  • Pentaprism (I hope)

I'm still searching for another downside...

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All the semi official specs I have seen say pentaMIRROR!!! Why not use the DS parts bin rather than the DL parts bin?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Arjay Bee Quote
All the semi official specs I have seen say pentaMIRROR!!! Why not use the DS parts bin rather than the DL parts bin?
Roland says that the viewfinder is a PentaPRISM, and that any references to mirrors are incorrect. I guess we'll find out at 4PM today?
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proprietary batteries... sigh...

It certainly sounds as though it has all the bells and whistles, although I'm not pleased by the proprietary battery. I've done a complete flip-flop on that - the first digital I got had a proprietary battery, and I thought it was great because it really lasts a long time. But when it's dead... you're stuck. I got the DL thinking I could put up with AAs, but I've got to really like them. Seems that rechargeable technology has improved somewhat since I had a Sony Walkman all those years ago and after a few rechargings, I'd get 5 minutes out of my batteries! I'm happy with my NiMHs, and can always carry a set of lithiums for emergencies.

Is it at all likely that the K10 can take AAs as well? I'd really like to be able to have a set as backup, and those proprietaries are expensive!

Of course this is all entirely academic - I can't possibly justify a new camera at the moment. But I'd like to know just in case I have occasion to reward myself...

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K10D release info

Well let's See here Acording to the Specs from Pentax Canada there is no mention of AA batteries but they do say It will use rechargable IONlithium (good news here)
the Viewfinder is a PENTAPRISIAM not pentamirror. (Great news Here)can order acc Battery Grip (very nice here) I would say all the other specs that we saw yesterday were the true specs and leaked early (Thanks to Steves Digicam). I am very happy with the new specs and I Want this camera.(soooooooooooooo bad) Now what are your dislikes.
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I told myself that as long as it had a Pentamirror and continuous shooting (which we now know it does), I'll buy it. Of course, I also want it to be as compact as my DS2- if it is, I think this'll be the best camera everm at least it my world!

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K10D release info

Hay Adam:
Now that we know, who will be the first kid on the block to own one?? (LOL)
David

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Prism

QuoteOriginally posted by carpents Quote
Roland says that the viewfinder is a PentaPRISM, and that any references to mirrors are incorrect. I guess we'll find out at 4PM today?
According to the Canadian site it is a pentaprism!
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