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Pentax K10D DSLR


Pentax K10D
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Category: Advanced Amateur - Prosumer and Family dSLR

The Pentax K10D DSLR has 10.1MP resolution on an APS-sized (23.5mm x 15.7mm) CCD image sensor with CCD Image Sensor Shift.

A new high-precision 11-point auto focus system allows for fast single and continuous AF.

ISO goes from 100 to 3200, and a new and exclusive-to-K10D TAv-Priority mode allows you to select both shutter speed and aperture and leave it to the camera to select the appropriate ISO for correct exposure.

New also is a practical Hyper Program mode that allows you to quickly and intuitively switch from P to either Shutter-Priority or APerture-Priority mode, and back to P.

The Pentax K10D has a new extra large 2.5-in. LCD monitor to facilitate image playback viewing and menu setting. [Remember the LCD on most dSLRs is not used for image composition viewing.] A high 210,000 pixels resolution and a wide-viewing angle of 140 degrees vertically and horizontally provides easy viewing even from an angle. It also features a glass pentaprism viewfinder that offers a 96 percent field of view and a 95X magnification -- with a large, bright and clear view.

A Shake Reduction (SR) system that is designed to minimize camera shake by oscillating the CCD image sensor vertically and horizontally at high speed using magnetic force, while adjusting the speed of oscillation in proportion to the amount of camera shake detected by a built-in sensor. This system does not require special anti-shake lenses and may be used with almost all existing PENTAX interchangeable lenses. The Shake Reduction system offers a 2.5 to 4 stop advantage.

The PENTAX K10D weather-resistant body features special seals applied to 72 different areas of the camera body including the shutter release button. These weather-resistant seals allow the PENTAX K10D to operate even in light rain, fog, snow and dusty conditions. To prevent dust from collecting on the image sensor, a Dust Reduction system vibrates the low-pass filter in front of the image sensor automatically at startup to loosen any dust on the CCD.

Other features include 3 images per second continuous shooting, top shutter speed of 1/4,000 sec. for sports and action photography, Bulb (B) setting for night photography, a high ISO 3200 sensitivity for indoors shots without using the flash, and a real pentaprism for a large, clear and bright viewfinder.

The Pentax K10D has a great feature set and has raised the bar for other digital SLR manufacturer to follow.

Pentax K10D
QuickFact™ Sheet
Pentax K10DUS| PentaxSLR
Camera Type Auto-exposure digital SLR still camera with TTL auto focus, built-in retractable P-TTL auto flash, and CCD shift shake reduction and dust reduction
Image Sensor

Type – Interline interlace CCD with a primary color filter (23.5 x 15.7mm);

Total Pixels – 10.75 megapixels; Color Depth – 8 bit (JPEG) or 12 bit (RAW) x 3 colors;

Shake Reduction – CCD Image Sensor Shift;

Recorded Pixels - JPEG: 10M (3872x2592 pixels), 6M (3008x2000 pixels), 2M (1824x1216 pixels);

RAW: 10M (3872x2592 pixels)

Effective Pixels 10.2 megapixels
Focus System

Type - TTL phase-matching 11-point autofocus system (SAFOX VIII);

Autofocus Modes - AF-Single (with focus lock), AF-Continuous, Manual

Lens Mount Type - PENTAX KAF2 mount compatible with PENTAX KAF2, KAF and KA mount lenses; Power zoom function - Available; K-mount lenses - Usable with restrictions; S-mount lenses - Usable with adapter and restrictions; 67/645 lenses - Usable with adapter and restrictions
Light Metering

Light Metering Method - TTL open-aperture metering with choice of: 16-segment, Center-weighted & Spot meter;

Metering Range – EV1 - EV21.5 (At ISO 200 with 50mm F1.4 lens)

Exposure Compensation

+/-3 EV (1/2 steps), +/- 2 EV (1/3 steps)

Auto Bracketing

3 frames +/-1.5EV (1/2 steps) or +/-1EV (1/3 steps)

ISO Sensitivity

Auto, Manual, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600

Exposure Control

Green, Program AE, ISO Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter & Aperture Priority AE, Metered Manual, X-Sync, Bulb

Auto Exposure Lock - Available; Depth of Field Preview - Via viewfinder or LCD

Drive Modes

Single-shot, Continuous 3fps to card capacity (JPEG), 9 frames (RAW), Self-timer (12sec, 2sec), Auto bracketing, Extended bracketing, Remote Control (0sec, 3sec), Multi-exposure

Digital Filter

Black & White (4 types), Sepia (3 types), Color (18 types), Soft (3 levels), Slim (+/- 8 levels), Brightness (during playback)


Type: Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter;

Shutter Speed: 1/4000 - 30 seconds and Bulb

White Balance

TTL Auto, Pre-set, Custom white balance;

Available Settings: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Manual


Built-in retractable P-TTL pop-up flash;

Operation Modes: flash on, redeye, leading curtain sync, leading curtain + redeye, trailing curtain sync;

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 and wireless sync with PENTAX dedicated flash

Dust Reduction

Image sensor vibration and SP coating


Modes - dd/mm/yy, mm/dd/yy, yy/mm/dd; World Time - Displays the time in 71 cities (28 time zones)

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


Optical Viewfinder – Pentaprism with Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen; Viewfinder Coverage - 95%; Viewfinder Magnification - 0.95x (with 50mm F1.4 lens, -1m-1); Diopter Adjustment - -2.5m-1 to +1.5m-1


2.5 inch TFT color LCD with adjustable brightness;

LCD Resolution - Approx. 210,000 pixels;

Angle of View - Approx. 140 degrees

Playback Specifications

Playback View Modes - Single, Index (nine image); Magnification – Up to 20X enlargement;

LCD Function - Image rotation, Folder view, 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, Swedish, Netherlandish, Italian, Russian, Korean, Chinese (Traditional/Simplified), Portuguese, Japanese

Type - USB 2.0 hi-speed;

Video Output - Compatible with NTSC and PAL formats

Operating Temperatures 32 degrees to 104 degeres Fahrenheit (0 degrees to 40 degrees Celsius); Dimensions (W x H x D) – 5.6 x 4.0 x 2.8 inches (); Weight – 25.0 oz. (710g) without battery and SD memory card, 28.0 oz. (790g) loaded and ready
Computer System Requirements

Mac Requirements - USB: MacOS 10.2 or later, standard equipped USB port Software: MacOS 10.2+, PowerPC G4 (G5 or Intel CORE rec.), 512MB RAM (1GB rec.), 1024x768+ graphics, 250MB+ HDD (500MB rec.);

Windows Requirements - USB: Windows 2000/XP, standard equipped USB port, Software: Windows 2000/XP, Pentium 4+ (2GHz rec.), 512MB RAM (1GB rec.), 1024x768+ graphics, 250MB+ HDD (500MB rec.)

Power Supply

Rechargeable D-LI50 Lithium-ion battery, Optional AC adapter (battery allows approximately 500 shots per charge under normal conditions)

What's in The Box

K10D Body, DA 18-55mm Lens, USB Cable I-USB17 (39233), Video Cable I-VC28 (39262), Strap O-ST53 (39323), Hot Shoe Cover FK (31040), Eyecup FP (30184), Body Mount Cover (31016), Finder Cap for ME (31011), D-LI50 Lithium-ion Battery (39581), Software (CD-ROM) S-SW55

Dimensions (W x H x D) 141.5x 101 x 70mm /
5.6 x 4.0 x 2.8 in

710g (25 oz.) without battery and SD memory card;

790g (28.0 oz.) loaded and ready

MSRP US $899.95 with DA 18-55mm lens kit

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Pentax K10D
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