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Pentax K200D


Pentax K200D

Category: Serious / Family dSLR

The Pentax K200D digital SLR has 10.2MP resolution on an APS-sized (23.5mm x 15.7mm) CCD image sensor with Sensor Shift Shake Reduction and Dust Reduction.

Because image stabilization is sensor-based, it is compatible with any PENTAX lens ever produced, including new SDM lenses. The Shake Reduction system offers a 2.5 to 4 stop advantage.

The K200D targets the Family dSLR category: those who want to move up from a point-and-shoot digital camera and take advantage of a dSLR's excellent image quality -- but do not want the hassle of learning all the intricacies of using a digital SLR. Auto Picture and Scene modes offer shooting ease, while advanced modes, such as the Sv mode, allow photographers to grow with the camera.

The K200D ships with a new SMC 18-55mm 3x optical zoom lens. [A focal length multiplier of 1.5 gives a 35mm equivalent of 54-165mm.]

The Pentax K200D has an extra large 2.7-in. LCD monitor with enlarged menu lettering. There is no Live View so the LCD is not used for image composition viewing but image review only. A high 230,000 pixels resolution and a 160° horizontal/vertical wide angle viewing provide easy viewing from any angle.

Pentax claims its Enhanced Dynamic Range mode gives 200% more dynamic range.

To prevent dust from collecting on the image sensor, an improved Dust Reduction system features prevention, removal and alerting devices. For those times when manual sensor cleaning is required, the dust alert system displays on the LCD the location of dust on the sensor to allow precise removal.

Having a hard time deciding on the Pentax K200D versus its other similarly-featured competitors? Consider that the K200D is the only one in its class with a weather and dust resistant body with special seals applied to different areas of the camera body to allow shooting in harsh conditions. It also conveniently uses 4 AA batteries.

The Pentax K200D has enough features to satisfy the advanced amateur photographer -- and enough automation to be easily used by those moving up from a point-and-shoot model.

DigitalCameraReview awards the Pentax K200D an Editor's Choice.


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Pentax K200D
QuickFact™ Sheet
Pentax K200D US | CAN | UK | PentaxSLR
Type Digital SLR
Image Sensor

Type: Interline interlace CCD with primary color filter and integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system
Size: 23.5 x 15.7mm
Color depth: 8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW
Effective pixels: 10.2 MP
Total pixels: 10.75 MP
Recorded resolutions: 3872x2592 (10M), 3008x2000 (6M), 1824x1216 (2M)
Quality levels: ������ Best, ���� Better, �� Good
Dust removal: Image sensor movement combined with SP coating

Image Stabilization

Type: Body-based, sensor shift Shake Reduction (4 stops maximum)

Lens Mount Type/construction: Pentax KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
Usable lenses: Pentax KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format useable w/ adapter and/or restrictions)
SDM function: YES
Power zoom function: n/a
Focus System

Type: TTL phase-matching 11 point wide autofocus system (SAFOX VIII)
Focus modes: AF Single (w/ focus lock), Manual, AF Continuous available in Action mode (including Auto Pict Action), Kids mode, Pet mode, P/A/S/M/B/Sv
Focus point adjustment: Auto, User-Selectable, Center
AF assist: YES, via built-in flash


Type: Penta-Mirror
Coverage (field of view): 96%
Magnification: 0.85x (w/ 50mm f/1.4 at infinity)
Standard focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte II
Diopter adjustment: -2.5 to 1.5
Depth of field preview: Optical diaphragm stop down, Digital


Type: 2.7” TFT color LCD monitor, adjustable brightness
Resolution: Approx 230,000 dots
Wide angle viewable: YES, approx 160° horizontal/vertical

Light Metering

Type: TTL open aperture, 16 segment metering
Sensitivity range: EV 0-21 (ISO 100, 50mm f/1.4)
Multi-segment: YES, 16 segments
Center weighted: YES
Spot: YES
Exposure lock: YES

Exposure Compensation

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

Auto Bracketing

YES, 3 frames, up to +/- 1.5 (1/2 steps) or +/- 1.0 (1/3 steps)

ISO Sensitivity

Auto: 100-1600 ISO (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps)
Manual: 100-1600 ISO (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps)

White Balance

Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent (W, D, N), Flash, Color Temperature
Manual mode(s): YES
* WB fine adjustment available


Type: Electronically controlled, vertical run, focal plane shutter
Shutter speed: 1/4000 to 30 sec, bulb available

Capture Modes

Mode selection: Auto Picture, Picture (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, Night Scene Portrait, Standard Flash-Off), Scene (Night Scene, Surf & Snow, Food, Sunset, Kids, Pet, Candlelight, Museum), Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Metered Manual, Bulb
Green simplified mode available: n/a
P/A/S/M/B: P, A, S, M, B (extended modes include Sv)
Date stamp: n/a
Digital filters (capture): TBA
Data record: Folder Name (standard, date)

Custom Functions

Functions available: 23

Drive Modes

Mode selection: Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s), Auto Bracket
Continuous FPS: - 2.8 FPS (4 JPG and Continuous Hi, 4 RAW) - 1.1 FPS (unlimited JPG and Continuous Lo, 4 RAW)
Self-timer: YES (12s, 2s)
Remote control: YES, infrared (0s, 3s) and cable switch supported

Playback Modes

Mode selection: One shot, two shots, index (4, 9, or 16 thumbnails), magnification, image rotation, folder view, slideshow, histogram, bright/dark indicators, RAW to JPG
Magnification: Up to 16x, scrollable
Digital filters (playback): B&W, Sepia, Color (18), Soft (3), Illustration, HDR (3), Slim (+/- 8), Brightness (+/- 8)

Built-in Flash

Type: Retractable P-TTL popup flash
Guide number: 13 (100/m)
Coverage: 28mm wide angle (equivalent to 35mm)
Flash modes: TBA
Flash exposure compensation: -2 to 1 EV in 1/2 steps

External Flash

Type: Hot Shoe (P-TTL, high speed sync available), Wireless with PENTAX dedicated flash
Synchronization speed: 1/180s

File Formats

Still: RAW PEF/DNG, JPG (EXIF 2.21), DCF 2.0 (design rule for camera file system), DPOF, Print Image Matching III

Storage Media

Internal memory: n/a
Removable memory: SD, SDHC

Language English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, Traditional/Simplified Chinese

Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, video out, DC input, cable switch
Video out: NTSC, PAL
Printer interfaces: PictBridge

Operating Temperatures 32-104°F
Computer System Requirements

*For device connectivity. Bundled software requirements may vary.
Windows: Windows XP/Vista, USB port
Mac: MacOS 10.2 or later, USB 2.0 port

Power Supply

Power source: 4* AA (lithium, alkaline, NiMH rechargeable)
Recordable images: Approx 1100 w/ lithium (approx 550 w/ 50% flash use)
Playback time: Approx 700 min
AC adapter available: YES (optional)

What's in The Box

K200D body (18-55 lens with lens kit), USB Cable I-USB17, Video Cable I-VC28, Strap O-ST53, Hotshoe Cover FK, Eyecup FO, Body Mount Cover, Finder Cap for ME, Software CD-ROM S-SW74, AA Lithium Batteries (*4)

Optional Accessories

AC Adapter Kit K-AC76U, Battery Grip BG3, Remote Control F, Cable Switch CS-205, Magnifying Eyepiece O-ME53 (1.2x), DSLR Gadget Bag, DSLR Sling Bag

Dimensions (W x H x D) 133.5x 95 x 74mm /
5.2 x 3.7 x 2.9 in

630g / 22.2 oz. without battery and SD memory card;
690g / 24.3 oz with lithium batteries (25.6 oz with alkaline batteries)

MSRP US $699.95 body only / US $799.95 with 18-55mm lens


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