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Pentax K10D 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Shake Reduction (Body Only)

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  • 10.2-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
  • 2.5-inch LCD display; body only--no lens included
  • In-camera Shake Reduction (SR) and Dust Reduction (DR) systems; dust-proof, weather-resistant body
  • Continuous shooting at approximately three images per second
  • Stores images on SD or SDHC memory cards; powered by lithium-ion battey D-LI50 (battery and charger included
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Technical Details

Style: Body Only
  • Brand Name: Pentax
  • Model: 19091
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 10.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Display Size: 2.5 inches
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Style: Body Only
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 4 x 2.7 inches ; 1.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000IHN8AO
  • Item model number: 19091
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,597 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 13, 2006

Product Description

Style: Body Only

From the Manufacturer

The Pentax K10D digital SLR camera features 10.2 effective megapixels and a host of advanced technologies including a Pentax-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system and a weather-resistant body. Designed to deliver high-quality digital images and responsive operation for advanced photo enthusiasts, the K10D features an array of Pentax innovations in image capture and camera functionality.

The most significant features in the K10D include:

  • A Pentax-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system that effectively offers a 2.5 to 4 stop advantage for sharp, blur-free images even under difficult shooting conditions, such as macro and telephoto photography or low light settings without a flash.
  • A newly-developed Pentax Real IMage Engine (PRIME) designed exclusively for Pentax digital SLR cameras to produce well-balanced, true-to-life images. In order to meet the performance requirement in handling 10-megapixel data, Pentax also incorporated a new high-performance 22 bit A/D converter to quickly transfer images with accurate color tones and richer gradation from the CCD to the imaging engine.
  • A new Dust Removal (DR) system incorporating Pentax-original Special Protect (SP) coating to help keep the CCD surface dust-free, and a shift mechanism to shake dust off the CCD.
  • A dependable dust-proof, weather-resistant body construction featuring 72 seals throughout the camera to allow photographers to continue shooting even in dusty or rainy environments.

High-quality image reproduction
The K10D features a large, high-performance 23.5mm x 15.7mm CCD with 10.2 effective megapixels as its image sensor, assuring the reproduction of true-to-life, rich-gradation images.

Pentax-original Shake Reduction mechanism for blur-free images
The K10D is equipped with the exclusive, Pentax-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system, which effectively reduces camera shake for sharp, blur-free images even under demanding shooting conditions, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark or at night without supplementary flash illumination, or using extended exposures for sunset scenes. The SR mechanism 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 built-in sensors. As a result, the system does not require special anti-shake lenses and can be used with more than 24 million Pentax lenses produced since 1964. (Lenses compatible with this mechanism are the Pentax K-, KA-, KAF-, and KAF2-mount lenses; screw-mount lenses [with an adapter]; and 645- are 67-system lenses [with an adapter]. Some functions may not be applicable with certain lenses.)

Newly developed A/D converter for truthful image data conversion
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.

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.

Dust Removal system to help keep the CCD surface dust-free
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 prevents dust and stains from adhering to 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.

Dust-proof, weather-resistant construction
The K10D boasts a reliable dust-proof, weather-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.

Original exposure system for faithful reproduction of creative intentions

Hyper Program function:
The K10D's Hyper Program function allows the user to instantly switch to the Shutter-Priority AE (Tv) mode or Aperture-Priority AE (Av) mode from the Program AE mode, with a simple turn of the electronic dials on the grip (one on the front for index-finger control, and the other on the back for thumb control). To return to the Program AE mode, simply press the green button positioned next to the shutter-release button.

Hyper Manual function:
When shooting in the Metered Manual mode, a single push of the green button allows the user to instantly set the proper exposure for the subject.

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 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.

Shutter and Aperture-Priority mode:
Another exposure mode offered by the K10D is Shutter and Aperture-Priority AE (TAv) mode, which is designed to automatically select the most appropriate sensitivity for a user-selected shutter-speed and aperture combination.

Bright, clear viewfinder
Featuring a glass pentaprism, the K10D's viewfinder offers a 96-percent field of view and a 0.95x magnification for easy viewing of the subject and effortless confirmation of focus and composition. Coupled with the acclaimed Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen, it delivers a large, bright subject image.

Auto sensitivity control up to ISO 1600
The K10D's auto sensitivity control function automatically sets the optimum sensitivity up to ISO 1600, based on such data as the subject's brightness level and the lens' focal length. Since this function allows the use of higher shutter speeds in poor lighting situations (such as indoor sports events and night scenes), it helps the photographer to effectively reduce camera shake and prevent blurred images. For specialized applications, the sensitivity can be set manually from ISO 100 to ISO 1600.

Continuous shooting at approximately three images per second
To trace the movement of an active subject or capture a sequence of the subject's expressions, the K10D offers a continuous shooting mode that allows the photographer to capture a series of images at a maximum speed of approximately three images per second. In the JPEG recording format, the user is allowed to take as many images in succession as wished, until the capacity of an SD memory card runs out, or in RAW mode up to 12 images at 3.0 frames per second (fps).

Reliable shutter unit
The K10D's shutter unit is designed to withstand nearly 100,000 releases, while assuring high-precision operation over the entire shutter-speed range--up to a top speed of 1/4000 second. It also features a flash synchronization speed of 1/180 second for more versatile flash photography.

11-point wide-frame AF
The K10D's sophisticated SAFOX VIII autofocus system features 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors positioned in the middle) to automatically focus on the subject with utmost precision, even when it is positioned off center. The in-focus sensor point is automatically superimposed in red in the viewfinder for at-a-glance confirmation.

Extra-large, wide-view LCD monitor
The K10D incorporates an extra-large 2.5-inch color LCD monitor on its back panel. Its wide-view design allows the photographer to check the monitor image from 140 degrees both vertically and horizontally, ensuring effortless image viewing even from a diagonal position. With approximately 210,000 pixels, it also offers digital zooming of playback images up to 20 times for easy confirmation of the image's focusing status and details.

Powerful rechargeable batteries for extended shooting
The K10D features new, large-capacity lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, which can capture approximately 700 images (CIPA standard) when fully recharged.

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.

Additional features:

  • Choice of 16-segment multi-pattern metering, center-weighted metering, and spot metering to accommodate various photographic applications
  • High-rigidity stainless-steel chassis
  • 32 custom functions to personalize camera operations
  • Extended bracket function to capture three images of the same subject at different contrast, saturation, sharpness, or white-balance levels
  • Compatibility with conventional SD memory cards and newly introduced SDHC memory cards
  • Choice of two preview functions (digital/optical)
  • Simultaneous recording of RAW and JPEG images
  • Manual fine adjustment of white balance
  • Day-by-day folders to simplify the arrangement and search of recorded images
  • Six built-in digital filters (Black-and-white, Sepia, Slim, Soft, Brightness, and Color) for easy editing of recorded images

Product Description

The Pentax K10D Digital SLR features an array of Pentax innovations including 10.2 effective Megapixels and a Pentax-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system that effectively offers a 2.5 to 4 stop advantage for sharp, blur-free images even under difficult shooting conditions, such as macro and telephoto photography or low light settings without a flash. Also featured is a newly developed Pentax Real IMage Engine (PRIME) designed exclusively for Pentax digital SLR cameras to produce well-balanced, true-to-life images. Pentax also incorporated a new high performance 22-bit A/D converter to quickly transfer images with accurate color tones and richer gradation from the CCD to the imaging engine. The new Dust Removal (DR) system incorporating Pentax-original Special Protect (SP) coating helps keep the CCD surface dust-free, and adds a shift mechanism to shake dust off the CCD. All this is housed in a dependable dust-proof, weather-resistant body construction featuring 72 seals throughout the camera to allow photographers to continue shooting even in dusty or rainy environments. Power Source - Rechargeable D-LI50 Lithium-ion battery, Optional AC adapter System Requirements - Mac OS 10.2 or later, PowerPC G4 minimum, Windows 2000, XP, Pentium 4, 2 GHz recommended, 512MB RAM, 1024x768 graphics, 250MB hard drive, standard equipped USB port Dimensions - 5.6 x 4.0 x 2.8 inches (141.5x 101 x 70mm) Weight - 25.0 ounces (710 grams)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Image quality is good. I like the color rendition and depth it produces. Read more ›
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Unfortunately, the JPEG quality isn't what it should be, so it's best to shoot in RAW and export later, especially since the quality of the K10D's RAW images is so wonderful. Read more ›
Also, it seems to do a better job of metering than the *ist DL. My images are more vivid, sharper and I find myself not doing much to my RAW images. the shake reduction… Read more ›
Pros: 1)Picture quality is excellent right out of the box. Yes you may need to twitch a bit to the default JPEG setting if you are fond of very bright and sharp images. Read more ›
Now that I've tried it out, here's the deal: if you are a novice, the K10D *will take good pictures for you…It has a "Green" mode, which is its fully automated mode. Yo… Read more ›
The quality of the photographs so far have been excellent. Its use in the automatic settings has been easy and the shutter speed for repetitive action shots is superb! Again… Read more ›
I have to make an update about this: if you shoot RAW DNG and…Function customization is outstanding and the most used functions are accessible through dedicated buttons. Read more ›
Setup and Use of features are well explained in the Manual. Becoming familiar with available features and programs will take practice. Read more ›
Also some people think the K10d gives dull, not very sharp images. If you want sharp saturated, sharp JPEG's just set the camera to "Bright mode." It doesn't give you much… Read more ›
While the…I also like the way the controls were laid out on the back, and the dual dials plus extra exposure modes together with the green button really make things a snap. Read more ›
The kit lens is also very good as basic lens. The Body SR function makes every lens perform very well when you hold it with shaky hands. I hate Canon and Nikon because they… Read more ›
I've printed out some photos so far up to 8x10 size and they…I have yet to purchase a quality prime lens to test but if the stock lens does this good, I have no worries. Read more ›
I am so glad I spent the time researching…I purchased the camera body along with the Pentax 18-250 f3.5-6.3 lens, which is a great general purpose lens for outdoor shots. Read more ›
In other respects, I have been quite pleased with it--image quality is good, controls seem fairly logical to me, and my large collection of older Pentax lenses works well… Read more ›
- My 28-70 f/2.8, 70-300 f/4-5.6, and 50mm f/1.4 FA lenses all work very well with the K10D. Read more ›
For one thing, choosing Pentax does mean that you will have to…For a long time after buying my K10D, there wasn't a single fast, long lens (70-200 f/2.8) in production. N… Read more ›
An amazing well built camera with a great set of features. Well worth the price. Read more ›
Even though the decission was very hard at the beginning moving to Pentax, I did not regret it until today. Very good product and excellent value for money. Have achived… Read more ›
In capable hands it will produce output as good as anything else in its class and at the same time, like the rest of the Pentax lineup, offers stunning value and some… Read more ›
This camera is an amazing value. You wont have the lens availability that you get with cannon or nikon, but if you do your research you can find tons of good glass. Read more ›
Go check out all of the features of the K10D over at the Pentax…Amazon.com offered the best price at $835.49 (plus a $50.00 rebate brings the final price down to $785.49). Read more ›
People within the photographic may poo-poo on Pentax in favor of other camera companies like Canon or Nikon, but looking at the list of features available for the Pentax,… Read more ›
Even just using it with the "green" mode, I have been able to take almost pro quality photos of my son's…All of my old Pentax lenses and flashes work flawlessly as well. Read more ›
The body feels solid unlike the plasticky…Only nits are I wish it had a faster flash sync speed and predictive AF (the AF-C is really AF-S run continously). Read more ›
The main reason for the purchase was to get better night time pictures since the Point and Shoot cameras…I imagine getting a good flash for it will make a huge difference. Read more ›
I can add this.... it would be cool if the extra memory storage slot in the grip was connected as addition capacity or add a compact flash slot. There's a lot of empty… Read more ›
The choice of the…This small cards avoid the dreaded "bent pin" issue of the compact flash cards, and the SD are compatible with a hugh number of compact cameras as well. Read more ›
It does have a plastic body, but it is over a sturdy metal frame and…All mechanical actuators (like flash and SD and battery compartment releases) also feel high quality. Read more ›
Very nice camera, especially for…With many convenient buttons that you can directly switch to the funtion you want, saved a lot from browsing and choosing from menu items. Read more ›
The amount of control I can exercise is pro level, yet if you are a first time buyer, the program function user interface will enable anyone to take great shots right out… Read more ›
The weather sealing means you don't have to be afraid to shoot in the rain or snow. I like the RAW button where you can choose to shoot any picture in RAW+JPEG mode. Even… Read more ›
I like that K10 has more controls on the body that before was bared in menus. I like RAW button big time. What hold me from give K10D five stars it's AF. Read more ›
The tradeoff for any low cost DSLR, as against the costlier pro models, was the substitution of menu-driven operations for the latter's simpler and faster buttons and dials… Read more ›
Functions are clearly laid out and while the K10D does not have any 'beginner' options other than the green mode (focusing more on advanced options - TAv mode is just what… Read more ›
The camera body is extremely well made, (even though final assembly for the bodies of Pentax DSLR's occurs in the Philippines and the Pentax lenses are assembled in Vietnam). Read more ›
The 18-55mm lens & camera body pack is the best you can get! I've looked all around in USA and Canada and could not find a bargain like this! Read more ›
Right out of the box, you can feel the quality in the K10d. The body is solid and heavy; rubberized plastic in all the right places. The menus and buttons are thoughtfully… Read more ›
- Solid body. Feels like it will last longer then the others I looked at such as the N80 and D20. Read more ›
- Incredible image quality, even at ISO's of 800 or more. - Solid body. Feels like it will last longer then the others I looked at such as the N80 and D20. Read more ›
You will not be disappointed in this gem, and you'll love the metal body, the rubber grips and the 72 water seals which make it possible to shoot in wet conditions,… Read more ›
The picture quality is excellent and the ease of use for such a multipurpose camera is excellent. The autofocus works great and so does the built in flash. The only thing I… Read more ›
The shake reduction is a great feature to have and find myself using my tripod less and less. The focusing is quick and reliable, even in low light (with a high speed lens). E… Read more ›
The build quality of the camera body is excellent and feels good and sturdy. The autofocus works well. I only have two minor gripes. Read more ›
It absolutely excels when there is enough light. Beautiful pictures, quick focus, solidly made, excellent camera. Read more ›
By just doing that, I managed to get some blurry pics and some nicely focussed pics of the back of someone elses head instead of my wife, due to not figuring out the… Read more ›
Everything worked great; image quality, color accuracy (important for me since I'm color blind, and have to ask others to make sure), image stabilization and autofocus… Read more ›
I was looking for a good, quality, relatively…It has been fairly easy to learn to use (for someone not real computer savvy), as well as to operate & process photographs. Read more ›
All of the new shooting modes (in addition to the Av & Tv modes) may be overkill. Sometimes I think that it is easier to use the M setting. I can see that if you are… Read more ›
It is not a beginners camera however. The software is ok, but beleive it or not,I prefer the proprietary i photo software that comes with a MAC; it's just easier to use. The… Read more ›
We took over a thousand shots with our new camera in the past four weeks. We find it very easy to use and the images are excellent. We have used the highest quality setting… Read more ›
In summary, this camera was a pleasure to hold, very easy to use and manipulate, and resulted in a high percentage of crisp photos (even if the percentage of well-composed… Read more ›
I love Canon cameras because the are easy to use, take great photos and are solid. However, the XTi felt cheaply made and was too small for my hand. Read more ›
I bought the K10d for its advanced settings and options. The 100 iso is a terrific thing to have during sunny days, the colors and photos are so crisp! I am floored at the… Read more ›
-All the unique Pentax options (especially hyper) plus driving the ISO Read more ›
The camera has a wide range of features the majority of which are aimed at…I especially like the ISO sensitivity program mode (I am nearly always after maximum quality). Read more ›
My only negative for the camera is the autofocus is not as fast as my Canon was. Would like higher ISO, too, but 1600 was great when it came out, and still does pretty good. H… Read more ›
By just doing that, I managed to…But I love the ISO sensitivity features (adjust aperture and speed, ISO changes to match) and the shake reduction really does work well. Read more ›
Actualy, because in default, its JPEG output is set to Natural; if you want to have your JPEG pics look sharp, vivid, and punchy, just change from Natural to Bright mode… Read more ›
Solidly constructed, sensible controls, good ergonomics. Adjust the sharpening, saturation, and contrast settings manually right in the camera for outstanding JPEG quality. B… Read more ›
I like the RAW button where you can choose to shoot any picture in RAW+JPEG mode. Even with the kit lens this camera captures good detail with nice contrast and saturation. Read more ›
The picture…Although I have been using the JPEG file format, there are options for RAW in Pentax PEF or Adobe DNG that have no in camera brightness or contrast adjustment. Read more ›
Pictuers come out great. Colors, brightness, and contrast need almost no adjustment or photoshop-ing, which has not been true of any other digi-cam I have ever owned. Happy… Read more ›
This camera never failed, would it be Caribbean dusty beach or…The viewfinder is nice and bright, all controls are so logically placed, all controls are tunable in menu. Read more ›
-- PentaPrism viewfinder is not brighter than the pentamirror of my *ist DL (at least no noticable difference) Read more ›
2. In body image stabilization (preserves usage of my expensive existing pentax lenses). 3. Bright, large viewfinder, large dials, easy to navigate menus. Read more ›
For me it is one of the important aspects since I will be holding it for long durations. 2. Very good viewfinder. As somebody who wears glasses, a good view finder is very… Read more ›
2. Very good viewfinder. As somebody who wears glasses, a good view finder is very essential. This one has the second best Penta Prism view finder among its class (I've to… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

266 of 274 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Grant on November 19, 2006
Style Name: Body with 18-55mm Lens
It's a great time to be buying a 10 megapixel SLR, as all the top manufacturer's have new, 5-star models. So let's examine: What do we want most? Great photos, a well made camera, and features that will let us achieve our photographic goals. The K10D delivers.

All the top contenders will deliver excellent results that can be made into poster size prints with great color and detail. Although we can point so some shortcomings (like the poor performance of the Sony Alpha 100 at ISO 1600), image quality is something that is still in the eye of the beholder.

However, features are features, and the K10D has loads. The first thing you'll notice is the solid feel in your hands. It feels robust, and the shutter has been tested to 100,000 shots (same as Canon's bigger brother 30D). But to this, we add something else not found in any other camera in the class: weather-proofing. The body contains 72 seals to help keep dust, dirt and moisture on the outside (the optional grip has 38 seals).
When you put on the optional grip, it really does feel like a part of the camera, not a wiggly thing that might come off.

To get those great photos, the K10D has all the standard feature set, plus a few new ones (like "sensitivity" mode), which will come in hand for some people, but of more partical use to many will be the ability to define what "Auto ISO" range the camera can use. Want the camera to be able to use 1600? Done. Pentax's metering systems have always been well thought of, but you'll get center-weighted and spot metering as options, too. Their "digital preview" can be very handy in setting up the proper white balance.

The viewfinder is the largest in it's class (although the D80 is the smallest fraction behind).
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116 of 119 people found the following review helpful By J. Skilton on January 31, 2007
Style Name: Body Only
A million words have been written about this thing, and this is not an attempt at a comprehensive review, so look above or on dpreview-com for complete info.

I looked at Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony DSLRs. The Sony makes sense if you already have a bag full of Minolta lenses, which I don't. Canon and Nikon put their image stabilization in the lens, which makes their 'good' lenses significantly more expensive. Canon EOS is not backward-compatible with their old FD lenses, of which I -do- have a bagful. Pentax is backward-compatible with all K-mount lenses made since the 1970s, and will even take 645 and 6x7 lenses, with adapters.

Sooo, I set out to ease into DSLR ownership with a K100D, then started reading the reviews, and it was a bunch of little things that made me want the K10D. The viewfinder has an actual prism, not a mirror cage like cheaper cameras, the displays are backlit, and the low-res mode (1800 x 1200px) is exactly what I want for certain applications. With 10 Mpx, I can point & shoot if I have to, and crop (somewhat) more later. And the controls are more 'classic' camera-like than the 'scene modes' on beginner cameras. Not to say this would be worth the price difference to everyone, but I bought the K10D, and the Pentax 12-24mm / 4.0 lens, and am very happy with both.

Digital cameras use less of the image projected by the lens, so your lenses are 'longer' than they would be on a film camera. Downside: for a 'journalist lens', had to buy the 12-24mm, which is equivalent of 18-36mm on a film camera. Upside: my old 50mm / 1.4 is now equivalent of that top-of-the-line portrait lens I never felt I could afford. Pentax plans to introduce in 2007 a 16-50mm / 2.8 and a 50-135mm / 2.
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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Rudy on December 18, 2006
Style Name: Body Only Verified Purchase
The marriage of Pentax camera expertise, and Samsung's bottomless R&D war chest ("SamTax"), has spawned the great-leap-forward K10D DSLR that promises well-earned laudits for a camera maker inexorably squeezed by wealthier competitors. Pentax' first entry into the DSLR world (the oddly-named *istD), although a fine performer, failed to compete pricewise with comparable Canon or Nikon entries. The smaller and better market-positioned 6MP *istD-S (which I own) arrived too late to give the hugely successful Canon Rebel a serious run for its money; and Pentax eventually retrenched with cheaper penta-mirror products just to keep a foot in the US market (ironically, the digital Rebel series had cut costs from the start with a seldom-mentioned penta-mirror).

The tradeoff for any low cost DSLR, as against the costlier pro models, was the substitution of menu-driven operations for the latter's simpler and faster buttons and dials -- a maddeningly tedious and unintuitive cost-cutter, made all the more frustrating in bright light on small LCD displays. Even selecting the focus point (grid, spot or select) meant a trip through pages of menus, not aided at all by the infamous penchant for inscrutable abbreviations. In effect, the time lost in flipping the camera to scroll through on-screen menus all too often meant either photo opportunities lost, or just reverting to a digicam's one focus mode fits all. Moreover, adequate as 6MP might be for most, the megapixel race to 8 (then 10) MP sensors left Pentax bringing up the rear of the pack.

But no more! The K10D is an altogether different beast, a handsome sturdy 10MP workhorse, with enough racing blood to lead the current (Dec 2006) DSLR pack.
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