Pentax K10D

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. 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.

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.

Lenses compatible with this mechanism are the PENTAX K-, KA-, KAF- and KAF2-mount lenses; screw-mount lenses (with an adapter); and 645- and 67-system lenses (with an adapter). Some functions may not be applicable with certain lenses.

First Water-Resistant Digital SLR with 10-Megapixel Resolution and Shake Reduction “Advanced photographers will not find another 10 megapixel digital SLR that offers features such as a weather-resistant body, shake reduction, and great ergonomics, at any price,” said Ned Bunnell, director of marketing, PENTAX Imaging Company. “With the K10D introduction, PENTAX is now able to offer digital SLRs for two important users — the first time SLR customer who can buy the K100D and now the K10D for the more advanced users.”

New D-BG2 Battery Grip for Pentax K10D Along with the body, PENTAX announced a D-BG2 battery grip for exclusive use with the PENTAX K10D. This battery grip can be used in combination with the camera’s rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to double the camera’s battery life. With a vertical shutter-release button, preview lever, two control dials, AE-lock button and green button, the new battery grip makes vertical-position shooting simple and effortless. It also features the same dust-proof, weather-resistant construction as the K10D camera body.

Pentax-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited Lens PENTAX also announced the smc PENTAX-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited lens, designed for exclusive use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras and featuring an ultra-thin pancake design and uni-focal, medium-telephoto optics. With a medium-telephoto perspective, this new lens is ideal for many applications including portraiture and landscape. The high-performance optics ensure outstanding image quality, and provide distinctive visual expression. Materials used for this lens are selected for optimum holding comfort and operability, and the new lens is designed to be extremely thin and lightweight, for go-anywhere portability for casual, day-to-day snapshot photography.

Price and Availability

The K10D body will ship by November 2006 for US $899.95, and as a kit with the DA 18-55mm lens for $999.95. The D-BG2 Battery Grip will ship at the same time for less than US $190.00. The PENTAX DA 70mm lens will ship in October 2006 for less US $600.00

About Pentax

PENTAX Imaging Company is an innovative leader in the production of digital SLR and compact cameras, lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, eyepieces, mobile printers and scanners. For more than 80 years, PENTAX technology has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of consumers and businesses. With headquarters in Golden, Colorado, PENTAX Imaging Company is a division of PENTAX of America, Inc.

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7 Responses to “Pentax K10D”

  1. scotty says:

    I am a buyer considering the purchase of the Pentax k10d. However after having read several reviews which say it’s image sharpness is less than it’s competitors I hesitate to make the buy. Sure, using photoshop makes it possible to correct this short-coming but I want to spent my time taking pictures, not sitting in front of my Mac.

  2. John H says:

    Hi Scotty,

    The image ‘sharpness’ issue is really a matter of personal taste. With the setting adjusted properly, JPEGs from the K10D are indistinguishable from the Nikon D80. The default settings of the camera do tend to give a softer, film-like impression. On screen magnification will reveal this, but often, these digitally sharpened images do not print well. The chip on these cameras are virtually identical and the Pentax lenses are superb. You will enjoy it if you buy it. You will also like the D80 or D200. You may miss the image stabilization feature of the K10D and I think that is far more important than the in-camera digital processing IMHO.

  3. Satadru Sen says:

    I’ve almost decided to buy the Pentax K10D, although I also considered the Nikon D80 very seriously. I’m leaning towards the Pentax because of the (i) dust protection, (ii) image stabilization, and (iii) price difference, which becomes significant if you have to buy VR lenses for the Nikon. Besides, I’ve had Pentax SLRs before and liked them. I’ve read some negative things about the K10D’s speed (hunting in the AF and slow writing?), but since I don’t do any sports photography this is probably not a big problem for me. I do mostly landscape and urban/abstract. Would you say I’m making the right decision, or should I suck it up and buy the Nikon?

  4. Bob M says:

    I own a K10D. Love(d) it for the first few weeks. Now I’m trying to shoot action sports in an ice hockey rink without a flash. My original setting was the “automatic setting of TAV”. Can someone tell me what manual setting is recommended? I’m having no luck other than getting “black pic’s” with no image.

  5. kelly says:

    I dunno if this is helpful for you, Bob:

    Press your (while in auto-focus mode) button halfway down. Then switch to manual mode, recompose (zoom and centre) without moving your camera. Shoot. This is the way my bro thought me to use the MANUAL mode.

  6. Bob M says:

    Kelly,
    Thanks for the tip. I’ll give it a try.

  7. Can Pentax explain what DEBUG MODE means to its K10D model? Should photographers be notified over this function, how does one access it in the menu?

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