Pentax K200D

Last update (18 January’09):
– Updated User Manual Link

The Pentax K200D is a 10.2 megapixel CCD Digital SLR features Weather and dust resistant body, Shake Reduction, Dust Removal system, Weather and dust resistant body, 2.8 FPS (4 JPG and Continuous Hi, 4 RAW), Enhanced Dynamic Range mode gives 200% more dynamic range, Auto Picture and Scene modes, and 2.7 inch high resolution, wide view LCD panel.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Pentax K200D Reviews

Megapixel reviews the Pentax K200D and writes;
“At 100, resolution is very good, as the detail in the photo at the left indicates. At 1600, as might be expected, quality drops off, but while sharpness is affected, the camera does a good job of reducing noise levels at high ISO levels.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DevHardware reviews the Pentax K200D and writes;
“The K200D delivers smooth and high quality images. It is a ruggedly built camera, although some may argue it is too big, and its weatherproof design is a definite plus…the K200D may not shoot as fast as others, but the 11 point auto focus system helps make up for it.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

RegHardware reviews the Pentax K200D and writes;
“The K200D is aimed at the novice and claims to be family-friendly, and it is indeed straightforward and intuitive, making it easy to operate. Switch on is fairly quick, with the camera ready to take a shot in around a second”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalTrends reviews the Pentax K200D and writes;
“Still this is a responsive D-SLR that takes quality 10-megapixel images. It has a value price, feels substantial, offers plenty of photographic options, has built-in stabilization and sensor cleaning plus it comes with a decent kit lens. Those who don’t have any legacy glass—even those with only a lens or two—should definitely check this baby out.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CameraLabs reviews the Pentax K200D and writes;
“It does boast by far the best build quality of any entry-level DSLR. Couple that with the upper screen and unique RAW options, along with plenty of control over processing and customisation, and you have a DSLR which really stands out from the crowd and one we can Highly Recommend. ”

Rating: ★★★★½

PhotographyBlog reviews the Pentax K200D and writes;
“The Pentax K200D produces images of excellent quality, with noise-free images at ISO 100 all the way up to ISO 800, very little purple-fringing, accurate colours and a useful built-in flash and Bulb exposure mode. Only the noise levels at ISO 1600 and the lack of a faster 3200 setting mark the K200D out as an entry-level model.”
Rating: ★★★★½

WDC reviews the Pentax K200D and writes;
“I really enjoyed using the K200D. It is logical to handle and its build quality means I’d be happy to use it in harsher conditions. The images I got from the camera also were very pleasing..”
Rating: ★★★★½

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Pentax K200D and writes;
“Image quality was superb with our K200D and noise was well controlled throughout the camera’s 100 – 1600 ISO range. Our standard settings on the K200D produced well saturated images… the K200D is a very nice entry-level dSLR.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Pentax K200D and writes;
“Noise performance impressed us. Unlike compact cameras, which may as well not bother going higher than ISO 800, dSLRs tend to be cleaner at higher ISO speeds. For the K200D at ISO 1,600, images are usuable, if soft..
Rating: ★★★☆☆

ePhotozine reviews the Pentax K200D and writes;
“As an entry level DSLR, the Pentax K200D does a great job. It manages to create decent shots for any photographic style which is great for the learner trying to find a niche.
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Pentax K200D and writes;
“At very low sensitivities, Imatest revealed slightly higher levels of noise than some competing units. Even so, it is extremely tiny— almost unnoticeable unless you’re really looking. Furthermore, everything up to ISO 1600 will be fine for small and medium prints. Noise is well controlled, with the only impact being a slight blotchiness.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Pentax K200D and writes;
“when the price and performance overall are looked at and the sheer amount of neat kit the camera has as standard, the K200D is a camera that should be high on your list if you’ve a tight budget and no previous brand lenses sitting a cupboard. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Pentax K200D and writes;
” It’s an unquestionably solid camera, and I generally found its straight-from-camera images rich, vibrant, and (with the right settings) smooth – all the reasons we buy DSLRs… The K200D is looking poised to be another bang-for-your-buck winner.”
Rating: N/A

PhotoReview reviews the Pentax K200D and writes;
” Imatest showed the test camera to be capable of meeting the resolution standards we expected of a 10-megapixel camera. In fact, at times the results slightly exceeded the expected levels…Long exposures at night were relatively free of colour noise up to ISO 800 but noise had increased slightly at ISO 1600.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Pentax K200D Samples

Pentax K200D Photos @ Megapixel
Pentax K200D Photos @ RegHardware
Pentax K200D Photos @ CameraLabs
Pentax K200D Photos @ PhotographyBlog
Pentax K200D Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Pentax K200D Photos @ ePhotozine
Pentax K200D Photos @ DCR
Pentax K200D Photos @ DCR

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Pentax K200D User Manual (PDF)

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Pentax K200D Press Release

PENTAX Corporation is pleased to introduce the PENTAX K200D lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera. Designed mainly for family users and digital camera beginners, this popular-class model offers a host of user-friendly features and sophisticated functions like higher-class models. As a result, even digital camera beginners can enjoy advanced digital SLR photography with great ease. Pursuing image quality, user-friendliness, operability and cost performance, the K200D is expected to be a new standard-setter in the popular-class market. Major features

1. PENTAX-original SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism for sharp, blur-free images

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3 Responses to “Pentax K200D”

  1. suzi says:

    link – Download Pentax K200D User Manual (PDF) doesn’t work.
    can somebody help me……

  2. Link has been updated. Thank you for your info..

  3. Bill says:

    I have Always a Nikon Fan and User .
    I was kinda force to By this Camera

    My Last Nikon died and the cost was above the 60%
    Thru my Extended Warranty .

    The Store i Bought it From Dropped Nikon ???
    Soo I was Left with the Choice of Canon Rebel XT
    or Pantax K200D .
    I Didn,t Jump till i did Some Research 1St.

    I Made the Choice of the Pentax , Weather Proof and the Built in VR .

    I wasn,t Please with the Pictures at 1st , Comparing it with Nikon .
    When thru the Manual and Youtube the Model .
    Which Gave some Nice Key Points and Tips .
    Once i Mastered the Beast .
    I am Impressed with the Results .

    The only Down Side of this Model , Would be the
    battery choice , Pentax Should have designed a Li-ion Battery , Not AA .

    Very Impress with the Raw Images .
    Its a Keeper .
    I Like the Flexablity of the Some of the Controls
    Color , Sharpness and Contrast .
    9.5 of 10

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