Pentax K10D review: Pentax K10D

As with most LCDs, the color and exposure reproduction on the K10D's 2.5-inch screen can't be trusted; it's so contrasty, in fact, that I couldn't really judge whether the flash was operating the way I wanted. You just have to close your eyes and trust the histograms.

If you're looking for a first dSLR or a no-brainer kit, the Pentax K10D may be too much for you, as in too much power and too expensive. But if you want to buy into an inexpensive system with a really good amateur dSLR at its hub, the K10D hits the mark.

Shooting speed (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Shutter lag (dim light)  
Time to first shot  
Shutter lag (typical)  
Canon EOS 30D
0.6 
0.3 
0.4 
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
1.1 
0.3 
0.4 
Sony Alpha DSLR-A100K
1.6 
1.0 
0.4 
Nikon D80
0.9 
0.1 
0.5 
Pentax K10D
1.6 
0.5 
0.5 
Samsung GX-10
1.6 
0.5 
0.5 

Typical continuous-shooting speed
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
In frames per second  

Shot-to-shot time (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Raw shot-to-shot time  
Typical shot-to-shot time  
Nikon D80
0.3 
0.3 
Samsung GX-10
0.5 
0.5 
Canon EOS 30D
0.4 
0.5 
Pentax K10D
0.5 
0.5 

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