Pentax K10D review: Pentax K10D

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On the other hand, though the K10D performs well for its class, it doesn't really stand out. Its time to first shot and typical shutter lag of about half a second come in around the average, and difficulty autofocusing in dim light results in a 1.6 second lag in suboptimal environments. At half a second, JPEG and raw shot-to-shot speeds also fall in the middle of the pack, though its 3.1fps continuous-shooting clip elevates it a bit above the budget crowd. Occasionally I ran into focus lock issues--usually during close-ups--where it would rock back and forth quickly for a few iterations, as if trying to decide whether or not it was satisfied. Most of the time I fell into a rhythm with it, as you do with any good camera, but occasionally missed a shot waiting for it to catch up.

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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Pentax K10D (Body Only)

Part Number: 19091 Released: Sep 13, 2006
MSRP: $819.95 Low Price: $60.00 See all prices

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  • Release date Sep 13, 2006
  • Digital camera type SLR
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
  • Image Stabilizer Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)
  • Optical Sensor Size 15.7 x 23.5mm