We like the favourite cameras around. So the K200D, Pentax's latest dSLR for the common man -- and woman -- has a lot to live up to.an awful lot. In fact, we'd go so far as to say it's one of our
The K200D boasts a 10.2-megapixel resolution. It has a through the lens (TTL) 11-point autofocus system and supports Pentax K, KA, KAF and KAF2-mount lenses. Images are recorded to SD or SDHC memory card. A 16GB memory card holds a whopping 750 raw plus JPEG images.
Power is provided by four AA batteries. Dust-proof seals also keep water out. The screen is a 69mm (2.7-inch) TFT colour LCD with 230,000-dot resolution. No live view though, which seems odd given that this is such a consumer-targeted camera. Still, live view is a luxury rather than a necessity.
In playback mode, there are a number of fun ways to monkey with your pictures. The usual monochrome and sepia filters are joined by a saturation booster that boosts the colour you choose, an illustration filter that turns the image into a drawing, a stretchify option and brightness booster. These can all be adjusted by spinning the command wheel, although there's only three increments available. A dynamic-range expander is also interesting, but again we'd like to see more increments. It's also possible to view two images side-by-side.
The K200D is available body only for a very reasonable £470. We're putting it through its paces for a forthcoming review. -Rich Trenholm
Update: Read our full Pentax K200D review.