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Hands-on with the Pentax K200D: Fanfare for the common man

The Pentax K200D is the successor to our top-rated K100D. It's a 10.2-megapixel dSLR with the common touch for a very friendly price

We like the Pentax K100D an awful lot. In fact, we'd go so far as to say it's one of our favourite cameras around. So the K200D, Pentax's latest dSLR for the common man -- and woman -- has a lot to live up to.

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