Pentax K10D

Released September, 2006
  • 10 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.7 mm CCD
  • 2.5" LCD
Add moving-sensor image stabilisation and an effective anti-dust mechanism and you have what is unquestionably one of the best mid-range DSLRs on the market.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
8.7 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Pentax K10D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Pentax K10D
8.1
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Pentax K10D
7.2
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Pentax K10D
8.4
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Pentax K10D
9.4
Reviews from trustedreviews.com, techradar.com, dpreview.com, 1001noisycameras.com and 1 more

8.7

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Pentax K10D
8.7

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Pentax K10D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Pentax K10D
522 ISO
Pentax K-3
1,216 ISO
Pentax K-30
1,129 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Pentax K10D
254 ms
Pentax K-7
93 ms
Pentax K-3
138 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Pentax K10D
107 ms
Pentax K20D
659 ms
E-620
73 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Pentax K10D
400 ms
E-620
1,300 ms
Pentax K-30
1,100 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Pentax K10D
3 fps
Nikon 1 V3
60 fps
Pentax K-3
8.3 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Pentax K10D
500 photos
Pentax K-7
740 photos
Nikon 1 V3
310 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Pentax K10D


9.0
The AF system is exceptionally fast and accurate, and the wide spacing of the selectable AF points makes precise selective focusing very simple.

7.7
I was also quite impressed with the K10D's photo quality as well, from its broad dynamic range to first-rate color reproduction.

9.0
The colour rendition is excellent, the exposures good and the contrast strong.

Overall

8.8 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

It does produce some barrel distortion at the wide-angle end, and there is a hint of chromatic aberration in the corners of the frame, but the overall level of sharpness and edge-to-edge performance is surprisingly good for such as small and lightweight lens.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
With two control wheels rather than one, it's easy to make quick and intuitive adjustments to the shutter speed and aperture.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2007)
In all other respects, the K10D is a serious rival to the Canon EOS 400D, Nikon D80, Sony Alpha 100 and Olympus E-400.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2007)

Sensor

Photos had an excellent noise profile up through ISO 800, and at its maximum of ISO 1600 still fared well for its price class.
by c|net (Feb, 2007)
Noise is definately more noticeable at 800 ISO, but the general level of detail is still very good.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Landscapes and skies benefit from the Pentax's strong colour rendition, and for extra post-processing flexibility you can shoot in one of two different RAW formats.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2007)

Photography

Where previous Pentax cameras were solid but a bit toy-like in their dimensions, this one clearly means business.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2007)
Though aggressively priced, don't mistake the K10D for baby's first dSLR, unless baby's last camera was a midrange film model.
by c|net (Feb, 2007)
The fact that the front lens element doesn't rotate during focusing is perfect for landscape photographers using graduated filters and polarisers.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2007)

Image quality

Thankfully though it is sensibly laid out, with the most commonly used options on the first page, including image size and quality, and adjustments for contrast, saturation and sharpness.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
WARNING: One thing to bear in mind is that although ACR was able to retrieve the 'luminance' (brightness) of wedge steps which were previously clipped there's no guarantee of color accuracy as individual channels may clip before others.
by DPReview (Dec, 2006)
Its picture quality is as good as any of them, and its build quality is better.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2007)

Focus

The K10D hot-shoe can be used with Pentax specific flash units to achieve P-TTL auto flash, high-speed sync and wireless (such as the AF540FGZ or AF360FGZ) or simply to provide a sync signal to third party flash or studio strobes.
by DPReview (Dec, 2006)
Like many DSLRs the K10D can use a pulsed burst from the pop-up built in flash as an AF assist lamp, giving enough light to focus accurately in darkness at a range of approximately four metres.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The Pentax camera has a built-in wireless link for the Pentax AF-540FGZ and AF-360FGZ external flashguns, which allows them to be used remote from the camera body as slave or fill-in flashes with no extra cables.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CCD
Megapixels 10 MP
Resolution 3872 x 2592
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 36.8 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 11
Cross type focus points 9
Supports continuous No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.95x
Viewfinder size 0.62x

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps
Battery life 500 photos
Continuous shooting 3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 254 ms
Shutter lag 107 ms
Startup delay 400 ms

video

Video None

display

Type LCD
Size 2.5"
Resolution 210 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view No

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 142 x 101 x 70 mm
Thickness 70 mm
Weight 793 g
Is weather sealed Yes

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Sensor shift
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