Pentax K10D

Released September, 2006
  • 10 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.7 mm CCD
  • 2.5" LCD
This image is taken from a PEF RAW file, converted using Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS3, and then saved as a JPEG using minimum compression.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
8.9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Pentax K10D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Pentax K10D
Pentax K-5
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

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


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Pentax K10D
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

Pentax K10D
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Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Pentax K10D

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
K-5 IIs
1,208 ISO
Pentax K-5
1,162 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Pentax K10D
254 ms
75 ms
Pentax K-7
93 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Pentax K10D
107 ms
Pentax K20D
659 ms
59 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Pentax K10D
400 ms
700 ms
Pentax K-5
600 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Pentax K10D
3 fps
7 fps
Pentax K-5
7 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Pentax K10D
500 photos
K-5 IIs
980 photos
920 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Pentax K10D

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

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

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


8.8 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


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)


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)
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)


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)


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


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


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 None


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


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


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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