Pentax K200D

Released January, 2008
  • 10 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.7 mm CCD
  • 2.7" LCD
All in all, the excellent image quality you can get out of the camera's RAW files, the build quality and good overall feature-set are enough to let the K200D slip into our Highly Recommended category.
by DPReview (Sep, 2008)
9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Pentax K200D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

K200D
8.2
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

K200D
9.4
Pentax K-x
10.0
Pentax K-r
10.0
Focus lag

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

K200D
9.2
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

K200D
9.3
Reviews from reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com and dpreview.com

9

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

K200D
9.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Pentax K200D

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

K200D
561 ISO
D3300
1,385 ISO
Pentax K-01
1,135 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

K200D
125 ms
Pentax K-01
803 ms
Pentax K20D
174 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

K200D
108 ms
Pentax K20D
659 ms
D3300
81 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

K200D
500 ms
Pentax K-01
2,400 ms
Pentax K-30
1,100 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

K200D
2.8 fps
Pentax K-r
6 fps
Pentax K-30
6 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

K200D
80 photos
EOS 1100D
700 photos
D3300
700 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Pentax K200D


8.0
Daylight and shade are well maintained by the auto white balance, with few tweaks needed to correct, and JPEGs always looking pleasant.

7.7
Images are pleasingly sharp and retain a lot of detail even at the camera's highest sensitivity setting of ISO 1,600.

9.0
There are two types of picture quality with the K200D: what we'll call 'macroscopic' picture quality, which is what the image looks like as a whole (tone, contrast, colour, saturation and so on), and 'microscopic' picture quality (sharpness, noise, aberrations).

Overall

8.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

I have to focus manually when I use it, since it wasn't made for autofocus, and you have to compensate the exposure manually for the decreased light that smaller apertures let in (modern lenses don't close the aperture blades until you press the shutter button fully), but it's a nice bargain if you can deal with those limitations.
by c|net (Apr, 2008)
I have to focus manually when I use it, since it wasn't made for autofocus, and you have to compensate the exposure manually for the decreased light that smaller apertures let in (modern lenses don't close the aperture blades until you press the shutter button fully), but it's a nice bargain if you can deal with those limitations.
by c|net (Apr, 2008)
It's not the sharpest lens ever, but it is good for a lens of its price and I like that it has a decent focus ring.
by c|net (Apr, 2008)

Sensor

Images are pleasingly sharp and retain a lot of detail even at the camera's highest sensitivity setting of ISO 1,600.
by c|net (Apr, 2008)
Noise is plainly visible at 1600 ISO, but overall quality remains high.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Thanks to its slightly higher sensor resolution the EOS 450D still delivers a tiny extra amount of detail.
by DPReview (Sep, 2008)

Image quality

In addition to the Tone baseline you can also adjust Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness and Hue.
by DPReview (Sep, 2008)
If, on the other hand, you want a solid, workmanlike camera with a traditional feel and film-like image quality, you should take it seriously.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2008)
The K200D provides a range of selectable image tones which define the tone curve, color saturation and sharpening.
by DPReview (Sep, 2008)

Focus

The 11 point AF is the same as on previous models, with the AF points set automatically by the camera or individually selected by the user.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Investment in better lenses will improve the speed and sound of the AF which is noisy using the kit lens.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The metering can also be tied to the selected AF point for greater accuracy with certain subjects.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Battery

Pentax claims a life of 550 shots with this type of battery, which is at least as good as most of its rivals and their lithium-ion cells.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2008)
The advantage of AA batteries, though, is that you can buy them anywhere, so that if the Pentax does run out of power, it won't be too difficult to get replacements.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2008)
Four AA batteries find their home inside the grip and, if you use lithium batteries, they'll last longer than rechargeables or alkalines.
by c|net (Apr, 2008)

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

display

Type LCD
Size 2.7"
Resolution 230 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

performance

Max continuous shooting 2.8 fps
Battery life 80 photos
Continuous shooting 2.8 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 125 ms
Shutter lag 108 ms
Startup delay 500 ms

video

Video None

focus system

Type Contrast detection

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 96%
Magnification 0.85x
Viewfinder size 0.55x

form factor

Size 134 x 95 x 74 mm
Thickness 74 mm
Weight 690 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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