Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models from Semi-Pro DSLR category, introduced by Pentax. We are going to take a closer look at the technical and physical characteristics, features, and performance. The models we are going to assess and compare in this review are K-1 Mark II and K10D. The models we are going to compare in our review have different sensors. Pentax K-1 Mark II features a CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 36.0 MP. Pentax K10D, on the contrary, has a different CCD sensor with 36.0 MP resolution.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Pentax K-1 Mark II and Pentax K10D.
Pentax K-1 Mark II Key Features:
Pentax K10D Key Features:
|Wireless Connectivity||Auto Flash Discharge, Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Trailing Curtain Sync, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync vs No||Better connectivity|
|Gps||Built-in vs No||Has GPS|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Storage Slots||2 vs 1||Extra storage slot|
|Sensor Resolution||36.0 MP vs 10.0 MP||72.2% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||861.6 mm2 vs 368.95 mm2||57.2% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||4.4 fps vs 3 fps||1.4 fps faster|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|Number Of Focus Points||33 vs 11||22 more focus points|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Screen Size||3.2″ vs 2.5″||0.7" larger screen|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Fixed Type||Flexible shooting positions|
|Screen Resolution||1,037k dots vs 210k dots||79.7% higher resolution screen|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.7 vs 0.64||0.06 better magnification|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Weight||793 g vs 1010 g||217 g lighter|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism) | Optical (pentaprism)||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes | Yes||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Continuous Shooting||4.4 fps | 3.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Pentax K-1 Mark II and Pentax K10D from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Pentax K10D is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 217g less than the Pentax K-1 Mark II. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Pentax K-1 Mark II and Pentax K10D any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Pentax K-1 Mark II features a 36.0 MP Full frame sized CMOS sensor and boasts of a PRIME IV processor . Pentax K10D, in its turn, comes with a 10.0 MP APS-C sized CCD sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Pentax K-1 Mark II and Pentax K10D by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Pentax K-1 Mark II has a sensor area 0.4x bigger compared to Pentax K10D. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Pentax K-1 Mark II and Pentax K10D in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Pentax K-1 Mark II||Pentax K10D|
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Pentax K-1 Mark II or Pentax K10D, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Pentax K-1 Mark II and Pentax K10D here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Pentax K-1 Mark II deserves a higher Total Score than the Pentax K10D. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Pentax K-1 Mark II||Pentax K10D|
|Model||K-1 Mark II||K10D|
|Announced||Feb 22, 2018||Dec 15, 2006|
|Body Type||Mid-size SLR||Mid-size SLR|
|Sensor Size||Full frame||APS-C|
|Sensor Dimensions||35.9 x 24 mm||23.5 x 15.7 mm|
|Sensor Area||861.60 mm2||368.95 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||36.0 MP||10.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||7360 x 4912||3872 x 2592|
|Max Native ISO||819,200||1,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Pentax KAF4||Pentax KAF2|
|Number of Lenses||144||144|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1x||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||33||11|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||25||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,037k dots||210k dots|
|ViewFinder||Optical (pentaprism)||Optical (pentaprism)|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.4 fps||3.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto Flash Discharge, Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Trailing Curtain Sync, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync||Auto, Red-eye, Auto Red Eye|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)||n/a|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||n/a|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||1010 g||793 g|
|Physical Dimensions||137 x 110 x 86 mm||142 x 101 x 70 mm|
|Battery Life||670 shots||n/a|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||n/a|
|Storage Type||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)||SD/MMC/SDHC card|