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 Entry-Level 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 K100D and K200D. Both products that we are going to review are equipped with the same type of sensor - CCD. However, they have different resolution. Thus, Pentax K100D comes with a 6.0 MP CCD sensor, while the Pentax K200D features a 10.0 MP CCD sensor.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Pentax K100D and Pentax K200D.
Pentax K100D Key Features:
Pentax K200D Key Features:
Since Pentax K100D has been around for some time, it was substituted by
Pentax K100D Super.
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Pentax K100D vs. K100D Super
Pentax K100D Super vs. Pentax K200D
|Weight||660 g vs 690 g||30 g lighter|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP vs 6.0 MP||40% more pixels|
|Flash Range||13 vs No||13 better flash range|
|Screen Size||2.7″ vs 2.5″||0.2" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots vs 210k dots||8.7% higher resolution screen|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentamirror) | Optical (pentamirror)||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Size||2.5″ | 2.7″||Not suitable for flash photography|
|Screen Resolution||210k dots | 230k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Sensor Resolution||6.0 MP | 10.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||No | No||No Face Detection|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Continuous Shooting||3.0 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 K100D and Pentax K200D 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 K100D is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 30g less than the Pentax K200D. 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 K100D and Pentax K200D 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 K100D features a 6.0 MP APS-C sized CCD sensor . Pentax K200D, 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 K100D and Pentax K200D by the size of their sensors.
Pentax K100D and Pentax K200D are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
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 K100D and Pentax K200D 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 K100D||Pentax K200D|
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
No Significant Advantages
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 K100D or Pentax K200D, 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 K100D and Pentax K200D here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Pentax K200D deserves a higher Total Score than the Pentax K100D. 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 K100D||Pentax K200D|
|Announced||Dec 03, 2006||Sep 01, 2008|
|Body Type||Compact SLR||Compact SLR|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.5 x 15.7 mm||23.5 x 15.7 mm|
|Sensor Area||368.95 mm2||368.95 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||6.0 MP||10.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||3008 x 2008||3872 x 2592|
|Max Native ISO||3,200||1,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||200||100|
|Lens Mount||Pentax KAF||Pentax KAF2|
|Number of Lenses||144||144|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||11||11|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||210k dots||230k dots|
|ViewFinder||Optical (pentamirror)||Optical (pentamirror)|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||3.0 fps||3.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-eye reduction||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain|
|Max Video Resolution|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||660 g||690 g|
|Physical Dimensions||129 x 93 x 70 mm||134 x 95 x 74 mm|
|Battery Model||4 x AA||4 x AA|
|Storage Type||SD/MMC card||SD/MMC/SDHC card|