Pentax K10D Review

Overall 40
Imaging 12
Features 27
Size 72
Price 100

Main Features

  • 10.0 MP APS-C CCD sensor
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 142 x 101 x 70 mm
  • Weight: 793 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced by Pentax K20D. Compare

Pentax K10D Summary

This review is devoted to K10D that Pentax has first introduced to the public in Dec 15, 2006. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Pentax has replaced this product with their most recent model K20D. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Pentax K10D vs. K20D

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #132 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 40/100 and it takes a rank of #948 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Pentax K10D Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Pentax K10D review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Size: 2.5″
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 95
  • Continuous Shooting: 3.0 fps
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 11.6
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 522
  • Number Of Focus Points: 11
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Timelapse Recording: No
  • Storage Slots: 1

Popular comparisons of Pentax K10D

Complete Comparison of Pentax K10D With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Pentax K10D. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Pentax K10D

Pentax K10D has the following external dimensions 142 x 142 x 70 mm (55.91 x 39.76 x 27.56″) with the weight of 793 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Pentax K10D, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Pentax K10D is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 70mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Pentax K10D with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Pentax K10D is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Pentax K10D compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Pentax K10D — 70 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Pentax K10D — 793 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Pentax K10D comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Pentax K10D comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Pentax K10D Photo and Sensor Features

Pentax K10D boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Pentax K10D has the following ISO range 100 - 1600 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Pentax K10D features a 10.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Pentax K10D, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 66 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Pentax K10D’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Pentax K10D is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Pentax K10D with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Pentax K10D

LCD and ViewFinder

Pentax K10D is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 210k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in K10D has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.64x and it also provides a coverage of 95%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Pentax K10D are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

K10D features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Pentax K10D is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect K10D to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Pentax K10D for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Pentax K10D’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Pentax K10D’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the K10D to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Pentax K10D for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K10D performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 81. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K10D can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Pentax K10D for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K10D performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 72. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K10D can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Image Stabilization
  • Large APS-C(23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (142 x 101 x 70 mm)
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (11)

Pentax K10D for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K10D performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K10D can be called a 80 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Big size (142 x 101 x 70 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.0 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (11)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (522)

Pentax K10D for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K10D performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 87. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K10D can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (793 g)
  • Big size (142 x 101 x 70 mm)
  • Video is not available

Pentax K10D for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K10D performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 83. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K10D can be called a 83 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (11.6)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (10 MP)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (522)

Pentax K10D Detailed Specs

General
Brand Pentax
Model K10D
Announced Dec 15, 2006
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Pentax KAF2
Number of Lenses 144
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.5″
Screen Resolution 210k dots
Live View No
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 95%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.64
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye, Auto Red Eye
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment No
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 66
DxO Color Depth 22.7
DxO Dynamic Range 11.6
DxO Low Light ISO 522
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Sensor Area 368.95 mm2
Sensor Resolution 10.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3872 x 2592
Max Native ISO 1,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 11
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 793 g
Physical Dimensions 142 x 101 x 70 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/MMC/SDHC card
Storage Slots 1

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